Meet the community leaders championing the project

The Project Champions have provided decisive leadership, including advancing the capital campaign and shaping the vision for a wellness campus where unhoused individuals can live, heal, and die in a dignified and beautiful environment. Their thought partnership, tenacity and dedication has been essential in the realization of this community vision.

Arnold Perkins 

Community Leader, Philanthropic Trustee, and Former Director, Alameda County Department of Public Health

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Arnold Perkins Community Leader and Philanthropic Trustee & Former Director, Alameda County Department of Public Health

Arnold Perkins has been on a 35-year mission to end the crisis of homelessness and promote social justice among the most vulnerable in our communities. He was the first Homeless Coordinator for Alameda County and served as Director of the Alameda County Public Health Department from 1994 through 2006. He is currently a consultant and speaker for youth development, intergenerational work in African American communities, HIV and AIDS, organizational change, and community engagement. He is an esteemed community leader and foundation trustee.

Tomiquia Moss

Founder, and Chief Executive, All Home

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Tomiquia Moss, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer, All Home

Bringing over 20 years of leadership and management experience, Tomiquia is locally and nationally recognized as a dynamic nonprofit and public sector leader with expertise in housing, public policy, and community development. Currently, Ms. Moss serves as the Founder and CEO of All Home, a new organization dedicated to finding regional solutions to the homelessness and housing crisis in the Bay Area. Before leaving to establish All Home, Ms. Moss served as the CEO of Hamilton Families, a San Francisco organization offering emergency, transitional, and permanent housing services for families experiencing homelessness. From 2014 to 2017, she served directly under the mayors of both San Francisco and Oakland, most recently as Chief of Staff for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. As a social worker and advocate for social justice, she continues to work on behalf of our most vulnerable communities. She holds a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. Tomiquia and her family are proud to call Oakland home.

Dianne Yamashiro-Omi

Community Advocate and Philanthropic Consultant

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Dianne Yamashiro-Omi Community Advocate and Philanthropic Consultant

Dianne Yamashiro-Omi has served in the fields of philanthropy and nonprofit administration for over 30 years. She has been a program officer and consultant to private, public, and corporate foundations and Executive Director and board member to numerous community-based organizations. Since her retirement from philanthropy, she has served as the interim Vice President of Programs at the East Bay Community Foundation and currently facilitates the Health Innovation Fund at the San Francisco Foundation. Dianne has also served on the California Commission for the Asian American Pacific Islander Affairs and on the boards of Race Forward, Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and Center for Community Change.

Wendy Peterson

Director, Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County

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Wendy Peterson Director, Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County

Wendy Peterson has provided leadership in the field of aging policy and services for over two decades. Wendy has directed the Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County, representing the interests of key providers of health and supportive services for seniors throughout the county. The Coalition and its members advocate for policy changes that improve the lives of vulnerable older adults. Together, coalition members serve almost 80,000 seniors. Wendy is the President of the Board of DayBreak Adult Care Centers and serves on the Alameda County Council for Age-Friendly Communities and the Alameda County Care Connect Steering Committee.

Rochelle Neutra Hayes

Clinical Advisor, Community Advocate

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Rochelle Neutra Hayes, Clinical Advisor, Community Advocate 

As a health care provider and clinician, Rochelle has worked with underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, dividing her time among advocacy, clinical research, and direct patient care in safety-net clinics. She served as the Medical Clinic Director at the Native American Health Center in San Francisco and has conducted National Institutes of Health-sponsored research at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. Rochelle is an active community leader and serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the Neutra Institute. She is interested in the intersections between health, design, and equity. As an undergraduate, she studied Language and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Cruz and obtained a master’s degree in Nursing at UC San Francisco.

Brad Paul 

Former Deputy Mayor of Housing, San Francisco 

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Brad Paul Former Deputy Mayor for Housing, San Francisco

Brad Paul is a former Deputy Mayor for Housing in San Francisco. He brings 35 years of experience in housing advocacy, policy and development from a community, government, and philanthropic perspective. Brad has a background in helping private and public entities address the economic, social and political problems challenging cities and neighborhoods. He maintains a major focus on developing effective outreach, planning and development strategies, and mediating among groups with differing and passionate points of view.

Damon Francis, MD 

Medical Director Homeless Health Center, Alameda Health System, Alameda Resident

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Dr.Damon Francis, Medical Director Homeless Health Center, Alameda Health System

Damon is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. His clinical experience since residency includes inpatient and outpatient practice in public, private, and academic settings. He continues to provide urgent care at a community clinic in Oakland. He has also served as the Interim Chair of the UCSF Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative Steering Committee. Damon holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MD from the University of California, San Francisco. Damon completed his residency and chief residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. 

Joshua Simon 

Senior Advisor, Community Art Stabilization 

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Joshua Simon, Senior Advisor, Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST)

Joshua Simon is dedicated to building vibrant and healthy mixed-income neighborhoods that are diverse and inclusive. Working in community development since 1983, his career has been focused on creating collaborations to build community assets. His past work includes development of co-housing, community hubs, facilities for arts and social service organizations, artists’ live/work studios and air-rights development. His past positions include Executive Director of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation and Director of Real Estate Consulting for Community Vision. He was a founding board member of Resources for Community Development and Executive Director of San Francisco’s Project Artaud. He was also a school board member for the Emery Unified School District, and he is a member of the Bond Oversight Committee for Emeryville’s Center for Community Life. Joshua holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He recently completed NeighborWorks America’s Achieving Excellence Program.

Michelle Schneidermann, MD

Director of CA Health Care Foundation’s Advancing People-Centered Care Team

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Michelle Schneidermann , MD & Director of California Health Care Foundation’s Advancing People-Centered Care Team

Dr. Michelle Schneidermann is an internal medicine doctor and director of the California Health Care Foundation’s Advancing People-Centered Care team, which works to ensure that Californians, particularly those enrolled in Medi-Cal, receive responsive, comprehensive, and coordinated care that supports their health and well-being. She leads CHCF’s efforts in several areas, including improving care for people experiencing homelessness. Before joining CHCF, Michelle was a medical director at Alameda Alliance for Health. She led efforts to partner with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and community providers to build and expand programs such as the Healthy Homes Program and Whole Person Care. Before that, Michelle spent more than 14 years as a clinical professor and physician  leader at UCSF. In addition to being a primary care doctor and hospitalist at San Francisco General Hospital, she led the hospital’s High User Care Management Program and the city’s Medical Respite and Sobering Center. She currently serves as a commissioner for Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, a program of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

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