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 the Executive Director in January 2015 after more than 20 years in affordable housing and community development. Amie has led NPH’s successful initiative to grow public support and political will for affordable homes through ballot measure campaigns, collectively winning more than $2 billion from three Bay Area County measures in November 2016 and leveraging the momentum to help win a historic state package of affordable housing legislation in 2017.
Prior to NPH, as the Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations for almost nine years, she initiated major affordable housing advocacy campaigns, launched a resident organizing program, and grew EBHO’s membership and work. Amie also worked as the Director of Supportive Housing at Mission Housing Development Corporation for 10 years, directing 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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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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Michael Lane has an extensive background in public policy, legislation, politics and campaigns. Prior to joining NPH in 2011, 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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Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement
A seasoned political consultant, JR Starrett has directed winning campaign programs across the country on the municipal, state and federal levels. Recognized in 2014 as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine, JR has worked with a number of progressive candidates to develop winning electoral strategies in an effort to better communities throughout the country. JR most recently served as the Senior Director of State Government Affairs for Common Sense Media. In this capacity, JR led state legislative and political advocacy efforts in policy areas that affect children’s access to digital literacy education.
JR is excited to join the NPH team knowing the impact affordable housing has on the communities throughout the Bay Area. He looks forward to bringing his passion for movement building to this issue and working with the many community organizations, advocates, and NPH members to build upon our recent electoral success.
JR currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Morgan, son Henry, and dog Lucky. JR is a frequent contributor to Campaigns and Elections Magazine, contributing to the Campaign Insider column.
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.
Program and Events Manager
Estephanie manages and develops NPH’s program and events to provide NPH members the opportunity and space to share key policy updates, solutions, and best practices. She has led NPH’s largest Annual Awards and Conference to date and continues to be an integral member of the Operations team.
Before joining NPH in 2016, Estephanie worked with Hamilton Families, providing case management support to transitional families and designing and managing a holistic youth program. Prior to that, Estephanie managed an at-risk youth program in SF’s South of Market where she oversaw youth services and connected newly migrated families with local resources.
Estephanie holds a B.A. in Politics from the University of San Francisco.
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Regional Planning and Policy Manager
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Administrative & Membership Associate
Courtney provides administrative support and member support for NPH. Prior to joining our team, Courtney founded her own virtual assistant firm, Courtney Consulting Agency, where she provided administrative, customer, and operations support for minority-owned small businesses and startups. Courtney sits on the board of directors for the Rockridge Community Planning Council, is a member of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Council, serves on the East Bay Housing Organizations Oakland Member Committee, is a 2018 Oakland New Leader’s Council Fellow, and Secretary of the California Young Democrats Black Caucus.
Courtney is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management at Hampton University.
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Andy provides communications support to NPH. He joins NPH with a background in service, small nonprofits, and communications strategy. Andy served for two years with the AmeriCorps VISTA program, focusing on development and communications with the Tri-County Health Network and then advancing to the leadership of a nationwide cohort of full-time volunteers with Maker Ed.
Prior to his years of service, Andy held intensive felllowships and internships with Claremont Mckenna College’s Alumni Affairs Department, the M.M.C. Athenaeum, the Dershowitz Group, the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
Andy graduated cum laude from Claremont Mckenna College with a B.A. in Government and honors in the major.
Rachel joined NPH in 2015 to manage all accounting aspects, including financial reporting for management and the board, and audit requirements and reports. Rachel thrives on streamlining and organizing systems to create more meaningful financial reporting. She has been a full charge bookkeeper/accountant for a variety of small businesses in a number of different industries since 2002 and has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2009. Rachel also works part time at The Leakey Foundation and Global Footprint Network. She previously has worked seven years in the financial markets as a licensed associate and five years as an office manager. A Maine native, Rachel moved to the Bay Area in September 2010 and lives with her partner and son.
Rachel holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.
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.
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.
