Board Members

2017 HANCSM Board

Tracey Kobayashi, Vice President. Third generation San Matean Tracey passed her formative years in the aisles of her parents’ pharmacy on the corner of 3rd & B (now B Street Books) and San Mateo’s and California’s public school and university systems. Stints in other states and countries in teaching, coaching, event management, finance and accounting roles resulted in the realization that there really is no place like home. Currently working in finance consulting and accounting, she, her husband, Craig, and their Borkitador, Piglette, can be spotted at neighborhood favorites including 3 Bees, 31st Union, Trag’s and Hassett Hardware.

Joanne Bennett, Treasurer

Wesley Taoka, Secretary, grew up in North Central and moved back after having lived in various places, such as Boston, Baltimore, Norway, Japan, and Austria.  He is currently at the San Mateo Japanese-American Community Center.

Mike Caggiano, Board  Member, is President of Peace Action of San Mateo County and sees neighborhood participation as part of a long list of duties any citizen should be involved in. Think globally and act locally.

Dorothy Chow, Board Member

Robert Harker, Board Member, is a North Central homeowner living across from San Mateo High.  He is a mid peninsula native and 5 year San Mateo resident.  He joined the board with an interest in getting more of the neighborhood involved.  Especially the Hispanic community.  His diverse background includes rock’n’roll, web site server administration, network and Linux technical trainer.  He is currently going to College of San Mateo studying digital media.  His other interests include peninsula and California history, amateur urban planner, amateur local bay area geologist / ecologist, and 2ed wave feminist.  His community concerns are the overbuilding of office space, traffic, and access to low-income housing.

Emanuel Huff, Board Member

Joshua Hugg, Board Member, has lived in San Mateo for almost two decades, is an active community volunteer and has served on several commissions for the City of San Mateo including the Community Relations Commission and Planning Commission.  He is currently serving on its Sustainability Commission.  He is also on the Board of Directors for Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC).  After a nearly 20-year career in semiconductor engineering, Josh decided to make a transition to public service. He works for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District as their Legislative/External Affairs Specialist. Josh’s key issue areas are preserving open space and affordable housing policies to protect the character and community in North Central and San Mateo County.

2015-03-23 17.52.57Amourence Lee, Board Member, moved to North Central in 2010. She has two young kids and she’s passionate about creating more equity in our schools. Her professional expertise is in community building and leadership development, and she has an eclectic background in nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and community organizing.  She’s a dedicated yogi, novice ukulele player, and wretched karaoke singer – all things she loves to do with friends.

Adam Loraine, Board Member, moved to North Central in 2011. He grew up in San Mateo, and feels lucky to live and work here as an adult. As a renter, Adam appreciates that HANCSM welcomes all neighborhood residents, not just homeowners. He joined the board to ensure that it continues to represent diverse residents, interests, and perspectives. Adam cares about environmental sustainability, especially within urban planning in the Bay Area. He enjoys San Mateo’s vibrant, walkable downtown that enriches North Central’s quality of life. He’d like North Central to be a good neighbor to smart, transit-oriented development—and in return, receive increased access to its benefits. You’ll find Adam riding his bicycle all over the city, enjoying local vegan food and beer, and playing Settlers of Catan.

Binh and Amy Thai, Board Members, have been proud homeowners in North Central for over 8 years.  Binh is a Chemical engineer and loves anything DIY – driving, woodworking, cooking, growing, fixing, making.  Binh believes in tempered growth and development of downtown San Mateo to help preserve its charm and the quality of life for those who enjoy it.  Amy is a Cytotechnologist (cyto-what?) and enjoys anything related to yarn and tending her worm ranches.  The couple has a baby daughter who enjoys all the sights, sounds, and amenities of San Mateo.

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Ben Toy, Board Member, has lived in North Central most of his life and joined HANCSM in 2002. Semi-retired and volunteering in organizations supporting the citizens of San Mateo. Some examples of his activism are the Traffic Calming measures at 101/Poplar/Humbolt streets; SM Holiday on Ice and Holiday lighted trees at Central Park; The annual SM City Bike Rodeo are among the many endeavors. Ben is an avid cyclist and he mentors many neighborhood kids.

Dianne Whitaker, Board Member

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