The team at NPH, led by Executive Director Amie Fishman, works with our Board and members throughout the year to push for effective state, regional and local policy, coordinates and supports affordable housing campaigns throughout the nine-county Bay Area, hosts educational and training events for our field, and works to educate the public and media on the importance of investment in affordable homes.
We enjoy connecting jurisdictions, people and ideas across the Bay Area, convening a solutions-focused annual conference, creating toolkits for our local partners, and are dedicated to building affordable, diverse and thriving communities.
NPH Board of Directors
Back row, left to right: Executive Director Amie Fishman, Board Vice-President Joshua Simon, Board Treasurer Dan Sawislak, Matt Huerta, Andrea Papanastassiou, Carlos Castellanos, Smitha Seshadri, Chuck Cornell, Matt Schwartz, Dan Wu. Front row: Kevin Zwick, Andy Madeira, Board Secretary Jack Gardner, Michele Byrd, and Board President Jacquie Hoffman. Not pictured: Jacky Morales, Gail Gilman.
Amie joined NPH as Executive Director in 2015, after more than 20 years in the affordable housing and community development field. At NPH, she has launched a new initiative to grow public support and political will for affordable homes in the Bay Area through ballot measure campaigns. Prior to NPH, Amie was Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) from 2006 to 2014. During her tenure there, she initiated major affordable housing advocacy campaigns with broad based community coalitions, developed strong membership committees, initiated a resident organizing program, and deepened EBHO’s work throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to advance local and regional policies for affordable housing and sustainable and equitable transit‐oriented development.
Amie also worked as the Director of Supportive Housing at Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC) in San Francisco for 10 years, directing MHDC’s supportive housing programs and community organizing collaborations for homeless and formerly homeless adults and families. Amie holds an MPA in public policy analysis with a focus on affordable housing and community development from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU.
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Michael Lane has an extensive background in public policy, legislation, politics and campaigns. Prior to joining NPH, he worked a decade for Self-Help Enterprises, managing predevelopment activities, government and media relations and local, state and federal housing policy, legislation, regulations and funding. He also served as a regional whip on the successful 2002 Proposition 46 and 2006 Proposition 1C statewide housing bond campaigns. Michael is currently President of the Board of Directors for the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, serves on the Board of Governors for the California Housing Consortium, and served on the Board of Directors of Housing California from 2008 to 2014. Michael has worked in local government and held elective office as a school board member and city council member. He speaks, reads and writes the Spanish language fluently.
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Peggy manages NPH’s fund development activities, including grants, events and individual donor campaigns. She also manages NPH’s administrative functions, as well as helps support the organization’s membership and fiscal management activities. Prior to joining NPH in 2007, she worked at the Chinatown Community Development Center, a San Francisco non-profit engaging in affordable housing development and community organizing. Peggy is also a former board member of the East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) and the Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco, as well as a current member of EBHO’s Fundraising Committee.
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Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement
Sharon Cornu joined NPH in 2016 to design and run NPH’s political program. She served as the lead strategist and organizer of NPH’s work on three successful ballot measure campaigns in November 2016, delivering $2 billion in new investment in Bay Area affordable homes. Cornu is an award-winning coalition, communications and campaign organizer. She served as deputy mayor in Oakland, CA; managing director of a statewide political consultancy; and executive officer of the Alameda Labor Council. She initiated a training program to lift up community representation, in addition to direct service on numerous boards and commissions. She co-founded a media center and print shop in Providence, RI, which was recognized as the Governor’s women/minority business of the year. Cornu is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and teaches organizational efficacy in the public policy graduate program at Mills College.
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Alina joins NPH to develop strategic communications in support of the organization’s advocacy and policy goals. She comes to NPH after working with affordable housing advocates in Santa Clara County to support a successful Affordable Housing Week 2016 and develop and launch communications foundations for the Measure A for Affordable Housing campaign.
Before joining our affordable housing community in Northern California, Alina worked in Oregon to develop and implement strategic communications campaigns in support of economic and social justice issues. Prior to her work as a consultant, Alina served as the Communications and Research Manager at Our Oregon, managing communications across diverse coalitions and developing digital and media campaigns to support legislative and ballot measure campaigns.
Alina graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in English and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.
Regional Planning and Policy Manager
Pedro came to NPH via the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) where he worked as a Regional Planner focusing on regional housing issues and equity. Pedro’s regional planning background includes helping prepare Plan Bay Area, documenting the region’s housing issues and trends in several publications, as well as creating and maintaining technical resources for local government. Pedro also brings policy advocacy experience to NPH, which he developed as founder of El Proyecto Voz Latina, a grassroots organization focused on Latino voting and representation; as an analyst for the Boston Redevelopment Authority; and as a policy advisor for two San Francisco Supervisors. Pedro holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.
