Housing Matters

An exclusive webinar series for councilmembers in the Bay Area

Join California State Senators Dave Cortese and Josh Becker and Meta in partnership with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) and the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA).



an exclusive webinar series for councilmembers in the Bay Area


Friday, December 3, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:15 AM PT

A historical narrative of housing in the Bay Area, which will shed light on existing policies and the need for further potential intervention.

Moderator: Roy Austin, VP of Civil Rights, Meta
Carolina Reid, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations 
Poncho Guevera, Executive Director Sacred Heart Community Service
Stephen Menendian, Deputy Director, Othering and Belonging Institute

ROY L. AUSTIN (Jr. Vice President – Civil Rights and Deputy General Counsel) – Meta

Roy joined the Meta team from the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where he was a partner specializing in criminal defense and civil rights law. He has over 25 years of experience working as both a civil rights lawyer and advocate, having begun his career as an honors trial attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. He spent many years in the federal government in several prominent roles, including as a Senior Assistant US Attorney in the Civil Rights Unit of the DC US Attorney’s Office and as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 2010 to 2014.

Roy worked on the White House Domestic Policy Council as Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. In this position, Roy co-authored a report on Big Data and Civil Rights, worked with President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, helped develop the Police Data Initiative and was a member of the president’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.

Roy got his BA in Political Science from Yale University and attended the University of Chicago Law School.

GLORIA BRUCE (Executive Director) – East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)

Gloria is  a “weaver” and a “builder” committed to community development and affordable housing, philanthropy, and community organizing in service of social justice. Her niche is helping to ensure that organizations (formal or informal) that strive to do good are run well. She has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including teaching, writing, research, public speaking, management, grantmaking and fundraising, to help ensure that all people in the East Bay have an affordable home, with a focus on promoting social and racial justice through housing for those most in need. 

And because housing isn’t enough, she is active in and around Oakland on school issues, neighborhood volunteering and electoral outreach. She has served as a commissioner with the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Advisory Commission.

Gloria received her BA in History from Harvard University and a master’s in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley.

PONCHO GUEVARA (Executive Director) – Sacred Heart Community Service

Poncho’s professional career has been geared toward the advancement of economically disadvantaged communities –from providing direct services targeting low-income union members to serving in executive management roles in nonprofit housing development corporations. His experience has reinforced his dedication to creating systemic approaches to eliminating poverty through a combination of investments in human services and advocacy for wider public policy solutions. 

He has helped build respected nonprofit organizations from the ground floor including Working Partnerships USA, the Interfaith Council, and the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, in addition to strengthening established community institutions, such as Emergency Housing Consortium and South County Housing Corporation. Poncho has also served in leadership roles for regional collaboratives and commissions such as the Santa Clara County Collaborative on Affordable Housing and Homeless Issues and the NOVA Workforce Board. 

Poncho is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, the Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellowship, and American Leadership Forum.

STEVEN MENEDIAN (Assistant Director and Director of Research) – The Othering & Belonging Institute

Stephen’s primary areas of expertise are structural racism, civil rights, fair housing, affirmative action and educational equity, but his research focuses on the causes and mechanisms of inter-group inequality, and the design of effective equity policy interventions permitted under prevailing interpretations of law.

At the Othering and Belonging Institute, he supervises many of the Institute’s research initiatives and ongoing projects. In particular, Stephen spearheaded the “Roots of Structural Racism” study revealing the persistence of racial residential segregation and its consequences, and a similar project focused on the San Francisco Bay Area. He also leads the Inclusiveness Index initiative, an annual assessment of global inclusivity rankings.  

Stephen is also an editor for Othering & Belonging, a journal published by the Othering & Belonging Institute, and edited a number of policy briefs published by the Institute’s faculty clusters, including co-authoring the brief Responding to Rising Inequality: Policy Interventions to Ensure Opportunity for All.  Stephen is a licensed attorney. 

CAROLINA REID (Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Faculty Research Advisor) – The Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Carolina specializes in housing and community development, with a specific focus on access to credit, housing and mortgage markets, urban poverty, and racial inequality.  Current projects with the Terner Center include research to understand the rising costs of construction in California, the benefits of affordable housing for low-income families, and the role of inequalities in mortgage lending post-recession on the racial wealth gap. Before that, Carolina served as the Research Manager for the Community Development Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for six years. 

Carolina’s work seeks to inform state and federal policy, and she has consulted on projects for the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Center for Community Capital, Abt Associates, as well as community development nonprofits.  

She has a BA from Stanford University and an MA and PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Friday, December 10, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:15 AM PT

A framework for understanding major housing laws and cities’ role in implementing their requirements.

Moderator: Ashley Weinstein Carnes, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass
Steven Falk, Fmr. City Manager, Lafayette
Cassie Gilson, Partner Axiom Advisors
Linda Mandolini, CEO Eden Housing

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Friday, December 17, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:15 AM PT

New innovative ideas and case studies of Community Land Trusts, missing middle housing and use of state density bonus for projects.

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