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 2019-20 Steering Committee (member since)

Brandon Kitagawa, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Larry Brooks (2017)

Alameda County Healthy Homes Department, Director (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.

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.

Leticia Ayalla (2019)

Environmental Health Coalition, Healthy Kids Campaign and Leadership Development Director
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The Environmental Health Coalition is dedicated to achieving environmental and social justice by empowering communities to act towards social change.  We organize and advocate to protect public health and the environment threatened by toxic pollution and support broad efforts that create just, healthy, and sustabinable communiites.

Leticia works with community residents to reduce or eliminate envrionmental housing hazards and to promote healthy, accessible, safe, and affordable housing for children in high-risk communities.  As the leadership development facilitator, she works with leaders that are passionate aboute transforming their neighborhoods, building their organizing and advocacy skills.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola Marymount Univiersity.

Scott Abbott (2019)

County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Environmental Health, Director of District Surveilance and Enforcement
Los Angeles

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LA County Environmental Health (EH) ensures that residential housing within Los Angeles County is safe, sanitary, and fit for human habitation.  EH inspects more than 60,000 multiple familiy dwellings and responds to approximately 40,000 complaints annually.  Services are provided to mover 10 million residetns within 85 cities and the County's unincorporated areas.

I have worked for the Environmental Health Division for 25 years, including conducting housing inspections in Compton and Watts, 8 years in policy development and implementation, and 2 years as the Chief of the Housing and Institutions Program. Improving the conditions in rental housing is one of the department’s primary roles.

 

Andrea Portenier (2019)

 Smokefree Air for Everyone (SAFE), Co-founder
Orange County

Andrea became involved in the efforts to pass LA’s Smokefree restaurant ordinance where she met others like Esther Schiller with whom she co-founded Smokefree Air For Everyone (SAFE).   SAFE was successful in its effort to make LAX nonsmoking and pioneered efforts to clear the air in multi-unit housing. Currently she works at the Health Care Agency in Orange County on reducing youth access to tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke.

While she has a special passion for clearing the air of secondhand smoke, she also understands how critical it is that housing also be free of lead, mold and pests. None of these are acceptable exposures; especially for the most vulnerable populations, who are those most likely to be exposed.