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Administrative & Membership Associate
Shalin joined the NPH team as Administrative and Membership Associate to provide operational support to staff and continue to build and develop NPH’s member community. Before coming to NPH, Shalin studied at UC Berkeley’s Department of Ethnic Studies, focusing on Carceral Geographies and Restorative Justice. She spent three years as an Intern and Art Curator at Cal’s Multicultural Community Center, developing arts programming that amplified the voices of people of color on urgent social justice issues to move towards a more inclusive campus. Shalin comes to NPH with experience as an advocate, facilitator, and educator, grounded in her experience as a community organizer with the Los Angeles Labor/Community Strategy Center.
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Program and Events Associate
Estephanie works to support NPH’s program development and implementation, event productions, and membership engagement. Prior to joining NPH, Estephanie worked as the Children’s Services Coordinator for San Francisco-based non-profit, Hamilton Family Center. In her former role Estephanie offered direct support to homeless families by designing and evaluating on-site youth programs as well as providing ongoing case management for youth regarding academics, mental health, and community resources. Estephanie holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Francisco.
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JACQUIE HOFFMAN, President
Regional Vice President of Property Operations, Mercy Housing Management Group
Jacquie Hoffman brings more than 20 years of experience with Mercy Housing in Property Operations and Resident Services, overseeing a major segment of the Mercy Housing California Portfolio including San Francisco and Southern California. A native of California, prior to entering the affordable housing field, Jacquie worked in diversity communications and marketing at McCann-Erickson and at Pacific Bell for consumer education. She is proud that her first professional job was as an intern with an Orange County real estate developer, where she learned about the housing industry through the eyes of master planned communities. Jacquie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds a Masters of Divinity and is a D. Min. Candidate in Pastoral Care and Counseling at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Jacquie has served on community housing boards including for The Redwoods Retirement Community in Mill Valley.
JOSHUA SIMON, Vice President
Executive Director, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
Joshua has been dedicated to building vibrant, healthy neighborhoods throughout his career. Prior to becoming the Executive Director for EBALDC, Joshua was the Director of Real Estate Consulting at the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) from 2006-2013, and worked as a Senior Project Manager and then Director of EBALDC’s Real Estate Development Department from 1994-2006. Joshua is a founding board member for the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), and throughout his career, has been an active civic leader, serving for 13 years on the board of the Emeryville Unified School District. Joshua holds a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a MS in Real Estate Development from MIT.
DAN SAWISLAK, Treasurer
Executive Director, Resources for Community Development
Dan Sawislak has led RCD as Executive Director since 1998. He oversees RCD’s efforts to develop and operate affordable housing and to provide support services to our residents. With over 30 years’ experience in housing development and community organizing, Dan provides thoughtful review of each development project to ensure that the quality of RCD’s housing continues to meet the highest standards. Dan’s tenure at RCD began in 1993 and he has been instrumental in guiding RCD’s growth from a local developer with a focus on housing for people with special needs to a regional owner and developer of integrated multi-family and special needs housing.
JACK GARDNER, Secretary
President & CEO, The John Stewart Company
Jack Gardner is the President & CEO of the John Stewart Company, a statewide development and management firm with over 30,000 units of affordable and mixed-income housing under management throughout California. Jack’s professional background includes local government, non-profit financial intermediaries, low income housing tax credit investment and leadership of two community-based nonprofit affordable housing developers. Jack co-chairs SPUR’s Housing Policy Board, serves as the President of California’s first affordable housing PAC, and serves on the Board of the YMCA of the Greater Bay Area. He holds a BA in the Political Economy of Industrialized Societies from Cal and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Director of Housing & Community Development (HCD), City of Oakland
As Director of HCD, Ms. Byrd is responsible for the overall management of HCD, which is responsible for the creation and preservation of decent affordable housing; funding organizations that provide economic development, public facilities, infrastructure, and social services for low and moderate income communities; managing HUD grant programs; and developing housing policy and information. Ms. Byrd previously held the position of Manager of the Community Development Block Grant Program for the City of Oakland. Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State, Hayward and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UC Davis.
Director of Housing Development, MidPen Housing Corporation
Carlos Castellanos joined MidPen Housing last year to direct Housing Development in the East Bay region. He has a respected record of 20 years in real estate development and affordable housing. He enjoys working with the diverse populations of the Bay Area to build healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods and making stable, affordable housing the cornerstone to achieving his vision. Carlos has a Master’s of City Planning and Master’s of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has been appointed to serve as a regional policy advisor to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area region’s council of governments.
