Zeeda Daniele, who joined the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors in 1991, steps down.
Daniele has served in many board capacities over the years, including President, Vice President and on several committees. Please join us in thanking Zeeda for her many contributions and service.
Why did you choose to support Cabrillo?
Cabrillo believes that housing is the foundation for improving the lives of low-moderate income and under-served individuals and families. For more than 35 years, Cabrillo has put people first; through housing development, integrated programs and services that encourage housing stability and personal growth. I chose Cabrillo as much as we chose each other because of our common desire to change lives through affordable housing.
Why is our mission meaningful to you?
That’s too hard to answer. If you read Cabrillo’s mission of “Comprehensive housing and economic development services that encourage self-sufficiency for families lacking the most opportunity,” it is all meaningful. However, Cabrillo goes beyond this. Cabrillo is an organization with a lens that looks at housing, jobs, transportation and all the aspects that make neighborhoods countywide safe, strong and thriving.
What interests you the most?
Cabrillo’s housing development is most meaningful to me. Addressing the housing needs in an area desperately lacking housing for low to moderate incomes, special needs and seniors is critical. Cabrillo does this even when it’s unpopular to do so. I believe people living in America want their neighbors to live a better life. However, they struggle to overcome bias and myths regarding racial or social economic background, and how housing designed to address the needs of under-served households will influence the existing neighborhood.
What do you love about Cabrillo?
Everything! I love
What is your most vivid memory?
Attending my first grand opening of an affordable income/first-time buyer Cabrillo development in Oxnard. I remember meeting two wonderful families following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. One of the buyers was a young couple. The husband was a firefighter with just a few years on the job, and his wife was expecting their first child. He talked about being a third-generation Ventura resident and having almost given up on finding a home in the area. He also shared his hesitance in working with Cabrillo because he didn’t believe Cabrillo would recognize the needs and desperation of a middle-income family just starting out. Thankfully, his wife disagreed and signed them up for a Cabrillo workshop. Afterward, the couple drove around Ventura to see Cabrillo’s body of work, both for-sale and rental housing, for themselves. The rest is history. The second family was a large family. Both parents were farmworkers and residents at one of Cabrillo’s farmworker apartments. They expressed how moving from an apartment they shared with two other farmworker families into a Cabrillo rental project not only changed their lives — but their children’s lives and belief in what was possible. Together the parents and two of their children, now college graduates, started on an almost decade-long path to saving and preparing to own a home. The ceremony day exposed me to two very different families with very different life experiences, but the very same dream. A dream that without Cabrillo seemed out of reach.