OUR LEADERS

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In October of 2020, SCTU appointed its first official Board of Directors! Get to know our board members and read about their vision for housing justice in Sonoma County.

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RACHEL MARCUS

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President

I grew up in the suburbs of NYC and have lived in California for 14 years. I came to housing justice work initially through volunteering with Causa Justa :: Just Cause, an organization in Oakland and San Francisco fighting gentrification and displacement in Black and Latinx communities. I believe that housing is a human right and that access to safe, affordable housing that is not under threat is an important foundation for health and well-being for both individuals and communities. When I'm not at work or working on SCTU projects, I am usually out hiking or biking or inside hanging out with my two kittens.

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JORDAN TORRES

(he/him/his)

Vice President & Treasurer

My aim as your Vice President is to build a member-driven union with the power to directly support members' lives through mutual aid, as well as influence political policy in the county and state. I've lived in Sonoma County since I was 9 years old. I have a background in organizing, journalism, and permaculture. I love homesteading and growing potatoes!

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ISABEL FISCHER

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Media Coordinator & Secretary

I am a filmmaker, born and raised in Sebastopol. I believe that through sharing and documenting our stories, and uplifting the voices of those most affected by housing injustice, we can shift the narrative around housing from treating it as a commodity to be bought and sold, to treating a home as a human right. One of my favorite parts of community organizing is building relationships with people and seeing how all our strengths work together. The amount of collective knowlege and power we all hold is so exciting, and I'm ready to fight together for a future where everyone can live in a safe and dignified home. I love making personalized art for my friends, and like Jordan, I also love potatoes!

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JEREMY HILL

(he/him/his)

Political Liason

I am originally from Iowa and moved to Sonoma County from Chicago in 2015. I’ve been a renter my entire adult life and currently live in a small apartment complex near downtown Santa Rosa. I see the tenants union as an effective tool for building political power, empowering renters and unhoused people, and connecting tenants with each other and necessary resources. I really enjoy talking with other renters through phone banking, door knocking, and organizing tenant meetings, all of which remind us that we are not alone in our fights for housing justice.

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PAIGE HENDERSON

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Member & Tenant Outreach

I've lived in sonoma county all of my life. I've intermittently been housing insecure over 3 times, and homeless at one point. A lot of my housing work is shaped by my queerness, and my experiences of housing insecurity from being queer. The tenants union for me is both a lifeline for my community and for myself. We need to have a strong one in sonoma county, for if we do not, we collectively will be just as vulnerable as before when it comes to so many of these experiences that have become commonplace with the people I'm closest to. The thing that makes me feel the most fulfilled in this work is housing people. It means to me more than the world to do that work. I will work as hard as my ability permits to guarantee housing is a human right for all. 

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RIO MOLINA

(he/him/él)

Member & Tenant Outreach

I am a lifelong resident of Sonoma County. My first involvement with North Bay Organizing Project was in 2017 during the Measure C campaign. As a board member of SCTU, I hope to empower tenants in organizing for transformative housing justice. I am driven in particular to support the development of outreach that expands the SCTU membership base.

 

NBOP's TENANT ORGANIZERS

Tenant organizers from North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) co-organize with SCTU. Get to know NBOP’s tenant organizers and read about why they're passionate about building renter power.

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BEATRICE CAMACHO

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I am a first generation Latina born in Santa Rosa, California to low income, working-class parents who immigrated to Sonoma County from Mexico. As a lifelong tenant growing up in Section 8 Housing from my early childhood well into my early 20’s, I deeply understand the importance of access to safe and healthy housing. I am not only fighting to shift the current political landscape and oppressive systems to ensure tenants have stronger protections, but I am also fighting to ensure that all tenants have the opportunity to thrive and experience joy in their communities.