Former Executive Director and CFO, Burbank Housing
Chuck became Burbank Housing’s executive director in 2012 after serving as its chief financial officer for 15 years where he was primarily responsible for the development of Burbank’s internal systems, finance, accounting, information storage, and a large share of asset management. He has a background in engineering, accounting, finance, business administration, and residential development. Chuck is a CPA (inactive) and holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Owner and Principal, Matt Huerta Consulting LLC
Matt has fifteen years of housing and community development experience and is currently the Owner and Principal of Matt Huerta Consulting, LLC. Matt advises and supports affordable housing and community development initiatives aimed at creating self-sufficiency. Prior to starting his own company, Matt was the Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Silicon Valley and worked as the Director of Housing Development at South County Housing Corp. Matt is a board member of the California Coalition for Rural Housing, on the Community Investment Advisory Board for Opportunity Fund and a Planning Commissioner at the City of Salinas Planning Commission. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community and Regional Development and Policy and Planning from UC Davis.
Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, Eden Housing
Andy Madeira leads Eden’s Real Estate Development team, and is responsible for heading Eden’s strategic growth in affordable rental development, operating property acquisitions, and portfolio recapitalization/ preservation. He has worked in affordable housing and community development for 25 years, including as a Senior Banker for JP Morgan Chase Community Development Banking, Vice President for Real Estate Development for Citizens Housing Corporation, and as a Director of Real Estate Development at BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Before his work in affordable housing, Andy practiced law at nonprofit organizations in California and Philadelphia. Andy received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in Economics with Honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Andy continues to be active in community development, serving on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Community Loan Fund (Loan Committee Chair), and as a member of the Enterprise Community Loan Fund Loan Committee.
Director of the Housing Department, City of San Jose
Jacky Morales-Ferrand has more than twenty-eight years of experience in affordable housing and community development, including program implementation and policy development in the public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors. She currently serves as the Director of the Housing Department for the City of San José where she is leading several “Housing First” efforts to respond to homelessness in San José. Jacky has served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Centennial, CO and served on numerous nonprofit boards. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley and holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.
Deputy Director of Consulting, Real Estate Program, Northern California Community Loan Fund
Andrea Papanastassiou has over 20 years of experience working in affordable housing and community development. Prior to joining NCCLF in 2013, Andrea was the Director of Real Estate Development for Eden Housing, Inc. and spent ten years in Real Estate Development at MidPen Housing Corporation. Andrea is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, having served on the Board from 2004 – 2012. Andrea holds a B.A. from Brown University with Honors in Environmental Studies and Urban Studies and a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA.
President & CEO, California Housing Partnership Corporation
As President & CEO of the California Housing Partnership, Matt plays a leadership role in in shaping housing-related legislation and regulations to expand the resources to preserve and create affordable housing for the state’s lowest income residents. Matt has worked in affordable housing for 25 years in both the private and public sectors. Matt was appointed to the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission by Mayors Newsom and Lee, is a past President of the Board of Housing California and an active participant in the National Affordable Housing Preservation Working Group. Matt received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University.
incoming Vice President, BRIDGE Housing
Smitha Seshadri will rejoin BRIDGE Housing in mid-January 2017 as Vice President, where she will oversee construction and design standards, policies and procedures across BRIDGE’s real estate development footprint, as well as take on a number of development projects. Prior to her return to BRIDGE, Smitha served as VP of Real Estate for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, Senior Project Manager and Director of Development at BRIDGE, Development Director with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara, Project Manager at the Emergency Housing Consortium in San Jose, and before that at Bent Severin and Associates International Architects, and Corlett, Skaer and Devoto Architects. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MA in Architecture from Kansas State University with an emphasis in community development and a BA in Architecture from Mangalore University.
Executive Director, Charities Housing
Dan joined Charities Housing in 1995 and has held positions of Project Manager, Director of Housing Development, and Director of Real Estate. He is a licensed architect and a certified general real estate appraiser, having spent eight years in commercial architecture and real estate appraisal. Dan has an M.S. in Real Estate from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate. Dan is a member of ULI and serves on the Board of Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California.
Chief Executive Officer, Housing Trust Silicon Valley
Kevin has served as Chief Executive Officer of Housing Trust Silicon Valley since October 2008. In this role, Kevin leads the overall direction, strategy, and impact of the Housing Trust and works to increase awareness of affordable housing issues in the region. Kevin has also helped lead key local and state affordable housing policy efforts, such as the passage of AB 532, securing Boomerang Funds, and adopting Housing Impact Fees in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Cupertino. He has served as a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Housing and Homeless Task Force, San Jose General Plan Update Task Force, Senior Fellow at American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits Leadership Team, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Silicon Valley Board, and as Treasurer of SV@Home. Kevin received a Master’s Degree in nonprofit administration (MNA) from the University of San Francisco, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Sociology.