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Allen Fernandez Smith, President & CEO, has been committed to issues of social, racial and environmental justice since his early years growing up in Chicago, where he got a firsthand look at inequality and the systematic exclusion of low-income families and communities of color from economic and political opportunities.
Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute
In 1999, he 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.
Land Use and Housing Program
Vu-Bang Nguyen, Associate Director of Land Use and Housing, began his journey into the world of land use planning after studying Architecture at the University of California (UC) - Berkeley with an emphasis on City and Regional Planning and Design in the Third World while also working for the City Planning Departments of San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley, CA. He continued his studies at UC - Berkeley and completed a Masters in City and Regional Planning with an emphasis on Community Development and Land Use Planning. His research included working with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency on increasing community engagement in the City’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, especially among San Jose’s Vietnamese American population. After City Planning positions for the City of Berkeley and Town of Los Gatos, Vu-Bang switched to the private development side as a Project Manager for a real estate development company in San Jose, CA. He is Urban Habitat's site coordinator for the Great Communities Collaborative, working in several planning efforts throughout the Bay Area including Sunnyvale and East Palo Alto. Vu-Bang is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Lindsay Imai, Associate Director of Transportation Justice, Lindsay works to increase funding for bus and other public transit systems serving low-income neighborhoods through research, policy analysis, advocacy, coalition building, community organizing support and media activism. Before joining Urban Habitat, Lindsay worked as a program manager with Citibank’s Community Mortgage Lending department focused on prime lending through partnerships with CDCs and other community development organizations; as a program manager and Academy Fellow with the Greenlining Institute focusing on affordable housing and community reinvestment; and as a community organizer to reform public schools in Queens, NY.
Lindsay completed a Master's degree in Public Administration in June 2006 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University with a focus on non-profit management and urban policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from Stanford University.