LeSar Support Services Team

Rachel Ralston - Chief of Staff

Rachel Ralston
Chief of Staff

Rachel Ralston is LeSar Support Services’ Chief of Staff, overseeing the organization’s client-facing team. Rachel’s prior work has focused primarily on project management, stakeholder engagement, data analysis, and strategic planning, including community outreach regarding homelessness and affordable housing issues statewide, homelessness plan development, and capacity building. She has extensive experience with stakeholder engagement, survey and experimental research design, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and strategic plan development.

Ms. Ralston received a master’s degree and doctorate in communication from Ohio State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

LSS - Maureen Richey, Director of Programs

Maureen Richey
Director of Programs

Maureen Richey has over a decade of experience working in affordable housing, homelessness, public health, community development, and more.

Prior to leading LSS, Maureen served as a Senior Associate with LeSar Development Consultants, working with cities and regional bodies across Los Angeles County on homelessness-related planning and implementation. Other projects of note include disaster recovery housing outreach for the State of California and community investment grants management for a large Medicaid Managed Care Organization.

Maureen has previously provided technical assistance through the Council of State Governments Justice Center in New York to communities across the country on creating strategies to address criminal justice recidivism among individuals with mental illness and housing instability. Prior to joining the Council of States Governments Justice Center, she was a policy analyst for the Alliance for Children and Families in Washington DC and also a Housing and Community Development Associate at ICF International.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University, and an Accelerated Management Development Certificate from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. She has also completed two years of AmeriCorps service working at both a shelter for homeless youth and a community action agency in rural southwestern Oregon.

LSS - Fatima Juarez, Associate

Fatima Juarez

Fatima Juarez supports project outreach and data collection including the facilitation and coordination of stakeholder interviews in English and Spanish. Prior to joining the LeSar team, Fatima worked in direct service with low-income communities, former-foster youth, and domestic violence survivors.

As an Associate with LeSar Development Consultants, she worked in outreach and community engagement, stakeholder and key informant interviews, meeting facilitation, and document translation and remediation. Fatima has provided support in the California Health Needs Assessment for Gateways Hospital in Los Angeles, and worked on the RecoverCA 2017 and 2018 wildfire grant, a notable disaster recovery housing outreach project for the state of California.   She has also aided in projects in Oregon, including the Douglas County Youth Homelessness Roadmap.

Ms. Juarez holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University of Fullerton in Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health and Psychology.

Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy works on grant writing projects, administration, and data research and collection. They worked for LeSar Development Consultants as a Case Manager and Lead on the ReCoverCA 2017 and 2018 wildfire grant for nearly two years before becoming an associate with LeSar Support Services.

Prior to Chris’ work with LeSar, they primarily worked in the mental health field coordinating services in a 24-hour long term care facility working with SMI population, as well as case management focused on the crossroads of post-incarceration and homelessness.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis campus in Psychology.

Brittany Halfhide

Brittany Halfhide
Community Outreach Associate

Brittany Halfhide is LeSar Support Services’ Community Outreach Associate working primarily with the ReCoverCA programs, a notable disaster recovery housing outreach project for the state of California, and the outreach related to these programs. Brittany has lived in Chico, CA for over a decade and knows how devastating wildfires can be with Paradise’s Camp Fire, only fifteen minutes away.

Prior to LeSar, Brittany spent eight years working as a paralegal and directly with over a thousand disaster survivors through the litigation process for over 10 wildfires. Brittany has extensive knowledge of client relations, damages related to wildfires, and helping survivors in their recovery by assisting with document preparation and submission.

Brittany holds an MBA and, more recently, obtained a Project Management Certificate. Some of her hobbies include roller blading, wood engraving, guitar playing, and trying new dinner recipes.

Executive Team

Jennifer LeSar - Founder & CEO

Jennifer LeSar
Founder and CEO

Jennifer LeSar is the founding CEO of LeSar Development Consultants, and the founder of both the Global Policy Leadership Academy and LeSar Support Services – three firms working together to grow thriving, healthy, and vibrant communities.

Jennifer combines a background of more than three decades in community development, real estate development, and investment banking with a deep working knowledge of eco-system change management and organizational strategy. Jennifer’s work supports clients in achieving impactful and scalable solutions to today’s most vexing policy challenges including addressing our global housing affordability crisis and ending homelessness in the United States.

Ms. LeSar received both her M.B.A. in real estate and finance and an M.A. in urban planning from UCLA and she received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in political science and economics. She also completed an executive program in social entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a fellow at The Billions Institute.

Christina Mun - Chief Strategy Officer

Christina Mun
Chief Strategy Officer

Christina Mun is the Chief Strategy Officer of LeSar Holdings Inc. and brings 17 years of housing development and policy experience in California and New York to the LSS team. She most recently led the City of Oakland’s Housing & Community Development Department as Interim Director, where she co-authored the department’s 2021-2023 Strategic Action Plan, guided Oakland’s successful 2023-2031 Housing Element Update, drove agency policy and data initiatives, and oversaw the multifamily and small homeowner lending teams. Christina also led the City’s efforts to secure new sources of funding to meet the City’s urgent need for affordable housing, including nearly $70M in State Homekey and Local Housing Trust Fund awards since 2020.

Prior to Oakland, Christina worked in strategic planning and policy for the housing agencies of San Francisco and New York City, and she developed housing across the Bay Area with private and nonprofit developers. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley (master of City Planning) and UC San Diego (B.A. Urban Studies).

Rich Valdez - Chief Operating Officer

Rich Valdez
Chief Operating Officer

Rich Valdez is LeSar’s Chief Operations Officer, managing and overseeing the LeSar portfolio’s governance, contracting and procurement, marketing and communications, policies and procedures, and risk management. Rich was a civil litigation attorney handling a wide variety of complex business and commercial disputes, representing the largest of companies to small businesses, for over 30 years. He has over 25 years of experience teaching at the University of San Diego’s School of Law and Paralegal Program.

Rich was a member of the City of San Diego’s Ethics Commission and has served on many public and nonprofit boards for almost three decades. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.A. in political science from University of California, San Diego.

Francesca San Diego - CFO

Francesca San Diego
Chief Financial Officer

Francesca San Diego, LeSar Holdings’ contracted Chief Financial Officer, has almost 30 years of experience in finance and business management in a wide range of organizations, including three start-up ventures. Ms. San Diego’s areas of expertise include financial oversight, strategic planning, and business development. Her background includes projects in industries as diverse as entertainment, technology, computer software, sustainable energy, and nonprofit. She assists clients in developing and implementing sound accounting, finance, and administrative practices and manages multiple teams to accomplish their goals. Her experience includes key financial positions at Sony and The Wherehouse, serving as CFO of an Internet start-up and CFO and COO of a global entertainment business where she had full P&L responsibility. Ms. San Diego has also served on the boards of commercial and nonprofit organizations and is contracted to teach a Green Business Return-On- Investment Extension Class at Cal State San Marcos. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Sociology from Vanderbilt University.

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