The Team

Jill Shook
Jill earned an MA in biblical studies from Denver Seminary and a doctorate in Transformational Leadership for the Global City at Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington. She served on the boards of the Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services and the Golden Rule Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Jill was a campus minister, serving campuses in California and Oregon, worked with Food for the Hungry International designing and implementing a program for work-teams from Berkeley to Harvard to serve in developing nations. She designed Teaching like Jesus workshops for pastors and teachers which she taught in Bolivia and Mexico. Jill founded Students and Tutors Achieving Real Success (STARS), a ministry of Lake Avenue Church, where hundreds of volunteers work with at-risk students. More recently she helped start two citywide and countywide networks: Parent Project, to help prevent gang violence, and Family Promise San Gabriel Valley, to shelter homeless families. Family Promise is affiliated with a national network and works by rotating the families weekly within a network of 13-14 houses of worship, while daily families go to a resource center where a network director helps them to find jobs and housing.
Jerome L. Garciano 
Jerome is an attorney with a concentration on state and federal tax financing incentives affecting the built environment. His experience includes provided legal support for developers, syndicators, investors, non-profit sponsors, and government agencies in renewable energy and real estate developments using the historic, new markets, renewable energy and low-income housing tax credits. Jerome has been involved in several non-profit sponsored real estate transactions financed with new markets tax credit financing, including educational, health and community services facilities. As a LEED, AP, he has also served clients utilizing energy efficiency and renewable energy tax incentives. An attorney at a major Boston law firm, he has also served as a finance project manager at a national non-profit developer of affordable housing. He is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University. 

James R. Bergdoll, AICP 
Jim is a seasoned developer with experience in neighborhood revitalization and planning. He was one of the founding members and part-time Project Coordinator for Temescal Commons Cohousing in Oakland (where he still lives), and has subsequently helped several other cohousing groups. His experience includes project financing, land acquisition, government relations, securing numerous project approvals and construction completions over the years. Currently he works to advance Neighborhood Development Ministries, and the Shalom Church Redevelopment Team, as well as serving independent planning and development clients. Jim served as Director of Real Estate for Housing Hampton Roads, (Virginia). Previously he was Vice President for Housing Development at Habitat for Humanity East Bay (California) and was a planner at the San Francisco Planning Department. Jim earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is active in the CCDA. He wrote the story of Temescal Commons' creation as a chapter in Making Housing Happen, (Cascade, 2012).

Donald Clark 
Donney was involved with campus ministry at university and lived in Australia as a poor migrant worker.  After noticing many of the same systemic factors that exacerbate poverty here in the United States. Donney felt called to empower the poor by facilitating positive relationships. Donney currently works as a design technician for a construction company.