CPBA Directors

Lead Organizer: Trinity Tran

Trinity TranTrinity Tran is the lead organizer of California Public Banking Alliance (CPBA) and Public Bank LA. Trinity mobilized activists behind the Divest LA campaign which successfully pushed the City of Los Angeles to disqualify Wells Fargo from the city’s commercial banking services. In June 2017, she co-founded Public Bank LA, which led the Measure B ballot initiative to create a city-owned bank in Los Angeles. In June 2018, she became a founding member of CPBA and lead organizer for the statewide coalition of grassroots groups which conceived of and sponsored State Legislative bill AB 857 to create local public banks in California. The ‘Public Banking Act’ was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in October 2019. In 2021, Trinity is simultaneously working with LA City Council to establish the Los Angeles public bank and on AB 1177 the California Public Banking Option Act to provide free bank accounts to all Californians. Trinity is the volunteer Executive Director of Urban Partners Los Angeles (UPLA), overseeing one of the largest walk-up food banks in Southern California. She is devoted to helping underserved populations and transforming the financial system to advance social and economic justice.

Legislative Directors: David Jette and Sylvia Chi

Sylvia ChiSylvia Chi is an attorney based in Oakland. She was a principal co-author of AB 857 (2019). She previously served as Policy Director for Asian Pacific Environmental Network. She earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and A.B. from Dartmouth College.

David JetteDavid Jette is a business and technology executive and social finance advocate from Los Angeles. He helped to co-found Public Bank LA and the California Public Banking Alliance and is a speaker and volunteer organizer for economic justice and innovation efforts across the U.S. Separate from his advocacy, David has spent 10 years with Innovent Capital Group as Director of Business Development and entrepreneur-in-residence, where he oversees, consults for and operates portfolio companies including pioneers in commercial and consumer lending, financial technology, and retail and consumer products.

 

Communications Directors: Julian LaRosa and Rick Girling

[Bio to come]

Regional Directors

Rick Girling, San Francisco Public Bank Coalition

Bio and photo to come

Ben Gordon, Public Bank Los Angeles

Ben GordonBen Gordon is an organizer with Public Bank LA and California Public Banking Alliance. Ben has been a lender to social service and affordable housing providers for eight years, currently working with a leading CDFI. He researched with a Wolf Prize winning applied economist at UC Berkeley, publishing 12 papers, editing 2 research books, and helping organize several symposia. He also helped start a youth leadership organization growing to work in 3 countries with over 40 high schools and universities.

Harold “Hal” Hill, People for Public Banking Central Coast

Harold "Hal" HillHarold “Hal” Hill is a member of People for Public Banking Central Coast (PPBCC) as well as a member of its working group that is preparing the wording for a request for proposals (RFP) for a viability study for the formation of the Central Coast Public Bank. Hal worked with the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and their staff to get a resolution past supporting formation of the Central Coast Public Bank and setting aside $25,000 for a viability study. Hal has been a student of economics all his life. He is a retired civil engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno and he lives in Santa Barbara.

Steven Sittig, Public Bank Pomona Valley

Steven SittigSittig is a co-founder and facilitator of Public Bank Pomona Valley Study Group. An educator (retired) at the secondary and community college levels in the sciences and philosophy, he continues as Director of the Observatory at the Webb Schools in Claremont, CA. He has done extensive volunteer work at the City of Hope, the American Red Cross, the National Ski Patrol, and Learning Ally (formerly Recording For the Blind).

David Cobb, Cooperation Humboldt / Public Bank North Coast

David CobbDavid Cobb is the Co-Coordinator of the US Solidarity Economy Network, the Executive Director of Cooperation Humboldt, and serves on the Transition US Collaborative Design Council. He was the Green Party nominee for President in 2004, and initiated the recall effort that launched the election integrity movement, which led to the discrediting of so-called “Black Box Voting.”

George Syrop, Public Bank East Bay

George is a designer and community organizer raised in Hayward, California and currently serves as Chair of the Friends of the Public Bank East Bay. Using the skills he developed through tech, he’s built tools for social workers, progressive causes and candidates. George has served as a peer-counselor for the Berkeley Free Clinic, providing free mental health services to primarily low-income and/or unsheltered neighbors. During the George Floyd uprisings in 2020, George helped form and served as the founding Chair for the Hayward Community Coalition (HayCoCoa) which spurred a city-wide conversation around racial justice, public safety, and police spending.

Ian Mackenzie, Public Bank San Diego

Bio and photo to come.