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: Matt Schwartz, Michele Byrd, Carlos Castellanos, Smitha Seshadri, Tomiquia Moss, Jacky Morales-Ferrand, Executive Director Amie Fishman; Front row, left to right: Board Secretary Kevin Zwick, Geoffrey Morgan, Karim Sultan, Matt Huerta, Board Treasurer Andy Madeira; Not pictured: Board President Josh Simon, Board Vice President Janice Jensen, Jacquie Hoffman, Katie Lamont, Marianne Lim, Joseph Villareal
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 strategic growth into new, groundbreaking electoral strategy; growing public support and driving public will for affordable housing; and strengthening our industry and movement. Under her leadership, NPH has secured significant new resources for Bay Area affordable housing investments — winning more than $2 billion from three Bay Area County measures in November 2016 and more than $6 billion from the statewide and local measures in 2018. She grew NPH’s regional partnerships and legislative policy advocacy in Sacramento, resulting in collective regional and state wins including the Historic Housing Package of 2017. And, under Amie’s direction, NPH has grown capacity building programs for the industry and movement, including new affordable housing resident voter programs and the development of an industry-wide Racial Equity Action Plan.
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 coalition 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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Fund Development and Membership Associate
Emmanuel is responsible for supporting the strategic coordination and execution of NPH’s fundraising campaigns and membership activities. He comes to NPH with a background managing and scaling an EdTech nonprofit focused on making tech education accessible in rural communities in California’s Central Valley. His interest for entering the affordable housing industry stems from his involvement in developing affordable space-sharing solutions with nonprofit organizations and underutilized religious places. In 2016, he was awarded the Westly Prize for Top Young Innovators in California and in 2018, he was recognized as 20 Under 40 Honoree by the Modesto Bee.
Emmanuel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from Harvard University.
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Senior Policy Manager
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Alina joins NPH to develop strategic communications in support of the organization’s advocacy and policy goals and lead communications collaboratives in developing coordinated messaging and aligned outreach opportunities. She comes to NPH after working with affordable housing advocates in Santa Clara County to support public outreach and engagement, building momentum with a successful Affordable Housing Week and culminating with the passage of 2016’s 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. She managed The Sockeye, Oregon’s progressive blog, from 2011- 2014.
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.
Digital Communications Manager
Yesenia Jameson joins NPH as a member of the communications team, supporting NPH’s programs and communications collaboratives. Prior to NPH, she worked as a communications associate for the California Budget & Policy Center in Sacramento, where she helped develop digital strategies for ensuring that the Budget Center’s research, analysis, and commentary reach core audiences.
Yesenia has also worked for Housing California in Sacramento, where she supported their statewide advocacy network, Residents United Network (RUN), by producing action-oriented newsletter articles on topics related to California government and policy and the state’s housing affordability crisis.
Yesenia graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in English and religious studies.
Racial Equity and Inclusion Program Manager
Monica joins NPH to lead the Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) and to maintain a racial equity focus on NPH’s member programs and organizational work. Before joining NPH, she administered the Neighborhoods programs and the Below Market-Rate Housing program for the City of Mountain View. She started her housing career at nonprofit organizations in Seattle working on racial equity initiatives and affordable housing development. While there, she had the opportunity to help launch a program to provide tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness. She is a San Francisco native who has dedicated her career to encouraging equitable development and affordable housing for all.
Monica holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America with an urban anthropology focus and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington with a focus on affordable housing development.
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Peggy leads the team that manages NPH’s operational and programmatic work, including fundraising, capacity building programs, fiscal management and human resources, and office management. She joined NPH in 2007 as the Grants Manager and became the Deputy Director in 2012. Peggy also plays a key role in two of NPH’s new capacity building programs – the Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) and our new work to increase racial equity and inclusion in the affordable housing sector and movement.
Prior to joining NPH, Peggy worked at the Chinatown Community Development Center, a San Francisco nonprofit that develops, owns, and operates affordable homes across the city as well as organizes the community to focus on tenants rights, affordable housing, and transportation justice in San Francisco’s Chinatown. At Chinatown CDC, Peggy started as the Executive Assistant, supporting the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Board of Directors, and later became the Grants Associate. Peggy is also a former board member of the East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) and the Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco.
