Chair: Todd David – Housing Action Coalition
Todd has been HAC’s Executive Director since November 2016. He has been active in San Francisco politics throughout his professional career. Prior to joining SFHAC, Todd was the Political Director for Scott Wiener’s successful State Senate campaign. He’s a public school parent and founding member of the San Francisco Parent PAC. He also served as the Campaign Manager for the 2016 Recreation and Park funding measure as well as the 2014 Soda Tax. Todd is also an active community advocate, serving as the President of Residents For Noe Valley Town Square as well as Friends of Noe Valley.
Vice Chair: Daniel Frattin – Reuben Junius & Rose, LLP
Daniel Frattin is a Partner at Reuben, Junius & Rose, LLP. He has represented clients before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, and Recreation and Park Commission. His projects range from single-family homes to high-rise offices and condominiums. He has significant experience guiding projects through environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and in obtaining entitlements for telecommunications facilities.
Treasurer: Spencer Sheaff – Lendlease
Spencer was elected to the Executive Committee in 2018. He is an Associate at Emerald Fund where he has spent the last 5 years developing urban infill housing and mixed-use projects in the Bay Area. He holds a BA in Economics from University of California, Berkeley.
Beatrice Cardenas-Duncan – Health and Wellness Advocate
Beatrice is a Health and Wellness advocate. She serves as the Lead Action Team with the American Cancer Society, and is also a Lead Advocate with the American Heart Association. Additionally, Beatrice is a Steering Committee member with SHAPE UP SF.
Beatrice received her Bachelor of Science, Organizational Behavior and Leadership – University of San Francisco. Master of Nonprofit Administration, University of San Francisco.
Graciella Castillo-Krings – Sacramento Advocates
Graciela has over 16 years of legislative experience. She is a contract lobbyist with Sacramento Advocates. Prior to lobbying, Graciela spent five years as Deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Jerry Brown. In her previous capacity, Graciela negotiated complex policy through both the legislative and budget process. Prior to working in the Governor’s office Graciela was the Legislative Director for the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery and worked closely with environmental stakeholders. Graciela has extensive experience communicating and working with California’s Executive Branch and the State’s Legislature.
Xiomara Cisneros – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Xiomara supports the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s housing policy efforts on the local, regional and state level. Her experience includes various roles in community outreach and project management in the land use and commercial real estate industry, both in the nonprofit and private sector. Prior to joining CZI, she worked on housing policy at the Bay Area Council, and oversaw the public affairs program for Universal Paragon. She also worked for a tech-startup focusing on accessory dwelling units (or “casitas”) and the Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Master’s in Business Administration from Lorry I. Lokey School of Business at Mills College.
Mike DiNapoli – Suffolk Construction
Mike DiNapoli is the General Manager of Northern California for Suffolk Construction.
Randi Gerson – Gerson Consulting
Randi recently opened her own Real Estate Consulting Business. While previously at Kylli, she had overall responsibility for the Mission Point project in Santa Clara and lead the planning, development, entitlements and design for the project.
Randi has over 20 years’ of experience in local development in the Bay Area. She has been involved in all aspects of the development process including financial management, architecture design, construction management, land acquisition, entitlements and real estate transactions. Before joining Kylli, Randi was Senior Director of Real Estate Development at FivePoint, where she led the business plan development and execution – responsible for delivering over 20,000 homes in San Francisco’s Candestick Point, the Shipyard and Treasure Island.
Randi’s experience spans development, programming, financing, design, construction, project management, land entitlement, community engagement, scheduling and budgeting for large-scale development projects.
Randi has a BA in Sociology and Communications from Washington University as well as a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon, serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at OpenHouse and is a Member of the Bay Area Council.
Dan Golub – Holland & Knight
Daniel R. Golub is a partner in the West Coast Land Use and Environment Group in Holland & Knight’s San Francisco office. Mr. Golub brings nearly a decade of policy, planning and political organizing experience to his practice, as well as litigation experience gained during an 18-month clerkship for the Honorable Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Mr. Golub has a wealth of experience representing plaintiffs, defendants and real parties in interest, and achieving victories on behalf of developers, nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the courts and in the permitting and entitlement process.
Jeff Hoover – Zipcar
As Zipcar’s public partnerships specialist for the west region, Jeff leads engagement with key west coast cities, advocacy organizations, policy makers, and stakeholders critical to accelerating the adoption of car-sharing as a vital, economically-sustainable element of urban transportation systems.
Before coming to Zipcar, Jeff was a Senior Strategist at BergDavis Public Affairs in San Francisco, where his portfolio included transformative real estate projects, flagship retail development, and he managed communications and engagement for marquee industrial clients. While at BergDavis, Jeff’s projects resulted in the approval of region’s first urban farm, thousands of new homes, millions of square feet of office space, hundreds of new hotel rooms, and new entertainment and maker space.
Jennifer Renk – Sheppard Mullin
Jennifer Renk is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm’s San Francisco office. Jennifer’s practice focuses on land use and environmental law, with particular expertise in the California Environmental Quality Act. She advises clients on the regulatory and political hurdles facing development projects across California, with an emphasis on commercial, residential, mixed-use, and high tech projects.
