Board

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.

Roger Biscay

Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Safety, Security & Business Resiliency

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Roger Biscay joined Cisco in 1999 to manage its $20+ billion global investment portfolio.

Today, Roger is Senior Vice President and Treasurer with global responsibility for investments, corporate finance, foreign exchange, cash management, global risk management, safety, security, building access and business resiliency. Roger also manages the assets for the Cisco Foundation. He is a member of Cisco’s 401(k) Board and the Women’s Advisory Group Steering Committee.

Prior to joining Cisco, Roger held senior trading and sales positions in the areas of fixed income, foreign exchange and equity capital markets with major global financial institutions including the Royal Bank of Canada, Banque Paribas and Lehman Brothers in New York, London, Paris and San Francisco.

Biscay is a graduate of the University of San Francisco where he received both his BS in Finance and MBA.

Roger and his family reside in Los Altos, California.

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

As Executive Director of the Santa Clara County Housing Authority, Katherine runs one of the largest public housing authorities in the nation. She has nearly 30 years of legal and administrative expertise at the city, county, state and federal levels in all aspects of real estate acquisition, development and construction of public and public-private projects, finance, environmental quality, public records, and labor and employment law.

Katherine joined the Housing Authority in 2012, serving as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel. Prior to that she was Deputy County Counsel at the County of Santa Clara, where she worked closely with several county departments, advisory boards, the Board of Supervisors and other public agencies including the Housing Authority. It was during her tenure at the county when Congress recognized and designated the Housing Authority as a Moving to Work agency in 2008. Katherine also was Associate Counsel with the City of San José Redevelopment Agency, where her practice focused on public-private partnerships, construction, real estate and development.

In addition to our board, Katherine serves on the boards of the National Leased Housing Association and NOVA Workforce Development. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.

Jennifer Loving

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 and appointed by the California State Senate to serve as a member of the State of California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council..

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.

Miguel Márquez

Chief Operating Officer, Santa Clara County

Miguel Márquez serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the County of Santa Clara.  He previously served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, and before that as the County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara.

Before coming to Santa Clara County, Miguel served as General Counsel of the San Francisco Unified School District and as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.  He started his public service career as a Deputy County Counsel in San Mateo County.

Miguel has also worked for two private law firms (Cooley LLP and Remcho, Johansen & Purcell), and as a Management Consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick, where he was part of a national financial and organizational consulting practice.

Miguel’s parents immigrated to the United States from México with only a limited amount of formal education. Spanish was Miguel’s first language, so programs like Head Start were critical to his early education. These formative experiences inspired his commitment to public service.

Miguel received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law, his Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University.

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.

Joel John Roberts

For 21 years, Joel John Roberts has led PATH, and its housing development agency PATH
Ventures, as the Chief Executive Officer. The mission of PATH is to end homelessness for
individuals, families, and communities. This community-based organization currently has 26
locations throughout the State of California. The major regions where PATH is located are: Los
Angeles/Southern California, San Diego/South, Santa Barbara/Central Coast, and San
Jose/Bay Area.

In the past four years, PATH has moved more than 7,500 people who were formerly homeless
into permanent apartments. PATH Ventures has 19 permanent supportive housing communities
completed or in development that includes 1,045 housing units. These agencies have nearly
400 staff, a total annual operating budget of $52 million, and have raised over $400 million in
capital funds for permanent supportive housing.

Roberts is currently a member of San Diego’s Regional Continuum of Care Board of Directors,
San Diego’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board, and recently was the co-Chairperson for
the Governor’s California Interagency Council on Veterans/Interventions to Solve
Homelessness Sub-Committee.

Roberts is also the author of numerous opinion pieces on homelessness, as well as the book,
“How To Increase Homelessness.” He is the publisher of the national online journal for housing
and homelessness, PovertyInsights.org, and is a writer on homelessness for Huffington Post.

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

Investment Partner, Cowboy Ventures

Ted Wang is an investment partner at Cowboy Ventures, a seed stage venture fund based in the Bay Area. Cowboy’s focus is backing founders building products that “reimagine work and personal life in large and growing markets” which they refer to as Life 2.0.

Ted invests in both enterprise software and consumer facing technology companies. At Cowboy, Ted has led investments in companies such as Vic.ai, Lumatax, Fullcast.io, and Aura Health, once describing his investment focus as “unsexy tech”. He also invests in consumer applications promoting wellness. At Cowboy, Ted is best known for helping companies understand metrics and hit milestones needed to get to Series A financing.

Prior to joining Cowboy, Ted was a leading startup lawyer, including as a partner at technology law firm Fenwick & West. Ted was outside counsel to an array of venture-backed technology companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Square, Sonos, Spotify, Jet, Zuora, Apprio, Samsara, Gusto, Honor, Satellogic, Stripe and Wealthfront.

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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