Steering Committee

The California Healthy Housing Coalition is lead by a member-elected Steering Committee tasked with ensuring the coalition advances its mission. This includes monitoring workgroup progress, identifying strategic opportunities, coordinating communication, and recruiting new members.

The 2018-19 Steering Committee (member since)

Brandon Kitagawa, co-chair (2010)

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), Senior Policy Associate
San Francisco Bay Area

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RAMP works to reduce the burden of asthma, particularly in communities inequitably impacted by the disease. Our work to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers led us, and our associated asthma coalitions, to focus on addressing substandard housing at the state and local (SF Bay Area) levels.

I have worked for over fifteen years on a range of environmental, health, and community issues in California and abroad with a particular focus on inequities and justice. Among the founding members of CHHC, I am happy to continue providing my knowledge of coalition building and state policy to the Steering Committee.

Linda Kite, co-chair (2010)

Healthy Homes Collaborative, Executive Director
Los Angeles

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The HHC is an association of community-based organizations committed to eliminating environmental health threats in homes and communities. We work on policy; systems changes; program development / implementation; training and capacity building; ensuring occupants understand their rights and options. We serve low income communities of color, primarily in Southern California.

I’ve worked on healthy homes issues since 1992, through an environmental justice lens and see housing as the starting point for leadership development. As a co-founder of the CHHC I am willing to continue serving on the SC to ensure that my organizational development skills are transferred to emerging leaders.

Alan Johanns (2010)

Johanns & Associates, President
San Diego

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I have 30 years of professional experience as an environmental specialist working with asbestos, lead, mold and other hazardous materials performing inspections, risk assessment, and remediation.  While working at the City of San Diego, I developed and managed the City's Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Program which includes: partnership development; community capacity building; national trainer, EPA, HUD, and State lead and healthy homes grants; and ordinance development and enforcement.   

Since retiring from the City of San Diego in 2015, I started Johanns & Associates which is a healthy homes consulting and training business.  I serve as the Southwest Regional Lead for the National Healthy Homes Training Center & Network.

Carlos Aguilar (2011)

Coalition for Economic Survival, Director of Organizing
Los Angeles

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The Coalition for Economic Survival is a multi-racial, multi-culture grass-roots community-based organization that has been dedicated to organizing low and moderate income tenants living in private and HUD subsidized housing to ensure tenants' rights to access quality safe & affordable and healthy housing throughout the greater Los Angeles area since 1973.

As Director of Organizing for CES I am in charge of ensuring we promote tenants’ rights to safe, health and affordable housing and provide tenants with tools to empower them to demand these rights be respected. I am also in charge of managing our collaboration with the L.A. Housing Department on the Lead Hazard Remediation Program and coordinating our community outreach efforts with the L.A. County Childhood Lead Prevention Program. I also make sure our staff promotes and encourages property owners and tenants to adopt Integrated Pest Management and Green Cleaning techniques to improve community health.

As an existing member of the SC I participated in guiding the ongoing evolution of the CHHC, bringing my community-based, non-profit, housing rights advocacy perspective.

Liz Williams (2012)

American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANR), Project Manager
San Francisco Bay Area

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ANR is a national not-for-profit organization based in Berkeley.  ANR is dedicated to helping nonsmokers breathe smokefree air since 1976.  We provide support to public health professionals, advocates, and the public on issues related to secondhand smoke and smokefree policy change efforts.  Regarding housing, ANR provides resources and assistance to residents and housing providers around the country who are dealing with issues of drifting secondhand smoke and/or want to make their buildings smokefree; help increase connectivity between smokefree housing and the broader smokefree movement; and respond to inquiries from the public, media, and policymakers. I have worked in tobacco control since 2002, and on smokefree housing issues since 2006. I am a member of CHHC to help increase connectivity between the healthy housing and smokefree housing movements because these efforts are mutually beneficial and have many areas for collaboration to improve health.

Karen M. Griego (2013)

HUD Region IX & X Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC), Healthy Homes Representatives
National

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OHHLHC was established to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in America's privately-owned and low-income housing and to lead the nation in addressing other housing-related health hazards that threaten vulnerable residents. As one means of addressing substandard housing, the OHHLHC provides for competitive grants to state and local governments to reduce or eliminate residential lead-based paint and other housing-based health hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD's lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.

