Unhoused: Addressing Homelessness During and After the Pandemic

Location: Zoom Virtual Event

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:30am PT

SPEAKERS' BIOGRAPHIES (in program order):

Former St
atSenator and Environmental Policy Director for the Schwarzenegger Institute

Former State Senator Fran Pavley served 29 years in elected office. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Pavley was elected the first mayor of Agoura Hills in 1982, and served 14 years in the California Assembly and the State Senate. Senator Pavley authored landmark climate policies (AB 1493, AB 32, SB 32, and others) that have created a market for innovation and investment in clean energy and vehicles, which have helped clean up our air, grow the economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As chair of the Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee, she was able to pass California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act(SGMA), promote policies to protect our ocean and watersheds, and adopt measures to create more sustainable local water supplies. During her last year in the legislature, Senator Pavley also authored SB 1425, the Water-Energy Nexus bill.

She is working as the Environmental Policy Director for the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, and serves on several state and local advisory boards and committees.

Director of the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and Director of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute

Gary Painter is a Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and the Homelessness Policy Research Institute. He recently published a co-authored book entitled, “Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds: Outcome-based Payment Systems in the UK and US.” He has published numerous articles in top journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Urban Studies, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Professor Painter is a leading figure in the field of social innovation. In addition to his recent book, he works extensively with a variety of social innovation organizations and collective impact networks to address some of the grand challenges that society faces. His current research focuses on how to activate the social innovation process. Professor Painter also has extensive expertise in housing, urban economics, and education policy, which shapes his research on how the social innovation process can identify new models of social change within these complex policy areas.

He has served as a consultant for the National Association of Realtors, Pacific Economics Group, Andrew Davidson Co., Fannie Mae, Grant Thornton LLP, Burr Consulting, and the Research Institute for Housing America.

Managing Director of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute

Saba Mwine has over 16 years of experience spearheading projects throughout the nation to measure, investigate and enforce equal access to housing. She has played multiple roles from project designer and civil rights investigator to management consultant and race equity educator. In addition to her civil rights work, Saba is a professional actor, committed to weaving the universal language of art performance in all settings. Since her start with CSH in 2017, she secured foundation funding for and designed CSH’s first racial equity programming, external trainings and community initiatives—inclusive of qualitative research. In addition to liaising with national and local partners on race equity, Saba employs multimodal interactive approaches in directing CSH’s Los Angeles Supportive Housing Institute—a provider intensive to enable quality supportive housing throughout LA County.

Prior to CSH, Saba worked with the Urban Institute and the Housing Rights Center to train and direct field researchers for the federal Housing Discrimination Study (HDS) 2012 in Los Angeles County and later worked as management consultant to multiple HDS major cities across the country. Subsequently, she conducted the HDS Disabilities in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and consulted again with the Urban Institute for the project design and implementation of the pilot study HDS Lesbian, Gay, Transgender. Additionally, at the Housing Rights Center, Saba worked as lead investigator for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program—Regional in 6 SoCal cities. Saba began her work in race equity as a fair housing tester and subsequent manager for the LA based, women owned firm Progressive Management Resources. She is also a qualified theatre professor and talented adult educator. Saba holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Assemblymember for District 54

Isaac Bryan was elected in May 2021 to represent California's 54th Assembly District, which consists of Baldwin Hills, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw district, Century City, Culver City, Ladera Heights, Mar Vista, Palms, Rancho Park, Westwood and parts of South Los Angeles and Inglewood. 

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Isaac served as the founding Director of the UCLA Black Policy Project – a think tank dedicated to advancing racial equity through rigorous policy analysis – served as the first Director of Public Policy at the UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center, as well as Director of Organizing for the nationally recognized Million Dollar Hoods project, a community-based participatory research project.
Isaac also co-chaired the successful Measure J campaign in Los Angeles County, a ballot measure that allocated hundreds of millions of dollars a year to address racial injustice and strengthen communities. Measure J sets aside money for investment in youth development, small business support, job training,  alternatives to incarceration, affordable housing, community mental health and substance abuse treatment, and other systems of care. 

