Ellen Wu, Executive Director. For the past 12 years Ellen Wu has helped lead the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), a statewide health advocacy organization. In 2012, Ellen led CPEHN’s efforts to pass Assembly Bill 441 which directs the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to create a summary of local transportation projects that promote health and equity in the state’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) guidance in an effort to ensure that regional planning incorporates land use, transportation and housing policies and investments that promote public health goals. Ellen also helped establish Having Our Say, a coalition of over 30 community organizations working to ensure communities of color have a voice in health care reform. Prior to joining CPEHN, Ellen was a Program Officer at the Tides Foundation and served as Director of Health Education and Cultural Linguistic Services for the Alameda Alliance for Health. She is an adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State University and serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including: Senate President pro Tem Steinberg’s appointee to the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board; City of Oakland’s Park and Recreation Commission; the Board of Directors for the California Budget Project; and the Board of Directors of California Association of Nonprofits. She received her Masters in Public Health from UCLA.
“Evvy” Stivers, Director of Development, has worked as a political organizer on environmental, land use and housing issues since 1996 when she graduated from Green Corps, a field school for environmental organizing. Prior to joining Urban Habitat, Evvy worked for the Non-Profit Housing Association on regional initiatives including the Housing Element and Inclusionary Housing campaigns and was the organization’s representative to the Great Communities Collaborative. Earlier in her carrier she directed the Western States Field Office for the US Public Interest Research Group and served as the Livable Communities Associate Director for Greenbelt Alliance. She has served on the boards of TransForm, the League of Conservation Voters for the East Bay, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County and East Bay Housing Organizations.
Bob Allen, Director of Transportation Justice, Bob has lead the TJ Program at UH since 2007. In 2009 Bob helped lead a successful coalition Civil Rights campaign to stop the use of $70 million in federal stimulus funds for the Oakland Airport Connector project based on civil rights violations. More recently Bob led UH's work supporting the successful Free MUNI for Youth campaign and regional equity campaign through the 6 Wins Network. His background and experience include community planning and policy work both in the United States and internationally with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), labor organizing with UNITE, as well as organizing and advocacy with refugee and immigrant communities. Bob received both his bachelor's degree in Political Science and History and his master's in Public Policy from Rutgers University.
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In 1999, Dr. Feria-Galicia completed his Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine Graduate School. As a member of the Scholars Program at Whittier College, Joe graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in 1994. He later obtained his California Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Clear Bilingual Crosscultural Language Academic Development Certificate from the State of California.
Josy McEldowney, Associate Director of Operations and Administration, has more than 10 years of experience in non-profit administration and bookkeeping, and most recently ran her own consulting business, McEldowney Bookkeeping Services. Josy has a Master’s degree in Public Health from University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
Rae Thomas, Administrative Assistant, has a strong background in working for social justice movements and organizations. For the past ten years, he has worked as an advocate, administrator, teacher, community organizer, and writer. Prior to landing at Urban Habitat, Rae was the Administrative Coordinator for RYSE Youth Center. Before moving to California, he served as the Program Director at an LGBTQ organization in Tacoma, Washington. Rae received his Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from California College of the Arts and his Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Writing from The Evergreen State College.