Board of Directors
Eric Panzer, Chair
Eric was most recently a planner for PlaceWorks, and previously worked as a GIS analyst for a Berkeley-based environmental firm. Originally from Austin, Texas, Eric came to California to study Environmental Science as well as City Planning at UC Berkeley. Eric has a strong interest in improving transit and walkability to create more sustainable communities.
He has previously served as a member of the Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission, as secretary for the Northern Alameda County Group of the Sierra Club, and as a temporary member of the Zoning Adjustments Board and the Planning Commission.
Eric has lived in the Downtown Berkeley area for over six years, and can often be spotted hoofing it across the city.
Sachu Constantine, Treasurer
Sachu is a policy analyst for SunPower, a manufacturer and developer of solar PV systems.He has been working on energy and environment issues, mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America, since 1992 when he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana. After completing his Master of Public Policy Degree at UC Berkeley, Sach worked for the Energy Analysis Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab where he coordinated technical assistance for projects in Ghana as well as domestic energy efficiency programs.
He lives in North Berkeley with his wife and two young children.
Anna grew up in Spain, went to law school at the University of Barcelona, and lived for extended periods of time in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Bologna. She has worked in corporate affairs for a telecommunications company in Holland, headed international projects at a university, and conducted international business for a bank in Spain.
Anna is delighted that those travels brought her to the Bay Area. “I love the architecture, and I love the lifestyle,” she says. “I like the fact that you can walk to a café, buy your coffee, and sit down and read the newspaper. It feels very open-minded and European, and my neighbors are people like me, who travel and have cultural interests."
Michael Alvarez Cohen
Mike Alvarez Cohen and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Berkeley for over 20 years. His two children recently went through the Berkeley public school system. Mike's professional background is in engineering, product management, business development and executive positions for information technology-based companies including Silicon Graphics, Mips Computer Systems, and Sun Microsystems. Mike co-founded two companies, Netpulse and Peak Democracy - the leading provider of online citizen engagement software that increases public trust in government. Currently, Mike is the Director of Innovation Ecosystem Development in UC Berkeley's Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances. Mike is a former Chair of the City of Berkeley's Zoning Adjust-ments Board. He has an engineering degree from Tufts, and an MBA from Harvard. During his free time, Mike likes travel, sports and fitness.
Kevin Hufferd is the Director of Property Development at UC Berkeley. His career at Cal (and prior to that at the City of Santa Barbara), has focused on using public private partnerships to develop complex building projects that meet public objectives.
Kevin co-founded West County Reads, an all-volunteer community organization devoted family literacy in Richmond in 2001. He currently serves on the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has a masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nova Blazej, Vice Chair
Nova is an environmental planner with 16 years of experience in sustainability issues, including land use and transportation planning, smart growth, environmental justice, and pollution prevention. Nova has a degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
She is a long-time Berkeley resident and lives in the Gourmet Ghetto with her husband and two daughters. Nova is an avid cyclist and enjoys being “car(e) free” whenever she can!
Nic Dominguez (Secretary)
Nicholas is an employee of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency where he assists the agency in compliance with federal regulations. Prior to working for the SFMTA, Nic found his passion for community development while serving in Kenya for the U.S. Peace Corps in the Small Enterprise Development Program. In 2008, Nic graduated from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Through his studies and his travel experiences Nic has developed a love for implementing sustainable economic development projects. He seeks to use this passion to create a more vibrant Berkeley.
Now a three-year resident of Berkeley, Nic is exploring the emerging start-up and non-profit scene centered in Downtown Berkeley.
Anthony is a transportation planner with a major international engineering firm and a Berkeley resident for the last 16 years. He grew up in Richmond, California.
His 30 years of experience includes transit service and operations planning, capital projects and airport experience and his work ranges from the Transbay Transit Center Project to bus service and highway operations analysis. Tony is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Steven Goldin is a leader in the West Berkeley design community and has served as the CFO for Swerve, Inc. for 20 years. Steven brings a depth of experience in industrial design, entrepreneurship, marketing and management. Steven lives in the heart of West Berkeley and has a passion for seeing the area live up to its full potential.
Evan McDonald has for many years been deeply involved in business, development, and community organizations in Berkeley. Evan serves as a partner in Hudson McDonald, which is responsible for the development of several notable Berkeley buildings, including the Trader Joe's Building and the Berkeley Metropolitan student housing. Evan also serves on the board of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.
As a design professional, Evan specialized in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. He participated in many significant historic preservation and reuse projects in both Massachusetts and California, including the renovation of the Berkeley Public Library and the Hearst Memorial Mining building on the University of California campus. Evan is an expert builder and designer. He uses this expertise to ensure that every Hudson McDonald project realizes the highest degree of architectural quality and significance possible within its budget. Evan also has extensive experience in real estate finance. Evan earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business in 2000 and both a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.