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Board of Directors

Karen Allen, Secretary

Karen Allen is a novelist (Universal Time, Beaufort 1849) and writer about transition, energy and environmental issues ( A longtime resident of San Francisco, she and her husband have raised their three children in Noe Valley. She makes most of her trips on foot or by bicycle, although she is known to travel by public transit and private car from time to time. She has an undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s in industrial engineering, both from Stanford University.

Marc Babsin

Marc Babsin is the Director of Real Estate Development at Emerald Fund, Inc., one of the premier mixed-use, residential developers in San Francisco. Marc has been with Emerald for over 6 years. Marc is a licensed attorney, a CPA, and a city planner. Marc holds a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a Master in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Marc is also an accomplished photographer with a love for things urban. Marc’s work can be seen at Marc joined the Livable City board in January 2004.

Justin Bigelow, Vice-President

Justin Bigelow is an attorney in Oakland at Goldfarb & Lipman LLP, where he represents a variety of local governments, affordable housing developers, and other nonprofit clients throughout California.  He assists clients with a range of issues relating to real estate transactions and compliance with planning and environmental laws.  He has experience in affordable housing, landlord-tenant, municipal law, tax-exempt entity law, property management, entity formation, and employment law.  Justin is originally from Minnesota where he earned a bachelor’s degree at Macalester College.  He earned a Juris Doctor from U.C. Hastings (cum laude) and a Masters in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley.

Jose Campos 

Project Manager, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure
Robin Chiang

Robin Chiang is principal of Robin Chiang & Company. He has over 30 years experience in architecture and taught architectural design for many years including City College of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, Ames Research at NASA and College of Marin. He is dedicated to design and the community, with special focus on the Bayview and Dogpatch neighborhoods. In addition to transportation architecture, he has been involved in the planning of new towns and urban infill in the Bay Area as well as East Asia, Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Robin has provided design review services to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the Oakland International Airport.

Tim Dunn, President

Project Manager, Mercy Housing Company

Will Heywood

Will Heywood is a Manager at Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council (ULI San Francisco). Will is responsible for managing the organizations policy initiatives and sponsorship efforts. Will has most completed projects that address sea level rise, public health and housing. Prior to ULI San Francisco, Will had worked at other local non-profits such as SPUR and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Will has a BA in Urban Studies and Planning from San Francisco State University.

Bert Hill

Bert is a bicycle advocate specializing in transportation and secure storage. He is currently developing a Bay Area intermodal bicycle sharing program, and teaches safety courses as a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. Bert also serves as Chair of the San Francisco Bicycle Advisory Committee. Formerly, he worked in engineering and construction project management. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he studied Urban Development.

Shirley Johnson, Treasurer

Dr. Shirley Johnson has experience with community organizing and grassroots advocacy for active transportation and responsible land use. She received a Golden Wheel Award in 2014 from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for her leadership of the BIKES ONboard project, which advocated for better bicycle access onboard Caltrain and BART. She lives car-free in San Francisco, commutes to work by bicycle, and has done multi-month, solo bicycle tours. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University.

Sasha Magee

Innovation Specialist, 18F

Sandy Mendler

Sandy is a principal with the architecture and planning firm Mithun / Solomon in San Francisco. A nationally recognized design leader, author and advocate with over 25 years of experience, she works to create innovative experiential environments for schools, universities, workplaces and mixed use districts — integrating high performance green building design with natural systems and advanced infrastructure. Sandy balances practice with research and writing, including as lead author of two editions of “The HOK Guide to Sustainable Design,” one of Wiley’s best-selling sustainable design texts. As one of the early green pioneers, Sandy served on the national board of the USGBC and as national chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment. Her current research and writing focuses on the inter-related challenges of equity, affordability and sustainability, and the development of new models for the design and financing of urban neighborhoods.