The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH) is a 501(c)(3) governed by a Board of Directors that include officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) and members who have ownership of various tasks (Fundraising, Outreach, LAPD Liaison).
Under the Board's guidance are five committees - Client Outreach, First Responders Committee, Volunteers, Fundraising, and Communications - comprised of community volunteers that work to accomplish the Task Force's strategic plan.
Sharon Browning – Co-President
Sharon Browning has been a resident of Pacific Palisades for nearly 30 years and attends Palisades Presbyterian Church. She served as a three-time Elder on her former Presbyterian Church’s governing board. She is a former President of the Bel Air Bay Club Board of Directors. She is a former Licensed Clinical Social Worker, adoption worker with the Los Angeles County Department of Adoptions and received her master’s degree in social work from UCLA. Following her completion of the CORO Women’s program she became Assistant Director of Training and Programing for the CORO Foundation, Southern California. For the past 25 years, Sharon has been the owner and principal of Sharon Browning & Associates, an
issues management and consensus planning consulting firm. She has worked as Lead Facilitator for Orange County’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness and Lead Facilitator for Orange County’s Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee.
Helga Jessen – Treasurer
Helga Jessen was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in
1965. She spent almost 50 years working in the banking industry. In later
years, she held the position of Senior Vice President and Compliance
Manager at City National Bank, Los Angeles. She is now retired. She has
served as the Treasurer for the New Basin Blues Running Club for the past
15 years. Helga has lived in Pacific Palisades for 20 years.
David Peterson - Secretary
David, has lived with his wife Marie in Pacific Palisades since 1974. They have raised three children, all of whom now live in the Palisades with six grandchildren.
David graduated from UC Berkeley and Georgetown Law School where he served on the Board of Editors of the Law Journal. Before law school David served two years as an artillery officer during the Vietnam War. After graduation from law school, David returned to California and was a large firm litigation partner for forty years. David has been active in the Palisades since his arrival, coaching PPBA baseball, girls' softball, flag football, and even serving one year as Co Commissioner of AYSO. He has served on various non profit boards, is a past President of St Matthews School Board of Trustees, was President of The Beach Club, President of the Huntington Palisades Homeowners Association, and Vice President and Legal Counsel for the Great Western Council of the Boy Scouts. David is an active member of American Legion Post 283, a board member of PRIDE and serves on the Pacific Palisades Community Council.
Sharon Kilbride - Co-President; Chair, First Responders Committee
Sharon Kilbride is a sixth-generation member of the Marquez family that held the original family land grant of the Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon in 1839. She has resided in Santa Monica Canyon for 58 years, graduated from Palisades High and Santa Monica College, and retired from Safeway Inc. in 2008 after working 33 years as a corporate auditor. She is currently on the Board of SMCCA and BOCA neighborhood associations. For her community involvement, she received the Pacific Palisades Citizen of the Year award in December, 2015. Additionally, she serves as treasurer for the Sanctuario San Lorenzo garden located in front of the historic Marquez family cemetery. She works on preserving the Marquez family cemetery on an ongoing basis, and has orchestrated an educational program for 4th graders from local elementary schools which takes place in the cemetery. This program teaches the students about rancho history in their own backyard.
Pam McGranahan - Vice-President; Communications Chair
Pam, and her husband Chris, have lived in the Palisades since 1974. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Pam has her doctorate of education from UCLA and worked in research, strategic and program planning and evaluation for a number of years. Pam then changed career directions and received certification as an educational therapist. She worked one-on-one with students with various learning challenges, initially as a school employee and later in private practice. She has served on various non-profit boards, is a past President of St. Matthew’s Board of Trustees, St. Matthew’s Parents’ Council, and the Bel-Air Bay Club and was an elected Vestry Junior Warden of St. Matthew’s Parish Church.
