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CEO and Co-Founder
Cedric Bobo is the CEO and Co-founder of Project Destined, a social impact vehicle that trains urban youth and military veterans to be owners and stakeholders in the communities in which they live, work and play.
Prior to founding Project Destined, Cedric spent over 20 years as an investor and investment banker including over 10 years at The Carlyle Group where he committed over $2 Billion of equity capital.
Prior to Carlyle, he worked at D.L.J. Merchant Banking (London) and McCown De Leeuw. He is the co-founder of Charter Board Partners, a non-profit focused on governance in the charter school sector.
Cedric received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSME, summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee.
San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund
Rebecca (she/her) is the founding CEO of the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund, a public private partnership that provides powerful new tools to improve the delivery of affordable housing. Since 2017, the Fund has invested over $275 million in housing preservation and development projects throughout San Francisco, supporting over 1,270 permanently affordable homes for more than 2,100 residents vulnerable to displacement and homelessness. Previously, Rebecca served as Director of Social Impact Investment under the late Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee, and before that was a Vice President in Public Sector & Infrastructure investment banking at Goldman Sachs, where she raised capital for local governments, universities, non-profits, and utilities around the country. She received her BA. from Brown University and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Rebecca was appointed to the Board of Directors of the California Housing Partnership Corporation by Governor Newsom, and also serves on the boards of the San Francisco Friends School and ARTA, a whitewater rafting organization. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three boys.
The Greenlining Institute
Debra Gore-Mann is the President & CEO of The Greenlining Institute. Debra has over 25+ years of leadership in nonprofit and private research universities and over ten years of private sector business development expertise having worked in investment banking, international infrastructure development and engineering. Debra identifies as bi-racial having been raised in a inter-racial family and is a tireless advocate for ethical and responsible management of mission-driven organizations employing the highest commitment to excellence, performance and integrity.
Debra received her B.S. in Management Sciences and MBA in finance from Stanford University and serves on multiple nonprofit and foundation boards that work to serve communities whose works include criminal justice, youth life and educational opportunities, youth and young adults in sports and economic opportunity.
Director, Chronic Homelessness Initiative
Andrea Evans has worked extensively at the intersection of law and policy in the private, nonprofit ,and government sectors for over twenty five years. In particular, she has led efforts to promote human rights, immigrant rights, and women’s rights domestically and abroad. Currently, Andrea is the Director of Tipping Point Community’s Chronic Homeless Initiative, a five year $100 million dollar effort to reduce chronic homelessness in San Francisco.
Prior to joining Tipping Point, Andrea was the legal director of a leading non-profit organization dedicated to ending human rights abuses around the world and led a campaign to codify laws prohibiting discrimination against women.
Andrea is very active in local and civic affairs. She serves as a member of San Francisco’s Local Homeless Coordinating Board, the Board of KIPP Norcal Public Schools, and NextGen America. Andrea has previously served as Chair of the Human Rights Section of the San Francisco Bar Association, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, and San Francisco Fire Commission.
Eric Tao is a managing partner at L37 Partners and managing principal at AGI. He has 20-years of experience in the real estate industry and has led the acquisition, entitlement, financing, development and disposition of over 1,500 multifamily residential units in the San Francisco Bay Area with a focus on transit oriented urban infill projects.
AGI Avant was formed in 2006 to manage multifamily development investments for CalPERS. At AGI, Tao has guided the development of nearly 1,000 new housing units in the emerging San Francisco SoMa, Dogpatch and Mid-Market districts. At L37, he is currently leading housing projects for 1,200+ new transit-oriented infill projects in South SF and San Francisco.
Eric is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, CA and received his Juris Doctorate from UC Hastings College of Law.
ULI San Francisco
Natalie is Executive Director at the Urban Land Institute San Francisco (ULI SF) and has over 10 years of experience in real estate, economic development, urban planning, and landscape architecture. At ULI SF, she oversees Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs), which provide multidisciplinary advice to local governments, public agencies, and nonprofits facing complex land use issues. Collaborating with ULI SF members, she also manages ULI SF’s Housing the Bay initiative, which is tackling the root causes of the Bay Area’s housing crisis. Natalie also oversees all ULI SF’s public sector initiatives including UrbanPlan for Communities, City Development Partnership Training, and City Council Study Sessions.
