Jacey K. Cooper
Chief Deputy Director of Health Care Programs
California Department of Health Care Services
Grants Management, Victim Services Program
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Community Member and Congressional Aide
Office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Assistant Director of Housing and Homelessness
California Department of Social Services
Director, Student Achievement and Support Division
California Department of Education
Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez
California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Lourdes Castro Ramírez to serve as Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. She brings more than 25 years of public service and executive management experience in affordable housing and community economic development, and having been sworn in on March 2, 2020, she is charged with leading key initiatives integral to realizing the Governor’s vision to expand affordable housing and create inclusive economic growth opportunities that serve all Californians. Secretary Castro Ramírez oversees departments responsible for funding affordable housing, enforcing civil rights protections, monitoring banking and financial transactions, strengthening consumer protections, and licensing 3 million working professionals.
Secretary Castro Ramírez was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Public and Indian Housing. While there, she managed $26 billion in federal program funds and worked closely with federal, state, local and tribal governments to advance affordable housing policies and programs.
Prior to joining HUD, Castro Ramírez was President and CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority, where she expanded affordable housing opportunities, developed education, health and workforce partnerships that helped residents improve their circumstances, and secured a federal Choice Neighborhood Grant that created community-centered revitalization efforts.
Most recently, she served as President of the University Health System Foundation in San Antonio, where she spent three years building philanthropic support for patient-centered programs, and improving access to innovative and compassionate care for families across South Texas.
Castro Ramírez began her career working as a Community Planner in Ventura County and spent 10 years with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles in various capacities, including the Director of the Housing Choice Voucher program. She is an accomplished executive dedicated to building partnerships and leading public, private and philanthropic efforts to improve community and system-level housing, health, business, economic and educational opportunities.
She earned her master’s degree in Urban Planning and bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Chicano Studies at UCLA.
Castro Ramirez has served on several community and national boards, and received the 2019 Community Partner Award from the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects for chairing the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force. Her work on that commission led to the San Antonio City Council’s historic adoption of a comprehensive and compassionate housing policy that will guide planning, development, incentives, and housing efforts over the next decade. She is a 2020 San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee and a proud wife and mother of three children.
She is excited to return to California and eager to continue working collaboratively on complex community issues that require equal parts experience, leadership, and heart.
Gustavo F. Velasquez
In May of 2020 Gustavo Velasquez was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. In this leadership role, Velasquez leads California’s housing policy agenda and administers a wide range of programs that produce, preserve, and protect affordable housing and communities of opportunity across the state.
Velasquez was senior director at the Urban Institute, a renowned national research organization working to provide data analysis and insights to policymakers and practitioners in ways both relevant and actionable. Velasquez served for nearly three years as assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He served on behalf of the president as the strategic lead of the fair housing and inclusive community agenda for the Obama administration. During his tenure, HUD achieved groundbreaking enforcement victories in fair lending and in major housing discrimination cases. Velasquez led efforts to promulgate the landmark Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, a key tool for cities, states, and other HUD funding recipients to reduce inequality and disparities in access to opportunity.
Velasquez worked in executive roles in the administrations of DC mayors Anthony Williams, Adrian Fenty, and Vincent Gray. He also has nonprofit experience as executive director of the Latino Economic Development Center, a local community development organization in Washington, DC, and Congreso de Latinos Unidos, the leading social service provider to Latinos in Philadelphia.
Velasquez has served in numerous boards and committees of financial institutions, civil rights groups, and educational organizations at the local and national levels. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in public administration.
Toks Omishakin was appointed the 33rd Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in October 2019. As Director, he manages a $15 billion budget and more than 21,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, maintain 13,000 bridges, provide permitting of more than 400 public-use airports, fund three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and provide transit support to more than 200 local and regional transit agencies.
Omishakin’s transportation vision for California features a safe, sustainable and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships. Transformative innovation will also be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030. All local communities must be heard and share in the benefits of Caltrans projects, and he encourages a Caltrans culture of innovation and taking intelligent risks.
He came to Caltrans following eight years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). There, he successfully established environmental, multimodal and planning policies to make TDOT one of the best DOTs in the country.
As Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Director Omishakin was responsible for an administrative and project budget of more than $300 million annually. He also led the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, Multimodal Transportation Resources, and the Freight and Logistics Division.
Prior to that, he served as Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Nashville Mayor’s Office. In that capacity, he led development of Metro Nashville’s Complete Streets Policy and helped establish a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design. This included spearheading creation of two bicycle sharing programs.
