Los Altos Affordable Housing Alliance Steering Committee
We are a group of Los Altos residents and friends committed to providing new housing options affordable to our workforce.
Gary Hedden, a Los Altos resident since 1975, spent 37 years in pharmaceutical research and is now active in the community. He serves as Board President of GreenTown Los Altos, 1st Vice President and Editor of the Newsletter for the Los Altos History Museum, Director of Natural Resources with the League of Women Voters, and on the Citizens Advisory Committee on Finance for the Los Altos School District. He formerly served on the Los Altos Environmental Commission. Gary holds a M.S. in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and a B.A in Chemistry from University of Oregon.
Margo Horn moved to Los Altos in 1984, when she began teaching in the Stanford Department of History. She holds a Masters and a PhD in History from Tufts University. A US social historian, Margo’s research and teaching combines interests in women’s history and the history of medicine. Her service in Los Altos includes her role on the Los Altos Historical Commission, where she is currently in her second term. Concerned about the local housing crisis, in 2016 Margo formed a group to develop affordable housing in Los Altos, which is now LAAHA. Margo is committed to seeing the construction of a new affordable housing development in Los Altos.
David is one of the co-founders of Bokman Rock Commercial Real Estate. He has over 35 years of diverse business experience in the real estate and food and beverage industries, both as an entrepreneur and a broker. He specializes in retail, restaurant and office tenant representation, and in lease consulting. He has executed rollout strategies and site negotiations for regional and national restaurant chains, such as Armadillo Willy’s, and is also currently the master broker for both Straw Hat Pizza and Rita’s Italian Ices. For the past 18 years, David has been on the Board of Directors of Los Altos/ Los Altos Hills Little League, including serving three years as its President. David attended the University of Michigan where he majored in English and Pre-Med.
Daphne Ross is a relative newcomer to Los Altos, having moved here in 2016. She has worked at education non-profit organizations for most of her career, including Citizen Schools, BUILD, and Aim High, designing and managing afterschool and summer enrichment programs for low-income youth. She has been alarmed by the housing crisis and has felt compelled to get involved to fight for local accountability and more solutions to create affordable housing. She has a BA in Biology from Williams College, and a Master in Education from Stanford. She spends time volunteering, baking cookies, and staying active with her family.
Susan Russell has been a north Los Altos resident since 1976. After earning her J.D. from Stanford Law School 1979, she practiced law for 12 years, mainly representing tenants in cases involving eviction and those involving discrimination against families with children and people of color. She also worked at the nonprofit housing developer, Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, for 13 years, acting as project manager of affordable housing for farmworkers, developmentally disabled adults, chronically mentally ill adults, and families. She has served as the co-chair of the League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area Housing Committee since 2004.
A longtime Los Altos resident, Marie Young is now retired after a 30+ year career in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors. Previously she held management and executive positions with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Low Income Investment Fund, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She was a co-founder and executive director of Los Altos-Mountain View Children’s Corner and taught at DeAnza and Hartnell Colleges. Her commitment to social justice inspires her current volunteer work with People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Belle Haven Community Development Fund, Los Altos Women’s Caucus, and Los Altos Community Voices. Marie holds a BA in psychology from Stanford, an MSW from UCLA, and a lifetime community college credential in early education.