John Barton, President
A Palo Alto architect and Stanford lecturer, John Barton has served two terms on the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Trustees. He is also a former Palo Alto City Council Member and past Board Chair of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. He is the Vice President of the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley.
Bruce Heister, Vice President/Treasurer/CFO
Bruce Heister is retired as Executive Vice President of Alcan Inc. and President of Alcan Asia Pacific Limited. He has held volunteer leadership positions in arts, educational, senior services, and historical preservation organizations and served as events chair for the Community Working Group during the Opportunity Center Capital Campaign.
Jeff Rensch, Vice President
Jeff Rensch retired from Stanford University after working for a number of years in various aspects of administrative computing and application programming. Mr. Rensch has volunteered for various programs involving affordable housing and services for local low-income residents, as well as the unhoused. He served on InnVision Shelter Network’s Peninsula Advisory Council, focusing on the Opportunity Center, community relations, and fundraising. He has also been a co-chair of the Palo Alto League of Women Voters’ Housing Team. In addition to being on the Community Working Group board, Mr. Rensch is involved with Downtown Streets Team’s mentoring program.
Harvey Schloss, Assistant Treasurer
Harvey Schloss is a retired finance and operating executive. He is a past president of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of greater San Francisco, and Rhoda Goldman Plaza, an assisted living facility in San Francisco. Mr. Schloss has also been an interim director for Rebuilding Together Peninsula, JW House (a hospitality house on the Kaiser campus in Santa Clara), and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. He has served on the boards of Environmental Volunteers and Foundation Building Strength for Nemaline Myopathy.
Litsie Indergand, Secretary
Litsie Indergand is a member of San Francisco Organizing Project/Peninsula Interfaith Action (SFOP/PIA) through the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, where she is the former chair of the Social Justice Committee. Ms. Indergand is a past president of the board of trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church, as well as of the Midpeninsula chapter of the United Nations Association and the Walnut Grove Homeowners’ Association. She is a former member of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission.
Pastor Paul Bains
Pastor Paul Bains is Senior Pastor of Saint Samuel Church in East Palo Alto. He is also the founder of Project WeHOPE, which started the first and only winter homeless shelter in East Palo Alto. Pastor Bains oversees a feeding program for East Palo Alto’s youth each week. He sits on many local boards and committees, including the Boys and Girls Club, California Endowment Clergy Initiative, Peninsula Clergy Network, San Francisco Foundation’s Faiths Initiative, Able, and Fellowship of Faith. Pastor Bains co-ministers with the love of his life, Cheryl Bains.
Donald Barr is an associate professor of sociology and human biology at Stanford University and the founder and director of Stanford’s undergraduate curriculum in health policy. He has been a practicing physician in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. Dr. Barr convened the first meeting of the Community Working Group in 1998 and served as its board president from 1999 through 2006.
Monica Ip is a partner of Evidentia Consulting, LLP, a forensic accounting and consulting firm. Ms. Ip specializes in performing forensic accounting investigations and economic damage analyses. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Valuation Analyst, and Certified Management Accountant. She is also certified in financial forensics.
Ms. Ip is a past member of the Equal Rights Advocates Board of Directors and is currently a member of its Finance Committee. She also serves on the Finance and Audit Committees of LifeMoves.
Amy Mendez is a real estate investor and former banker with experience in mergers & acquisitions, project management and distressed real estate portfolio workouts. In addition, she has had a broad range of experience within nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, board member and employee.
Gail Price is committed to public service, having served as a Palo Alto School Board Trustee for eight years and recently completed a term as a Palo Alto City Councilmember. A longtime member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Ms. Price has over 30 years experience as a public sector community and transportation planner in Montgomery County, Maryland; the City of Sunnyvale, CA; and the Valley Transportation Authority. She has also been a non-profit administrator and fundraiser for the San Jose Museum of Art and the former Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Clara Valley. Ms. Price is a past member of the VTA Board of Directors and currently serves on the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto. A strong proponent of urban planning and design, affordable housing, smart growth, and strategic planning, she is committed to education, social justice and mental health and received a Local Community Hero Award from Peninsula Interfaith Action and the Sally Siegel Friend of Education Award from the Palo Alto Educators Association.
John Sack is the founding director of HighWire Press, an electronic publishing platform that he launched within Stanford University. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Sack has held numerous positions at Stanford, where he was responsible for information technology, including academic databases such as library catalogs and administrative systems like student records and purchasing systems. Mr. Sack serves on the board of the North American Chapter of the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers (ALPSP) and the governing board for publishing of the American Chemical Society. He enjoys volunteering as a photographer for community groups who provide services for those who don’t have adequate food, shelter or medical care.
Tom Wasow is a professor of linguistics and philosophy at Stanford University, where he has also held various administrative roles, including Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Dean of Graduate Policy. He has served on the City of Palo Alto Task Force on Homelessness and on the advisory board of Urban Ministry of Palo Alto.
Bryan Wilson is an intellectual property lawyer with Morrison & Foerster LLP, a lecturer at Stanford Law School, and a contributing editor to Trade Secrets.
Mr. Wilson also has extensive experience in arbitration of patent infringement claims, business disputes and trade secret matters. He maintains an active pro bono practice, representing organizations including the Mono Lake Committee, the Peninsula Open Space Trust, the Coastside Land Trust, the Tuolumne River Trust, and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. Before law school, Mr. Wilson worked for the Save San Francisco Bay Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.