The Kennedy Commission Team



Cesar Covarrubias
Executive Director

Cesar directs the advocacy, education and outreach activities that develop solutions to housing needs and unite communities across Orange County to support affordable housing development. Prior to his current position, Cesar coordinated the Commission's efforts to develop and implement affordable housing public policies and strategies in local governments. Cesar also has worked for the Fair Housing Council of Orange County as a case manager for housing discrimination cases and assisted clients with landlord-tenant issues. Cesar holds a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.

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Isuri Ramos
Policy Analyst

As the Community Organizer for the Kennedy Commission, Isuri works with residents and community partners in Santa Ana on and resident organizing, outreach, education, and advocacy efforts that aim to improve the quality of life for residents with limited resources. Isuri was born and raised in Santa Ana, and her lived experiences in the community drive her work and commitment to resident engagement in decision making processes. Isuri studied International Studies with and emphasis in Political Science and Urban Studies and Planning at University of California, San Diego.

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Linda Tang
Senior Project Manager

Linda brings more than five years of experience in advocating and implementing effective housing policies that increases affordable home opportunities for lower income households throughout Orange County. As part of her work, she provides technical assistance and engages residents to participate in the visioning process of building and improving their community. Linda holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of California, Irvine.

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Board Members



Brenda J. Rodriguez

Affordable Housing Clearinghouse

Perica Bell

Union Bank

Victoria Ramírez


Joseph Singh

Farmers Insurance

Lisa Castillo
Former President/CEO of
Merritt Community Capital

Glenn Hayes
Community Member

David Levy
Fair Housing Council of OC

Rochelle Mills
Innovative Housing Opportunities


Nora Mendez
OC Community Housing Corporation

Helen O’ Sullivan
NeighborWorks O.C.

Dianne Russell
Western Community Housing


Our Funders



Our work is made possible through the generous support of our Kennedy Commission members and funders. To all our supporters, thank you for your dedication to ensure quality affordable housing is available to lower income families.

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