For over 40 years, H Spees has worked with business, government, church and community leaders to forge private sector and faith-based solutions to complex urban problems. H has started and run organizations that have delivered health care, provided jobs and built communities. He currently serves as a Senior Associate for Leadership Foundations.
H has called Fresno home and has invested in this city for over 3 decades. In the 1990s he worked with Fresno business and community leaders to start a private development organization to tackle difficult projects in tough inner city areas ranging from the rehab of historic homes to the development of a key city block downtown. H has further demonstrated his commitment to Fresno through his service on commissions and boards related to economic development and public safety.
H sees education as key to every city’s future economy and promotes the vital connection between economic development, youth development and education. H was a co-founder of Fresno CORAL, one of the most successful after school mentoring and tutoring programs in the Valley and led Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ in expanding its staff and programs to provide leadership development training to a diverse set of youth as well as gang prevention and intervention with neighborhood and incarcerated youth. H also led a coalition of business, government and faith leaders to help pass what was at the time the largest school bond measure in California’s history, Fresno Unified’s Measure A.
H is committed to the spiritual health of cities. He is an ordained minister serving as honorary Pastor-at-Large for First Presbyterian Church, Fresno. H was Congressional Appointee to the US Congressional Summit on Faith-based Initiatives.
H holds a Bachelors Degree in English from Belhaven University, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Doctorate in Transformational Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University. H is currently adjunct professor with Fresno Pacific University and Bakke Graduate University in the area of urban community development.
H and his wife Terry married in 1972 and have 6 adult children, and 10 grandchildren. They have lived in Downtown Fresno since 1993. They’ve had the privilege of parenting 12 foster children.