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Rodney Fernandez, founder and long time director of Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), Ventura, Calif., passed away on October 23 at his home. He was 68.
Rodney was a true pioneer, a champion for affordable housing for farm workers and a passionate advocate for the rural poor for more than three decades. In 1981, he helped start CEDC, a nonprofit that has provided housing for thousands of agricultural workers and other low-income residents in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. He retired from the organization in 2011.
Rodney’s contributions to the field of rural community development are innumerable, with an impact felt throughout the United States. He was a big thinker and a tireless advocate, and the people whose lives he touched will remember him with great warmth, affection and gratitude.
Funeral services will be November 1 and 2 in Santa Paula, Calif. A vigil rosary will begin at 7:30 p.m. November 1 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 427 N. Oak St. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. November 2 at the church. The services are open to the public. A reception will be at 1:00 p.m. November 2 at Limoneira Park, 1141 Cummings Road in Santa Paula.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish to contribute to Rodney's legacy, you may make a donation in his name to the Rodney Fernandez Community Building Fund at CEDC. You may click on the small donate button at the lower right side of the CEDC website home page, or mail a check to:
The Rodney Fernandez Community Building Fund
Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation
702 County Square Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
To learn more about the Rodney Fernandez Community Building Fund, please click here.
Obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
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NEW YORK (June 4 , 2013)—Suzanne Anarde, a community developer with more than two decades of experience helping revitalize low-income rural communities, has been tapped to lead a national rural program for the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
Anarde succeeds Elise Hoben, who retired last month as Rural LISC’s program vice president. Michael Rubinger, LISC president and CEO, praised Hoben for her 26 years of “remarkable leadership” in helping elevate LISC’s work, especially across the more than 1000 counties in 39 states where Rural LISC operates.
Anarde joined Rural LISC in 2008, working with local community development groups to build responsive programs in rural California, Oregon and Utah. Prior to that, she was founding executive director of Tri-County Housing and Community Development Corp., in Fowler, Colo., one of Rural LISC’s original partners, and was a consultant for LISC in Mississippi, where she helped rebuild medical clinics in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
“Rural America has been greatly affected by the most recent economic decline. And it is difficult to rebound without access to the kind of capital and technical assistance that can ensure lasting progress,” Anarde said. “Rural LISC is that connection point,” she explained. “We help structure programs and convene the right partners so these communities can access the loans and investment dollars they need to move forward.” More.
A video interview introducing Suzanne Anarde can be viewed here.
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