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Hilda helps manage all things administration and operations at our NPH office. She is a motivated member of our team and is very excited to join NPH after making a life change to pursue a passion of volunteer work and nonprofit support. She most recently tutored and taught essay writing to high school students via 826LA, Echo Park.
Before joining NPH, Hilda worked in account, event, and office management at San Francisco startups. She has a strong background in writing and editing, and has worked in freelance copy and content writing for 5 years.
Hilda studied Journalism and rowed Division I crew at Gonzaga University, and studied Broadcasting at San Francisco State University. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and two dogs.
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Rodney Nickens joins NPH as a member of our policy team, where he is excited to support our regional advocacy work, build coalitions across the Bay Area and conduct policy research to make the Bay Area a more affordable place to live. He is especially looking forward to advancing progressive affordable housing policy advocacy and campaign initiatives to achieve racial justice in Northern California and move NPH’s state legislative priorities to advance affordable and market-rate housing production, preservation of affordable homes, and protect tenants from displacement.
Before joining NPH, Rodney worked at Public Advocates, where he provided leadership on a number of affordable housing campaigns, working directly with lawyers, community organizers, and low-income residents to advocate for aggressive implementation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. Rodney has also worked as a Legislative Aide in the California State Senate, as a Field Organizer for a gubernatorial campaign, and as a Legal Extern at the California Department of Justice in the Office of the Attorney General.
Rodney holds a BA in History from UC Merced, an MA in African-American Studies from UCLA, and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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.
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.
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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JOSHUA SIMON, Board 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.
JANICE JENSEN, Board Vice President
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.
KEVIN ZWICK, Board Secretary
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.
ANDY MADEIRA, Board 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.
Former Director of Housing & Community Development (HCD), City of Oakland
As Director of HCD, Ms. Byrd was 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.
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.
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.
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.
Former 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 was 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 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 and CEO, First Community Housing
Geoffrey Morgan oversees all operations of the organization, which serves over 3,000 residents with the highest quality of environmentally sustainable and service enriched affordable housing. Prior to joining First Community Housing, Geoffrey was the Vice President of Real Estate Development for Christian Church Homes and was responsible for development in various phases of approximately 2,000 units of senior housing and mixed use projects nationally. He has over 16 years of experience in overseeing all aspects of the financing, development, construction, and operation of affordable housing projects, subdivision home building, commercial real estate development, agricultural land trusts, historic renovations, and military base reuse. He is a Graduate of MIT with a Masters in Real Estate Development and is a licensed General Contractor and LEED AP Homes Accredited.
CEO, Hamilton Families
Tomiquia Moss has been the CEO of Hamilton Families since February 2017. She holds more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience. Tomiquia is locally and nationally recognized as a dynamic nonprofit leader with expertise in public policy and community planning. From 2014 to 2017, she served directly under the mayors of both San Francisco and Oakland, and most recently as Chief of Staff for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the HOPE SF Initiative, a public housing and neighborhood revitalization effort with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee’s Office. Prior to that, Moss was SPUR’s Community Planning Policy Director. She was the founding project director of the San Francisco Community Justice Center of the Superior Court of California and served as director of the Community Organizing Department for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Tomiquia has been a social worker and community activist working as an advocate for social justice and economic equality in many communities around the country. She holds a Masters’ Degree in public administration from Golden Gate University. Tomiquia and her family are proud to call Oakland home.
President, California Housing Partnership
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 of Development, 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.
Vice President of Affordable Housing, Covia
Karim Sultan has worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in property management, asset management and construction. Karim started his real estate career as a licensed realtor and real estate investor. Once discovering that there were organizations doing mission based housing he joined Mercy Housing in 2008. Since joining the industry Karim has worked for Mercy Housing, EBALDC, and Integral. Currently he is the Vice President of Affordable Housing at Covia where he oversees the Property Management, Asset Management, Development, and Resident Services departments for the organization. Since 2014 Karim has volunteered with ELPN/NPH to support recruitment and advocacy for the industry, and to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is on the advisory board for NPH’s BAHIP internship and is active in the SF Bay Area Asset Management Group. He was also the Board President for the Visitation Valley Community Development Corporation(VVCDC).
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.