Our Mission and Vision
The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) is a member-supported nonprofit that advocates for the creation of well-designed, well-located housing, at all levels of affordability, to meet the needs of San Franciscans, present and future. We get smart housing policy enacted by bringing the housing community together and supporting good projects and legislation at City Hall.
We have an organizational goal to ensure the City produces 5,000 new homes annually. We will achieve this through public awareness and education, changes in current housing policy, placing our seal of approval for projects at the Planning Commission all while being the venue for different communities to discuss housing needs and solutions in San Francisco.
The SF Housing Action Coalition is a fiscal project of Greenbelt Alliance, a northern California non-profit focused on anti-sprawl and environmental protection.
Policy and Media Inquiries
Tim has been SFHAC’s Executive Director since August 2005. Before joining the SFHAC, he worked for 25 years as a geologist and was active on the City's west side with neighborhood and environmental issues. He was president of the Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association and was a founding member and chair of the Lake Merced Task Force. He graduated with a BS in Geology from UC Santa Cruz, MS in mining engineering from Columbia University, and certification in hazardous materials management from UC Berkeley. He lives with his family in the West Portal neighborhood.
Outreach, Membership and Events
Jodie joined the SFHAC staff in July 2013, after spending eight years as the Development Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. A passionate urbanist for over a decade, Jodie brings her strength in non-profit administration, communication, membership and fundraising to the SFHAC. Jodie graduated from Clark University with a BA in History.
Communications, Project Review and Tours
Rob joined SFHAC in December 2012 as an intern and became a full-time employee in April 2013. He holds a BA in Anthropology and minor in City Planning from UC Berkeley. Rob is also a ULI Young Leader.
Community Engagement, Partnership Building
Catherine joined SFHAC in November 2014 after a move from Melbourne, Australia. In Melbourne, she worked for her local municipal government, where she focused on creating healthy communities. Catherine brings strengths in partnership building and policy needs analysis. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Public Health/Health Promotion and Commerce.
Our Board of Directors
Immediate Past Chair
Steven, an architect at Page & Turnbull, joined the Board in 2007. Steven became active in the SFHAC in 2005 and remains a volunteer for and member of Greenbelt Alliance, the Bay Area's leading voice for open spaces and vibrant places, and the SFHAC’s fiscal sponsor. Steven received his B.A. in architecture from UC Berkeley and has been continuously creating in the fields of design and construction ever since.
Steve has been a member of the board since 2010, serving as Treasurer. He is Senior Counsel at McKenna Long and Aldridge, and has practiced land use and CEQA law in San Francisco for over 27 years. During that time he has been responsible for entitling numerous residential and commercial projects in the City. His knowledge of San Francisco's entitlements and planning process provides valuable insights for advancing SFHAC's goals.
Caroline is a senior associate in the real estate group at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, specializing in assisting developers with obtaining the requisite approvals to develop real property, including environmental review under CEQA. Caroline also serves on SPUR's Housing Policy Board and their Land Use Planning and Rebuilding Task Force, and is an active member of ULI, as well as an accredited LEED® Green Associate. Caroline's unique background in the public and private sectors of urban planning and expertise in commercial and residential real property legal matters provides valuable insight in achieving SFHAC's goals.
Regulatory Committee Chair
As a Senior Development Director at AvalonBay Communities, Joe develops complex new multifamily and mixed-use communities in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. Prior to joining AvalonBay, Joe spent 7.5 years developing high-quality affordable housing at one of California’s top nonprofit developers, MidPen Housing. He was elected to the SFHAC Executive Committee in 2015, and is also a member of the SPUR Housing Policy Committee. Joe is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Urban Studies.
Katie Lamont joined the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (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 from feasibility through acquisition, predevelopment, construction, and completion. Prior to joining TNDC, Katie worked for Eden Housing, and 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 Masters in Urban Planning from the UCLA and a BA in American Civilization from Brown University.
