Staff Section
 


Community Focus staff members have extensive and varied experience in civic engagement processes, public policy analysis, communications and public outreach, mediation and group facilitation.

 

Stephanie Anderson, Executive Director

Stephanie assumed her role as Executive Director of Community Focus in June 2011. One of Stephanie’s primary responsibilities is to keep the organization focused on its mission of “bringing people together to create solutions.” Community Focus’ goal is to enhance the way government and the community work together through civic engagement — creating active partnerships that lead to sustainable results. Community Focus has helped facilitate change on a wide range of challenging environmental and social issues.

In addition to directing the day-to-day operations of the organization Stephanie manages programs including the Spare the Air Employer Program, the Great Race for Clean Air and Spare the Air Resource Teams for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Stephanie joined Community Focus in 2003, and has over 25 years of administrative experience in both non-profit and corporate environments. Prior to joining Community Focus Stephanie served as Director of Human Resources and Director of Quality at Rucker Fuller in San Francisco. In those positions, Stephanie did extensive strategic planning, meeting facilitation and team problem-solving. Stephanie also worked for the Salvation Army in a variety of roles.

A native of Chicago, Stephanie majored in communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

 

Stephanie Anderson, Executive Director

Malka Kopell, Founder and Senior Advisor

Malka has 30 years of experience in civic engagement and collaboration. She has worked throughout California to set up collaborative working partnerships between government, business and the civic sector, dedicated to neighborhood revitalization, downtown redevelopment, air quality, transportation, recycling, youth development, and public health. Malka also provides training and technical assistance to government agencies and nonprofit organizations, increasing community involvement through recruitment, bringing in non-traditional partners, and building and facilitating productive coalitions.

In 1990, Malka founded Community Focus as a way to facilitate public policy implementation by increasing community participation. She has also served as a program officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, developing and managing grants in the areas of conflict resolution and California governance reform, and was the founding managing director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.  She currently serves on the advisory council of the Brainerd Foundation

A trained group facilitator, Malka has also consulted in the areas of policy analysis, political campaign development, community outreach and capacity building for nonprofit organizations. Malka has a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University.

 



Malka Kopell, Founder and Senior Advisor

Jessica Williams, Program Associate

Jessica Williams joined Community Focus in 2012 with more than ten years of experience in engagement, outreach and program management in the fields of sustainability and public governance. She worked with the partnership team of CA Forward to engage the Bay Area in developing a bipartisan framework to support more local government decision making. Before that she handled marketing and communications for a carbon offset company. She received her MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Quinnipiac University.

Jessica facilitates the Spare the Air Resource Teams for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in Contra Costa and Sonoma Counties.

 

Jessica Williams, Program Associate

Mari Pearman, Program Associate

Mari joined Community Focus in 2012 with more than fifteen years of experience in interactive training design, facilitation, collaborative planning, and community outreach. Mari is active in the non-profit sector and works with mission driven projects. Her long-term affiliations include: Sustainovation, the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center facilitation program, and the Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning.

Mari is a trained facilitator. Her training includes approaches to engage whole systems in collaborative planning. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and certificates in Training and Human Resources Development and Marketing Management from University of California at Santa Cruz Extension.

At Community Focus, Mari works as a facilitator for the Spare the Air Resource Teams for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  The teams include: San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and the City of San Jose.

 

Mari Pearman, Program Associate

 

Emma Fujii, Administrative Assistant

Emma joined Community Focus in 2010 after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with BA degrees in Environmental Studies and Psychology.  At UCSB she was active in the students’ Environmental Affairs Board, serving in a variety of administrative and community organizing roles.  Emma worked as an intern for the San Francisco Department of the Environment from June 2010 through November 2011.

Emma manages day-to-day office functions and provides extensive administrative support to projects, including the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Spare the Air Resource Teams, Employer Program, and the Great Race for Clean Air.

 

Emma Fujii, Administrative Assistant