In 2020 Natalie helped to launch ULI SF’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative with a focus on increasing membership diversity, building the pipeline of diverse industry professionals, and supporting the creation of more equitable communities. Additionally, she served on the ULI America’s DEI Staff Task Force and co-chaired the subcommittee on how to increase the diversity of membership.
Prior to joining ULI, Natalie worked in the New York office of HR&A Advisors, an economic development and real estate consulting firm as the Director of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to HR&A, she lived in Los Angeles and was the Marketing and Business Development Manager at SWA Group, an international landscape architecture and urban design firm.
Natalie received her MBA from the Presidio Graduate School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College. In addition, she also studied Landscape Architecture at UCLA Extension.
Head of Sustainability
Sara Neff is the Head of Sustainability for Lendlease Americas, where she provides leadership and management oversight in developing, implementing and driving Lendlease’s corporate sustainability framework in the Americas region. Prior to that role, she served as Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. Ms. Neff was instrumental in the architecture, initiation and execution of Kilroy’s sustainability program. Under her leadership, Kilroy has been recognized as a leader among publicly traded real estate companies on sustainability in the Americas by GRESB for seven of the last eight years as well as being recognized by NAREIT. Ms. Neff serves on The CLEEN Project advisory board, the GBCI Board of Directors and the GRID Alternatives Board of Directors. Previously, she served on the USGBC Advisory Council and as Chair of the Board of Directors of USGBC Los Angeles, in addition to the Board of Directors of Young Professionals in Energy Los Angeles, Advisory Council of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and the BOMA International Energy & Environment Committee.
She has been named a Los Angeles Woman of Influence by the Los Angeles Business Journal, a 40 under 40 awardee by the Urban Land Institute, a Los Angeles Power Woman in Real Estate by Bisnow, a Women in Sustainability Leader by Green Building & Design magazine, a Woman of Influence by GlobeSt Real Estate Forum, and was the recipient of NAREIT’s 2020 Leader in the Light Leadership Personified award, an award that recognizes achievement in sustainability. She is a LEED Fellow and holds a BS from Stanford and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Greg is a Partner at Fifth Wall, where he co-leads the Climate Technology Investment team.
Prior to joining Fifth Wall, Greg was a Partner at BMW i Ventures where he led the Sustainability investing practice, investing in companies such as Prometheus Fuels, and PureCycle (NASDAQ: ROCH). Before joining BMW i Ventures, Greg led Finance & Operations for both The Boring Company and Neuralink simultaneously.
Greg started his investment career at Battery Ventures where he covered early-stage enterprise technology startups, as well as industrial technology buyouts. Successful exits from his work there include Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc.), and IST (acquired by Scott Brand).
Greg was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and currently lives in Oakland, CA. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he received a BS in Economics and a BS in Computer Science.
Enrique Landa is a Partner at Associate Capital and leads the firm’s investing and development efforts. Enrique and the team recently obtained entitlements and commenced construction on the Power Station – a 29-acre project with life science, office, residential and hotel uses on the San Francisco Bay. Enrique has spent his career working with family offices to manage large portfolios and develop real estate projects. A fan of complex problems in need of creative solutions, he is especially drawn to rehabilitating historic buildings, buying assets that aren’t for sale and finding innovative ways to finance affordable housing. Along the way, he has been known to fall in love with historic buildings, like the Swedish American Hall, which he helped restore, landmark and place on the National Register of Historic Places. Enrique has degrees from the University of Cambridge and University of Pennsylvania. He is a board member of Meals on Wheels and lives with his family in San Francisco.
Founder and Managing Member
Springhill Real Estate Partners
Steve is the Managing Member of Springhill Real Estate Partners and brings over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Founded in 2015, Springhill operates a growing portfolio of multifamily assets on behalf of private, family office and institutional investors throughout the Western United States.
