As a member of one of the hosting churches for the Heart and Home 2014 shelter, Mary became involved in the organization as a volunteer and was pleased to join the board in 2016. Mary‘s professional interests have been in librarianship, web site design, and interior design. “Meting and becoming friends with people at the shelter changed the way I read the news and engage homelessness issues.”
Carolyn Schwartz has been on the H&H for two years as a community member, after becoming interested in the unhoused community through Hotel de Zink at her church, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. She also heads the San Francisco Symphony docent program for third graders in East Palo Alto, where more than one-third of the children are homeless. During her active working life, she was a senior investor relations officer with several semiconductor equipment companies.
“I can’t solve the homeless problem, but I can make a small difference in the experiences of these women.”
During college, Aparna built many close relationships through extensive volunteer work with the local community, which challenged her to think about how to use her technical background (B.S., Mathematics and M.S., Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University) to make meaningful impact. To this end, she spent a year on the Reporting and Data Modeling team of one of the nation’s largest HMIS providers and then another year conducting research under Prof. Sanjay Basu, using agent-based models to study the impact of neighborhood design on the physical activity levels of residents. She’s currently a New Sector Alliance Product & Research Fellow at the Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco. In her spare time, she can be found practicing Bharatanatyam (a style of Indian classical dance), exploring the Bay Area on foot, and striking up conversations with those I meet along the way.
Growing up in the Bay Area and staying for college, Hollis spent her time in undergrad chasing the ‘why’ behind both visible and invisible social, economic and health inequities in her hometown. After taking the student-initiated course run by Marly Carlisle on homeless services in Silicon Valley, and volunteering with H+H, Hollis appreciated the chance to speak with communities and individuals — frequently from lifelong Palo Alto residents as well — about their own challenges in navigating housing, health services and the cost of living in this area. Through her studies in the department of Human Biology and experiences with H+H, Hollis hopes to continue to understand the social determinants to health disparities and how these interact with issues of housing, housing policy, and social/physical environments. Currently, you can find her at Philz coffee behind the counter as a barista making a mean cup of coffee, studying cell biology in her last quarter of undergrad, trail running or watching Chef’s Table.