 I’ve been a member of and contributor to HUD and OHHLHC mission since September 1991. During that period, I have worked in various capacities to build a national framework by fostering partnerships for implementing a healthy homes agenda; I have supported existing and planned research aimed at links between housing, health and cost-effective methods to address hazards; I have promoted the incorporation of healthy homes principles into ongoing practices and programs of HUD grantees/clients and others; facilitating and supporting the development of sustainable local healthy homes programs.

Liseth Romero (2014)

Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (LAHCID), RPC II
Los Angeles

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LAHCID is charged with the development of citywide housing policy and supporting safe and livable neighborhoods through the promotion, development and preservation of decent and affordable housing. LAHCID provides services citywide to a population of over 3.5 million constituents. I have managed the Lead Hazard Remediation Program since 2007 where I have aided in the formation of innovative partnerships between government agencies and the community.  I co-founded Pacoima Beautiful where neighborhood improvement programs we developed, suchs as Adopt-a-Spot, Adopt-a-Trash Can, and the Community Inspectors, were adopted by the City as city-wide programs.

Destinee DeWalt (2014)

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Community Health Worker
Los Angeles

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Esperanza Community Housing Corporation works to achieve comprehensive and long-term community development in South-Central Los Angeles by offering support through five core program areas: Affordable Housing, Health, Arts, Education and Economic Development.  Esperanza currently serves 126,000 individuals a year.  In all of its activities, Esperanza strives to buld hope with community. 
 

Natalie Sacramento (2018)

CA Dept. of Public Health / California Breathing, Health Program Specialist
Statewide

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California Breathing (CB) is the state asthma program housed at the California Department of Public Health. CB promotes proven interventions, supports local and state-level advocacy, provides healthy housing training and supplies state-wide data for stakeholders. The program has a commitment to improving the environments in which people in California live, and has coordinated a number of healthy housing programs and initiatives on behalf of the department. CB is a founding member of CHHC, and has served on the Steering Committee since its inception.

 

Luis Cabrales (2015)

 Inquilinos Unidos, Executive Director
Los Angeles

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Inquilinos Unidos’ (IU’s) mission is to empower low-income tenants and families through community organizing, education and advocacy efforts that result in the continued fight for safe, decent and affordable housing for Los Angeles’ primarily Spanish-speaking, immigrant communities of Pico-Union, Westlake/MacArthur Park, Mid-Wilshire and Koreatown. IU serves its mission through the integration of these strategies working in concert to empower low-income families with the tools and resources necessary to improve housing conditions, safeguard housing rights, and avoid homelessness.

I am a passionate advocate with 20 years of experience organizing social justice campaigns. I have mobilized thousands of Latino voters and coordinated campaigns that resulted in bans of chemicals that impact low income workers and residents. As Inquilinos Unidos’ executive director, I am committed to continue working with the most vulnerable populations on environmental and social justice issues.  Serving on the CHHC Steering Committee, affords me the opportunity to advocate on healthy housing issues at the state level.

Larry Brooks (2017)

Alameda County Healthy Homes Department, Director of Opperations (Oakland); California Association of Code Enforcement Officers, Board Member (Statewide)

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 Founded as the Child Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, ACHHD is an education and research organization. Our mission is to prevent illnesses caused by home environmental conditions such as mold, lead, pests, radon and asbestos by providing multi-disciplinary programs, consultations, case management, technical assistance, and training. CACEO advances the code enforcement profession through a unified, statewide voice and supports is members by:
· Offering comprehensive code enforcement education, training and certification
· Providing legislative advocacy
· Facilitating a network for the exchange of information and support
· Promoting the image and professionalism of code enforcement.

I am a Code Enforcement Officer, Health Science Major and Public Administrator; published articles on Healthy Housing; lectured on topics related to Code Enforcement and Community Policing. I believe that much of the work I do is made better by the CHHC and would like to contribute to it.

Dagan Bayliss (2016)

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Director of Organizing
Los Angeles

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SAJE is committed to change public and corporate policy in a manner that provides concrete economic benefit to working-class people, increases the economic rights of working class people, and builds leadership through a movement for economic justice.  SAJE serves Latino, African American and overall poor and working class residents/tenants and their families in South Central LA.

I am an organizer and macro-practice social worker with experieince working in the areas of housing, immigrants's rights, disaster recovery, public health, adult education, youth, anti-racist coaltions, homelessness, and cultural arts.  I started a SAJE in January 2017 and am excited to start work in a new region.  My work at SAJE is devoted to building a base-driven political education and social action program, based in low-income communities of color in South LA, that takes on environmental health, tenants' rights, equitable development, and economic inequality.

 

 

 

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