Background

Alan Haffa learned about leadership and service as an Eagle Scout. He met his future wife, Arlene Haffa, when both of them worked as Camp Counselors at Tomahawk Scout Reservation. Arlene and Alan have been married 34 years and have two children, Ben and Elizabeth, both graduates of Monterey High School.

Alan has a deep history of service in Monterey.  He served three years on the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board, one as board president. He has been a member of the Monterey Kiwanis Club since 2003.  In 2012 he was elected to Monterey City Council and has represented the city on the Community Human Services board where he worked to create the peninsula's first shelter for homeless women and families, Casa de Noche Buena. He helped form the new clean power agency, Monterey Bay Community Power, that is delivering 100% carbon free power to our region and giving ratepayers a discount on their Pg&E bills.  He also represented Monterey on the Fort Ord Reuse Authority and helped guide the agency to sunset this year. ​

Professionally, Alan has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught English and Gentrain at Monterey Peninsula College since 2003.  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.

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