In Memorial: Nancy Jane McLaughlin, 1950 – 2011

Nancy Jane McLaughlin, formerly Nancy Javor, recently passed away at her home in Ashland, Oregon. Nancy served as the Deputy Director of the Housing Policy Division of the Department from 1983 – 1991. Under Nancy’s leadership, the Department administered the first cycle of regional housing need allocations and review of local general plan housing element updates, initiating California’s “fair share” housing planning. She also directed the publication of the 1987 and 1988 Statewide Housing Plan updates, and implemented new legislation requiring notification provisions for housing at risk of conversion. The State of California and the Department benefited from her leadership and dedication to advancing affordable housing. Her commitment improved the lives of vulnerable Californians and strengthened communities throughout the State. The housing community has lost an important advocate and our sympathy goes out to her family and friends.