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CCRL California Center for Regional Leadership
Connecting California's Regions to the State and Each Other

200 Pine St., Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
Fax (415) 445-8974

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Seth L. MillerSeth L. Miller , Interim CEO, California Center for Regional Leadership
After five years as Sr. Program Officer for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, the CCRL Board appointed Seth as Interim CEO in January 2007. As such, Seth has spearheaded organizational advancement via lead responsibility for Board Renewal, funder relations, strategic planning, organizational finances, and overall organizational development. At the same time, Seth continues to shoulder his programmatic responsibilities focused on regional strategies to improve growth planning and social equity statewide. He is currently managing CCRL's work with Caltrans and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research to advance the field of regional blueprint planning, while also heading up CCRL's efforts with ClimatePlan, a statewide effort to connect land use planning and greenhouse gas emissions. Among many other publishing credits, Seth co-authored "Grapes, Electrons, Surf", "The California Story Report", and CCRL's electronic newsletter. As co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Taos, New Mexico and as the Executive Director of ASAP Online and NetDay - Oakland (two social ventures designed to address the digital divide), Seth is a nationally recognized leader in the area of social entrepreneurship, youth service, and workforce investment. Seth has a BA in History from The Colorado College, an MBA with a concentration in Public Management from Boston University, and twin 3-year-old sons.


Nick BollmanNick Bollman, Senior Advisor
Prior to founding CCRL, and serving as President and CEO from 2000-2005, Nick was Senior Program Director for The James Irvine Foundation. He created and managed the Foundation's program in Sustainable Communities, its largest program during his tenure, with grants totaling nearly $38 million. During this period, Nick also carried responsibility for the Foundation's support of service and volunteerism, community foundations, and various national and statewide public policy and philanthropic initiatives. At CCRL, Nick served as Technical Adviser to the California Economic Strategy Panel; Strategic Adviser to the California Workforce Investment Board and the Governor's Commission on Building (Infrastructure) for the 21st Century; and Chair of the Assembly Speaker's Commission on Regionalism. Nick is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, Florida Atlantic University, and the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. He also continues to be involved with California climate change solutions through New Voice of Business, the California Business Climate Network and other activities. Nick is a 1967 graduate of Harvard College and holds a Master of Arts degree from New York University in the History and Philosophy of Education.


Sandra Ivancich, Administrator/Controller
Since joining CCRL in 2002, Sandra is responsible for the agency's finances and general operating activities - payroll, general accounting functions, human resources practices and benefits, grant/contract administration, and organizational infrastructure. Sandra came to CCRL with more than twenty years experience in accounting, general operations and small business management. She has experience with both the for-profit and non-profit work environment, including manufacturing, retail, and services such as insurance, public accounting, and real estate. Sandra gained her formal academic training at San Francisco and San Mateo Community Colleges, where she focused on Business, Accounting, and Taxes. A native of Nicaragua, Sandra lives in San Francisco with her husband of 30 years, as is pleased to have her three daughters and new grandson nearby.


Mary Newson, Program Administrator
Since joining CCRL in March 2007, Mary Newson serves as Program Administrator, providing operational and programmatic support to the Blueprint Learning Network and various Sacramento-based programs. Over the past 10 years, Mary has worked in a number of non-profit organizations in various capacities, including serving as Organizational Coordinator for the East Bay Institute for Urban Arts, where she coordinated operations, recruited students, and provided the administrative backbone for their arts education programs. She also worked at the American Institute of Architects, managing membership, coordinating volunteers and planning for AIASF events. Mary holds a BA in Architectural Studies from Brown University and - when she has a chance - loves to weld in her free time.


Trish Kelly, Sacramento Director
With more than thirty years experience in strategic planning and capacity building in the areas of the "new economy," workforce and sustainable economic development, Trish leads CCRL's policy and program initiatives in these areas. Current projects and policy initiatives under her leadership include the Rural Economic and Health Vitality Project, the California Regional Progress Report, and the Economic Leadership Network, all of which are connecting the regions with state agency and legislative leadership. Throughout her career, Trish has participated in program and policy analysis and evaluation studies for state and federal governmental agencies, and provided technical assistance to a variety of cities, counties, local workforce investment boards, community-based organizations, and statewide non-profits and foundations, including the James Irvine Foundation, the Local Government Commission and the California Workforce Association. Trish was the Associate Director of CALED from 1994-1997, a statewide non-profit membership organization providing technical assistance and services to cities, counties and other organizations involved in local economic development. Previously, she worked for Applied Development Economics and Urban and Rural Systems Associates on regional economic and workforce development strategies and national policy evaluations and technical assistance projects. She is a long-time member of the Technical Advisory Team for the California Economic Strategy Panel. Trish graduated cum laude from Georgetown University and holds a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the proud mother of two UCLA Bruins, one just graduated; her third son is in high school starting his political career as class president.


Todd SchaferTodd Schafer, Senior Program Officer
An Urban Planner by training and policy analyst by vocation, Todd joined CCRL as a consultant in January 2007 and signed on as a Program Officer in April 2007. In addition to administrative responsibilities - including advising CCRL on organizational staffing, strategic planning, and marketing - Todd is leading various program aspects of the Rural Economic Vitality Project and the Blueprint Learning Network. Prior to joining CCRL, Todd held numerous senior management positions in Bay Area non-profits. Most recently, Todd was the Director of Development and External Relations at Pacific Community Ventures, California's first and largest community development venture capital fund. Before that, Todd served as Development and Communications Director at Sports4Kids, a $3 million youth development organization based in Oakland, and as Associate Director of San Francisco State University's Center for Tropical Research (now located at UCLA). Prior to entering the development world, Todd's various career stops focused on issues surrounding the American workforce. As a Presidential Management Intern, Todd served at both the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education & Labor. He was a policy analyst at the Economic Policy Institute, authoring and co-authoring reports, articles, and the policy compendium Reclaiming Prosperity (with Jeff Faux). Finally, Todd served under Secretary Robert Reich as a Special Assistant in the Clinton Administration. Todd is a graduate of Carleton College (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.S., Urban Planning), a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Zaire), and the father of two daughters and a baby boy.


Elinor Buchen - Policy Analyst
As Policy Analyst, Eli conducts research on state policy issues related to growth and economic development, and plays a key coordination role in the ClimatePlan.effort. Prior to CCRL, Eli led efforts to protect open space and promote more livable communities for Greenbelt Alliance, a Bay Area environmental organization, and directed a door-to-door canvass office for the Fund for Public Interest Research. In addition, she has worked on economic development issues with the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayor's Office of the City of Berkeley. Eli has a B.A. in History from Pomona College and a M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. She is also a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Eli is expecting her first child in August!