Kerry Hastings joined Smart Growth California in 2016 as program manager. With over 15 years of nonprofit experience, Kerry has served as a volunteer, fundraiser, program staff, Executive Director, and Board member of various nonprofits throughout California. Her passion for community empowerment, social justice, and urban development has fueled her drive and commitment to her community.
For a large part of her career, Kerry worked as an activist and community organizer, empowering residents to use their voices for sustainable change in their neighborhoods and cities. Most recently she was Executive Director of Housing Long Beach, an organization committed to developing long-term solutions to address the housing crisis and create quality housing options for all individuals and families. She has worked with many diverse communities on the myriad issues impacting their health and wellbeing, and has a personal and professional commitment to social change for those most impacted by the greatest challenges of today’s world.
Kerry holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Studies from Azusa Pacific University.
Ron Milam joined Smart Growth California in 2014 as the coordinator of the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative and since fall of 2017, has directed Smart Growth California. Ron brings 17 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, having served over 150 sustainability-oriented organizations as a consultant.
Ron is skilled at developing leadership, building stronger teams, improving organizational effectiveness, and facilitating collaborative change. He brings an understanding of issues related to transportation, land use, environment, health, arts and education. He served as the founding executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Under Ron’s leadership, the organization grew from an idea into a 1,000 member organization.
Ron studied planning, public policy, and management at the University of Oregon, and has a Masters in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, where he wrote his thesis on managing collaborative change efforts in Southern California.
Tim Mok joined Smart Growth California in 2019 as a program associate. He also coordinates the Local Government Commission’s CivicSpark program in the Greater Los Angeles region. Tim has 6 years of experience in the environmental non-profit sector where he advocated for environmental justice policies and laws, led sustainability workshops and trail maintenance projects, and served as an AmeriCorps member.
Tim advances equitable development in his community by working with diverse stakeholders to improve Los Angeles’s Chinatown for all people. He’s a writer for WAPOW Magazine, a bilingual media project that advances civic engagement, capacity building, and cultural preservation in Chinatown. He served as guest editor for their sustainability issue.
Tim has a Masters in Regenerative Studies from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and wrote his thesis on how Maywood residents can imagine revitalization of the Lower Los Angeles River.