Merrie graduated from U.C. Davis in 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Since then, she has gathered experience in behavioral health assisting adults in re-entry as well as working with children with autism. With Home Match, Merrie is excited to support older adults with their housing needs and goals. In her free time, Merrie enjoys spending time with her pug, exploring new places and restaurants in the Bay Area, and cooking new recipes.
Languages: English, Spanish
Alfonso Gutierrez is a current master’s student at California State University East Bay in Public Administration. Alfonso’s previous roles include working as a Case Manager with homeless or at risk people. On Alfonso’s down time, he enjoys jogging, reading, watching horror movies or anime, and spending as much time as possible with his two dogs.
Luke completed his BA in International Relations at San Francisco State University and his MA in Human Geography at the University of British Columbia where he also taught as a Sessional Lecturer and advanced to candidacy in the Human Geography PhD program conducting research on the history of cities and critical pedagogy. Luke’s participatory research into health and wellbeing in urban communities led him to transition from his university career into non-profit community work with organizations in Vancouver, BC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Luke brings a deep understanding of the history of cities and urban planning to bear in developing creative solutions for contemporary urban issues like housing shortages and environmental degradation. Outside of work Luke carries on his passion for philosophy and poetry in conversation with the liminal spaces between natural and urban landscapes.
Languages: English, German
Lucie received a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a Master of International Forestry with a focus on community forest management from the University of British Columbia. She has 14 years of experience working for non-profits in diverse environments, and a passion for engaging with the public via varied mediums. Though Lucie’s studies and career have been diverse, they have all been grounded in service to and strengthening of communities. In her down time Lucie enjoys walking in the woods, spending quality time with friends, and exploring philosophy across disciplines.