HACSC Board of Commissioners

HACSC’s Board consists of seven commissioners, five commissioners plus two tenants of the housing authority, one being a senior citizen. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appoints HACSC commissioners for four-year terms, with the exception of the tenant commissioners, who are appointed for two-year terms.  Here is HACSC's current roster of commissioners:

Commissioner District End of Current Term
Kathy Espinoza-Howard, Chair District 5 April 30, 2020
Bill Anderson, Vice Chair District 1 April 30, 2018
Lionel Lorié, Tenant Commissioner District 1 April 30, 2018
Denis O’Neal District 2 April 30, 2018
Adrienne Lawton District 4 April 30, 2017
Elizabeth Gardner District 1 April 30, 2018
Commissioner Kathy Espinoza-Howard, Chair

Commissioner Kathy Espinoza-Howard, Chair

Kathy Espinoza-Howard has more than 30 years of public sector management experience. Formerly Director of Human Services and Cubberley Community Center Division for the City of Palo Alto, Chair Espinoza-Howard has extensive experience in developing public-private partnerships as well as homeless program policy at the local, state and federal levels. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the first countywide homeless plan for Santa Clara County. Chair Espinoza-Howard co-founded the Santa Clara County Collaborative on Homeless Services and Affordable Housing, as well as the Community Technology Alliance. In addition, she served as the City of Palo Alto’s management representative in the development and construction of The Opportunity Center of the Midpeninsula, which provides homeless services and affordable housing in downtown Palo Alto. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Chair Espinoza-Howard was appointed to HACSC’s Board of Commissioners in 2006.

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Commissioner William Anderson, Vice Chair

William Anderson was a practicing attorney for 30 years in Santa Clara County before retiring from the office of the Santa Clara County Counsel in 2002. For many years he was the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara’s legal counsel, and was chair of HACSC’s Board for eight years. Since his retirement, Vice Chair Anderson has been an active member of various county boards and commissions, including the County Personnel Board, the Assessment Appeals Board and the Fair Management Corporation. Vice Chair Anderson is a 1972 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He enjoys an active retirement with his wife, Alice Wheatley, in Los Gatos. He was appointed to HACSC’s Board of Commissioners in 2004.

Tenant Commissioner Lionel Lorié

Lionel_Lorie-webLionel Lorié has lived at HACSC-owned Rincon Gardens Apartments in Campbell since 2003. Commissioner Lorié and his wife immigrated from Cuba to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1968. Unable to graduate with the doctoral degree he had earned in Philosophy and Literature from Universidad de Oriente due to the severe repression there in the years following the Cuban Revolution, Commissioner Lorié taught English as a second language (ESL) in Cuba to support his family. Later in the United States, he taught ESL to immigrants of various ethnic backgrounds through a community outreach program in his church. A lifelong volunteer with a passion for giving back to his community, Commissioner Lorié has ministered to the incarcerated through Prison Fellowship, volunteered with Saratoga Federated Church in providing meals to those without shelter, and traveled with short-term mission teams to Mexico and Guatemala. At Rincon Gardens, he enjoys teaching English to residents as well as helping disabled residents as a volunteer driver. Before retiring in 2008, Commissioner Lorié was a contractor with International Business Machines Corp. in San José and Executive Production Manager and a member of the Board of Directors at Innovated Packaging Co., a packaging and packing supplier based in Newark, Calif. He also developed and for 25 years ran the northern California pickup/delivery service for Chicago-based printer J.S. Paluch Company Inc. Commissioner Lorié was appointed to HACSC’s Board of Commissioners in 2015.

Commissioner Denis G. O’Neal

Commissioner Denis G. O’Neal

Denis G. O’Neal, an attorney in private practice, serves as a member of the Santa Clara County Personnel Board and as a hearing officer for Santa Clara County’s Department of Planning and Development. In 2004, Commissioner O’Neal retired as Deputy County Counsel at the County of Santa Clara where he had worked for more than 20 years. During that time, he was president and negotiator for the Santa Clara County Counsel Attorneys Association. Before joining the County Counsel’s office, Commissioner O’Neal was a research assistant for labor law Professor Herman Levy at Santa Clara University School of Law and was a summer extern for former California Supreme Court Justice Allen Broussard. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a Santa Clara County eligibility and social services worker for 13 years. During that time, he was a founding member, officer and negotiator for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) locals 535 and 715. Commissioner O’Neal earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from San Jose State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1984. A native of Vallejo, he grew up in a military family and went to grade school and high school in five countries and three states. A resident of Morgan Hill, Commissioner O’Neal is married, with one son and two grandchildren. He was appointed to HACSC’s Board of Commissioners in 2011.

Commissioner Adrienne Lawton

Commissioner Adrienne Lawton

Adrienne Lawton is Associate Pastor and Chief Operations Officer at Community Homeless Alliance Ministry (CHAM) Deliverance Ministry in San José. Her responsibilities include day-to-day administration and coordinating worship services. She is also serving as president of CHAM Deliverance Ministry’s Board of Directors. Commissioner Lawton is a tireless advocate and minister for the homeless, hospitalized and incarcerated, having served in San José as a pastor or in social services for more than 30 years. She has held numerous positions at the CHAM homeless shelter, including case manager, counselor, security officer, children’s mentor and shelter manager. She also volunteered as a case manager for The Progress Program that was part of the Community Homeless Alliance Program, a pilot program to help house homeless families in San José under former Mayor Ron Gonzalez. In 1984, Commissioner Lawton was the first full-time, permanent African-American female employee to be hired as a protective services officer in the Security Department at Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center. Ordained for ministry in 1986, her first ministerial work was as chaplain for a club in The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC). A Bay Area native, she was appointed to HACSC’s Board of Commissioners in 2013.

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Tenant Commissioner Elizabeth Gardner

Elizabeth Gardner’s life's work is about community and service. While raising a family, she is currently working part-time at the Bay Area Funeral Consumers Association, a Palo Alto-based nonprofit dedicated to educating the public on burial rights and end-of-life decisions. Her service to her community has included working as a volunteer for Palo Alto’s Measure D (2013), as a Special Project Liaison to the General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and as a volunteer with Sonoma County Transportation & Land Use Coalition. A resident of the Palo Alto Housing Community, her children are benefiting from the excellent education the Palo Alto public school system provides. Commissioner Gardner earned a master’s degree in English from Sonoma State University. She taught college freshman reading and composition at Sonoma State and was an English Department Instructional Aide at Santa Rosa Junior College. A native of the Bay Area, Commissioner Gardner was appointed to HACSC’s Board of Commissioners in 2016.

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