Christine d’Arc Taylor - Corresponding Secretary
Christine has lived in the Palisades for over 30 years. She holds an M.A. in History and B.A. in Asian Studies. Now retired, she had a long career at The RAND Corporation as a writer-editor and communications manager. Her role at RAND involved making scientific and technical information understandable to the public. In joining PPTFH, she wanted to apply her communication skills to help clarify the complex issues and solutions surrounding homelessness in our community. A native Angeleno, Christine established international ties early. As a teenager, she was an exchange student in Japan, and her family hosted a French student for a year. In college, Christine returned to Japan for intensive language study. These experiences, plus extensive foreign travel in later years, have given Christine an appreciation for different ways of life, as well as the universal primacy of home. She is a classically trained pianist and singer, and she serves as a docent at the Getty Center in Brentwood.
Board of Directors
Kim Clary - Chair, Volunteer Committee
Kim Clary was a sales and marketing director in industrial real estate for many years. When the opportunity arose, she returned to school and earned her master’s degree in social work (MSW) with an emphasis in community organizing from UCLA in 1986. Her MSW thesis was on homeless families in the Los Angeles area. As a social worker, she worked in the foster care system, with homeless individuals and families, and psychiatric hospitals for the mentally ill. She has been involved in progressive causes and campaigns throughout most of her adult life, including the United Farm Workers Union, Campaign for Economic Democracy, and U.S. Out of Central America. She has been involved with the Task Force since its inception and coordinates the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count sponsored by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LASHA)..
Carol Sanborn - Co-Fundraising Chair
Carol Sanborn is a 39-year resident of Pacific Palisades with backgrounds in healthcare and law. She is a graduate of Loyola Law School and previously worked as an Occupational Therapist in cardiac rehabilitation and with chronic pain patients. She has held the position of Director of Pastoral Ministry for Corpus Christi Church for nearly 20 years. In her present employment she coordinates community outreach efforts with various Westside service organizations. Carol also serves as the Co-Chair of the Catholic Coalition for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.
Chris Eastland -Director
Chris studied at the University of Southern California where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Entrepreneurial Studies and graduated Order of the Coif from USC’s Gould School of Law. Currently he is a partner at Seidler Equity Partners, a private equity firm managing over $2.0 billion in total assets with activities throughout the United States and Australia. Previously he was a transactional attorney, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, with O’Melveny & Meyers.
Chris, his wife and four children live in Pacific Palisades where he is a member of the Ministerial Council and emeritus Bishop of the Pacific Palisades congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is a founding member of the John A. Widtsoe Foundation and an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Public Square Magazine.
Dede Vlietstra - Director, Nominating Chair
Dede Vlietstra is second generation Californian. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, she worked in the family hotel business. Dede and her husband have lived in Pacific Palisades for 30 years. Over the years, Dede has served on the California Riviera Home Owners Association, Helping Hands, Pastoral Care and the Outreach Committee for St Matthews Church. She was involved with prison ministry for eight years and since 2017, has been the St. Matthews liaison for PPTFH.
Bruce Schwartz - Director
Bruce Schwartz is a 16 year resident of Pacific Palisades. He is currently a real estate agent with Palisades Realty. He went to Hamilton High in Los Angeles and Santa Monica College. He was an Agricultural Consultant in Kern County for 20 years specializing in plant nutrition programs for all field, row, vegetable, nut, stone fruit, and tree and vine crops. He currently serves on Pacific Palisades Community Council as a community organizations representative and sits on the Board of Palisades PRIDE, a community service organization. He is also the recipient of the Pacific Palisades Community Council's "Golden Sparkplug Award", for noteworthy contributions to our community.
Lou Kamer - Director
Lou is a sixteen-year Pacific Palisades resident and lives in the Alphabet Streets with his wife and two sons. He is the owner of a global cyber security and technology firm and was born in Columbus, Mississippi where his father served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he has also completed post-graduate training at UCLA, The Harvard-Smithsonian Center, Stanford University and the NASA Goddard Institute.
Lou has served as an At Large Representative on the Pacific Palisades Community Council, Secretary of PAPA (Palisades 4th of July); Special Projects board member for the Pacific Palisades Residents Association and Board member of the Pacific Palisades Dog Park.