Tim Colen, Executive Director
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.
Rob Poole, Development and Communications Manager
Membership, Fundraising, 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.
Corey Smith, Community Organizer
Outreach, Organizing and Campaigns
Corey joined the SF Housing Action Coalition as their newest community organizer in January 2016 after spending two years as a data analyst and NBA scout in Hawaii. An East Bay native, he’s an avid Bay Area sports fan and political junkie. Corey holds an MBA from Hawai’i Pacific University and a BS in Economics from the University of Oregon.
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 ofGreenbelt 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 Counsel at Arent Fox 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 Partner 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.
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.
Margaret Miller joined the John Stewart Company in 2004 as a Project Manager and has been promoted over the past 11 years to now serve as JSCo’s Vice President for Development. Prior, she pursued several endeavors, some of which including working at Avalon Bay Communities, a real estate investment partnership in Idaho and a socially responsible venture capital fund in Boston, among others. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American History with a Minor in Economics from Bowdoin College, a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in New York and was a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence.
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 forNibbi 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 withHabitat 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 the Senior Vice President at Bentall Kennedy, with more than 30 years experience in the real estate and building industry. Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy in 2014, she was Executive Vice President at Related California. Before that, 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.