Parallel with the founding of Springhill, Steve led the Sales and Program Management group at Katerra. Started in 2015, Katerra is a technology-driven start up disrupting the traditional construction business with a vertically integrated platform emphasizing computer-aided design, vertically integrated supply chain and off-site manufacturing. During Steve’s tenure the company grew to over 8,000 employees with 20 offices worldwide and revenues of $2B.
Previously Steve ran the US apartment business of Cushman & Wakefield, the world’s third largest commercial real estate investment firms.
Also prior to Katerra, Steve serves on the board of directors of Valet Waste Inc., the leading door-step and recycling company in the US. In that role, Steve was instrumental in growing the company to serving over 750,000 apartment units daily, lead to a successful sale of the company at the end of 2015.
Steve holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from The Anderson School at UCLA.
Global Co-Head of Real Estate
Matt founded Terra Search Partners in 2006 around the concept that retained executive search has the power to help clients beyond the job placement. The Terra Search approach is to use search as a journey through which our team and our clients are able to look deeply at the structure of a client’s organization, its place in the competitive landscape, and how strategic hiring can improve their business well into the future.
Matt is passionate about real estate and its role in our economy. Since 2017, Matt has been the host of the podcast series, “Leading Voices in Real Estate,” where he has had conversations with leaders from throughout the real estate industry about their career journeys and the businesses that they run. The series offers insights into pathways to success and the difference that the real estate industry can make in the way that we live, work, and play.
Matt has assembled a collaborative team where each member deeply values and respects relationships and partnerships, built for the long term, with clients and candidates. With a team deeply steeped in the industry, we have the wisdom and perspective to truly serve as advisors.
Prior to forming Terra Search, Matt was a Partner with the global executive search firms Heidrick & Struggles as well as Ferguson Partners. Before entering the field of executive search in 1998, Matt held leadership, management and functional roles within the real estate industry for more than 20 years. He was founder and executive director of the Multifamily Housing Institute in Washington, D.C., and also worked in key development, advocacy and finance positions. Prior roles included the National Housing Partnership (developing and acquiring housing for seniors) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (helping lead the RTC’s affordable housing program). Additional real estate expertise comes from his time with NV Commercial, a Northern Virginia-based commercial property company, and Reilly Mortgage, which is now part of Wells Fargo Mortgage, one of the country’s leading apartment lenders.
Matt is a founding Board member and current chair of ExtraFood.org, a Marin County based food recovery organization. He is a member of the Advisory Board of CAPREIT, a multifamily owner-operator based in Rockville, MD. He is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation, a member of the Board of ULI’s San Francisco District Council and a member of the Multifamily Product Council. Matt is past Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, one of the largest skilled nursing homes in California. He is also a participant on the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at
Berkeley. He is a supporter of ExtraFood, Oberlin College, Mercy Housing, the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and other charitable organizations.
Matt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oberlin College.
In the moments where Matt steps away from the industry, he explores Sonoma County on his road bike, picks at his guitar, and spends time with his wife, Diane Olmstead, and their daughters, Sarah and Cali.
Head of Growth
Ivy Teng Lei leads marketing and business development as the Head of Growth at Exygy, a digital innovation agency that works with social impact organizations to design and build technology that improves lives. In 2015, Exygy joined the City and County of San Francisco to create the Database of Affordable Housing, Listings, Information, and Applications (DAHLIA). The portal, built on open source code, makes it easier to find and apply for affordable housing by streamlining the affordable housing experience for housing seekers and property owners – listing, applications, processing, and placement. As of today, its open-source framework, Bloom Housing, powers the digital affordable housing experience for applicants beyond the City and County of San Francisco and into other Bay Area regions, including the County of Alameda, the County of San Mateo, City of San Jose. We have also recently launched our first Bloom Housing portal outside of California, in the City of Detroit.
Real Estate Developer, MacArthur Fellow, Social Enterprise Pioneer, and Author
Majora Carter is a real estate developer who applies corporate talent-retention strategy to underperforming economic zones that she refers to as “low-status” communities. Her quote on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture, “You don’t have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one,” is also the subtitle of her new book, Reclaiming Your Community. Her award-winning work in green infrastructure, tech-inclusion, broadcast media, job training and placement, and real estate all come to bear in this highly accessible look at how the “non-profit industrial complex” has spent more and accomplished less every year for the past half century, and what to do about it now. Majora is also the owner of the Al Fresco NY Award-winning Boogie Down Grind Cafe, which was named Best in NYC by TimeOut NY for 2021.
