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.
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, Smart Growth California
Marta oversees Smart Growth California’s communications strategy, website, social media presence, and funder-only newsletter. As a communications consultant, Marta has worked with many nonprofits focused on transportation, land use, social justice, and sustainability. Marta served as the communications director at TransForm, California’s leading transportation advocacy organization, as well as the interim communications director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Marta has a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in San Francisco.
INTERIM DIRECTOR, SMART GROWTH CALIFORNIA
Ron Milam joined Smart Growth California in 2014 as the coordinator of the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative and currently serves as Smart Growth California’s interim director. 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.