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COMMUNITY CATALYSTS is a statewide grassroots network of community leaders, both volunteer and elected, dedicated to promoting affordable housing while preserving single-family zoning, the environment, and reliable infrastructure.

Our Mission

Educate about state, regional, and local housing legislation and legislative processes

Engage the diverse communities of people who are impacted by top-down, one-size-fits-all housing legislation

  • Individual organizers and community group leaders
  • People of diverse age, ethnicity, and economic perspectives who advocate for equity and social justice
  • Neighborhood and homeowner associations, renter/landlord groups, civic and environmental groups
  • Current and former elected officials
  • Residents of large and small cities
  • All party affiliations: Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, others

Empower with knowledge, skills, and tools to engage in government processes

  • Provide data and resources
  • Share “How-To” instructions
  • Network and build relationships
  • Use all means to educate: social media, on-line meetings and webinars
  • Collaborate on shared efforts and generously share results

Our Team

Susan Kirsch

2021  Founder, President, Community Catalysts

2020  Chair, Statewide Nix-the-Nine Campaign (7 bills nixed)

2018-2019  Livable California, Founder and first Board President

  • Launched 9-County Bay Area network to strengthen collaborative effort
  • Initiated Brown Act lawsuit against the Association of Bay Area Governments and won a major procedural victory (Jan. 2021)

2016  Retired from a career as a nonprofit fundraiser


  • Chair, Marin Coalition; Freeman Park Neighborhood Association
  • Co-founder, Citizen Marin; Friends of Mill Valley
  • Member, Marin Democratic Central Committee; Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative

* Contributor to CalMatters, The Marin Independent Journal, The Marin Post, and a monthly guest on Sonoma Radio, KSVY

Ray Lorber

2020-2021 Catalysts Campaign Manager

2013-2016 Treasurer Citizen Marin

2016 Campaign Captain for Susan Kirsch’s campaign for Marin County Supervisor

2010-2018 Treasurer of North San Rafael Coalition of Residents

2009-2011 President of Mont Marin/San Rafael Park Neighborhood Association

2012  Published George Washington’s Providence

2002 Retired from a career in technology

* Frequent contributor to the Marin Independent Journal

Maurice Green, PhD

2021  Webmaster, Community Catalysts

2016-2021  Webmaster for Palo Alto Councilmember Lydia Kou.

2015-2021  President, Zayda Productions, a web design and videography agency.

2013-2021  Co-founder and webmaster, Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning (PASZ).

2002-2017 Network manager and laboratory consultant, Stanford School of Medicine

2002 Retired from 30-yr career as a medical laboratory director at National Institutes of Health, Soroka Medical Center (Israel) and Stanford Hospital.