In December 2019, Omishakin became Chair of the Active Transportation Council for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). This came after two years serving as committee vice chair and serving as chair of AASHTO’s Multimodal Task Force. He is also on the Board at America Walks and has advised the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through its Transportation Council Board.
Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Omishakin and his wife have two children. He is completing a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University; and a bachelor of arts in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.
Tiena Johnson Hall
Tiena Johnson Hall, Executive Director of the California Housing Finance Agency, is furthering the Agency’s mission to create and finance progressive housing solutions so more Californians have a place to call home. Through her leadership of CalHFA, the state’s affordable housing lender, she engages mortgage lenders, affordable housing developers, state and local agencies, advocacy organizations, public officials, and private financing markets to work collaboratively to create housing options in reach and accessible for more low- and moderate-income Californians.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Johnson Hall served on the CalHFA Board of Directors from 2014 and was the Senior Vice President and Manager of Community Development Finance for BBVA now a member of PNC Bank. She held various leadership positions for financial, banking and housing organizations such as Vice President and Community Development Manager, Bank of the West (2014); Senior VP and Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank (2005-2013); Director of Housing, Major Projects Division of the Los Angeles Housing and Investment Department (2004-2005); Senior VP and Regional Manager, Bank of America Community Lending (1997-2003); Finance Development Officer, Major Projects Division of the Los Angeles Housing and Investment Department (1995-1997); Project Manager, Abode Communities (1991-1994). She also served on various housing and financial boards and councils.
Ms. Johnson Hall received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Howard University and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Redlands.
Jacey K. Cooper
Jacey Cooper serves as the State Medicaid Director and Chief Deputy Director for Health Care Programs at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Ms. Cooper is responsible for the overall management of Health Care Delivery Systems, Health Care Financing, Health Care Benefits and Eligibility, Behavioral Health, and Legislative and Governmental Affairs. As the State Medicaid Director, Ms. Cooper represents California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal) with our federal partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Since January 2019, Ms. Cooper served as the Senior Advisor for Health Care Programs and prior to that, Ms. Cooper served as the Assistant Deputy Director for Health Care Delivery Systems starting in April 2016. In these roles, Ms. Cooper was responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, evaluation, and management of various programs and policies at the department.
Prior to coming to DHCS, Ms. Cooper worked as the Vice President of Administrative Services at Kern Medical Center and as a health care consultant. Through this work she has gained over ten years of experience in health care policy, operations, integrated delivery models, managed care, business development, and quality monitoring.
Russell Atterberry has been undersecretary at the California Department of Veterans Affairs since 2015. He was executive officer at the Navy Operational Support Center, Sacramento from 2014 to 2015. Atterberry was department head student at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command from 2012 to 2013 and head of the Operations and Training Department for the U.S. Navy Cruiser Class Squadron from 2008 to 2010. He served in several positions in the U.S. Navy from 1995 to 2008, including command control center officer, ordinance officer, force protection officer and engineer.
Gina Buccieri-Harrington has been assistant director of grants management in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services since 2009, where she has served in several positions since 2007, including staff services manager. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree in organizational development from Golden Gate University.
Gary McCoy currently works in the District Office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a Congressional Aide. He has previously worked as a Policy & Community Affairs Manager at the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, served as Chief of Staff in the Office of San Francisco Supervisor Julie Christensen, a Legislative Aide in the Office of San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, and an Aide in the Office of San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed. He is a member of the San Francisco Shelter Monitoring Committee, board members of the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club, a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission-Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Committee, and a former board member of the Castro Country Club Advisory Board. Gary McCoy is the Council’s subject matter expert with lived experience. Gary was formerly homeless, having lived on the streets in San Francisco through the majority of his twenties. Since getting back on his feet, Gary has been heavily active in the substance use disorder recovery community, and is a strong advocate of harm reduction programs.
Alexis is a full time employee with Uplift Family Services, where she provides clinical services to families and youth involved in the Child Welfare System. As a former foster youth who spent over 18 years in care, Alexis has become a lead advocate working on various policy issues that directly affect our young people in care today.
Since 2012, Alexis has advocated and supported policy passing’s and implementation alongside many youth organizations. Alexis’ advocacy work led Governor Jerry Brown to appoint her to California’s Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council in 2018, making her the first formerly homeless youth to sit on the council.
