RUN News for February 2019

  • Farewell to RUN's Director 
  • Housing California Lobby Day and Conference
  • RUN Regional Meetings 

Farewell to RUN's Director 

Dear RUN community:

I hope this note finds you thriving in this new year.  I want to let you know that Constance Slider Pierre, our fearless Director of Organizing and Community Engagement, will be leaving Housing California.  Her last day will be February 15th.

I want to thank Constance on behalf of Housing California, our board, our partners, and resident leaders for her leadership of the Residents United Network.  Her vision of centering the people most affected by our housing crisis in our work has brought us to the moment where we are in a powerful position to make homes for all a reality in our state.  She will be missed.  We wish her all the best in wherever her journey takes her.

Housing California is committed to RUN's integral role in Housing California's three-pillar strategy for change: policy, communications, and building power.  In the interim, while we are doing our due diligence in finding a replacement, our Associate Director David Zisser will step in as the acting Director of Organizing and Community Engagement.  During this transition, David will have strong support from the rest our Housing California team and special RUN consultants, our Board of Directors, and our partners at Community Change.  

As RUN moves into its fifth year, we have much to celebrate.  With Constance's leadership, we have all played a role in building RUN to be an important part of our movement for housing justice.  It is through organizing and centering the people with lived experience, both residents and staff, along with narrative change and strong policy, that we will create a California where everyone can thrive.

I have included a note below from Constance to all of you.  Please join me in both thanking Constance for her incredible service and wishing her well in the next steps of her journey.

Warm Wishes,

Lisa Hershey
Executive Director


"Dear RUN Partners,

It has been such a pleasure to work in this community and contribute to this impactful work.

After deep reflection, I have decided to step away from my work and take some time to rejuvenate while spending quality time with the people I love so much.  During this period, I will evaluate and assess my next career opportunities. 

I am grateful that this experience has prepared me to be a better leader, organizer and mentor and I look forward to continuing to contribute my gifts in meaningful ways.  I will continue to be a partner and an ally as we continue to advance housing justice and equity throughout California.

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to spearhead this important work and for having the vision and fortitude to lead the change we want to see in the world.


In Solidarity,

Constance Slider Pierre


2019 Housing California Lobby Day and Conference

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 2019 Housing California Lobby Day as part of the 40th Annual Housing California Conference. Lobby Day will take place Monday, April 15 in Sacramento, followed by Conference programming, which runs through Wednesday, April 17. 

Lobby Day brings together people from all over the state as one voice in the Capitol to speak with legislative staff about important housing/homelessness bills and how they can change the lives of Californians. 2019 policy priorities include ending source of income discrimination for Californians who hold Housing Choice Vouchers, as well as investment in more affordable homes. 

The deadline to apply for a RUN Scholarship that waives your registration fee is February 28. Scholarship recipients will be notified of the selection by March 5. 

To register to attend Lobby Day and pay the standard $60 registration fee Click Here.


RUN Regional Meetings 

RUN regional meetings are coming up. They will begin on February 21 and run through April 11. Regional meetings are a great opportunity to connect with RUN members in your community. The upcoming meetings will set the stage for how your region will support the RUN Priorities this legislative session. 

Join us at one of the following meetings:

San Diego - February 21

Sacramento - March 12

Los Angeles - April 11

Bay Area - March 26 (registration pending)

San Joaquin Valley - March 9 (meetings will be held in multiple cities)


Join us for RUN Leadership Trainings! Register using the links below.

Know Your Housing: Land Use & Finance – Friday, February 15

Housing California Policy Director Tyrone Buckley walks us through the ins and outs of the financing and land use issues that make affordable housing so challenging to create. 

Know Your Housing: Homelessness Policy – Friday, March 1

Join this training with Housing California Legislative Advocate Chris Martin to learn about what's being done in California to help end homelessness, especially among young people and formerly incarcerated people and what you can do to help.

Zoom Training – Friday, March 8

Learn how to use the Zoom Meeting program to have a video meeting with RUN members across the state!

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Sacramento, California 95814

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