Isaac is a community organizer, highly regarded policy expert, and a published academic. He authored the first holistic report for the City of Los Angeles on the needs of the formerly incarcerated Angelenos, and exposed a gap in youth justice policy – research that was ultimately used by then Senator Holly J. Mitchell to advance SB439. For years, his academic and organizing work has been at the intersection of environmental, economic, education and housing justice.

For Isaac, these issues aren’t just academic or policy questions – they are deeply personal. He grew up in a family of fifteen, as one of nine adopted children. Several members of his family have struggled with houselessness, faced incarceration, and have struggled with substance abuse and mental health challenges. Born to a teenage mother who could not keep him, he was put up for adoption as an infant. The Bryan family, who adopted him, served as foster parents for over 26 years and influenced the lives of nearly 200 children. As a child, he had a powerful and intimate view of what happens when our civic institutions fail. After a difficult start to his schooling Isaac took courses at two separate Southern California community colleges before earning dual degrees in Political Science and Sociology. He completed his education at UCLA where he earned a Masters in Public Policy, and remains a proud Bruin.

Senior Director of Supportive Services for Jamboree

Danielle Latteri is the Director of Supportive Services for Jamboree’s growing permanent supportive housing and has helped design of the supportive services for all the people in Jamboree’s supportive housing.

Danielle is a gifted and compassionate leader who has embraced the role of integrating a best-practice services model that’s designed to serve the formerly homeless households that choose to call Jamboree housing their home. In a few short years she has established herself as a leader in the supportive service community in Orange County and is also working throughout the State of California to bring other new housing units online. She has rapidly established herself amongst her Jamboree team and other colleagues as a creative and talented clinical services provider, as well as a leader and trusted colleague.

She has quickly become a leader by helping fulfill the community’s need for excellence in these services that make permanent supportive housing truly effective at ending homelessness. In the next 30 months Jamboree expects to add over 1,000 units of supportive housing and Danielle will lead the entire supportive services team that ensures that this housing is, indeed, a permanent home.

Vice President of Strategy for Community Health at Kaiser Permanente

John Vu is Kaiser Permanente’s vice president of strategy for Community Health. He is responsible for providing leadership in the development and implementation of key strategies to help deliver on Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving the health of communities. His focus is to ensure alignment and integration of major priorities and business plans.

John has been with Kaiser Permanente for 18 years and was previously a director in national strategic planning and a management consultant focused on business planning. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, he worked in health care consulting in the areas of strategy and board governance.

John serves on the advisory council for the Association for Community Health Improvement as part of the American Hospital Association, was a fellow in America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Executive Leadership Program, and was named a Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50 executive leader in 2013. He is a graduate of executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. John earned a bachelor's in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego and a master's in public health from San Diego State University.



The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy is committed to advancing post-partisanship, where leaders put people over political parties and work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people they serve. The Institute seeks to influence public policy and public debate in finding solutions to the serious challenges we face.

Founded in 2012 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Institute carries on his belief to govern with the interest of the people, not the political party, in mind. The Institute works to ensure that the ways of solving problems developed from his time in office will continue to benefit the people of California, and around the world.

Find out more about the Schwarzenegger Institute at: schwarzeneggerinstitute.com  


The mission of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation is to develop ideas and illuminate strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income urban communities. Together with the Price School’s academic rigor and practice-based expertise, the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation works to advance new models of equity and opportunity for low-income children and families, as well as advance the field of social innovation through scholarship and rigorous academic inquiry.

Sol Price, founder of Price Club, possessed a deep understanding of the interplay between the public sector, private industry, and nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. His legacy includes support for public policies aimed at poverty reduction, the role of nonprofit organizations in social services, access to a quality education and health care, and community improvement. 

Find out more about the Price Center for Social Innovation at: socialinnovation.usc.edu