C. Dandekar, PhD, Department Head of City and Regional Planning at
California Polytechnic State University, has become the newest member of
the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund’s Board of Directors.
"This opportunity to help guide the HTF, which plays a critical role in
helping increase the stock of housing in our communities and broadens
the range of income groups that have access to it, is exciting and
challenging,” states Hema. “The diverse group of people on the HTF Board
is of one mind in their dedication to facilitating housing for all. It
will be a privilege and an honor to serve, contribute and learn."
Prior to coming to San Luis Obispo, Hema was the Director of the
School of Planning and Landscape Architecture at Arizona State
University (Tempe). Earlier in her career, she was a Professor of Urban
Planning at the University of Michigan. Hema received her PhD in Urban
Planning from UCLA. She also holds two degrees in Architecture and is a
licensed architect in California.
Hema has interests in both housing, and rural planning and development.
She is currently working on a study of unsubsidized workforce housing
for the State of California. She also teaches the “Housing and Planning”
course at CalPoly and advises the school’s award-winning BofA Low-Income
Housing Challenge team. Hema lives in San Luis Obispo and is active in
the community. She currently serves as a City Planning Commissioner and
was previously on the Cultural Heritage Committee and other advisory
“We are honored to have Dr. Dandekar join our board,” states Marianne
Kennedy, HTF Board Secretary. “Her insights and experience in the areas
of housing, architecture and urban planning will be very valuable to our