NHCDC Board President / Executive Director
Enoch provides leadership and oversight of New Hope Community Development Corporation (NHCDC). For the past 15 years, Enoch has worked in both non-profit and government sectors in the development and financing of affordable housing across the State of California. Completing his undergraduate and graduate education at UC Berkeley in City & Regional Planning, Enoch has been dedicated to understanding how churches can creatively engage with local & regional communities. As part of that engagement, he is motivated to encourage spiritual dialogue amongst people of various faiths and backgrounds as an approach to explore faith. Enoch is married to Priscilla Yeung and has two kids Isaiah and Miriya. He enjoys watching his Golden State Warriors after 25 years of watching for draft picks and his San Francisco Giants.
At the age of 6, Herinder Pegany moved with his family from a tiny village in northern India to the USA. While struggling mightily to adapt to a new culture and learn the English language, Herinder was supported greatly by his family and a mentor from a local church. Due to the influence of these key people, Herinder Pegany is passionate about his faith, family and educational equity.
As an educator, Herinder has been a Teacher for students from Kindergarten to graduate school, and he was named the Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year in 1999. As a support specialist for Help One Student to Succeed, Herinder trained and supported teachers and leaders for more than 60 public and private schools throughout the U.S. in the development of structured academic mentoring after school programs.
Herinder is the Founding Principal of St. HOPE Public School 7 (PS7), a K-8 charter school located in Sacramento’s inner-city community of Oak Park. PS7 has been named a California Distinguished School, National Blue Ribbon School (nominee), and the 2012 California Charter School of the Year. Herinder has also guided organizations and leaders through the successful development of high-performing schools, including Fortune School’s Sacramento County-wide charter school system. In 2014, Herinder co-authored a proposal that was funded for over $600,000 by the US Department of Education. This grant allowed Herinder to share best practices in data-driven instruction with 10 schools throughout California over a two-year span. Herinder is also the Founder and President of Education Partners Inspiring Change, a non-profit organization with a mission to develop teachers and leaders of schools in developing countries. Herinder earned his MA in Education (Instructional Leadership) with the Reach Institute, where he is also a member of the Faculty.
Brian Heller de Leon
Urban Institute Advisor
Brian is currently the Executive Director of The GreenHouse, a holistic ministry to low-income youth and families in North Sacramento that follows Christian Community Development (CCD) principles. He has a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BA in Human Development from U.C. San Diego. Brian is passionate about forming and training the next generation of urban ministry leaders; emerging leaders who sense God’s call to make life-long commitments to pursue wholeness, empowerment, reconciliation in diverse, low-income communities. Brian comes to the Urban Institute with 20 years of Christian ministry and non-profit experience in diverse contexts. His work and ministry experiences include campus ministry to college students in the U.S. and Mexico with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, faith-based community organizing with ethnically diverse congregations through the PICO National Network, and policy and legislative advocacy for criminal justice reform with the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Brian’s wife Christie currently serves in full-time ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and they serve together as ministry leaders at River Life Covenant Church in East Sacramento. They live in the Tahoe Park neighborhood with their two daughters (ages 8 and 4) and have been part of the Sacramento community since 2006.
Director & Strategic Activator, The ACTS Group
Jeff Kreiser is the Director of The ACTS Group (www.ACTSonline.net ) a consultancy activating unified gospel initiatives in communities and cities since 2012. Beginning with his work with John Perkins in Pasadena in the early 90’s, Jeff has had a passion for community based transformation both locally and internationally. Jeff has started and pastored a new church, worked in local and global mission partnerships, taught as adjunct faculty at William Jessup University since 2005, served outreach & extension pastor with Lakeside Church, and acted as church relations director for the Luis Palau Association. Jeff lives in Folsom California with his wife of 26 years, Heather, their three sons and a really cool black lab named Maggie.
NHCDC Board Member
Daniel Wong is the head & founding pastor of New Hope Community Church of Sacramento (NHCC). Starting in January of 2005, Daniel after 15 plus years of serving as youth pastor for Sacramento Chinese Baptist Church, followed God’s call and started up a new church that would focus its efforts in reaching out to the Meadowview community. Daniel obtained his Masters of Divinity at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and attended Sacramento State University as an undergraduate with a major in Engineering.
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