The Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the County of Kern is comprised of seven community members who volunteer their time to provide leadership and direction for the Agency. Each commissioner is appointed by the Kern County Board of Supervisors with one commissioner representing each Board district and two tenant commissioners.
Raju Jassar, Chairman
Appointed in 2006 to the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, Mr. Jassar is a Bakersfield High School graduate and holds a degree in economics from California State University – Bakersfield. He is a licensed real estate broker with Keller Williams. Highly knowledgeable concerning the real estate market in Kern County. Chairman Jassar lends his expertise about new development and financing in the Agency’s efforts to expand affordable housing in the County.
Brenda Callahan, Tenant Commissioner
Brenda Callahan is a long-time resident of one of Housing Authority’s public housing developments and has served on the Agency’s Board of Commissioners since 1997. Ms. Callahan is an advocate for public housing tenants and their needs while residing in the Housing Authority’s Low Income Public Housing Program. Commissioner Callahan has also served on one of the Agency’s Resident Advisory Boards within her neighborhood.
Jonathan Webster, Commissioner
Appointed in 2007, Commissioner Webster is a former Housing Authority employee, having served as a Public Housing Drug Elimination Program (PHDEP) Coordinator. His work experience includes a position as job developer for the Career Service Center, a Program Coordinator for the Kenya Outreach Center and Field Representative for the County of Kern’s 5th Supervisory District. Mr. Webster’s broad experience promoting community aid for low income residents brings to the Board of Commissioners knowledge not only of the legislative process but also of the positive effects of grass roots organization.
Angelica Ortiz, Tenant Commissioner
Angelica Ortiz, a Section 8 participant, was appointed as Tenant Commissioner in 2017. Angelica is an active participant as she attends several of our events, workshops, and seminars. She is a Teacher's Aide & enjoys working with children with disabilities. Angelica truly believes in our mission and is committed to helping improve the quality of life for low income residents in Kern County.
Keith C. Wolaridge, Commissioner
Commissioner Wolaridge is a retired, award-winning ex-bank executive that today manges and owns business and personal development firm. Founder and owner of Wolaridge Consulting, Keith provides customized solutions that match the individual. Throughout Keith's professional career he has built a solid reputation as a leader in both the business and civic community. Keith believes in giving back to the community and truly supports the Housing Authority's mission.
Ingrid Lake, Commissioner
Ingrid Lake grew up in Delano for 14 years before her family moved to Bakersfield. She is a graduate of Garces Memorial High School and went on to UC Irvine to get a B.A. in English and then to Pepperdine University where she earned her M.A. in Education and her Teaching Credential. She is the President of SeedCore Foundation and Beyond Measure, both of which she co-founded with her husband. Ingrid has always had a heart for helping others and views the opportunity to serve in this capacity as an honor.