Ellen has dedicated her professional career to improving the health and wellbeing of low-income communities of color. Prior to joining Urban Habitat, she was Executive Director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) for 12 years. She serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including: City of Oakland’s Park and Recreation Commission and the Board of Directors for the East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). She received her Master's in Public Health from UCLA.
Director of Policy and Advocacy Campaigns
Bob has led the Transportation Justice Program at Urban Habitat since 2007. In 2009, Bob helped lead a successful 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 for Social Equity Network. His background and experience include community planning and policy work both in the United States and internationally, labor organizing, 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.
Program Manager of Leadership Development and Advocacy
Wendy is a Bay Area native who grew up working class and has spent most of her life being a renter and transit dependent. A long-time San Francisco resident, she is passionate about civic engagement and fighting for more equitable infrastructure. Wendy is a BCLI alum who has served as the Chair of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's Citizens Advisory Committee and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the San Francisco Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Advisory Committee. As a commissioner, Wendy has consistently advocated for policies that center the voices and interests of low-income residents, immigrants, and people of color. She is a founding member of Richmond District Rising, a coalition of neighborhood activists who are building political power among tenants, working families, immigrants, and BIPOC living in San Francisco's Richmond District. She attended San Francisco State University where she double-majored in American Studies and Urban Studies.
Program Director of Leadership Development and Advocacy
Larisa is a passionate advocate with a great sense of humor and love for justice. Working with and for communities of color and low-income communities energizes and inspires her. At Urban Habitat, she oversees the leadership development activities of the organization, ensuring alignment with our policy priorities. She is an alumna of Urban Habitat's Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). Larisa is an advisory board member for PODER, a San Francisco-based economic and environmental rights organization and board treasurer/secretary for EBASE, an Oakland-based regional economic rights organization. Prior to joining Urban Habitat, she managed a ten-county immigration legal services collaborative at the International Institute of the Bay Area.
Director of Finance and Operations
For over 25 years, Pam Flood has worked to provide a strong foundation for non-profits working for equity and social justice. Prior to joining Urban Habitat, she was the Director of Finance and Operations of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) for 15 years. Her experience includes financial management, operations, human resources, event management, fundraising, and grantmaking. Pam is a graduate of Amherst College, earning a B.A. in Sociology and Black Studies.
Vallejo Housing Justice Organizer
Cristal has joined Urban Habitat as the Vallejo Housing Justice Organizer. Cristal works closely with Vallejo residents and community organizations to develop a comprehensive housing justice policy agenda for the city. She will also help raise community awareness on tenant rights, affordable housing and preservation, and alternative land and housing strategies. Prior to joining Urban Habitat, Cristal worked in municipal governance, with more than six years of experience in a variety of roles. Cristal received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis as well as her Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College.
Program Manager of Equitable Development
Ramon is dedicated to supporting low-income communities and communities of color by creating paths to equity in urban planning. Prior to joining Urban Habitat, he was the Environmental Health Community Planner for Sarasota County in Florida. Ramon co-founded the Hispanic/Latinx Association of Sarasota County, where he helped increase access to COVID-19 testing and vaccination for low-income communities of color. He previously worked for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation in San Francisco, focusing on tenant rights and low-income housing development. Ramon's expertise is in participatory budgeting, community organizing, community planning, and policy work in California and across the nation. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in Ethnic Studies and Geography from UC Berkeley and his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning & Latin American Studies from UCLA.
Director of Housing Justice
Chris has been advancing community-driven campaigns for housing justice and equitable development for over a decade. Before joining Urban Habitat, she worked at PolicyLink, leading anti-displacement and inclusive economic development strategies with national partners, grassroots community organizations, and local government officials. Chris currently serves on the board of the Berkeley Housing Authority and the Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance.