Who We Are

Staff

Jennifer Loving

Executive Director

Jennifer Loving has spent her career spearheading efforts to better serve the needs of homeless individuals and families in Silicon Valley.  Working in a variety of shelter, street and housing programs, Jennifer has developed and collaborated on numerous innovative models including the County’s first Housing First program for homeless families and the Housing 1000 Campaign, which brought more than 1,000 chronically homeless men and women home.  A leader in systems change, she’s overseen the development and implementation of the 2015 Community Plan to End Homelessness and the production of Home Not Found, the most comprehensive cost of homelessness study completed in the United States. in 2016 she facilitated the release of The Silicon Valley Triage Tool, an open source predictive forecasting tool for Supportive Housing.  Jennifer is a Senior Fellow with American Leadership Forum  and is on the board of Silicon Valley @ Home. In 2016, Jennifer was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.

 

Maya Esparza

Director, All the Way Home: Campaign to End Veteran Homelessness

Maya most recently came from the United Way Silicon Valley, where she was the 211 Director for Santa Clara County. Her non-profit background includes roles at the American Red Cross Silicon Valley, where she was Vice President of Community Outreach and Services and at the Second Harvest Food Bank, where she managed their countywide information and referral hotline. Maya also has served as the founding board president of Latinas Contra Cancer and is a graduate of Los Altos LEAD. Her government experience includes several years working for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and as chief-of-staff to then-San Jose councilmember Nora Campos. A former Trustee at the Franklin-McKinley School District, she serves on the board of Operation: Care and Comfort, a non-profit that provides assistance to military personnel and their families, and is active with Veterans Voices of Santa Clara County. She lives in San Jose and is a graduate of Mills College and earned her Master’s in Public Administration from San Jose State University.

Chad Bojorquez

Director of Employment Strategies

Chad is a mission-driven change agent dedicated to ending homelessness. As a volunteer he was awarded the Silver Bowl Award from the Junior League of San Jose, the Community Quarterback Award from the San Francisco 49ers, and Bank of America’s Local Hero Award in 2011. As a case manager at InnVision he crafted his approach while helping women and families toward self-sufficiency through Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing. In his next role, Chad played a critical role in the growth at Downtown Streets Team in terms of size, scope, impact, and geography. Over 5 years, he helped craft a whatever-it-takes approach to case management and employment services, co-founded a social enterprise business as a living-wage job creation platform, and launched an East Bay branch of the organization. The Golden State Warriors and the San Jose Mayor’s Office named Chad as their 2015 Champion in the Community.

Chad is a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum, a graduate of Leadership San Jose, a two-time Most Valuable Player in the international sport power soccer, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Psychology at Palo Alto University.

Alejandra Herrera Chávez

Program Manager

Prior to joining Destination: Home, Alejandra worked in local government and the non-profit sector. She worked with the City of San José for more than seven years where she worked on federal and state housing policy issues. Her work also involved advocacy on issues related to the homeless and anti-poverty efforts. She originally joined the City of San Jose through the Management Fellows Program. She also served as the Director of the Community Development Institute’s Empowerment Research! program, as well as working with Latino Issues Forum and the Office of Congressman Sam Farr.

Alejandra holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs and Urban & Regional Planning from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Board

Chris Block

Chris Block is the son of Allen and Marion Block and was born in Los Gatos CA in 1961. He has been involved with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley since he was a member of Class XVI and has been the CEO with ALFSV since spring 2008. Chris spent 25 years as an affordable housing developer prior to coming to ALF.  Chris retired from ALF in 2015.

Jan Bernstein Chargin

Director of Public Information
Gavilan College

Jan Bernstein Chargin is the Director of Public Information at Gavilan College. She is passionately involved with homelessness and housing issues in the community. Jan serves as facilitator of the South County Homeless Outreach Task Force and has been the Board Chair of Gilroy Compassion Center since its beginning in 2011. She also serves on the Gilroy Housing Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Gavilan College, Jan worked for InnVision. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay, and an Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from Cornell University. Jan’s other passion is art. She has worked in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, digital, sculpture, and installation. It was through her personal involvement and experience as an artist that Jan became intimately connected with homelessness. She serves as a formerly homeless representative on the board of Destination: Home.

