Alan Haffa is a first generation college student who grew up in a working class family. He has been a professor at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) for the past 20 years and has served as a Monterey Council Member since 2012. He first decided to run for the council after seeing that many of his students at MPC were unable to find housing. As a city councilmember, he has promoted economic development, housing, parks and recreation, and fiscal stability for the city. He has demonstrated leadership skills throughout his life and will be a strong leader for District 5 on the Monterey County Board of supervisors.
In addition to teaching, Alan has served in leadership roles at MPC, such as chair of the College Council and Vice-President of the Faculty Association. He served three years on the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board, including one as board president. He has been a member of the Monterey Kiwanis Club since 2003. Alan has represented the city on the Community Human Services board, where he helped expand services to address homelessness and addiction. He also helped form the new clean power agency, Central Coast Community Energy, which is delivering 100% carbon free power to our region and giving ratepayers a discount on their electric bills.
Alan first learned about service and leadership as an Eagle Scout, working as a counselor at a Boy Scout camp, where he met his future wife, Arlene Haffa. They have been married 37 years and have two children, Ben and Elizabeth, both graduates of Monterey High School.