LAAHA Steering Committee
We are a group of residents committed to advocating for land use policies that encourage strategic housing growth. We believe in the power of local engagement, ideas and responsibility. We encourage the Council to adopt policies that expand the options for housing in Los Altos, particularly affordable housing, and we collaborate with local organizations to educate residents about housing issues. We will support County and State intervention in the absence of local response and accountability.
The Steering Committee members call this city our home (some for more than 40 years), and we believe that the only way Los Altos remains a vibrant, diverse, and equitable community, as well as an economically viable one, is if we build more housing, specifically more affordable housing.
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.
Anne Paulson arrived in California in 1980, with a brand new Computer Science degree from Brown University and a job at Hewlett-Packard. She hopped off the plane in SF, got on her bike and rode down to the South Bay to start life as a Californian. In 1987, she and her husband moved to Los Altos as newlyweds. Her son, whom she homeschooled, was born and raised in Los Altos. Anne wants young people and members of our community now to have the same chance she had: to find affordable housing and to be able to put down roots and raise families in Los Altos.
David is a co-founder of 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.