Construction Supervisor, Mayor’s Office of Housing
San Francisco, CA
Dan, a licensed architect, is the Construction Supervisor for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing where he serves as the lender’s representative on city-funded affordable housing developments. Previously, Dan worked as a project manager at Resources for Community Development, an affordable housing developer based in Berkeley, and as an architect with Asian Neighborhood Design (AND), a San Francisco community design center, where he helped to establish AND’s community planning program. Dan is a recipient of the Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship, and serves on the steering committee for the Green Affordable Housing Coalition. Dan holds a Masters of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley.
Director of Community Development
Hanson is a native of the Bay Area and has extensive urban planning experience working with various communities in the Bay Area. He is currently the Director of Community Development for the City of Sunnyvale where he oversees the City�s planning, building, housing, economic development and neighborhood preservation programs. He is a certified urban planner and a licensed landscape architect and blends the two disciplines into a strong interest in urban design. He has worked on development of policy plans that embrace concepts that advocate transit-oriented development and smart growth principles. Hanson has an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from U.C. Berkeley and masters degrees in urban and regional planning from San Jose State and public administration from Cal State East Bay.
Andrew joined Urban Ecology as a volunteer in the Summer of 2007. He first helped with outreach, facilitation, cartography, and publication for the East Bay Greenway. After being trained in waste and toxic reduction, he worked as a Green Business Auditor, assisting hundreds of business on the path to becoming certified. He was promoted to Project Manager in 2008, managing the participatory planning and design process of the Roosevelt Schoolyard. Currently he is in charge of the day to day operations of Urban Ecology.
He has facilitated dozens of community design workshops with participants ranging from school children to seniors and business owners. He is interested in sustainable urban design with its relationship to public safety and health, the environment, and the economic opportunities it presents. Andrew is an alumnus of the Urban Studies program at San Francisco State University.
Rebecca KochRay Minjares
Policy Analyst, International Council on Clean Transportation
San Francisco, CA
Ray Minjares is a policy analyst for the ICCT, and previously worked in Washington, DC focusing on federal clean transportation policy, and as a research analyst at UC Berkeley. He directed the National Clean Bus Project for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, DC and coordinated its strategic outreach during reauthorization of TEA-21. He later moved to the American Cancer Society to support the implementation of its strategic management plan and pursue links between environmental policy and health. Ray has a MPH in health policy and management from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and a BA in environmental studies and international development studies from UCLA.
Muhammad A. Nadhiri, Board Secretary
Managing Member, M.A.N. Associates, LLC
Muhammad has experience developing residential/retail/commercial mixed-use market-rate projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to forming M.A.N. Associates, Muhammad was a Senior Project Manager at AF Evans Development, Inc., specializing in larger-scale projects that served to enhance and promote community pride and regional presence. Specifically, Muhammad was responsible for two downtown-revitalization residential/retail mixed-use projects, totaling 433 for-sale units and 70,000 square feet of retail over five city blocks. Muhammad began his real estate career as an Associate at Wilson Meany Sullivan, LLC in San Francisco, where he co-managed the development of rental and for-sale residential/retail mixed-use projects in San Francisco and the Bay Area; one of which was as a member of the project team for the historic renovation of the Ferry Building. Prior to beginning his career in real estate development, Muhammad was an Analyst in the Corporate Finance Group at Nationsbanc Securities and an Associate in the Transportation Group at RBC Dominion Securities. Muhammad holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Morehouse College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Paul Okamoto, Board President
Partner, Okamoto Saijo Architecture
San Francisco, CA
Paul has committed his professional architectural career to designing dwellings, mixed-use buildings, and neighborhoods in ways that optimize environmental and social conditions. With his San Francisco-based firm Okamoto Saijo Architecture (OSA), he designs custom passive solar residences, affordable housing developments, community-based neighborhood plans, and researches on sustainable design issues. Paul is a licensed California architect and has a LEED Professional Accreditation with the U.S. Green Building Council. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, in 1981, and his Master of Architecture from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 1988. He was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design during 2000-2001.
Katherine WilliamsKatherine Williams
Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellow Visitacion Valley Community Development Corporation
San Francisco, CA
Katherine is an Assistant Project Manager at the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation. A former Rose Architectural Fellow, her current primary role is client representative for a mixed-use affordable condo project. She also serves as editor of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) magazine. She has also held several positions in the American Institute of Architecture at the local and national level. Katherine, a licensed architect, graduated from Howard University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She has one daughter.