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Community Planner, Silicon Valley
Chris is engaging community and business leaders, elected officials, and the broader community in shaping the planning of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in Santa Clara County, where he has lived for over 20 years. Chris is also helping to connect Santa Clara County stakeholders to regional, state, and federal campaigns for public transit funding, and he's working to ensure that Santa Clara County's portion of the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) meets environmental, equity, and public health objectives.
Chris has worked on environmental and social justice issues for over a decade through his work as an instructor at De Anza College and San Jose State University (SJSU) and as a community organizer in the South Bay. Chris' previous work with TransForm includes coordinating a community-based input process for the Mayfair neighborhood in San Jose (see the report) and organizing the campaign to stop VTA's proposed fare increases in 2003. Chris also translated TransForm's Access Now! guide from English to Spanish.
Chris received 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.