Chief Executive Officer
Sacramento Steps Forward
Ryan Loofbourrow is the Chief Executive Officer of Sacramento Steps Forward, an agency that works collaboratively with service providers, local governments and the private sector to ensure that all people experiencing homelessness can obtain housing, economic stability and enhanced quality of life.
A 20-year veteran of establishing community safety and maintenance programs, Ryan was previously the Executive Director of the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Clean and Safe Program. A program designed to improve the appearance of Downtown’s streets and enhance public safety for residents, employees and visitors. He has also been a leader in creating homeless outreach programs for downtown communities and recently implemented the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s first homeless outreach program which has reunited more than 130 individuals with family throughout the United States.
Loofbourrow’s many accomplishments during his tenure in Sacramento include reducing the public intoxication calls through the creation of the serial inebriate program in 2005, and establishing a 24-hour graffiti abatement program. He also served on numerous policy advocacy committees working on issues such as graffiti abatement, ending chronic homelessness and managing the nighttime economy.
For his work, he received a number of Sacramento City Council resolutions for service and in 2006, the International Downtown Association Special Achievement Award for the homeless outreach Navigator Program.
Loofbourrow graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.
Director, Public Affairs
Michelle Odell is the Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente. Her responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of Public Affairs including community relations, government relations; community health and community benefit planning; and internal and external communications, including media relations
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2008, Odell spent nine years at The Sacramento Bee, serving as Public Affairs Manager where she oversaw public affairs and corporate communications initiatives, including branding, community outreach, media relations, and charitable contributions. Prior to The Sacramento Bee, she spent eight years as Associate Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
Odell currently serves as Chair for Sacramento Covered, and as Director on the boards of the local PBS affiliate KVIE, and the Los Rios Foundation. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a member of the City of Sacramento Gang Prevention/Intervention Task Force.
She previously served on the Board of Directors of WEAVE, Elk Grove Economic Development Corporation, The Sacramento Ballet, The Sacramento Public Library Foundation, Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home, The Sacramento Theatre Company and Stanford Home for Children.
Odell holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. She live in Sacramento with her husband Kevin and their three daughters.
Cassandra H.B. Jennings
President & CEO
Greater Sacramento Urban League
Cassandra H. B. Jennings is the newly appointed President & CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League to promote economic empowerment through education, job readiness, training and placement programs and advocacy for underserved individuals and families. She most recently served as Senior Advisor to Mayor Kevin Johnson, City of Sacramento on key policy initiatives such as arts, homelessness, housing, volunteerism, public safety, health and community issues. Cassandra spent six years as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Sacramento and over 20 years with Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, including six years as Deputy Executive Director. She has provided great leadership in housing, community and economic development throughout the Sacramento Region.
Cassandra currently serves on the boards of Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Golden 1 Credit Union, Norwood Avenue Housing Corporation, Shasta Housing Corporation, The Sacramento Judicial Library and Learning Center Foundation, and Sacramento Steps Forward. She is also an active member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and President of the Sacramento Chapter of The Links, Inc.
Cassandra has been recognized as: 2005 Women Who Mean Business, 2008 Mother of the Year by the Saint John’s Shelter Program, 2009 Black Expo Women of Inspiration, 2010 Zeta Phi Beta Woman of the Year, The Repairer of Breach Award, 2015 Asian Resources Community Service Award and 2016 California Legislative Black Caucus Black History Month Honoree.
Cassandra received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She and her husband, Rick, have been married thirty eight years and enjoy spending time with their adult children and their spouses and three beautiful granddaughters.
Community Development Manager for Government Relations & Community Development
Pamela Maxwell joined U.S. Bank in July of 2010 and currently works as the Community Development Manager for Government Relations & Community Development at U.S. Bank. Ms. Maxwell is responsible for the development, coordination and management of community relations and development activities within the Sacramento area, Northern California and Utah. She collaborates with community groups focusing on affordable housing, small business development, capacity building and financial education. The primary focus of her work is serving community needs within low-to-moderate income neighborhoods and meeting corporate CRA objectives. In addition, she manages the corporate giving budget for Sacramento and Northern California.