Louis Chicoine

Executive Director, Abode Services

Louis Chicoine has more than 20 years of experience finding solutions to homelessness. Louis brings a vast knowledge of local and regional housing policy, and the issues surrounding homelessness to our board.

Louis began his tenure at Abode Services as a program director in 1992 and became executive director two years later. Under his guidance and leadership, Abode Services has grown from a local “start-up” with one shelter serving 66 adults and children into a regional organization that provides housing services to more than 4,400 adults and children each year in Alameda, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.  Those services include programs for emancipated foster youth, and episodic and chronically homeless individuals and families.

In addition to his leadership of Abode Services, Louis’ expertise in housing and homeless solutions is widely recognized in the community. He serves as President of the Alameda County Council of Mental Health Agencies Board of Directors, is a senior fellow at the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, and is often sought for expert consultation and speaking engagements at groups seeking to learn more about supportive housing.

Louis holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Holy Names University in Oakland and Master’s degrees in social work administration and pastoral ministry.

Katherine Harasz

Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel
Housing Authority of the Santa Clara County

As Deputy Executive Director, Katherine Harasz works with the Executive Director in planning, directing and managing all HACSC activities. As General Counsel, she provides legal advice on all aspects of the agency’s operations and coordinates services provided by outside legal specialists.

Deputy Executive Director Harasz brings more than 25 years of legal and administrative experience to her position. Her legal expertise at the county, state and federal levels on all aspects of real estate acquisition, development and construction of public and public-private projects; finance; environmental quality; public records; as well as labor and employment law enhances her management of HACSC.

Prior to joining HACSC’s leadership team in 2012, Deputy Executive Director Harasz was Deputy County Counsel at the County of Santa Clara where she worked with several county departments, advisory boards, the Board of Supervisors and other public agencies including HACSC. She also was previously Associate Counsel for the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San José, specializing in public/private partnerships, construction, real estate and development.

Deputy Executive Director Harasz serves on the boards of NOVA Workforce Development, Destination: Home and the Continuum of Care Program for Santa Clara County. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida.

Jacky Morales-Ferrand

Jacky Morales-Ferrand currently serves as the Director of the Housing Department for the City of San José. She has more than twenty-seven years of experience in affordable housing and community development, including program implementation and policy development in the public, for-profit and non profit sectors. Jacky is responsible for overseeing the Housing Department, which has financed the development and improvement of 21,000 affordable housing units, leveraging more than $2.7 billion in private and public capital with over $800 million in City loans and grants. Most recently, she led the team that developed policy recommendations to establish an Affordable Housing Impact Fee (AHIF) in the City of San José. As an outcome of extensive stakeholder meetings and comprehensive research, the City Council approved an AHIF in November 2014 of $17.00 per net square foot on new market-rate rental housing development. Another notable achievement was the June 2015 ruling of the California Supreme Court upholding San José’s inclusionary housing policy which Jacky led through a community stakeholder process. Jacky has served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Centennial, CO and served on numerous nonprofit boards. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Jeffrey Smith

