Better Way CA’s mission is to find and establish a path for housing all Californians.
We advance our mission through recognition of the following values:
1. Affordable Housing
We believe that our families, communities and the State cannot survive without providing housing that is affordable and available to all Californians.
2. Local Government Solutions
We believe that local government is in the best position to understand and develop housing solutions that have community support.
3. Advocating for all Californians
We believe in equal advocacy for all Californians – tenants, homeowners and the unsheltered.
4. Diversity & Inclusion
We believe that diversity, inclusion and equity are necessary to good governance and will result in stable, livable and equitable communities.
5. Financial Assistance & Incentives
We believe that Federal, State and local governments should provide financial assistance and incentives to proven nonprofit developers when market rate housing fails to provide housing for all Californians.
6. Thoughtful Urban Planning
We believe housing for all requires thoughtful urban planning and State funding for infrastructure such as transportation, sewer systems, schools, open space, public safety and emergency preparedness.
WHO WE ARE
Our volunteer Board of Directors is made up of community members from around California.
Bernita Dillard, MBA is a business leader, influencer and culture shifter. She has delivered industry-leading results for Fortune 100 companies, developing revolutionary programs in both the public and private sectors. Her fresh and proven transformational leadership has broken barriers and brokered partnerships between corporations, community organizations, and public entities to the benefit of underserved and underrepresented communities. She is an advocate for justice and equity. Bernita is an East Palo Alto Native, a graduate of San Jose State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. She also holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College.
Hydee Feldstein spent more than 30 years as a business lawyer and consultant ranked at the highest tier of her profession by legal and business publications including Chambers; Who’s Who Legal; IFLR1000 (World’s Leading Financial Lawyers); Best Lawyers; Lawdragon; Super Lawyers; and Best Lawyers. Since her retirement from the practice of law, Hydee has focused on volunteer work, particularly on issues of land use, zoning and housing. She regularly reviews and disseminates summaries and analyses of real estate and housing legislation proposed in the California state legislature, helping voters across the state. Hydee was a partner at two of the most prestigious and well-respected firms in the world – Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul Hastings where she represented clients on some of the largest financings for mergers and acquisitions of the time. She served as a panelist and lecturer at universities and professional organizations, graduated from Columbia Law School and Swarthmore College, was born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.
Brad S. Kane is an employment and tenant rights attorney in Los Angeles, CA. In 2007, he was elected President of the South Carthay Neighborhood Association. In 2015, he was also elected President of the P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council. From those positions, Brad continues to advocate for more tenant and neighborhood protections. In 2019, Brad joined the Board of Better Way CA to help stem the tide of bad legislation from Sacramento, like SB 50 and its ilk, and provide real proven solutions to our housing crisis.
- President at San Francisco District 11 Democratic Club
- Community Engagement Coordinator at Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
- Treasurer at La Raza Community Resource Center
- Vice President at San Francisco Latino Democratic Club
- Recording Secretary at Chicano Latino Caucus, California Democratic Party 2015
- Board Member at Mission YMCA
- CAG Member at University of California, San Francisco
Gabriel is a San Francisco native and studied Political science at UC Berkeley.