Plenary Panelists

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    2019 Housing & Conservation Conference
    Building and Sustaining Healthy Communities

    VHCB is excited to announce the plenary panelists for our conference, Dr. Tiffany Manuel, Alfred Diaz-Infante, and Todd Farrington.


  • Tiffany Manuel, PhD, President & CEO, TheCaseMade
    Dr. Tiffany Manuel is the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, a public benefit corporation dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. In this role, Dr. Manuel works with hundreds of passionate social change leaders, changemakers and innovators around the United States who are building better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. By aligning their community stakeholders around the kind of deep systems changes that can improve population outcomes, these leaders are able to grow their impact, scale their programs, and harness the investments they need to improve their communities.

    Dr. Manuel is a dynamic speaker, thought leader, and writer on the issues of community development, social change and cross-sector partnerships. Trained as a social scientist, she is committed to building the capacity of changemakers and leaders to grow their social impact. She has worked to expand opportunity for low-income workers, families and communities through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. She is the primary architect of the Opportunity360, a data platform with more than 100k+ users in the community development field, it remains the most comprehensive data platform for practitioners looking to advance systems change and population outcomes. Dr. Manuel is passionate about translating the insights harvested from this work to increase opportunities for public deliberation and public will-building around the issues of poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Dr. Manuel holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.

    Alfred Diaz-Infante, President & CEO, Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association (CHISPA), Salinas, CA
    Alfred Diaz-Infante was born and raised in Salinas. He earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, and a B.S. degree in Finance from California State University, Sacramento. He serves as the President and CEO of Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Inc. (CHISPA) and its affiliated companies. CHISPA is the largest non-profit affordable housing provider based in Monterey County.

    He is currently a Board Member of the Hartnell College Foundation, Community Foundation for Monterey County, Literacy Campaign for Monterey County, Salinas Planning & Research Corporation, Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL) and Salinas Regional Sports Authority.

    His recreational interests include mountain biking, karate, reading and attending his children's sports activities. Alfred and his wife, Elvira, and their three children, Karina, Alexis and Marcos, live in Salinas.

    Todd Farrington, Director of Community Programs, Big Sur Land Trust, Big Sur, CA
    Todd joined the Big Sur Land Trust in 2007. He has served in many different capacities, including as operations and events manager, community affairs manager and creative producer. Most notably, Todd has taken the lead in the designing and directing BSLT’s Youth Outdoor Programs since their inception in 2013. Todd firmly believes the health of nature and the health of our human communities are closely intertwined. Over the years he has worked to innovate new ways to reduce barriers to accessing conserved open spaces for people of all ages and all communities in Monterey County, CA, doing so by facilitating a broad range of experiences — from intimate guided hikes though ancient redwood forests to community-wide festivals celebrating urban open spaces to transformative wilderness experiences for youth from underserved communities. Todd serves on the Board of the Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with the Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club. He spends his free time exploring the tide pools, oak woodlands and redwood forests of California's central coast.