SCCHA Board of Commissioners

SCCHA’s Board consists of seven commissioners, five commissioners plus two tenants of the housing authority, one being a senior citizen. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appoints SCCHA commissioners for four-year terms, with the exception of the tenant commissioners, who are appointed for two-year terms.  Here is SCCHA's current roster of commissioners:

Commissioner District End of Current Term
Commissioner:
Jennifer Loving, Chair
District:
District 4
End of Current Term:
April 30, 2019
Denis O'Neal, Vice Chair
District:
District 2
End of Current Term:
April 30, 2018
Commissioner:
Lionel Lorié, Tenant Commissioner
District:
District 5
End of Current Term:
April 30, 2018
Commissioner:
Kathy Espinoza-Howard
District:
District 5
End of Current Term:
April 30, 2020
Commissioner:
Adrienne Lawton
District:
District 3
End of Current Term:
April 30, 2021
Commissioner:
Elizabeth Gardner, Tenant Commissioner
District:
District 1
End of Current Term:
April 30, 2018
Commissioner:
Bill Anderson
District:
District 1
End of Current Term:
April 30, 2018
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Commissioner Jennifer Loving, Chair

Throughout her 20-year career, Jennifer Loving has spearheaded efforts to better serve the needs of homeless individuals and families in Silicon Valley. As Executive Director of the public-private partnership Destination:Home since 2010, she has brought together public officials, government agencies, private sector leaders and nonprofit executives to collectively leverage more than $50 million in permanent housing and resources to end chronic homelessness in Santa Clara County. Chair Loving helped develop the County’s first “Housing First” program for homeless families. She oversaw the development and implementation of the 2015 Community Plan to End Homelessness as well as Home Not Found, the most comprehensive cost-of-homelessness study completed in the United States. In 2016, Chair Loving facilitated the release of The Silicon Valley Triage Tool, an open-source, predictive forecasting tool for supportive housing. Prior to joining Destination:Home, Chair Loving was Chief Executive Officer of EHC LifeBuilders (now HomeFirst). She is a Senior Fellow with American Leadership Forum and a Board Member of Silicon Valley @ Home. In 2017, Chair Loving was appointed by California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon to the new California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council, which is working statewide to implement the Housing First strategy. A native of Southern California, Chair Loving earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. She was appointed to the agency’s Board of Commissioners in 2016.

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Commissioner Denis G. O'Neal, Vice Chair

Denis G. O’Neal, is an attorney with extensive experience in elder, government and labor law.  He serves as a member of the Santa Clara County Personnel Board and as a hearing officer for Santa Clara County’s Department of Planning and Development. In 2004, Vice Chair O’Neal retired as Deputy County Counsel at the County of Santa Clara where he had worked for more than 20 years. During that time, he was president and negotiator for the Santa Clara County Counsel Attorneys Association. Before joining the County Counsel’s office, Vice Chair O’Neal was a research assistant for labor law Professor Herman Levy at Santa Clara University School of Law and was a summer extern for former California Supreme Court Justice Allen Broussard. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a Santa Clara County eligibility and social services worker for 13 years. During that time, he was a founding member, officer and negotiator for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) locals 535 and 715. Vice Chair O’Neal earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from San Jose State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1984. A native of Vallejo, he grew up in a military family and went to grade school and high school in five countries and three states. A resident of Morgan Hill, Vice Chair O’Neal is married, with one son and two grandchildren. He was appointed to SCCHA’s Board of Commissioners in 2011.