ANDY MADEIRA, Treasurer
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 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.
President & CEO, Palo Alto Housing
As President & CEO of Palo Alto Housing, Candice oversees the strategic direction of the organization, management of her staff of approximately 50 employees, administration of the Below Market Rate programs for several cities, and general housing advocacy. She focuses on real estate acquisitions and entitlements, community outreach, consensus building, and coordination with local and regional partners. Since her tenure, Candice has expanded the organization’s work to other Silicon Valley cities. Before joining PAH, Candice worked as real estate attorney and broker for over 10 years, primarily working with low-to-moderate income customers. Candice joined the nonprofit real estate agency in 2008. Candice currently serves as Board Chair of Housing Trust Silicon Valley. Candice received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and her Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law.
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.
President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Janice Jensen has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, primarily in the fields of healthcare and affordable housing. As President & CEO of Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley, Janice guides the overall vision, strategy, and impact of Habitat. Since joining Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley in January 2005 Janice has led her team to expand programs, increase home production and families served. In addition, she currently serves as vice chair for Silicon Valley@Home’s Board of Directors as well as Habitat for Humanity California State Support Organization. She also serves on the board of governors for the California Housing Consortium, and the Community Advisory Board for First Republic Bank and serves on the Technical Committee for CASA – Committee on Affordable and Sustainable Accommodations. She is very active with Habitat for Humanity nationally as current co-chair of a national initiative redefining Habitat’s service model in the US, and was the vice chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s US Council, and chair of the US Policy Committee. In 2017, the Silicon Valley Business Journal honored Janice as a Woman of Influence for her community leadership.
Director of Housing Development, Burbank Housing
Marianne Lim has over 25 years of experience in development, including affordable rental, farm worker, public housing, homeownership, and market-rate housing. She has worked for a variety of organizations including both nonprofit and for-profit developers and Housing Authorities. She has LEED AP and Green Building Professional designations and has developed or preserved over 3,700+ units of affordable housing. As Director of Housing Development, Marianne is responsible for all aspects of development including acquisition, financing and production. During her tenure she also served as Director of Asset Management and was responsible for the financial performance, regulatory compliance and long-term health of Burbank’s portfolio. Marianne holds a BA in Landscape Architecture and Masters degrees in City & Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She has served on the board of the California Coalition for Rural Housing, Marin Homes for Independent Living, and the Marin Workforce Housing Trust.
Director of Housing Development, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Katie Lamont joined TNDC in April 2012 as Director of Housing Development. She is responsible for leading the housing development team as it carries out all phases of development. During her five-year tenure, TNDC’s pipeline has grown from 8 to 16 developments. Prior to joining TNDC, Katie worked 9 years for Eden Housing, most recently as Associate Director of Real Estate Development, where she supervised junior staff, led new business development activity, worked on policy, and managed her own project teams implementing all aspects of affordable housing development and joint ventures with homebuilders and service providers. Prior to joining Eden, Katie was a project manager at the Los Angeles Community Design Center, now Abode Communities. She began her career working in fair housing at Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence in Miami, Florida. Katie earned a Master in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from Brown University.
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.
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.
Senior 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, Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa
Joseph Villarreal oversees programs that provide affordable housing and supportive services to over 25,000 residents of Contra Costa County. During his ten-year tenure, HACCC has partnered its project-based voucher program with Contra Costa County’s affordable housing program to fund 1,382 new or preserved affordable housing units. When all projects are completed, this will more than double the units committed by HACCC to this effort. Prior to HACCC, Joseph worked at the Benicia, Alameda County, and Oakland Housing Authorities. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Contra Costa Council on Homelessness, the Kennedy King Memorial Scholarship Fund, and is the current Board President of the Community Housing Development Corporation. He is past President of the California Association of Housing Authorities, a former member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and the past President of NAHRO’s Pacific Southwest Region. Joseph is the co-author/editor of the book Philanthropy in Communities of Color. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Applied History.
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.