Valarie Hamm Carlson
Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder
Valarie Hamm Carlson is co-founder of Roost, a deposit automation platform for properties that doubles as a financial wellness app for renters. She previously led marketing at Even, an earned wage access platform for employees, and Simple, one of the first neo-banks. Before joining Simple, Valarie oversaw digital and in-store experience design for Umpqua Bank. She and her husband have also fixed up multiple properties and manage a small portfolio of rentals. When she gets a spare minute, Valarie enjoys running after her son—or out into the mountains of Montana.
General Manager- West
Grace Park-Bradbury leads business development in the West at BlocPower, where she is responsible for strategic initiatives and new market expansion. Grace has over 15 years in climate tech, beginning with marketing at Enernoc, supporting grid stability through the reduction of demand during critical periods. While at DataRaker and Oracle Utilities, Grace led SaaS deployment, sales operations and big data analyses for utility clients with smart grid/advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments. Grace aligns corporate strategy with operational results and was most recently in residential solar, as Chief of Staff at Solar Mosaic. Before that, she led new markets for Sunrun. Grace has a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley.
Co-Founder and Vice President-Design
okom wrks labs
Britta Bielak is an interior designer, educator, and artist, who believes that intersecting distinct disciplines and perspectives is critical practice for today’s environmental and social crises. She has over a decade of experience with interdisciplinary collaborations, project management, and empowering the next generation of regenerative design practitioners.
With okom wrks labs, PBC, Britta is part of a multi-disciplinary team developing zerø-frm, the very first structural mycelium-based composite for the building materials market. This 1:1 replacement for lumber is a 100% regenerative solution for keeping trees in our forests to do their life-saving work of carbon sequestration. Aiming for impact, okom wrks labs, PBC is currently focused on developing zerø-frm-based prefabricated building systems, but they envision a near future where everything from the walls to the furniture is mycelium made.
Britta holds an MFA in Interior Environments from Virginia Commonwealth University, a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Virginia, and will be joining Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design this fall.
Senior Advisor for Housing Initiatives
Office of Mayor London Breed, City and County of San Francisco
Daniel Adams is the Senior Advisor for Housing Initiatives in the Office of Mayor London Breed where he leads the City of San Francisco’s efforts to acquire properties for conversion to permanent supportive housing. Dan has served in a variety of housing-focused roles in the City, including as the Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development where he oversaw the City’s 11,000-unit new construction pipeline and its affordable housing programs and policies. A licensed architect, Dan has worked as a developer of affordable housing for a number of private for-profit and non-profit companies including Sares Regis Group of Northern California, BRIDGE Housing, MidPen Housing, and Resources for Community Development. Dan holds a Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
Swathi Bonda is a Senior Director at Brookfield Properties in San Francisco, where she leads the development of the 5M project. Prior to working for Brookfield, Swathi led affordable housing development for Forest City’s New York office, including nearly 800 units of mixed-income housing at Pacific Park Brooklyn (formerly Atlantic Yards). Before becoming a real estate developer, Swathi she was a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and an Economist with Fannie Mae. Swathi earned both her B.S. in Economics and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the the Kelsey’s Board of Directors, ULI San Francisco’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Housing the Bay’s Steering Committee.
Elizabeth Seifel has focused her professional career on creating sustainable infill developments, structuring successful public-private partnerships and encouraging the revitalization of communities. As president of Seifel Consulting, Libby has advised hundreds of public and private clients on how to plan, fund and develop a broad variety of projects that achieve triple bottom line objectives, where sustainability and social equity are pursued in equal measure alongside strong financial returns.
Libby actively promotes best practices in sustainable development, urban redevelopment and affordable housing through her teaching and writing activities, serving as the editor and author on a number of publications for the Urban Land Institute and other professional associations.
