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Nick Bollman, President and CEO of California Center for Regional Leadership
Prior to founding CCRL, Mr. Bollman was Senior Program Director for The James Irvine Foundation, a private foundation "for the people of California." Mr. Bollman created and managed the Foundation's program in Sustainable Communities, its largest program during his tenure, with grants totaling nearly $38 million. During this period, Mr. Bollman also carried responsibility for the Foundation's support of service and volunteerism, community foundations, and various national and statewide public policy and philanthropic initiatives. Mr. Bollman is a 1967 graduate of Harvard College and holds a Master of Arts degree from New York University in the History and Philosophy of Education.

Sarah Henry, Program Manager
As Program Manager, Sarah is primarily involved in the Economic Vitality and Next Ten programs. In addition, she provides program support to the California Progress Project and coordinates CCRL’s multi-media and printed publications. Most recently, Sarah worked for the Corporate Value Consulting group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University in Political Science and History.

Sandra Ivancich, Administrator
As the Administrator, Sandra is responsible for all financial and human resources functions at the California Center for Regional Leadership. Sandra has over 20 years of administrative, operations, and financial management experience in the non-profit and small business sectors and is very knowledgeable in all aspects of the insurance industry, as well as an expert in taxation practices. Sandra holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration.

Trish Kelly, Program Consultant
As CCRL's Sacramento liaison, Ms. Kelly works with a variety of partners based primarily in Sacramento. Ms. Kelly is an economic development consultant specializing in strategic planning and sustainable development. As a consultant with 25 years state and national experience, Ms. Kelly has participated in program and policy analysis and evaluation studies for state and federal government agencies. She has prepared training materials and provided technical assistance in economic development and strategic planning to a variety of cities, counties, community-based organizations, statewide non-profits and foundations. Ms. Kelly graduated cum laude from Georgetown University and holds a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Seth L. Miller, Program Officer
As Program Officer for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, Seth is responsible for advancing regional strategies to improve growth planning and social equity statewide. Seth has facilitated dozens of conversations with business leaders and social equity champions throughout the state to find common ground on a range of regional issues related to land use policy, growth planning, and equitable development.  He co-authored The California Story Report in 2004 and currently serves on the Social Equity Caucus Working Group in the Bay Area. Seth has over 12 years of experience in the field of community development and public service. He was co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Taos, New Mexico and the Executive Director of ASAP Online and NetDay - Oakland, two social ventures designed to address the digital divide. He is a nationally recognized leader in the area of social entrepreneurship, youth service, and workforce investment. Seth has a BA in History from The Colorado College and a MBA from Boston University.

Nooshin Navidi, Program Associate
As Program Associate, Nooshin is responsible for providing program support to CCRL, California Quality Growth, land use planning, and initiatives fostering regional equity through sustainable practices. Nooshin recently received her Master's Degree in Sociology and Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Stanford University. She interned for the US State Department's Environment, Science and Technology Bureau in Argentina, Co-founded the Palo Alto/Stanford Rotaract Club, and studied abroad at Oxford University and Universidad de Complutense, Madrid.

Kala Venugopal, CRI Program Officer
As Program Officer, Kala Venugopal is responsible for coordinating activities of the California Regional Network- providing organizational and program support to clusters of Regional Collaboratives.  She manages the Economic Vitality program, linking regional partners with state leaders, coordinating input, and helping formulate strategy for the state to implement new policies.  She also coordinates the California Progress Project, a collaboration between several Regional Collaboratives and the California Association of Councils of Government to develop a region-based statewide indicators report.  Kala has more than ten years of experience in organizational /business strategy transformation and public program design, implementation, marketing and communications. She has helped private sector clients and government executives incorporate positive change into their organizational strategy and culture, using innovative and cooperative approaches to their key issues. Kala holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's degree in Government and French from the University of Texas at Austin.