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Shali Sirkay (she/her) | Acting Executive Director

Shali began serving the Cities Association’s Acting Executive Director in June 2022. She reports to the 15-member Board of Directors consisting of Mayors and Councilmembers from each of the cities of the county.  She is responsible for implementing the priorities of the Board of Directors and the day-to-day management of the Association including the Planning Collaborative.  Shali serves as Ex-Officio to the Executive Board and the Board of Directors.

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Audin Leung (they/them) | Office Assistant/Board Clerk

Audin provides administrative support to CASCC’s Boards, Committees, and Executive Director. They maintain and update CASCC’s databases; perform reception duties and filing; assist with the planning and execution of general membership events; prepare agendas and packets; and attend Board and Committee meetings as a clerk.


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Gary Baum (he/him) | Legal Counsel
Gary joined the Cities Association as General Counsel in June 2021. He also serves as the General Counsel for SVRIA, and has previously provided legal counsel for 8 of the cities in Santa Clara County. He was admitted to the California State Bar and Federal Courts in December 1984 and the US Supreme Court in 2006.

Planning Collaborative Staff | B+D Community Planning

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Josh Abrams (he/him) | Principal Planner, Baird + Driskell Community Planning

Josh has more than 20 years of professional planning experience working on a range of strategic planning issues. He has managed numerous projects in the areas of organizational development, housing, land use planning, long-range comprehensive planning, community design and transportation. He gives particular emphasis to ensuring effective and meaningful participation of key stakeholders as well as the general public in the planning and design process. Josh has a strong process-orientation and technical planning background. He is a seasoned meeting facilitator, writer and editor with expertise in packaging technical information in a way that is accessible to a wide audience. Josh is a graduate of Carleton College and Cornell University.


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Paul Peninger (he/him) | Principal Planner, Baird + Driskell Community Planning

Paul is an urban economist specializing in housing policy, development feasibility analysis and real estate transaction support.  A recognized housing policy expert, Paul has successfully led affordable and workforce housing plans, implementation projects and policy studies for both large and small jurisdictions across the country.  In addition to housing, Paul specializes in real estate feasibility analysis and finance spanning the full range of land use and development types. He teaches land economics in the Masters in Urban Design program at UC Berkeley, and is former Vice President for Economics at AECOM’s San Francisco office. Paul is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley.

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