Previously, Libby served as Associate-in-Charge of Williams-Kuebelbeck & Associates, overseeing the firm’s economic and management consulting practice. She also served as the founding Executive Director of Tent City Corporation, the non-profit developer of a ULI award-winning mixed income housing development in downtown Boston. Libby is a certified planner (A.I.C.P.) and an elected member of LAI, the Honorary Society of Land Economists. She was honored for her positive influence on real estate development, joining the Hall of Fame for the Northern California Women of Influence in Real Estate.
Executive Vice President
Signature Development Group
As executive vice president, Paul Nieto is responsible for multiple activities including land acquisition, concept design, entitlements, and debt and equity financing. He further oversees the implementation of individual projects. Paul has extensive experience in multi-family, master-planned communities, land development, civil engineering, and finance.
Prior to joining SDG, Paul was president of Avant Housing, an urban multi-family developer in the Bay Area, where he led the development of 665 units in San Francisco. Previously, Paul served as president and CEO of the Eastlake Development Company, responsible for a 3,200-acre, 9,000 unit master-planned community in San Diego County, with a 200 acre business park, six schools and 100 acres of neighborhood, lifestyle and big box retail. Concurrently, Paul served as the head of Boswell Properties, overseeing the 957-acre Interlocken Business Park in Boulder County, Colorado. Paul began his career with Union Bank in Beverly Hills where he managed both the Los Angeles construction financing and California participating mortgage offices. Paul is a graduate of UCLA in Economics and received his MBA from USC.
Senior Vice President of Development
Tiffany Bohee, Senior Vice President of Development for Lendlease, is responsible for districtwide development activities for the Downtown West project in San Jose, which is part of Lendlease’s development partnership with Google.
Prior to joining Lendlease in 2017, Ms. Bohee was the executive director for the city of San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure (OCII), the successor to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Ms. Bohee oversaw the economic and physical development of the Transbay, Mission Bay and Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point neighborhoods, which collectively provide for over 22,000 new housing units, including the development of approximately 7,000 affordable units and 14 million square feet of commercial space.
Ms. Bohee has been recognized as one of The Most Influential Women in Business and has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Princeton University.
Director of Development
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Anne Taupier serves as the Director of Development overseeing the management and entitlement of large public and private mixed- use development and housing projects on behalf of San Francisco. The role includes leading negotiations with developers to provide community benefits packages that reflect and enhance the City’s housing, affordability, sustainability, jobs, open space, equity and transportation policy objectives.
Anne has worked extensively on San Francisco public-private development partnerships including: The Hunter’s Point Shipyard, 2013 America’s Cup Host City, 5M, The Plumber’s Union Development on Market Street, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music student housing and performance center, India Basin, the Flower Mart, Potrero Power Station, Balboa Reservoir and many more. In addition, her experience includes working in the administration under former Mayor Gavin Newsom and as an investigator for the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney.
Anne has a strong belief that scarce and unaffordable housing is a local, national and global crisis and that safe and stable housing is an essential component of every community’s public health plan. This focus on providing housing security for everyone is critical to job stability and a strong, equitable local economy.
Anne is a life-long trail runner and former competitive cyclist and tri-athlete. She has worked as a fitness instructor and advocates for programs that encourage girls and young women to participate in sports, athletics, dance and movement that build strong self-confidence and leadership skills.
She has a Masters of Art Education and a B.A in French and Fine Arts from The University of Massachusetts. Anne was also the Co-founder and former Vice President of “The Kerouac Corporation”, a 501-C3 established in her hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Senior Analyst, Energy
Driven by the urgency to address the climate challenge, Sarah Golden identifies the most impactful trends and innovations accelerating the clean energy transition. She serves as conference chair of VERGE Electrify, leads the Energy Program at the VERGE Event and is author of the newsletter Energy Weekly.
Sarah has more than a decade of experience in the climate world, with expertises in communications, campaign strategies, coalition building and public speaking. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in politics and environmental studies from Whitman College, was an Annenberg Dean’s Scholar at the University of Southern California where she earned a master’s degree in journalism, and is a graduate of Yale’s Finance and Deployment of Clean Energy program.
