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Board of Directors

Our Steering Committee includes:


Sandra Slater, President has lived in Palo Alto for the last 26 years.  Her current position is Northern California Director of the Cool City Challenge, a project to achieve deep carbon reduction, create resilient neighborhoods, promote green economic development and reinvent our cities from the bottom up.  Sandra has served as a consultant to the Golden Gate National Recreational Parks Conservancy, to Zeta Communities (a net-zero energy, LEED Platinum start-up), has led her own design firm, Sandra Slater Environments.  Sandra lives in downtown Palo Alto in a home she designed to showcase green design principles.  Sandra can be reached at sandra@sandraslater.com.



Elaine Uang, Secretary arrived in the South Bay in 1988 as a fourth grader, and credits all the house hunting during the move with cementing her interest in architecture.  She has spent 23 of the last 26 years bouncing up and down the Peninsula, before returning to Palo Alto in 2011. She currently resides in the first post-office of Palo Alto/Stanford, which she renovated inside and out (with an edible garden!) to serve as a comfortable dwelling for her, her husband and two young daughters.  As an architect and design thinker, she spends nearly allof her professional and spare time thinking about how our built environment can be improved, from street furniture to housing policies.   She has BA in Human BIology from Stanford University and an M.Arch from the Universityof Virginia. Elaine can be hailed at elaine@elaineuang.com.


Steve_LEVY.jpgSteve Levy, Treasurer came to Palo Alto in 1963 for Stanford Graduate School. Steve and Nancy raised their children in a home close to Duveneck school and moved downtown to a condo in 2005. Steve is the Director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. His work focuses on long term regional growth projections and planning for public agencies in California and on workforce projections and policy implications, with a focus on helping workers, businesses and the economy. He serves on the state and our local area workforce boards, is on the committee advising the state on the new state housing policy and served on the Palo Alto Infrastructure Commission. Steve can be reached at slevy@ccsce.com.

Morin.pngDiane Morin, Board Member was born in Paris, France, to a French photographer and American secretary. She was raised in Rome, Italy, surrounded by her Italian family, and came to the United States for her higher education: college (Pomona College), graduate school (University of Michigan and University of California, Berkeley) and law school (University of San Francisco). She raised her only child in Palo Alto as a single mother. Her daughter, a journalist, just graduated from college and is working as an editor. For over thirty years, Diane has been an attorney and mediator and is a Certified Family Law Specialist (as certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of California). She has based her family law practice in Palo Alto for the last 25 years. Her interests have been climbing, sailing and traveling. Diane is interested in issues concerning seniors, affordable housing and diversity as they apply to the place she proudly calls home: Palo Alto.

Eric Rosenblum, Board Member is a native of the small town of Steubenville, Ohio, but has been a resident of Palo Alto since 2007.  He lives in the Downtown North neighborhood with his wife, Titi Liu, who works for Stanford, and his two kids (at Jordan Middle School and Addison Elementary School).  He has spent his career working in strategic management and product management (for Drawbridge, Google and Boston Consulting Group, among others), and has been volunteering for the city of Palo Alto through his work as a Commissioner on the Planning and Transportation Commission. Eric received his AB from Harvard University and his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Eric can be reached at ericr@alum.mit.edu.




DeenaMehdiENG003.jpgMehdi Alhassani, Board Member is a member of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission. Passionate about Palo Alto's land use and planning policies, he also serves on the Comprehensive Plan Civic Leadership Group. Mehdi spent five and a half years working for President Barack Obama: first on then-Senator Obama's presidential campaign; and then for much of the President's first term, on foreign policy and national security issues. He is both a Fulbright Scholar and Truman National Security Fellow.  He loves reading, traveling with his wife, and playing basketball (at the JCC, Cubberley Center, and Stanford among other places!). Born and raised in Massachusetts, Mehdi first arrived to California by way of marrying a native Bay Area lady named Deena. He is very thankful he did, and they love calling Palo Alto home. In 2012, Mehdi joined Palantir Technologies. He can be reached at mehdi33@gmail.com



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