Pam has been working in the banking industry for over 25 years. She previously worked for Wells Fargo in Retail Banking for 19 years. She is a board member of Junior Achievement of Sacramento, Hands4Hope, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Steps Forward, committee member of Sacramento Self Help Housing, and is on the Lighthouse committee for the Women’s Fund El Dorado. She resides in Shingle Springs with her husband and has two daughters.
Director of Community and Government Relations Sutter Health Valley Area
Sacramento Steps Forward Vice Chair
Keri Thomas serves as the Director, Community and Government Relations for the Sutter Health Valley Area. She is responsible for working with elected and community leaders and not-for-profit agencies on sustainable programs that enhance community health in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano, Amador, Yuba and the South Valley which includes San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Modesto counties in California. She’s serves on the boards at Valley Vision, Golden 1 Credit Union and Sacramento Steps Forward, which aims to end homelessness in the region. She’s been chairwoman of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce’s leadership program and “Cap-to-Cap” trip to Washington, D.C.
Keri earned her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University. Keri currently serves on the Golden 1 Credit Union Board of Directors, is past Chair of the Leaderships Sacramento Program (2009), the Vice Chair of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap to Cap Program, and was honored by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the top up and coming leaders of the region – 40 Under 40 (2010). She was also recognized as one of Sacramento’s successful women by the Sacramento Business Journal at the Sacramento’s Women Who Mean Business Awards Luncheon (2016).
Vice President, CFY Development, Inc.
Sacramento Steps Forward Board Treasurer
Ali Youssefi is Vice President of CFY Development, a Sacramento-based firm that develops, builds and manages affordable and mixed-income housing. The family-owned company has a portfolio that includes over 3,000 apartment units in 25 cities. Mr. Youssefi oversees all phases of the development process, including project design, financial analysis, entitlements, permit processing, construction and property management. While CFY operates throughout the state of California, Mr. Youssefi’s primary focus has been on mixed-use, infill development in his hometown of Sacramento.
Mr. Youssefi currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Iranian American Council, Downtown Sacramento Partnership, VERGE Center for the Arts, B Street Theatre, E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts and the R Street Sacramento Partnership. Prior to joining CFY Development, Mr. Youssefi was an investment banking analyst at WR Hambrecht + Co in San Francisco. Mr. Youssefi graduated from DartmouthCollege in New Hampshire with a B.A. in Economics and Cognitive Science.
Chet P. Hewitt
President / CEO of Sierra Health Foundation
Sacramento Steps Forward Board Member-at-Large
Chet P. Hewitt is the President and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and its independent operating unit, the Center for Health Program Management. Since beginning his tenure in
2007, Chet has focused foundation investments on health disparities, health equity, and the healthy development and well-being of vulnerable youth. His leadership, thoughtful risk taking and innovative approach to management have increased the foundation’s impact, reach and influence.
Prior to joining the foundation, Chet spent five years as the Agency Director of Alameda County’s Social Services Agency, where he is credited with transforming its failing child welfare system into a national model and using technology to improve the delivery of human services. Previously, he served as Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, established and managed its West Coast regional office in San Francisco and led its national employment and community building initiatives. Chet has received several national awards, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation Child and Family Leaders Fellowship and Child Welfare Administrator of the Year.
Chet is a frequent lecturer on philanthropy and public sector leadership, and advises localities around the country on issues related to the transformation of public systems. Chet serves on several boards, including Grantmakers in Health, Sacramento Steps Forward, Roberts Enterprise Development Fund and St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children. Born and raised in New York City, Chet credits life experience as the primary source of his commitment to serve those less fortunate than himself. He is also driven by his desire to ensure that his two young sons, and all children, have every opportunity to grow up healthy, safe and prepared for their roles as vital members of our communities.
Executive Director, Teichert Foundation
Sacramento Steps Forward Board Member, Emeritus
Fred Teichert is the Executive Director of the Teichert Foundation in Sacramento, California. Mr. Teichert serves on the boards of the City of Sacramento’s Policy Board to End Homelessness, People Reaching Out, Sacramento State University Foundation, and Sacramento Regional Community Foundation. Mr. Teichert is actively engaged with the Sacramento’s business, arts, and social service communities. Teichert’s construction company is known for building California’s infrastructure and Fred Teichert continues this tradition, building his Sacramento community.
Mr. Teichert holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from California State University, Sacramento.
Sacramento Steps Forward Board Chair
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