Friday, June 8, 2012

Kathy Looper joins QGI Board of Directors

Kathy Looper is new to Quesada Gardens Initiative's Board of Directors, but understands the organization's community building work better than most anyone...because she's done it herself.

Kathy is not only a Bayview resident, but is also a professional with a storied history of community involvement and social entrepreneurialism.

In the 1980’s, she and husband LeRoy turned the Cadillac Hotel in the City’s hardscrabble Tenderloin District into an innovative response to social issues from unemployment to homelessness. Their efforts led to the inclusion of the Single Room Occupancy housing model in today’s public policy. Kathy continues to promote the popular events series that makes its home at the Cadillac.

She and LeRoy helped create the North of Market Planning Coalition, which became the Tenderloin’s crucial organizing body during a turbulent era. They opened a Sizzler Restaurant as a way to create jobs, and more recently transformed Chateau Agape, a national landmark located in the Mission District, into a board and care facility.

Quesada Gardens Initiative is proud to welcome Kathy Looper "on board!"

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