Over the course of her career, Jennifer has worked on a diverse range of projects, including Facebook’s Menlo Park Headquarters, Jay Paul Company’s Cityview project in Downtown San Jose, numerous mixed-use TOD projects, multi-family residential projects, and independent school projects. Jennifer works in the firm’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices so that she can best serve clients pursuing entitlements around the Bay Area. She has helped clients entitle projects throughout the Peninsula, the East Bay, San Francisco, and beyond.
Prior to attending law school, Jennifer worked as District Director for U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher. In that capacity, she devised the congresswoman’s district strategy, served as her primary point-of-contact in the community, and advised her on land use, transportation, and other public policy issues. Before that, she worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in a number of capacities. Jennifer’s unique political experience serves clients navigating entitlement projects through highly politicized environments.
Maureen Sedonaen – Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Maureen is the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. HHGSF is a national leader in building affordable housing and providing critical home repairs and community building efforts in the Bay Area. She is a highly sought after thought leader and strategist. Maureen serves on the Board of Trustees of the Marin Community Foundation, the Youth Leadership Institute and the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. She holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Harvard University. She was named in 2016 as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area.
Daniel Simons – David Baker Architects
Daniel Simons, FAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal at David Baker Architects, a progressive firm based in San Francisco that creates acclaimed communities in diverse environments. With more than 20 years of experience, Daniel has focused on the field of sustainable multifamily housing, including modular design and construction. He uses his extensive knowledge of green building practices, emerging technologies, and progressive city planning to minimize environmental impact while improving the quality of life for residents.
Art Taylor – JobTrain
Art has over 30 years of experience in program design and development, strategy and planning across multiple sectors. As Chief Strategy Officer, Art oversees the organization’s geographic and program expansion and new strategic initiatives, He thrives on taking a big picture innovative approach to developing strategic partnerships and relationships that positions the organization as a leader in the workforce development field throughout the bay area.
Prior to joining JobTrain, Art served as Chief of Staff for a bay area communication and strategy service firm working with the City and County of San Francisco; and, Director of Strategic Projects and Development with an architecture, design and planning firm MKThink.
Throughout Art’s career he has held leadership positions working in the social services and education field including: training parole officers and parolees in trauma informed counseling and vocational education strategies; designing large scale mentoring programs and services for hundreds of at-risk youth; and managing the selection and distribution of $22 million yearly in college scholarships and grants with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Art holds a Bachelor’s of Psychology from University of Texas; a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies and Planning and a Master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy from San Francisco State University.
Lou Vasquez – BUILD
Lou Vasquez is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of BUILD, where he oversees the firm’s business strategy and executive management.
Over the course of his 30-year career in real estate development, Lou has participated in the acquisition, entitlement, development, construction and management of more than $1 billion of residential and commercial product. Prior to forming BUILD in 2004, Lou worked in senior management at a number of prominent residential and commercial real estate development companies in the Bay Area, including Trammell Crow, Greenbriar Homes, Bay Communities, Oxford Development, and Archstone Communities.
Through his volunteer work as a board member of Habitat for Humanity and as a founding board member of the Mission Preparatory School, Mr. Vasquez is committed to ensuring that San Francisco remains a diverse city providing opportunities for its most vulnerable citizens.
JP Walsh – Panoramic Interests
As Director of Finance, JP oversees all financial, legal, and research efforts within the firm. His specific duties include building and maintaining financial models, driving and negotiating project capital structures, managing investor relations, and supporting site feasibility, acquisitions, and the entitlement process. JP also manages the firms Opportunity Zone efforts including the creation of the Bay Area Opportunity Fund.
Prior to joining Panoramic Interests, JP was responsible for market research, portfolio due diligence, and asset allocation at Baker Street Advisors, a $10Bn multi-family office in San Francisco. He also served on the Investment Committee and the Investment Advisory Board. Previously, JP worked at Charles Schwab and Ernst & Young.
JP holds a Masters in Corporate Law (LL.M.) from the Boalt School of Law (UC Berkeley), a J.D. and B.A. in Economics from the National University of Ireland, Galway. JP received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2012.
Buddy Williams – Studio KDA
Since 1987 Buddy Williams has lived and worked as an architect in Boston, South Africa, Lesotho, and England, bringing his wide range of experience to Studio KDA’s practice of friendly, modern design. As a Studio KDA Partner, senior designer and Director of Multifamily, Buddy provides comprehensive design solutions that are consistently inspired, practical and informed by principles of sustainability.
Buddy earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from Texas A&M University, a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and his permaculture design certificate while studying abroad in southern England.
Other professions over the years that influence Buddy’s design include carpentry and general contracting, surveyor for a medieval cathedral in the south of France, graphic artist, and a commissioned architectural photographer.
Lisa Zahner – Urban Group Real Estate
Lisa Zahner is Director of Investment Sales at Polaris Realty. Lisa creates opportunities at the intersection of real estate and local business to create thriving commercial districts and neighborhoods. She represents buyers and sellers of multifamily investment property and development sites, and advises property owners and developers on potential ground floor uses and designs. She is the former Executive Director of Urban Solutions, a community development / non-profit small business incubator and commercial real estate brokerage, and a long-time board member (and former president) of the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association.