Leadership Council

The Smart Solutions initiative is guided by a Leadership Council made up of more than 25 stakeholders from across Santa Cruz County. We are comprised of representatives from neighborhoods, business, faith communities, local government, nonprofit service programs and communities of individuals experiencing homelessness. The Leadership Council also has working groups and committees that include dozens of other community members in our work, including engagement, education, policy/program research, and advocacy.

Current Members of the Smart Solutions Leadership Council:

  • Don Lane, Leadership Council Chair, Santa Cruz City Council
  • Adam Spickler, County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department
  • Annette March, Not the Other Oral Histories Project
  • Betsy Phillips, Community Volunteer
  • Betsy Wilson, MidPen Housing
  • Claudia Brown, Homeless Services Center Board
  • Darrie Ganzhom, Homeless Garden Project
  • Gary Merrill, Emergent Systems
  • Helen Ewan-Storey, Community Action Board
  • Ingrid Trejo, Veterans Resource Center (SCVRC)
  • Jenny Panetta, Santa Cruz County Housing Authority
  • John Leopold, Santa Cruz County Supervisor
  • Linda Lemaster, Community Volunteer
  • Monica Martinez, Encompass Community Services
  • Phil Kramer, Homeless Services Center and 180/2020
  • Rayne Marr, County of Santa Cruz Homeless Services Coordinator
  • Rick Martinez, Santa Cruz City Police Department
  • Robyn McKeen, Smart Path Project Manager
  • Scott Galloway, Association of Faith Communities
  • Sylvia Caras, Community Volunteer
  • Ted Altenberg, Public School Teacher

Committees and Working Groups


Lived Experience Committee: Provides support for Leadership Council members with current of former experience of homelessness to engage in the Leadership Council activities.

House Gathering Committee: Casual gatherings of friends, neighbors, co-workers, and acquaintances to socialize together with food and conversation, designed to foster safe, exploratory dialogue among homeless people and housed people.