Advisor, Investor, Innovator
Catalyst Housing Group
Stephanie Fuhrman is a proptech investor, advisor and executive at Catalyst Housing Group which oversees approximately $4b in middle-income housing in the State of California. A proven corporate executive, leader, producer, and entrepreneur with experience spanning brokerage of $850 million institutional multifamily transactions to the strategic oversight of multifamily operations including marketing, education, property technology, and innovation.
Before coming to Catalyst, Stephanie oversaw the Greystar Innovation team as well as the global proptech strategy and implementation in Europe, China, Australia and Brazil spanning over 1,700 properties and over 1,000,000 residents. Stephanie has been an industry advocate serving on the NMHC innovation committee, OpTech co-chair, board advisor, and champion for cultural diversity and inclusion. She has an undergraduate degree from Washington State University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Manager, Housing Affordability,
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
As Housing Manager for the Housing Affordability program at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Xiomara supports the team in achieving their goals of protection, preservation, and production of housing, so people of all income levels and backgrounds can live, work, and thrive in the communities they call home. Prior to CZI, she worked for Bay Area Council’s housing policy efforts on the local, regional and state level. Her experience includes various roles in community outreach and project management in the land use and commercial real estate industry, both in the nonprofit and private sector. Prior to joining the Council, Xiomara oversaw the public affairs program for Universal Paragon. She also worked for a tech‐startup focusing on accessory dwelling units (or “casitas”) and the Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Master’s in Business Administration from Lorry I. Lokey School of Business at Mills College.
Chief Operating Officer
Ray works systematically to meet Destination: Home’s goals by addressing key staffing, process, and infrastructure issues, while also overseeing the organization’s housing loan portfolio, grantmaking, and development functions. Having focused on homelessness and affordable housing issues for the majority of his career, Ray previously worked for the city of San Jose, leading the city’s Homelessness Interventions and Solutions Division for over five years. Prior to joining the city, he was a philanthropy manager at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and before that Ray worked with HomeFirst–a Santa Clara County safety net organization–as director of development. Ray spent the year following his graduation with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps serving impoverished communities throughout the southeastern United States. He is a senior fellow with American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and a board member for Housing Matters. Ray is also currently pursuing his Masters in Liberal Arts from Stanford University.
Managing Director, Terner Center of Housing Innovation
Ben Metcalf leads both the expansion and deepening of Terner Center’s work solving housing affordability challenges through policy, practice and innovations. In 2015, Ben was appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown to lead California’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), a role he held until 2019. During his tenure at the State, Ben played an instrumental role in the passage and implementation of the 2017 Housing Package and oversaw the Department during a period of significant expansion of the state’s financial and regulatory reach into housing and land use matters. In addition, he served on the board of directors of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, the California Housing Finance Agency, and was the founding chair of the State of California’s Homelessness Coordinating and Finance Council. Prior to joining HCD, Ben worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., including as an appointee of President Obama in the role of Deputy Assistant Secretary overseeing HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs.
Senior Vice President of Public Policy
Bay Area Council
Matt Regan’s responsibilities include promoting the Bay Area Council’s legislative and political agendas at the local, state and federal levels. Matt has lead responsibility for the Council’s federal, state and local government relations work and oversees a four-person team focused on 21st century energy and communications infrastructure and water policy. Matt has over 15 years experience working in the political arena and prior to joining the Bay Area Council, Matt worked as a contract lobbyist, an in-house Government Affairs specialist for a large bank, a State Assembly legislative aide and a field organizer for several high-profile elections across the Bay Area. Matt is a native of Ireland. He attended the Middlesex University School of Law in London where he earned his LLB and the University of Ulster School of Business where he graduated with a Post Graduate Degree in Marketing.
Vice President, Government Affairs
California Housing Consortium
Marina plans, directs, and coordinates all activities related to the development of CHC’s policy positions, including interacting with government officials, testifying in legislative hearings, planning policy-related events, and preparing materials to inform CHC members, the media, and the public on issues related to the affordable housing industry. Prior to joining CHC, Marina worked as a legislative staffer in the California State Assembly and also interned with the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee. Marina received her J.D. from Santa Clara University, with an emphasis in international law, and received her B.A. from UCLA, majoring in political science and minoring in Global Studies and Russian Language. She was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2010. She works in CHC’s Sacramento office.
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