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Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2003 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Jeannice (Fairrer) Samani

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Los Altos

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Top tier Management and Community/ Economic Development Graduate with a record of success in organizational development, superior research methods, resource development-sponsorship and fundraising, and marketing. Creative and effective problem solver, and conducted performance evaluation. Possess proficiencies in analysis, strong communication and management skills, and computer literate in Exceed, Microsoft Office, Power Point, Word, and Excel.


Fundraising-Proven track record, I have raised over $1 million dollars, event planer, grantmaker/seeker, and designed $8 million capital campaign. Training#13 years as an educator of general studies, sales, business management, leadership and ethics. Organization Development#Successful sustainable organizational models, development, started over 23 businesses, over 13 years of experience in non/for-profit sectors, expert in creating strategic plan and infrastructure to develop an organization, promote social entrepreneurship. Persuasive communicator with well developed presentation and negotiation skills. Management#Solid background in planning and execution strong work ethic characterized by integrity and virtue. Successfully craft contracts and budgets, build internal/external collaborations, database management, create and implement best practices for growth and sustainability. Skilled in managing diverse groups focusing on the growth and vision of the organization. Finance#Ability to conduct financial assessment of business/organizations, develop and analyze budgets Marketing/Sales#Proven ability to recognize resource and capitalize on market trends, responsibility for strategic planning, market research and forecasting. Board knowledge of marketing disciplines, including research, promotional planning, event planning and advertising. Planning#Cutting edge methods used to achieve positive outcomes for special events, business plan writing, development and presentation of cost/benefit analysis for major economic development, project management for redevelopment projects and community development.


Fusion Planning Innovation, San Jose, CA Senior Consultant-business development, planned workshops, conferences, human/organization development, training/facilitation, and marketing.

Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, Menlo Park, CA Associate Director Corporation and Foundation Relations, Development Manager Program-Math teacher assisted with strategic development, curriculum development, and conducted evaluation

San Jose Christian College, San Jose, CA Adjunct Professor- Ethics and Management Program core business instructor on, program, and curriculum development.

Santa Clara County Planning Department, San Jose, CA Planner-cost/benefit analysis, long range, housing element and economic development

Community Foundation of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA Community Planner-project management, grant making and resource development.

City of Oakland Redevelopment Department, Oakland, CA Project Manager-Special Assignment for land use conversion projects and financial development

Allen Temple Economic Development, Oakland, CA Executive Director-Start-up nonprofit organization, operation of economic research and community development National Economic Development & Law Center, Oakland, CA Researcher-Housing and economic development consultant Education

PH.D. Business Administration (completion) 2004 M.D.E Management Development University of California, Los Angeles, 2001 M.C.P. City and Regional Planning University of California, Berkeley 1995 B.A. Political Economy-Economics University of California, Berkeley 1987


Certified Trainer, State of California in Business and Economics Strategic Planning for Resource Development, Indiana University, Center of Philanthropy Learning Difference, Dr. Melvin Levine, Children's Health Council, Menlo Park, CA


American Business Women, 2000 ABC/KGO Outstanding Bay Area African American, 2001 San Jose Mercury News, January 2001 America Businesswomen Association, 1999 Essence Magazine, 2001 Louise Patterson Academic Achievement Award, 1997 Division Achievement Award, American Planning Association, 1995


Association of Fund Raising Professionals # member (AFP) Association of Fund Raising Professionals Mentorship Program American Association of University Women (AAUW) (former President-Elect) American Planning Association # member, facilitated national conference panel discussion American Planning Association Accreditation Board Boys & Girls Association of Management Professionals Board Member of Housing & Community Development, Santa Clara County Volunteer-Los Altos Village Association, City of Los Altos Steering Committee # KETH Women Health Conference, 2001


Author, Doctorate Dissertation Organizational Development: Building a Sustainable Design, Columbus University, 2003 Author, Resource Plan, Diversity in Funding Streams, Nonprofit Fundraising, 2002

Author, Writing a Successful Business Plan, 1999

Author, Best Marketing Practices: How to identify your target market and Design a practical approach to research, 1999

Author, City Form the Baroque Design of the City of Detroit, 1994

Author, Cost and Benefit Economic Impact Analysis: Casa De Fruita, Santa Clara County, CA 1993

Author, Demographic Newsletter for Santa Clara County, 1992 Author, Housing Stock Evaluation: Burbank District of the City of San Jose, CA 1993 Contributing Author, Housing Element: General Plan for the Santa Clara County, 1993 Author, Housing in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California, WDG Development, 1992

Author, Redevelopment of West Oakland Economic and Social after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, 1993

Author, Low Income Housing Programs in the City of Oakland, National Economic Development and Law Center, Oakland, CA 1987

Co-author, Divergent paths for Development: San Joaquin County verse Napa County, 1986


African American Municipal Employee Association, Series of organization development sessions, City of San Jose, CA, 2003

Apple Computers, Diversity Training, Cupertino, CA 2001

Sunnyvale Rotary, Youth Development in East Palo Alto, CA, 2002

Small Business Administration, Business Training and Business Development Consultant, San Francisco Region, 1998-2000

Goals, Attitudes and Priorities, Core Business Course, Business Communications, How to Communicate in a Diverse Society, Practical Research, Investigation and Analysis, Business and Ethics Course, San Jose Christian College, San Jose, CA, 1999-2002

American Association of University Women, State Conference, Work and Life Balance: Making the Fitting the Puzzle, Los Angeles, CA 2001

The Palm Spa and Retreat, Work and Life Balance: Making the Fitting the Puzzle, two-day workshop, Palm Springs, CA 2001

National Urban Bankers, Entrepreneurship: Thinking Outside of the Box, three-day seminar, 2000

National Black Engineering Society, Entrepreneurship in the Silicon Valley: Technology Thrust, 2000

RISE, Menlo Atherton High School, Becoming an Entrepreneur, 2001

Entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley, bi-annual seminars, San Jose, 2000/2001

Channel 11, Entrepreneurship in Collaboration in Silicon Valley: Partnership with U.S. Small Business Administration, 2000

Essence Magazine, Black Women Entrepreneurs, February 2001

Professional Business Women, Danville, CA 2001

ABC/KGO Profiles of Excellence, San Francisco, CA 2001

Women Engineers, Unspoken Word in the Diverse Workplace, Foster City, CA 2001

Multicultural Conference, Nonprofit using the `Best Practices' from For-Profit Organizations, University of Santa Clara, CA, 1999/2000

Start-Up, Microenterprise Development Program, East Palo Alto, CA 1999-2001

.San Jose Mercury News, Her Business Sense Helps Black Women, Bank Dollars, January 1999

Milpitas Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Practices: How to get Your Client and Keep Them, 1998

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