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.