NPH has hired Sharon Cornu as its first Political Director to launch and lead an innovative program to build public support and political will for affordable homes.
This new position and program are a response to the unprecedented need for affordable housing in the nation’s most expensive housing market.
“We’re excited to expand our capacity through this initiative,” said Amie Fishman, NPH’s Executive Director. “Our leadership team recognized the need for new strategies and innovative solutions at a time when our region faces a housing crisis of historic proportions. This new program will help us engage political leaders and generate new funding sources, and I am confident that in Sharon we have just the right person to head it up!”
Cornu served as Deputy Mayor in Oakland, managing director of a statewide political consulting firm and executive officer of the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She founded a public affairs and strategic communications firm for clients in housing, transit and workforce development and served as senior consultant to the Insight Center for Community Economic Development on economic security and development. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Mills College Masters in Public Policy Program. Cornu was honored by the East Bay Housing Organizations in 2009 for legislative advocacy.