Tenant Commissioner Lionel Lorié

Lionel_Lorie-webLionel Lorié has lived at SCCHA-owned Rincon Gardens Apartments in Campbell since 2003. Commissioner Lorié and his wife immigrated from Cuba to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1968. Unable to graduate with the doctoral degree he had earned in Philosophy and Literature from Universidad de Oriente due to the severe repression there in the years following the Cuban Revolution, Commissioner Lorié taught English as a second language (ESL) in Cuba to support his family. Later in the United States, he taught ESL to immigrants of various ethnic backgrounds through a community outreach program in his church. A lifelong volunteer with a passion for giving back to his community, Commissioner Lorié has ministered to the incarcerated through Prison Fellowship, volunteered with Saratoga Federated Church in providing meals to those without shelter, and traveled with short-term mission teams to Mexico and Guatemala. At Rincon Gardens, he enjoys teaching English to residents as well as helping disabled residents as a volunteer driver. Before retiring in 2008, Commissioner Lorié was a contractor with International Business Machines Corp. in San José and Executive Production Manager and a member of the Board of Directors at Innovated Packaging Co., a packaging and packing supplier based in Newark, Calif. He also developed and for 25 years ran the northern California pickup/delivery service for Chicago-based printer J.S. Paluch Company Inc. Commissioner Lorié was appointed to SCCHA’s Board of Commissioners in 2015.

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Commissioner Kathy Espinoza-Howard

Kathy Espinoza-Howard has more than 30 years of public sector management experience. Formerly Director of Human Services and Cubberley Community Center Division for the City of Palo Alto, Commissioner Espinoza-Howard has extensive experience in developing public-private partnerships as well as homeless program policy at the local, state and federal levels. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the first countywide homeless plan for Santa Clara County. Commissioner Espinoza-Howard co-founded the Santa Clara County Collaborative on Homeless Services and Affordable Housing, as well as the Community Technology Alliance. In addition, she served as the City of Palo Alto’s management representative in the development and construction of The Opportunity Center of the Midpeninsula, which provides homeless services and affordable housing in downtown Palo Alto. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Commissioner Espinoza-Howard was appointed to SCCHA’s Board of Commissioners in 2006.

Commissioner Adrienne Lawton

Commissioner Adrienne Lawton

Adrienne Lawton is Associate Pastor and Chief Operations Officer at Community Homeless Alliance Ministry (CHAM) Deliverance Ministry in San José. Her responsibilities include day-to-day administration and coordinating worship services. She is also serving as president of CHAM Deliverance Ministry’s Board of Directors. Commissioner Lawton is a tireless advocate and minister for the homeless, hospitalized and incarcerated, having served in San José as a pastor or in social services for more than 30 years. She has held numerous positions at the CHAM homeless shelter, including case manager, counselor, security officer, children’s mentor and shelter manager. She also volunteered as a case manager for The Progress Program that was part of the Community Homeless Alliance Program, a pilot program to help house homeless families in San José under former Mayor Ron Gonzalez. In 1984, Commissioner Lawton was the first full-time, permanent African-American female employee to be hired as a protective services officer in the Security Department at Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center. Ordained for ministry in 1986, her first ministerial work was as chaplain for a club in The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC). A Bay Area native, she was appointed to SCCHA’s Board of Commissioners in 2013.

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Tenant Commissioner Elizabeth Gardner

Elizabeth Gardner’s life's work is about community and service. While raising a family, she is currently working part-time at the Bay Area Funeral Consumers Association, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit dedicated to educating the public on burial rights and end-of-life decisions. Her service to her community has included working as a volunteer for Palo Alto’s Measure D (2013), as a Special Project Liaison to the General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and as a volunteer with Sonoma County Transportation & Land Use Coalition. A resident of the Palo Alto Housing Community, her children are benefiting from the excellent education the Palo Alto public school system provides. Commissioner Gardner earned a master’s degree in English from Sonoma State University. She taught college freshman reading and composition at Sonoma State and was an English Department Instructional Aide at Santa Rosa Junior College. A native of the Bay Area, Commissioner Gardner was appointed to SCCHA’s Board of Commissioners in 2016.

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Commissioner William Anderson

William Anderson was a practicing attorney for 30 years in Santa Clara County before retiring from the office of the Santa Clara County Counsel in 2002. For many years he was the Santa Clara County Housing Authority’s legal counsel, and was chair of SCCHA’s Board for eight years. Since his retirement, Commissioner Anderson has been an active member of various county boards and commissions, including the County Personnel Board, the Assessment Appeals Board and the Fair Management Corporation. Commissioner Anderson is a 1972 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He enjoys an active retirement with his wife, Alice Wheatley, in Los Gatos. He was appointed to SCCHA’s Board of Commissioners in 2004.

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