Dr. Jeffrey Smith, who prefers to be called Jeff, is the County Executive of Santa Clara County. Jeff came to Santa Clara County in 2009 with an extensive and impressive resumé. He has the unique distinction of having served as a doctor, lawyer, an elected official, and an executive manager. At the outset of his career, he served as the first medical director of a newly created combined medical and psychiatric inpatient unit and a Family Practice Staff Physician. He then moved to the Hospital and Clinics Division where he served as Assistant Chief of Surgical Service, Family Practice Residency Program Director, Chief Medical Officer and Family Practice Residency Director, and Executive Director of the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers. From 1992 to 1996, Jeff served on the Board of Supervisors in Contra Costa County. There he authored the Better Government Ordinance – a local open government plan, the original Industrial Safety Ordinance – allowing local regulation of heavy industry, and promoted program-based budgeting. He also emphasized the importance of the Children’s and Families Budget for Contra Costa County. Jeff served for four years as Councilmember for the City of Martinez, where along with his colleagues, he addressed transportation, downtown revitalization, land use, and reorganization of administrative structures. Jeff earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1989. In 1980, he graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, as a Medical Doctor and has been certified by the American Board of Family Medicine since 1985 Jeff is committed to providing quality services to the residents of Santa Clara County and plays an active role shaping policies that lead to better governance. Within his first year as Santa Clara County Executive and the establishment of the Center for Leadership and Transformation, Jeff Smith has empowered and inspired County employees to envision a new future for the County and its residents: to improve the quality of service, to create more efficient processes, to better utilize resources, and to become a national model County. Jeff has a record of being a good listener, analytical and strategic thinker, effective communicator, and a goal oriented, effective leader with a proven ability to accomplish change in bureaucratic systems that are difficult to manage. Jeff is married to Dr. Cynthia Ashbrook, has four children and three grandchildren.

John A. Sobrato

Chairman, The Sobrato Organization

As founder and principal of The Sobrato Organization, John heads one of the most successful real estate development organizations in California. John’s career in real estate dates back to the late 1950s. He began selling homes in Palo Alto, and while attending Santa Clara University, John arranged his classes to allow him to work three days a week. After graduating in 1960, John founded Midtown Realty and specialized in “Eichler” home re-sales. Building on his residential success, he expanded into commercial real estate, working with his mother Ann Sobrato to develop industrial properties nearly a decade before the name “Silicon Valley” was coined. In 1974, John sold Midtown Realty to focus on commercial development for the rapidly emerging high technology industry. The Sobrato Organization has since been responsible for development and construction of more than 150 office and research & development facilities, totaling more than 15 million square feet and 10,000 apartment units. While a corporate leader, John is a community leader—supporting many organizations in both board leadership and advisor positions, and believing that despite deep and compelling need, this entire Silicon Valley can thrive.

Ben Spero

Board Chair

Managing Director at Spectrum Equity
Benjamin Spero is a Managing Director at Spectrum Equity. Prior to joining Spectrum, Mr. Spero was a consultant at Bain & Company and co-founder of TouchPak Inc. Mr. Spero serves on the boards of directors of Ancestry.com, Animoto, GrubHub, ExactBid, SurveyMonkey, and WeddingWire.  Mr. Spero earned a B.A. in economics and history from Duke University.

Ted Wang

Partner, Corporate, Fenwick and West

Ted Wang represents emerging companies, venture capitalists and investment banks involved in a wide range of technologies with a focus on consumer Internet, e-commerce and software sectors.

His practice ranges from the formation of new start-up companies through venture capital financings to public offerings, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, where he has counseled companies which sold numerous companies to acquirers including AOL, CBS, eBay, Fox, Oracle, Google and Zynga. Ted has also counseled a number of Chief Executive Officers on employment agreements.

Ted is a leader in efforts to standardize financing documents and is the curator of the Series Seed Documents.

Ted is a former law clerk for the Honorable Samuel Conti, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.

Erica Wood

Chief Community Impact Officer
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

As the chief community impact officer, Erica leads SVCF’s efforts to identify and respond to the most challenging issues facing the San Francisco Bay Area region. In this role she oversees the institution’s discretionary grantmaking programs, strategic initiatives, research and convening activities. She also supports the institution’s public policy and advocacy work on board-prioritized issues.

Erica joined the community foundation in 2003 and has held several senior leadership positions including vice president and senior vice president of community leadership and grantmaking. Under her leadership the organization has received numerous awards for its work in economic security, early learning and education, immigration and land use planning.

Prior to joining the foundation, Erica was the director of research and evaluation at Applied Survey Research in Santa Cruz, California. While there she led the firm’s community assessment and major evaluation projects throughout the State.

Erica graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz and studied in Spain and Mexico. She serves on the board of the Community Action Agency in San Mateo County and is a current fellow of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley Chapter.

Erica lives in Half Moon Bay with her husband, Jesse and daughter, Paloma.

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