Jody Ketcheside has been deputy regional director at Turning Point of Central California Inc. since 2012. Ketcheside was Transitional Living Center manager at the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission from 2009 to 2012, where she was shelter manager from 2007 to 2009. She was residential administrator at Genesis Family Center, Fresno from 1999 to 2007. Ketcheside is chair of the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care Executive Committee and vice chair of operations at the California Coalition for Youth.
Gail Gilman is a dynamic executive with 25 years of experience designing and driving policy, strategy, and real estate development that disrupts homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the globe. She leads the local and national conversation on success measurements and outcomes in supportive housing and architected San Francisco’s industry-leading “Moving Beyond” housing ladder system that is now emulated in cities across the country.
Gail joined All Home CA as Chief Strategy Officer at its inception in 2019. Gail has served for a decade as the CEO of Community Housing Partnership. Gail deeply knows that population-specific outcomes must be part of any housing intervention for people experiencing homelessness.
Gilman is a Port Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco. She earned a Master of Non-Profit administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from San Francisco State university.
Emilio Ramirez is the Director of the Office of Homeless Solutions for the City of Riverside. Mr. Ramirez started with the City in June 2011. Prior to working for the City, he spent twelve years at the County of Riverside working his way from Development Specialist II to Assistant Director, a position he held for the last four years. Mr. Ramirez graduated from the University of California, Riverside, with a B.A. in Sociology and Economics. He received his Masters of Science in Economics from California State University, Pomona. He holds a Doctor of Jurist Prudence from Whittier Law School and is an active member of the State Bar of California.
Joseph Uchishiba has been a police officer for the City of Fairfield Police Department’s Homeless Intervention Team since 2014, where he has held several positions since 1995, including crisis intervention team leader, youth diversion officer, youth services officer and crime suppression officer. He was a deputy sheriff at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office from 1994 to 1995 and a reserve police officer at the City of Vallejo Police Department from 1991 to 1994.
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 at Home (SV@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 program.
Amy Anderson serves as Senior Vice President of Housing Affordability Philanthropy for Wells Fargo. Prior to this role, she was Chief Housing Officer for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti from November 2019 through March 2021.
Previously, Amy led the work of PATH Ventures, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating affordable and stable homes for people struggling with the high cost of housing in California, particularly families and individuals experiencing homelessness. With over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of urban planning and real estate, Amy is a well-respected leader in the development of high-quality, affordable housing communities. Amy has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA and within her own community of Santa Monica serves as a Planning Commissioner.
Corrin Buchanan serves as the Assistant Director of Housing and Homelessness for the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). Before joining CDSS, Corrin worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LADHS) where she served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Diversion and Reentry and was responsible for diverting individuals with mental disorders away from the criminal justice system and into community based treatment and permanent supportive housing. She also worked for Housing for Health at LADHS where she launched and managed the Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool, a locally funded rental subsidy program. Corrin also worked as a Health Program Planner for Housing and Urban Health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and as the Community Programs Director for the San Francisco Women’s Building. Corrin holds a Bachelor's degree and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.
Lindsay Tornatore, Ed.D. serves as the Director of the Student Achievement and Support Division at the California Department of Education. In this role, Dr. Tornatore oversees the management and implementation of numerous federal and state programs designed to support California’s most at-promise students, which includes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
She has a combined thirteen years of experience as an arts educator in elementary, middle, high, and postsecondary school. She earned a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University; a Master of Education degree in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Master of Education degree in education and educational leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In September 2020 Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaughnessy JD joined the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Support. Previously she was a Senior Project Manager at Jobs for the Future, where she led and drove many California projects focused on centering economic advancement strategies that included cross-sector network building, inclusive regional economic development strategies, and lifelong learning system design.
She has substantial experience in private sector, public service and nonprofit work, in various size organizations. Much of Ruan-O’Shaughnessy’s work has been at the intersection of policy design, strategic planning and project implementation, with an emphasis on catalyzing economic empowerment and social mobility.
Her experiences include service as Vice President of Employment Opportunities at United Healthcare, where she worked in a national unit that developed integrated health and human services strategies to improve population health outcomes for the company’s six million Medicaid members. She was the first corporate executive for a U.S. subsidiary of a global manufacturer, where she led the company’s transition from concept to full production with over 1,000 employees within 18 months. She also led statewide economic development strategies as the Deputy Chief of Strategic Business Investments at the Ohio Development Services Agency.