Yvonne Hunter is Program Director of the Institute’s climate
change program. Before joining the Institute in January
2007, Yvonne worked for the League of California Cities for 29
years, the last fifteen years as a lobbyist emphasizing
environmental and community services issues. She has worked on
environmental and energy issues for over thirty years. Yvonne has
a B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Davis.
Steve Sanders directs the Land Use and Environment and the
Healthy Neighborhoods components of the Institute’s
Sustainable Communities program, which helps local officials
identify and apply policies and best practices to achieve their
economic, social and environmental goals. Prior to
joining the Institute in 2007, Steve ran a consulting business
working with foundations and non-profit organizations on issues
related to sustainable development, fiscal policy and governance
Terry Amsler is a Manager of the Institute for Local
Government’s Public Engagement program. Situated in a broader
program to enhance public confidence in local government, the
Public Engagement program supports effective and inclusive public
engagement in local decision making and helps local officials in
cities and counties throughout California successfully navigate
among the array of community engagement options that bring
resident voices to the table on important issues.
Jennifer is a Certified Planner who has worked in and with local
government for 8 years, primarily in the planning
departments of the City of Palo Alto and the City of Rio
Vista. She joined the Sustainability Communities Team at
the Institute for Local Government in May 2012.
Karalee is a program coordinator dedicated to creating and expanding partnerships that drive sustainable results for California communities. Prior to joining the Institute in May of 2012, Karalee worked at PG&E managing two solar-focused community relations initiatives. Karalee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Dalea was hired as a program coordinator for the Institute’s
Public Service Ethics program in May of 2013. She graduated
from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2012 with an academic
concentration in Law and Health Sciences, and is an active member
of the California State Bar.
Christal is the program coordinator for the Public Engagement
program. Christal has worked with local government agencies on
public engagement issues related to water, natural resource
planning and citizen/local government partnerships for 8
Randi Kay is the Program Coordinator for the Local Government 101
program and also serves as staff resource to the Cities Counties
Prior to joining the Institute, Randi Kay served as a staff
member to an elected official with the city of Sacramento and as
a volunteer coordinator for the Sacramento Public Library.
Her love of local government, and its opportunities and
successes, began when she started working on community projects
with a variety of urban and suburban neighborhood groups.
Jessica is a program coordinator supporting the Institute’s
Sustainable Communities work. Prior to joining the
Institute in June 2011, she completed a year of service through
the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership at Placer Land
Trust. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology
and a Master’s in Public Administration.