Our Staff

Lisa Hershey | Executive Director

 

Lisa Hershey has served as Executive Director of Housing California, based in Sacramento, since November 2016. She has an extensive background in leading multi-sector initiatives around statewide policy change. In her previous role as Associate Director, she supervised Housing California staff, managed operations and cultivated non-traditional partnerships with multi-sector coalitions, networks and agencies, bringing the housing sector into greater conversations around climate change, equity, health and resident organizing.

 

Lisa started at Housing California as the Sustainable Communities Coordinator and held the position from May 2014 – December 2015. Before joining Housing California, Lisa served as the Public Health Institute (PHI) program director for California Convergence, a network of resident leaders and partners creating healthy, safe, and equitable communities where every person can participate and thrive. During her 21 years in state and local public sector roles, Lisa managed department-wide equity and place-based initiatives. She also served as an advisor to the director and deputy director on Policy and Programs in the California Department Public Health (CDPH) to inform SB 375 and AB 32 initial implementation and development of the Strategic Growth Council. She represented CDPH as a liaison for the department’s executive team with other state departments, agencies, and diverse external partners.

 

Lisa received a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University School of Public Health., She is also a yoga teacher and certified peace ambassador. Lisa loves to run, practice yoga, and hang out with her family.

 

Email: lhershey@housingca.org

Direct dial: 916.287.9885

David Zisser | Associate Director

David Zisser joined Housing California as Associate Director in August 2018.  Most recently, David worked for four years at Public Advocates as a Senior Staff Attorney on the Metropolitan Equity Team.  He co-convened the Bay Area’s only regional equity coalition (called the 6 Wins for Social Equity) and led Public Advocates’ housing justice advocacy in Oakland.  David partnered with dozens of grassroots and policy organizations in local, regional, and statewide coalitions to advance affordable housing funding and policies, supportive housing development, fair housing, tenant protections, community benefits, and equitable transit and climate investments.  

 

Previously, David worked for four years at the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC, as Counsel in the Fair Housing and Community Development Project.  David spearheaded the Lawyers’ Committee’s Gulf Coast work, leading campaigns for affordable housing, fair housing, disability rights, tenants’ rights, and environmental justice, primarily in New Orleans, LA, and Gulfport, MS.  He also coordinated transactional legal assistance to dozens of affordable housing developers, community land trusts, and other community development organizations.

 

From 2007 to 2009, David was a Housing Fellow at New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, where he worked on the Housing Choice Voucher and Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs.

 

David received a law degree from UC Hastings and a Master's in City Planning, with a focus on housing and community development, from UC Berkeley in 2007.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCLA in 2003. Outside of work, David spends most of his time exploring the outdoors with his wife and daughters and visiting family in the Bay Area and Oregon.

Email: dzisser@housingca.org

Direct dial: 916.287.9884

Jenny Welch | Operations Manager

 

Jenny Welch joined Housing California in July 2017 as the Operations Manager. In this role she is responsible for ensuring that the day-to-day operations of Housing California run smoothly, including supporting board relations, coordinating the organization’s membership growth and development efforts, and managing the organization’s administrative and office functions.

 

From 2011 to 2017, Jenny served as a Project Manager at the Local Government Commission where she supported local policymakers and stakeholders in their efforts to build more livable communities in California. Through this experience she gained extensive experience in facilitating meetings, events and collaborative groups with diverse stakeholders; organizing and conducting events; and managing and implementing complex projects. She also worked at the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities and the State of California’s Strategic Growth Council.

 

Jenny obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego.

 

Email: jwelch@housingca.org

Direct dial: 916.287.9882

Christopher Martin | Legislative Advocate - Homelessness

 

Christopher Martin joined Housing California in August 2017 as a legislative advocate with a focus on California homelessness policy. Prior to joining Housing California, Chris worked as Executive Director for Friends of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois advocating for public lands and sustainability.

