At the Housing Crisis Action Group, our goal is to do our part in making Marin County a better place for all. Our mission is to create, build, and preserve much-needed housing.
We’re committed to investing our time and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2016, we’ve been organizing in Marin to bridge the gap between organizations and coalitions, educate the community, and take action on priority housing projects.
By bringing together diverse organizations, we represent a plethora of constituencies who want to tackle the housing crisis. Alone each organization does valuable work. But, TOGETHER, we can build the political will for Marin County to say "Yes" to housing.
ADUs and JADUs
Support building of Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units
Source of Income Ordinances
Support SIOs making it unlawful for landlords to discriminate based on the source of their tenant's income, as is often done with Section 8 housing vouchers
Increase housing supply to accommodate Marin County's job growth and aging demographics
Marin Organizing Committee
Jeff Bialik is a full-time retiree and longtime Marin County resident committed to advocating for the common good, especially affordable housing. He is a Trustee of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael Support Charitable Trust and active with the Marin Organizing Committee and Marin Interfaith Council. He is the retired executive director of Catholic Charities San Francisco and previously held administrative and/or teaching positions with Dominican University of California, Golden Gate University, and the University of Notre Dame. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Washington.
Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative
Larry Kennings is an environmental planning consultant with 52 years of experience, 45 of which have been in Marin County. He received a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of design. He is currently serving Marin County as a sworn member of the Parks and Open Space Commission. He was a Founding Director of the International Association of Public Participation. Larry also was a Founding Director and President of the Alumni Association for the University of California’s College of Environmental Design.
Samina Saude serves as the chair of the San Rafael Planning Commission , the chair of the San Rafael City Schools Bond Oversight Committee, and on the Sun Valley Elementary PTO Executive Board. She recently started her own design practice after almost 20 years of working for nationally recognized Architecture & Urban Planning firms, and as a Design Director for major companies in the Bay Area.She holds a degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
North Bay Leadership Council
Joanne was appointed President and CEO of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and took office on May 1, 2014. Prior to her appointment, Joanne was the Director of Marketing and Community Promotion. Joanne’s skills include strategic planning, marketing and public relations, budgeting, community outreach, volunteer leadership, team building, board development, membership, and program and event implementation. Her specialties include business advocacy, connecting leaders and influencers and building coalitions.
Jeff Schoppert is the former managing partner of the San Rafael law firm Keegin
Harrison Schoppert Smith & Karner LLP, where he represented Marin Housing Authority in the administration of the Below Market Rate Homeownership Program for more than twenty years.
He served as chair of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, chaired the Chamber’s workforce housing committee and is a former San Rafael Planning Commissioner. Since his retirement,
Jeff has volunteered regularly with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank and currently serves on the Food Bank’s board of directors. Jeff received his B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from the University of
California at Santa Barbara and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Housing Crisis Action,
Katie joined Housing Crisis Action as a part-time staff in 2017. Katie is passionate about civic engagement and supporting impact-driven organizations with partnerships, development, advocacy, and storytelling. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Dominican University of California in San Rafael.
College of Marin Trustee
Diana Conti has been a Trustee of the College of Marin since 2009. She has directed a broad variety of nonprofits for more than three decades and is currently CEO of PARCA, which serves people with developmental disabilities. She was the founding board president of Brilliant Corners, which provides housing and services for special needs and low-income populations.
Cecilia Zamora is the Executive Director of the Latino Council and President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin. Cecilia served on the Marin Women’s Commission for 21 years, retiring in 2017. She is a Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute of the California Women’s Foundation and a graduate of HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality)
Leadership Institute. She has been the Chair of the San Rafael Leadership Institute, a program of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, since 1998. Cecilia has received many recognitions for her leadership and is featured in the book “100 Faces of Marin”. She was named “Servant Leader of the Community” by Rep. Jared Huffman, and “Northern California Woman of the Year” by State Senator Mike McGuire. Cecilia was recently inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame – Class of 2020.