Mission: Work with residents and city government to make Palo Alto a more affordable, sustainable city with improved housing and transportation options for our diverse, multi-generational group of residents.
What we do: We are optimists: we believe that we can meet our city’s future population needs with thoughtful planning. We host educational events, conduct original research on local housing and transportation-related issues, and serve as a voice to our elected officials and city staff. We are an organization with a broad coalition: retirees, fresh graduates, multi-generational Palo Altans and newcomers. We have a common interest in helping to envision and achieve targeted growth without gridlock in our community.
Board of Directors
Elaine Uang, President 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 most of the last three decades 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 dwelling for her, her husband and two young daughters. As an architect and design thinker, she spends nearly all of 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 University of Virginia. Elaine can be hailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve 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 email@example.com.
Mehdi Alhassani, Secretary 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant Dasher, Board Member Grant Dasher is a native of Edina, MN and has lived in Palo Alto for the last several years. He has worked as a software engineer at Google since 2009 both in Cambridge, MA and here in the Bay Area. He also served in the Obama administration as part of the United States Digital Service and has a long time passion for the fusion of technology and policy issues. He has an AB in Mathematics from Harvard University.
Diane 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.
Sandra Slater, Board Member has lived in Palo Alto for the last 29 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 email@example.com.
Amy Sung, Board Member , Board Member "From NASA’s mission of “For the benefit of all,” I found myself increasingly speaking of “Housing for all.” After a 10-year tenure in real estate in close encounters with home seekers and home owners, I knew all too well the pain point and sweet spot on housing and the Bay Area. The stories I heard won’t necessarily wreck your heart but rather shock you in disbelief and irony. There’s agony, anguish, and pinch. There’s also cheers, joys, and relief. I have seen the brute impact of housing effect on the rich, the poor, and everyone in between. I currently live and work in Palo Alto with my husband and two sons. Ordinary and no drama but as a long-time home owner, I want the opportunity provided for and to me and my family continue to exist and pass down. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Palo Alto High and Jordan Middle School). He has spent his career working in strategic management and product management (for Palantir, Drawbridge, Google and Boston Consulting Group, among others). He has just completed a term 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 email@example.com.