The Vanguard Editorial Board has undergone some major changes in the last few months. Gone are long-time board members Matt Williams and Michelle Millet along with Doug Stone. Joining the board are: Alan Hirsch, Leanna Sweha, and Kabir Kapur.
Alan Hirsch has an MBA and a CPA from Northwestern University in Chicago and Graduate working in City Planning at UC Berkeley. He worked in software marketing in Silicon Valley before coming to Sacramento where he was a transportation activist on the board of ECOS (Environmental Council of Sacramento).
He moved to Davis in 2008 and has a child in 8th grade. He began his career as the Circulation Business Manager at the Des Moines [IA] Register before moving to California.
Leanna Sweha has been a Davis resident for over 20 years and is a guest writer on food system sustainability for the Vanguard.
Leanna is an attorney specializing in agricultural and natural resources law. She served for 7 years in the UC Davis Office of Research, where she negotiated and administered research agreements with government, non-profit and corporate sponsors.
She is a member of the UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy Working Group.
Leanna’s primary interest is how public policy can promote science and technology transfer for sustainable economic development. She believes that clear communication and transparency are key to good public policy.
Leanna has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Drake University Law School.
Her husband, Amir, is a physician executive with Dignity Health. Leanna and Amir are the parents of two teenagers.
Kabir Kapur, 22 years old, UC Davis Political Science major, was born in London, England, and raised in El Sobrante, California, in the East Bay Area. He Served as a Senator of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD), Chair of the Campus Unions and Recreation Board, and Director of the ASUCD Office of Advocacy and Student Representation.
The Vanguard Editorial Board is currently comprised of seven members. The returning members are Tia Will, Bob Fung, Joe Krovoza and Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald.
The Editorial Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Vanguard Editor and Founder David Greenwald. It helps develop policy on board operations such as commenting. It seeks out new topics and guest commentaries to help expand the scope and function of the Vanguard. And it helps with community outreach and other activities.
Tia Will and Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald are the only remaining members active from the inception of the Editorial Board in May 2012. Bob Fung, who founded Voterprep, a web application that helps voters quickly make informed voting decisions, where candidates present their viewpoints about important issues to their election, joined the Editorial Board earlier this year.
Former Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza joined the editorial board one year ago in July 2014.