 

Christopher has worked in the State Capitols of Illinois and Michigan, and the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. While in D.C., Chris worked for then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth to secure funding for homeless veteran care for various non-governmental organizations in Illinois and around the country.  After working for the Congressperson, Chris started with JDRF Advocacy as a Grassroots Coordinator to advocate for federal Type 1 diabetes research funding and support for programs assisting those affected by the disease, with which he lives. While in this position he supported and managed volunteers along the west coast including in California. Christopher now serves on the Board for the JDRF Northern California Inland Chapter as their Advocacy Team Chair (ATC).

 

Christopher serves on the Executive Steering Committee at the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) for the Adult Reentry Program. The Adult Reentry Grant Program was established through the Budget Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 840, Chapter 29, Statute of 2018) and appropriated $50 million in funding for competitive awards to community-based organizations (CBOs) to support formerly incarcerated Californians. Of the $50 million, $25 million will be available for rental assistance, $15 million for the rehabilitation of existing property or buildings for housing Californians released from prison, and $9.35 million to support people transitioning from prison back into their communities.

 

Christopher received a B.A. in both Political Science and Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.

 

Email: cmartin@housingca.org

Direct dial: 916.287.9886

Tori Truscheit | Statewide Organizer 

 

Tori Truscheit joined Housing California in July 2019 as the Statewide Organizer. Most recently, she was Solidarity Manager at Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose, where she organized food bank volunteers to support housing and immigration justice. She was the lead organizer and a founding member of the San Jose chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, where she won a 2019 campaign to make sanctuary protections for Santa Clara County immigrants the strongest in the country.

 

In the South Bay, she organized homeowners and renters for tenants’ rights and low-income gardeners for increased access to organic food. Previously, in New York City, she organized teachers around state evaluations after time as a public middle school teacher and education policy researcher.

 

Tori received a B.A. in English from Yale University and a Master’s in teaching from Pace University. She is also a freelance journalist, reporting on LGBT issues for outlets like Buzzfeed.

Email: TTruscheit@housingca.org 

Direct dial: 916.304.3747

Donna Bisbiglia | Events Manager

 

Donna Bisbiglia joined Housing California in August 2017 as Events Manager.  In this role, she is responsible for the organization of the Housing California Annual Conference. She brings her extensive background in event management for corporate and non-profit organizations to the team.

Donna has created and managed public festivals, corporate conferences, and nonprofit organization conferences and fundraisers for more than a decade. She began her career as a media producer/director for commercial spot work and corporate marketing.

A Bay Area native, Donna attended San Francisco State University where she received a B.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts with a concentration in Video Production.

 

Email: dbisbiglia@housingca.org

Direct dial: 916.287.9890

Jazmin Posas | Project Assistant

 

Jazmin Posas joined Housing California in January 2018. Prior to Housing California, she worked as a Program Coordinator for Student Action with Farmworkers, as a Program Associate at CaliforniaVolunteers, and as an application counselor for the Marketplace Exchange.

As a Program Associate for CaliforniaVolunteers, Jazmin oversaw a portfolio of AmeriCorps grants and worked with programs across the state to provide technical assistance on AmeriCorps grant compliance and policies. At Student Action with Farmworkers (based in Durham, North Carolina), she coordinated an internship and a fellowship program, organizing and training students from across the country to engage in the farmworker justice movement of the southeast. She conducted community outreach to raise awareness of issues related to farmworkers and garner support for organizational programs. While in North Carolina, she worked in Raleigh and surrounding rural communities providing education on access and utilization of the Affordable Care Act to residents of low-income communities and H2A visa recipients.  

 

Upon returning to California, Jazmin got involved with campaigns such as Make it Fair (now the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act), and organized residents to become civically engaged in local government.

 

Jazmin graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a B.A. in History and received a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University’s Continuing Education program. She is currently a fellow in the Women’s Policy Institute, creating policy to advance gender and economic justice through the Economic Justice team.

 

Email: jposas@housingca.org

Direct dial: 916.287.9881

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A California in which no one is homeless and everyone can afford a safe, stable place to call home in a healthy and vibrant community.

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p. 916.447.0503

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