As Senior Director of Programs, Connie leads the organization's climate, transportation, land use and affordable housing work and advances UH's agenda on key partner coalitions. While a Program Coordinator, Connie led the Social Equity Caucus through a 10 year Evaluation and Strategic Plan, resulting in UH's launch of the State of the Region, Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute, and Speakers and Writers Bureau programs. On behalf of UH Connie has completed the Women's Foundation of California's Women's Policy Institute training, the University of Southern California's Ross Program in Real Estate, and the National Development Council's Real Estate Finance Certification. Prior to her years at Urban Habitat, Connie coordinated the Regional Sustainability Initiative at Redefining Progress. Through a fellowship from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Connie has worked with a variety of California organizations on urban planning issues, including the Earned Asset Resource Network (EARN), Unity Council, and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE). She has also worked as a planner and funding liaison for United Way of the Inland Valleys in Riverside, CA and as a Peace Corps volunteer leading sustainable tourism development projects in Bolivia’s Amazon Basin. Connie is a founding board member of AFAAD: Adopted & Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora and has directed the Children's Program at Pact Camp, training families adopting and fostering children of different races. She previously served on the board of the California Planning Foundation, and is currently serving as Diversity Director on the California Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Northern Section board. Connie earned her MCP in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in Communications & Spanish from La Sierra University.