Emerging Leaders Peer Network

Working Group

The Emerging Leaders Peer Network (ELPN) is a platform for growth, achievement, and opportunity among a cohort of affordable housing practitioners and advocates. ELPN fosters members’ long-term personal and professional development, and helps build connections that support the affordable housing industry. Join us as an emerging leader and develop your passion for affordable housing!

ELPN was established in 2014 as an effort to ensure that up-and-coming leaders across the affordable housing industry and amongst industry partners have the tools and resources that they need to propel the industry forward. The group works to develop housers’ expertise and knowledge across all sectors of the affordable housing field as well as to continue to grow the industry through recruitment, professional development, and advocacy.


Member benefits:

  • Receive ELPN newsletters that feature event info, blogs, job listings, and more!
  • Network with peers across all sectors of the industry.
  • Build your professional skills and knowledge through our trainings and workshops.
  • Join a subcommittee and meet new friends while rolling up your sleeves to organize exciting programming.



Feb 06

ELPN: Houser’s Happy Hour

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Feb 19

ELPN: Insurance 101 – Untangling All the Confusion

February 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

ELPN Leadership and Subcommittees

To address the diversity of topics and challenges faced by our members and the affordable housing movement, ELPN uses a sub-committee structure led by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is an all-volunteer group that manages ELPN’s day to day operations and program development.

ELPN Steering Committee Members

Contact the ELPN’s Steering Committee with questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns:

Advocacy and Communications Subcommittee Chairs:

Elisa Perez-Selsky, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

Professional Development Subcommittee Chairs:

Catherine Etzel, The John Stewart Company

Claire Parisa, California Housing Partnership

Caroline SouzaDavid Baker Architects

Recruitment Subcommittee Chairs:

Karim Sultan, Episcopal Senior Communities

Pedro Galvao, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California

Member Engagement and Special Events:

Caroline McCormack, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development


Estephanie SungaNon-Profit Housing Association of Northern California


Mitchell CrispellBRIDGE Housing

ELPN Subcommittees

Each subcommittee is chaired by an ELPN Steering Committee member and is comprised of interested ELPN members. Subcommittees are responsible for organizing their own meeting logistics, developing annual work plans, and implementing programs.

Advocacy and Communications provides general communication support to ELPN and assumes the role of developing a comprehensive communications strategy that raises the profile of affordable housing as a field and offers an avenue to share the diverse perspectives of affordable housing professionals.The advocacy piece is focused on building our members’ ability to better understand and build the necessary skills to advocate for more affordable housing and housing justice through Lobby Days, affordable housing advocacy trainings, and reaching out to other sectors and community groups critical to advancing the cause of affordable housing. For more information contact: Elisa Perez-Selsky.

Professional Development fosters our members’ professional development by organizing trainings in technical and soft skills, inviting top speakers in affordable housing, leading tours of affordable properties, and putting together peer-to-peer networking events. For more information contact: Catherine EtzelClaire Parisa, or Caroline Souza.

Recruitment is focused on improving the recruitment of talented young professionals into all sectors of the affordable housing industry. We believe that career paths in affordable housing appeal to people with a broad variety of interests, and that the field should be more visible to students, residents, and practitioners in related industries. For more information contact: Karim Sultan or Pedro Galvao.

Questions? Contact Estephanie Sunga at estephanie@nonprofithousing.org