Todd David, Executive Director
Policy, Political Strategy and Media Inquiries
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.
Corey Smith, Deputy Director
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.
Nico Nagle, Development Associate
Membership, Fundraising, Communications, Project Review and Tours
Nico joined the SF Housing Action Coalition in September 2017 after graduating from Trinity College (CT) with a BA in Public Policy and a minor in Urban Studies. After graduation, he decided to leave his snow boots behind and be part of the solution to the Bay Area’s housing shortage.
Tim Colen, Senior Advisor
Tim served as SFHAC’s Executive Director from August 2005 to November 2016. 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.
Our Board Members
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.
Ballot Analysis Committee Chair
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.
Jeremy is an economist and computer scientist turned architect. He has been an active member of SFHAC since 2013 and joined the Board in 2018. As a design architect at Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Jeremy focuses on residential, mixed-use, and urban design projects. He leads the San Francisco office in computational design, developing data-driven analysis tools to inform design decisions. Jeremy holds a BS in Economics and Management Science from UC San Diego, and a Masters in Architecture from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. When he’s out of the office, Jeremy can’t resist a good game of pick-up basketball.
Jessica Berg joins the Executive Committee in 2018, after many years of working with HAC, housing developers and community organizations to advocate for new housing in the Bay Area. Jessica formed BergDavis Public Affairs with her partner Evette Davis in 1999, and in that time the firm has worked to bring well in excess of 10,000 housing units to local communities through a commitment to robust public outreach, strategic communications and advocacy. The firm represents a variety of both for-profit and non-profit developers, as well as retailers, educational institutions, health care entities, city agencies, emerging technology, foundations and non-profits. Prior to starting BergDavis, Jessica worked in Washington, DC for a political consulting firm and she is an avid UCLA Bruin alum.
Jay is the Director of Organizing for the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council which represents 38,000 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. He oversees 35 full time organizers in northern California and coordinates the 3000+ rank and file carpenters involved in the Carpenters In Action program. Jay and his team are heavily engaged in supporting project development with a particular focus on helping to solve the housing crisis in Northern California. This includes organizing new contractors, workforce recruitment and energetic support of Carpenter signatory contractors and factory built housing manufacturers.
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.
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler is a partner at an early-stage venture firm called Initialized Capital that has backed companies including Coinbase and Cruise. She also serves on the board of SPUR, a Bay Area regional thinktank promoting good governance, housing and transportation policies and San Francisco's Local Homeless Coordinating Board, which oversees federal spending on homelessness in SF.
Kevin Griffith has over 20 years of experience in real estate development in affordable and market-rate housing. Currently Kevin is working on the development of Treasure Island, managing residential, commercial, and transportation projects. Before joining Wilson Meany, Kevin was Director of Business Development for BRIDGE Housing Corporation, one of the largest developers of affordable and workforce housing in the country. Kevin has Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Jennifer L. Hernandez leads the West Coast Land Use and Environmental Group. She divides her time between the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, and works on projects in Northern and Southern California, as well as the Central Valley. She has achieved national prominence in her work on brownfields redevelopment, wetlands and endangered species, as well as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). She represents a broad variety of private, nonprofit and public sector clients, including real estate developers, public agencies and operating companies in numerous industries.
Ms. Hernandez serves on the firm's Directors Committee and was the first West Coast lawyer and first Latina awarded the firm's highest honor for her professional, pro bono and community achievements.
Read more: https://www.hklaw.com/Jennifer-Hernandez/
Regulatory Committee ChairAs a Vice President 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.
Divali Magnus, Director of Housing Development and Anti-Displacement Policy, at Young Community Developers (YCD) joined the SFHAC Executive Committee in 2017. Mrs. Magnus is responsible for leading YCD's real estate development projects and working collaboratively to develop and campaign for development and anti-displacement policy throughout San Francisco. Before joining YCD in 2016, Mrs. Magnus worked at the County of San Mateo Department of Housing as a Housing Specialist. Divali received her Master's of City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley with a concentration in affordable housing and community development. Her background and experience provides a unique perspective and insight that pushes forward the growing work of SFHAC.
SFHAC Board Vice Chair
Margaret Miller joined the John Stewart Company in 2004 as a Project Manager and has been promoted over the past 13 years to now serve as JSCo’s Vice President for Development. In this capacity she oversees the full range of corporate activities related to developing and asset managing the Company’s affordable and mixed-income multifamily housing. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor’s Degree 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.
SFHAC Board Member
Joe has been a member of the Board since 2009. He is Vice President, Business Development & Marketing for Nibbi Brothers General Contractors in San Francisco and has over 25 years of experience in the architectural /engineering /construction industry. His passion and knowledge of mixed-use and multi-family urban infill projects in the greater San Francisco Bay Area informs his insight into our work.
Project Review Committee Chair
Christopher A. Roach is a San Francisco based architect, urbanist, and educator, and is founding principal of Studio VARA. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is currently an adjunct professor of architecture at California College of the Arts, and co-director of CCA’s Urban Works Agency. In addition to designing and building affordable housing through his practice, Christopher conducts research and design studios at CCA exploring issues of housing and density, and has co-produced exhibitions such as Urbanism from Within, The City & the City: Housing the next 100,000, and the symposium series Domestic Affairs.
Danny Sauter is the co-founder of Bamboo, a marketing agency with offices in San Francisco, Seattle, and New York. He is also the elected president of North Beach Neighbors, a neighborhood association that advocates for a vibrant, livable North Beach on behalf of 300+ members. He led the creation and operation of the North Beach Farmers Market, which opened in 2018. He is a proud member of SPUR, the United Democratic Club, YIMBY, and Eastern Neighborhood Democratic Club. In his spare time, he enjoys rooting for the Cincinnati Reds, exploring new neighborhoods, and figuring out what to make with his weekly farmers market haul.
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.
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.
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.
Eric Tao is president and CEO of AGI (Avant Group, Inc.), a multifamily development company focused on urban infill, transit-oriented, high-density housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also on the board of SPUR, ULI San Francisco and the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California.
SFHAC Board Chair / BayHAC 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.
With offices in San Francisco’s Bayview community, Monica Wilson has over 25 years of consulting and real estate development experience specializing in designing, implementing, and monitoring comprehensive Community Benefits programs (SBE/LBE Procurement, Workforce, Economic, and Community Development services) on complex, large scale, public/private real estate development projects.
As well, Ms. Wilson is the Program Director (and a founding member) of Construction Industry and Workforce Initiative (CIWI), is a young adult program targeted to students (18-21 +/- years) enrolled in a two- to four year- college program. CIWI goals are to provide direct construction industry work experience, a comprehensive leadership and mentor component, personal, and educational and career development opportunities for young adults with an interest in construction and/or related fields (such as Real Estate Development, Architecture, Urban Design, and Civic Engagement) so that they may gain a greater awareness of the construction industry, which may ultimately lead to pursuing education and career opportunities within the field.