Anna Solorio has extensive experience in developing and implementing economic and community development strategies for low income communities. For over 35 years she has worked on public sector initiatives in California which have resulted in helping families and communities develop capacity and build self-sufficiency.
In 2008, she joint the Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC) as Director of Community Development. CHOC has been a leading nonprofit affordable housing developer for over 30 years. Ms. Solorio has held various roles at CHOC, including overseeing asset management, real estate development, and compliance which required working with State and Federal regulators. In addition, she has overseen the development of the PG&E sponsored Energy Savings Assistance Program. Under her leadership, the program has grown from a small project of half a million dollars to over $8 million dollars in billing, employing over 60 individuals and enabling over 7,500 hundred low income families to save energy.
Previously, Ms. Solorio worked in executive positions at the Health and Human Services Agency and the CA Workforce Investment Board. At the California Health and Human Services Agency she conducted risk assessments of large information technology projects. As an appointee of the Governor, she worked with a wide range of diverse interest on complex policy issues including work force development, child support, community health indicators, child welfare and aging.
Anna holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was the only Californian selected in 1980 to participate in the Renown National Rural Fellows program. She continues to work passionately for low income communities to build a better life for residents and their families.