Project Review Committee Chair
Amanda Loper AIA LEED AP is a Principal at David Baker Architects, a progressive award-winning firm known for combining social concern with a signature design character. For nearly 10 years, Amanda has worked in the Bay Area on projects ranging from housing for the formerly homeless to market-rate communities to custom retail spaces. Amanda specializes in rapid architectural prototyping and works to bring social awareness to issues of housing and density within the urban setting. She holds degrees in architecture and interior architecture from Auburn University and is an alumna of the Rural Studio.
Joe has been a member of the Board since 2009, and serves as the Chair of the Board. He is Vice President, Business Development & Marketing for Nibbi Brothers General Contractors in San Francisco and has 20 years of experience in the architectural /engineering /construction industry. His knowledge of mixed-use and multi-family urban infill projects in the greater San Francisco Bay Area informs his insight into our work.
Outreach Committee Chair
Meredyth joined the SFHAC Board in 2013, she’s been a Project Manager with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco since July 2012. Prior to joining Habitat, Meredyth worked at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, where she worked on several affordable developments including The Coronet and Armstrong Place. Prior to working at BRIDGE, Meredyth worked as Program Manager at the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, and in the Fund Development office at San Francisco Day School. Meredyth holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.
Lydia is Executive Vice President of Related California, with more than 30 years experience in the real estate and building industry. Prior to joining Related in 2010, she was Executive Vice President at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, where she oversaw real estate development and finance operations that resulted in the addition of 7,900 homes and $2.4 billion to BRIDGE’s asset base over a 13 year period. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University, and a BA Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She also sits on the Board of SPUR where she co-chairs the Housing Policy Committee and SPUR San Jose’s Policy Committee.
Eric joined the Board in 2013. He is a principal of Avant Housing, a joint venture formed to build multi-family infill housing. As the President of AGI Capital Group, Eric oversees the real estate development section, where he has been involved with various types of development. Eric also serves on the Resource Development Board of the Chinatown Community Development Corp.
Michael was elected to the Executive Committee in 2010. He is a native San Franciscan and Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council. Mike has been a full-time organizer of Local 377 since 1999, where he has since doubled the membership. He has been a member of the Ironworkers Union since 1985. Mike has been an active participant in Business Agents meetings and supporter of union rights.
Andy Thornley is a practitioner with the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, currently leading the SFMTA’s on-street car share pilot project, placing hundreds of shared vehicles in curb parking spaces across the city. Andy was part of the SFMTA’s SFpark program, an award-winning federally-funded pilot rationalizing the way San Francisco manages parking through innovative technology and policy. Prior to that he spent seven years on the staff of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in the roles of Program Director and Policy Director, during which time he also served as president of the board of directors of TransForm. Andy lives in San Francisco's Outer Richmond District.
Board Vice Chair
Anne, joined the SFHAC Board in 2013, is a Partner at Mithun Solomon. She’s made transit-oriented urban infill and affordable multi-family housing the focus of her work for over 20 years. Prior to joining Mithun Solomon, Anne was a Principal at Daniel Solomon Design Partners, where she led award winning projects in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Anne earned a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and studied for her Masters degree in Architecture and City Planning at UC Berkeley.
Tim was elected to the Executive Committee in 2014. He is a Principal and the Chief Financial Officer at Emerald Fund where he has spent the last 7 years developing urban infill housing and mixed-use projects in San Francisco. Prior to joining the Emerald team, he worked in corporate finance at Johnson & Johnson. Tim received a BS in Finance & International Business from Penn State University, and is also a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Manager.
The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) was founded in 1999 at the height of the first dot.com boom. The goal was to have a group of pro-housing advocates that could provide the political muscle to help get important policies enacted. We began as a purely volunteered-based organization, with only a handful of members. But we have grown over time and now have three, full-time staff and 100 members representing a diverse range of businesses and organizations.
The SFHAC has become a reliable voice supporting smart growth, transit-oriented development and, especially, more solutions for housing affordability. We have found that by balancing competing factions and searching for middle ground, we can make significant impacts on land use decisions.