Board of Directors
SAM HO has worked in the areas of community building and human, social, and community services for over 20 years. He is currently a human resources manager specializing in diversity for the San José-Evergreen Community College District (California). Previously, he served as the Executive Director of a non-profit community-based organization in Southern California. In that capacity, he served low-income at-risk populations and worked with diverse communities and leaders representing all ethnic groups and backgrounds. Sam has an MBA in management from National University (La Jolla, California).
RICHARD HOBBS is the Executive Director and a co-founder of Human Agenda. Currently, he also serves as the moderator of Santa Clara County Move To Amend and principal in the Law Office of Richard Hobbs, focusing on immigrant rights. Richard previously served as the Director of the Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County and as a trustee for the San José-Evergreen Community College District for 16 years. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan and Ecuador, he has lived, worked, made presentations, or studied in over 40 countries, including making a presentation to members of the Gross National Happiness Commission of Bhutan in 2011. Richard has master’s degrees from the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) and San José State University (California) and a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University (San Francisco, California).
CESAR JUÁREZ is currently finishing a Single-Subject Credential Program at San José State University. Cesar was first exposed to social justice while reading about the Zapatista movement in Mexico during high school. At age 18 he became involved with Voluntarios de la Comunidad in San José, providing community education and engaging in mobilization efforts. Cesar then became a community organizer in different capacities. First with Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE), an undocumented student organization in SJSU, then with UNITE HERE! Local 19, a hospitality workers union in San José, CA In 2008, he was a community organizer and then Director of Organizing at Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) in San José. Cesar has a B.A in Social Science from San José State University. His hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time with his family.
Cynthia Kaufman is the Director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action De Anza College where she also teaches Philosophy. She is the author of two books on social change Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books 2012) and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (2nd Edition PM Press 2016). She is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants’ rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change. She received her PhD and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. in Development Studies from University of California, Berkeley.
CHRIS LEPE is the Silicon Valley Senior Community Planner for TransForm, a non-profit organization that promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity, keep California affordable and help solve our climate crisis. Chris has also help leadand participated in a variety of grassroots campaigns outside of his role with TransForm including efforts to ensure sustainable and equitable development at the Berryessa Flea Market and Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. He has taught courses in the Environmental Studies, Health Science, and Intercultural Studies Departments at De Anza College and San Jose State University (SJSU) and earned his BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Latin American/Latino Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his Masters in Urban Planning at San Jose State University.
JOHN PARKER CORDOVA started in logistics management for the semiconductor industry in 1990. He became a certified post secondary education instructor for the State of California in 1996. In that same year John identified his passion to help the under privileged and immigrants obtain viable employment and improve their economic situation. He joined the Center for Employment Training (CET) where he taught Inventory Control to farmworkers, youths at risk and people with diverse social barriers. He was promoted to Director of Industrial Relations where he oversaw the Job Development efforts of the North Regional Centers. He also was the co- chair of the Industrial and Technical advisory boards. In 2008 he co-founded Alturas mas Alta ( Higher Heights), a non profit primarily assisting Hispanics with obtaining Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEJ) for drug abuse and other related crimes. Today John is heavily involved with Deportation Defense in Northern California.
FHATIMA PAULINO is a multi-racial, Oakland raised, lifetime learner who believes in the power of people and works on realizing our hopes for a more just society. For the past year she's taken a vow of poverty as she supports Movimiento Cosecha, a nonviolent decentralized movement focused on activating our immigrant community and the public to guarantee permanent and humane protection, dignity and respect for immigrants in the country. In February she moved to Boston to begin a Cosecha intentional, communal home with four other volunteer organizers.
ANNA SANTANA will be receiving her B.A. in Spanish and sociology from San José State University in May 2016. She is actively involved in campus and in the community. Anna has served in various committees, including the Student Fairness Committee, the President’s Commission on Diversity, and the Student Union Board of Directors. In 2014-2015, Santa Clara County selected Anna as a Social Impact Intern. This internship provided her the opportunity to develop and implement a college-going culture in marginalized schools. She has also worked as a field assessor for Mathematica Policy Research, and is currently the Early Learning District Liaison for the Franklin-McKinley School District.
JULIE SOLOMON is principal of J. Solomon Consulting, LLC, a program evaluation consulting firm based in Mountain View, California. She works with governmental and non-governmental organizations, grantmakers, universities, and coalitions in the U.S. and internationally to evaluate health promotion/prevention programs. She has a B.A. in linguistic anthropology and Spanish literature from Brandeis University (Massachusetts) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford University (California). Julie is a volunteer with the Santa Clara County (California) Coalition for Alcohol and Drug Free Pregnancies, the Global Health Corps Advisor Program, and the Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer Program of the American Psychological Association Office on AIDS.
DEREK TENNANT began his activist career working for the "Free Angela Davis" committee in 1971. He spent 9 years as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Santa Clara. He is a trained facilitator of the "Awakening the Dream, Changing the Dream" Symposium offered through the Pachamama Alliance. He presents a workshop that focuses on how we, as neighbors, can better prepare and respond to the inevitable local disaster, be it natural or manmade. He helped organize 2013 "March to Heal the Valley:. He was actively involved in the organizing of the U.S. Social Forum that occurred in San Jose, CA.
The Advisory Board of Human Agenda provides local, national and international guidance to the Human Agenda Board of Directors on issues of human needs, including how to engage human rights and human responsibilities in theory and practice.
Current Advisory Board members include Maria Luisa Alaniz, Rev. Eugene Boyle, Sydney Brown, Leo Chavez, Dwight Clark, Douglas Dowd, Ronnie Dugger, Heather Grady, Congressman Mike Honda, Dolores Huerta, Francisco Jimenez, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Viktor Luan, Thomas Nzumbi, DJ Ravindran, Magdalena Sepulveda, and Juana Sotomayor.