Board of Directors

Officers

Gary J. Schoennauer, FAICP, Chairman [Principal, The Schoennauer Company]
As the Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, Gary Schoennauer was one of the most influential planning officials in the City of San Jose for 25 years. In 1997, Mr. Schoennauer was given the American Planning Association’s highest honor, the National Planning Award for Distinguished Leadership as a Professional Planner. He is currently in private practice as a planning consultant.

Tim Henderson, LEED AP, Treasurer [Partner, Cypress Group]
Since 2002, Tim has been a partner at the Cypress Group, a multi-disciplinary, highly experienced real estate development firm focused on residential projects in Silicon Valley. Tim has served as an investment banker at Banc of America Securities, and as a venture capitalist and Principal at Citizens Capital. Tim served for five years as a submarine officer and nuclear engineer. Tim is a licensed general contractor, real estate broker and LEED Accredited Professional.

Richard Conniff, Vice President [President & CEO, Focus Business Bank]
As a banking executive in Silicon Valley for nearly thirty years, Dick Conniff’s position in the financial services industry provides a broad perspective on housing issues, and he understands that the shortage of suitable living space for working families plays a crucial role in the welfare of Silicon Valley.

Ross G. Adler, Secretary [Shareholder, Attorney at Law, Hopkins & Carley]
Mr. Adler has worked for over twenty-five years as a real estate attorney at the San Jose business law firm of Hopkins & Carley, where he has had extensive experience representing developers, property owners, and lenders. He has previously served on the boards of the American Red Cross and Young Audiences.

Jaime Angulo [Community Building & Organizing Program Mgr, Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon Valley]
Mr. Angulo is a trained mechanical engineer who spend 15 years managing production and marketing departments in multinational corporations. Since 2001, he has worked for nonprofits and specializes in community organization. Jaime’s volunteer service includes the 13th Street SNI NAC, San Jose North Rotary Club, PAC San Jose and he presently represents District 3 in the San Jose Neighborhood Commission.

Shirley Lewis [Assistant Vice President, Old Republic Title Company]
Ms. Lewis served as a member of the San José City Council from 1980 through 1992, including two years as Vice Mayor, and four years as Vice-Chair of the Redevelopment Agency. Upon leaving the Council she served as CEO & President of the San Jose Symphony and VP of Development for the Mobedshahi Hotel Group before joining Old Republic Title Co.  Her numerous community involvements include serving as Co-Chair of the 2040 General Plan Task Force for the City of San Jose and as President of the Rotary Club of San Jose.

Dunia Noel, AICP [Assistant Executive Officer, LAFCO of Santa Clara County]
Ms. Noel has been involved in Santa Clara County planning for over a decade. She serves as an analyst for the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) of Santa Clara County, which regulates the boundaries of cities and special districts. She brings an extensive knowledge of the area’s housing needs and growth issues to our Board.

Sandra Soellner [Neighborhood Representative]
As a member of the University Neighborhoods Coalition and SNI NAC, Mrs. Soellner brings a valuable perspective to the Board as an active member of a key downtown neighborhood. Now retired, Mrs. Soellner has served as Executive Director of the Nevada State March of Dimes, as well as Executive Director for the Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey County March of Dimes. She has served on the Santa Clara County Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

Carol S. Wagner, CPA [Principal, Abbott, Stringham & Lynch]
Ms. Wagner leads the Audit & Accounting and Tech Groups at Abbott, Stringham & Lynch.  She has over 20 years of audit and accounting experience, and has held financial positions in various industries, including technology and real estate.  Carol currently serves on the Board for the Family Giving Tree and serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley San Jose Chapter of the California Society of CPAs.