Board of Directors
Housing Committee Chair
Ken Harris is Owner/Broker of Century 21 Alpha Pacific Realty in East Palo Alto. Ken grew up in the Belle Haven area of Menlo Park. Ken went to Menlo Atherton High School ‘69. Attended University of San Francisco, majoring in Business Administration. He received his real estate license in 1974 and his broker’s license in 1981. His area of specialty includes: residential real estate, working with first time homebuyer(s) and existing homeowner(s) in trouble of losing their home, and probate and living trust sales.
William Byron Webster
Program Committee Chair
Mr. Webster has served on numerous community organizations in many capacities since January 1989 on behalf of the community and the city of East Palo Alto. He is currently President of the East Palo Alto council of Tenants Education Fund, he is currently Senior Member of the East Palo Alto rent Stabilization Board, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Global Freedom Arts Education Association commonly known as Freedom Arts. In 2002, he along with community activist Elisabeth Jackson, spearheaded the creation of Community Legal Services in EPA, Inc., which has provided free legal services to thousands of low and moderate income residents of San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Alameda County. In addition to his many commitments, Mr. Webster typically attends from 1 to 4 meetings daily, 6 days a week, and from 1992 to 2001 he was the Editor of the East Palo Alto Community Bulletin Board the principle source information about events in East Palo Alto that appeared as a weekly feature in the Palo Alto Weekly. His tireless efforts to make a difference in the community are to be recognized and commended.
Mr. Miessi has resided in East Palo Alto since 1982. He became an East Palo Alto homeowner in 1998. He obtained a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 1982. Currently, he is an Associate with Structural Integrity Associates, an engineering consulting firm based in San Jose, California. Mr. Miessi also specializes in the fields of design, stress analysis and fracture mechanics. His goal is to see EPA CAN DO grow as a community based organization that will enhance the life of all East Palo Alto and Eastern Menlo Park residents.
La Rue V. Ragan
Mr. Ragan worked in the communications industry as a member of the US Armed Forces, U.S. government employee, and a California State commercial for 19 years. Mr. Ragan graduated from William Jessup University in May of 2006 with BS degrees in Bible and Theology as well as Management and Ethics. After graduating Mr. Ragan embarked on a career change, pursuing his passion for the outdoors and also serving youth through christian sports ministry of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship. La Rue’s passion to help families and youth achieve self growth. In one of the chief ways in which Mr. Ragan is working on is to develop Raven Works Field Sports Ministry that will create healthy outdoor/field sports opportunities for learning, recreation, and cultivating relationships. Mr. Ragan joined the EPA CAN DO board in May of 2008.
Annette Prince Green
Ms. Green has been a resident of East Palo Alto for several years and has also attended high school and college in the area. She’s an active member of the Open Bible Missionary Baptist Church in East Palo Alto. Annette is a self-employed accountant and also member of the local YMCA.
The Co founder of The BeneGroup, Inc. is licensed in the state of California. He is an entrepreneur and an expert in real estate finance, serving the Bay Area for many years. With a proven track record of service, he has helped his clients make their home-ownership dreams a reality. He prides himself in his work ethics and his expertise in taking on challenging and difficult loan scenarios. He has served as a director for CAMP (California Association of Mortgage Professionals), its Silicon Valley chapter for numerous years. He enjoys teaching to first time home buyers at non-profit organizations.
Liliana is an advocate of affordable and energy efficient housing and works extensively to find innovative solutions to those two challenging issues. She firmly believes in the importance of housing as one of the essential elements to empower communities. Earlier in her life she learned about affordable housing through her father, a general contractor who was passionate about his job, he was also involved in affordable housing. Liliana’s background is in urban studies which gave her a strong understanding of the need for sustainable cities. She currently works as a full time realtor in San Mateo and some parts of Santa Clara county. Her goals are to help people become homeowners living in healthy, energy, and resource efficient homes and help empower communities by making homes affordable while also helping in our economic recovery by the creation of more jobs. Liliana holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, is a certified green real estate professional (CG-REP), an energy efficiency specialist (EES), and a distressed properties certified professional (CDPE).