Todd David – Chair
Todd has been SFHAC’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.
Anne Torney – Vice Chair
Anne is an architect who has made multi-family housing and transit-oriented urban infill the focus of her work for more than 20 years. Her housing experience includes award-winning projects in San Francisco as well as San Jose, Los Angeles and Seattle. Anne brings a deep commitment to community outreach and sustainable design to all her projects, which range from supportive studios for formerly homeless seniors, to the revitalization of isolated housing sites into walkable, mixed-use and mixed-income communities. Her sensitivity to client and user objectives animates her leadership of complex projects with multi-layered client and consultant teams. Anne is the Managing Partner of Mithun’s San Francisco office.
Spencer Sheaff – Treasurer
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.
Jay is the Executive Director of the Carpenters 46 Northern California Counties Conference Board and is the labor relations and contract administrator covering over 39,000 carpenters and related craftspeople. Jay served as a working carpenter apprentice and then journeyman out of Carpenters Local 22 in San Francisco for many years. In 1995, Jay became a full-time organizer for the Carpenters Union and was made Director of Organizing in 2008 and was appointed to his current job in 2019. Jay serves on the board of directors for the Carpenters Funds Administration Office which oversees billions of dollars in assets and serves as a trustee for the Carpenters Pension and Health and Welfare Funds which provide health and retirement benefits to carpenters and their families throughout Northern California.
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.
Xiomara supports Bay Area Council’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 the Council, she 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 is the General Manager of Northern California for Suffolk Construction.
Randi has overall responsibility for the Mission Point project in Santa Clara and leads 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.
Jennifer Hernandez has practiced land use and environmental law for more than 30 years, and leads Holland & Knight’s West Coast Land Use and Environmental Group. Ms. Hernandez divides her time between the firm’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.
Ms. Hernandez is the only California lawyer ranked by her clients and peers in Chambers USA in the top tier of both land use/zoning and environmental lawyers. In addition, she was recognized as the top environmental litigator of the year in the San Francisco Bay Area by Best Lawyers, and received a California Lawyer of the Year award from the State Bar of California for her work on California’s largest and most innovative land use and conservation agreement between her private landowner client and five major environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council. She also has received numerous civil rights awards for her work on overcoming environmentalist opposition to housing and other projects needed and supported by minority communities.
During his tenure as mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown named October 9, 2002, as “Jennifer Hernandez Day” in San Francisco in honor of her work as a “warrior on the Brownfields” to restore and redevelop former industrial lands.
Ms. Hernandez is the longest-serving minority board member (23 years) of the California League of Conservation voters, was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a trustee for the Presidio National Park in San Francisco, and serves on the board of directors for California Forward and Sustainable Conservation. Ms. Hernandez works for private sector, public agency and nonprofit clients on a broad range of projects in Bay Area, Southern California and Central Valley communities, including infill and master-planned mixed-use housing and commercial projects, university and research facilities, transportation and infrastructure projects, renewable and other energy projects, and local agency plan and ordinance updates. She has written three books, and more than 50 articles, on environmental and land use topics, and regularly teaches land use, environmental and climate law in law and business schools, colleges and seminars. She also serves on the firm’s Directors Committee and received the firm’s highest honor – the Chesterfield Smith Award – for her community service.
Ms. Hernandez graduated with honors from Harvard University and Stanford Law School, and clerked for Region 20 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) before beginning her land use and environmental law career. Ms. Hernandez is the daughter and granddaughter of steelworkers and was raised in Pittsburg, California. She and her husband live in Berkeley and Los Angeles.
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.
Patrick Kennedy is the owner of Panoramic Interests, a development firm that has been building housing, live-work space, and commercial property in the Bay Area since 1990. The firm has focused on dense, mixed-use, mixed-income, infill developments, typically financed with private funds. All of the multi-family housing projects include below market rate units.
The firm’s projects incorporate the Smart Growth principles designed to discourage auto use, mitigate sprawl, encourage local business, and enhance the pedestrian streetscape.
Mr. Kennedy grew up in the East Bay, and attended Claremont McKenna College, majoring in Economics and English. After college, he worked as a contractor, and then attended Harvard Law School and MIT, graduating with a J.D. and a Masters in Real Estate Development. Early development work included building his own house, and renovating several small commercial properties.
He is a former member of the Carpenters Union and Steelworkers Union, and the California Bar. His hobbies include open water swimming and ultra-light backpacking, both of which have furnished surprising insights into his work in development.
Harvard Law School, J.D. Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.A. in Real Estate Development Cambridge, MA
Claremont Men’s College, B.A. in Economics and English Claremont, CA
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, 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.
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.
Lisa Zahner is Director of Investment Sales and Retail Leasing at Urban Group Real Estate, a focused commercial real estate brokerage. 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.