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CHAD BOLLA

(he/him/his)

As a tenant organizer, I am motivated by the strong desire to correct the historical injustices in the housing industry and to create a system that honors housing as a human right. Tenants have for too long been on the losing end of the “housing market” deal, and only through the collective political power of a tenants union can we win against the real estate industry. And only by investing in trusting relationships with other renters will we build a mass movement of tenants in the county that will have the people power to de-commodify housing.

I believe in interdependence and I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and exchanging wisdom.

 

TENANT COUNSELORS

Our tenant counselors provide information and support to tenants around the county through our hotline. Get to know our counselors!

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SARAH CASMITH

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I got into tenant organizing in 2017 while working on a free college campaign. As I got to know these students, I saw the horrifying living situations they were dealing with, and I felt like I couldn't talk to these young people about anything other than housing. I've been dedicated to the movement ever since. Being a part of tenant counseling keeps me connected to that reality—what things are like for us as renters, and keeps me reminded of everything that moved me to action in the first place.

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NOA HUGHES

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Safe, affordable and accessible housing is a human right. But in our current system, land is treated like a commodity and land access has been shaped by white supremacy and colonialism. I am committed to supporting tenants and working towards just housing for all. As someone who grew up in Sonoma County, I want to keep living here without the constant threat of increasingly expensive costs of living. And working with tenants is a chance to be part of that community resilience.

JEANIE

(she/her/hers)

Working for social justice has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, taking the form of fighting for power to shape our society so that all are heard, needs are met, rights are recognized. I dream of a community in which it is no longer necessary to fight to overcome inequities. The right to housing is at the top of my list of inequities to be eliminated. I am honored to serve as a tenant counselor with SCTU, able to connect with folks who are having housing challenges, joining with them to problem solve and support housing justice.

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KENDRA PARDUE

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I joined SCTU to get involved with something that directly impacts people's lives. I believe housing is a human right, and our government's response to COVID has made it clear they don't agree. I'm happy be able to help people through this union and hope to inspire others to do what they can to help their communities in their own ways.

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RIO MOLINA

(he/him/él)

In tenant counseling, I am eager to support Spanish-speaking tenants in navigating the reality of housing discrimination. I view tenant counseling as an essential step towards the creation of renter power.

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BEATRICE CAMACHO

(she/her/ella)

I believe in mutual aid and community showing up for one another.

As a bilingual (Spanish/English) tenant counselor, and a tenant myself, I am deeply committed to supporting Spanish-speaking tenants in Sonoma County in understanding their rights as tenants. 
 

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JEREMY HILL

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I am a transplanted Midwesterner living near downtown Santa Rosa, and I am passionate about empowering tenants to know their rights, take action, and fight landlord harassment, retaliation, and profiteering!

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RACHEL MARCUS

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I believe that stable, affordable, habitable housing is a human right. I decided to become a tenant counselor because I know how powerless and frustrated I’ve felt when dealing with various issues with landlords I’ve had over the past 15 years, and how helpful it's been to have resources, information, and support in the process of asserting my rights. On the hotline, I support people in learning more about tenant protections, knowing they’re not alone, and strategizing together on what actions to take.

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CHAD BOLLA

(he/him/his)

My role as a tenant counselor is multi-dimensional.  We act as first responders in many ways – acknowledging that the community members are often going to be reaching out from a place of stress, worry, fear, and anger. Because of this, our work as counselors is to listen empathically and supportively, problem-solve with the tenant, and connect them to the necessary resources that will transform the situation into one where the tenant has a stronger sense of agency over their housing situation. 

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THEA HARTMAN

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I grew up in Berkeley, California, where my first experience of political activism was working to abolish capital punishment at the age of 14, around 1960. I worked in social services before returning to school to earn a doctorate in psychology. Among my work experiences are working as a mental health advocate representing people at social security hearings, developing peer counseling programs, and working with older adults. In 2017, I worked with neighbors to start a political action group fighting Trump’s agenda and in 2018 I organized a Tenant’s Association at the senior apartment complex where I now live. I have been active with SCTU since it began.