Who We Are

 
 
 
 
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Board of Directors

Members are the driving force of SDHF, but it is the Board of Directors and staff that are at the core of its effectiveness and leadership. Directors may serve two consecutive three-year terms. They are elected by the membership at the SDHF’s annual meeting.

2017 - 2018 Team

 
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MATTHEW JUMPER

San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation

President

Over the last twenty years, Matt has directed an award-winning nonprofit corporation, San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation (SDIHF), in the development and management of approximately 1,200 units of affordable senior and family housing. 

 
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Nicholas Hamilton

Red Capital

Vice-President

Nick has been a managing director at Red Capital Group for 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to the affordable housing sector. 

 
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Paul Shipstead

Wells Fargo Community Lending & Investment

CFO

Paul’s career spans over 15 years in the affordable housing industry, having financed some of the most exciting and important affordable housing developments in California.  Developments have included housing offering comprehensive tenant services to various populations.


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KWOFI REED

LISC San Diego

Member

As Program Officer/Underwriter, Kwofi coordinates LISC’s $250 million in annual lending to help support affordable housing, economic development and community projects in LISC’s 30-plus urban markets throughout California, Arizona, Washington State and Texas.

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Brian Woods

Hope Through Housing Foundation and
National Community Renaissance

Member

Brian joined the leadership team of National Core and Hope Through Housing in June of 2015. Prior to joining the Hope Through Housing team, Woods spent 17 years in higher education in various leadership positions, with a focus on strategic planning, business development, employee development and company culture, and organizational efficiency. 

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Lori Holt Pfeiler

San Diego Habitat for Humanity

Member

Lori has demonstrated true commitment to San Diego with over 25 years of community involvement.  Elected to the Council of the City of Escondido in 1992, she continued her service as Mayor there for three terms.


 
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BREE WONG

SWS Engineering, INC

Member

Bree has been in the civil engineering & development field for a number of years which has enabled her to acquire vast knowledge of local & federal governing agencies' standards and requirements and Southern California's changing need for sustainable development and green technologies.

 
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Sylvia Martinez

Community Housing Works

Member

Sylvia has twenty years of experience in housing and community development throughout California.  She has directed the development of over 500 affordable units, with five onsite childcare centers, and numerous community and economic development projects.

 
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Rebecca Louie

Wakeland Housing Corporation

Member

With nearly 15 years of experience in the affordable housing industry, Rebecca Louie is a leader in affordable housing development in our region, with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of planning, building and operating housing for low-income residents in California.


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GINGER Hitzke

Hitzke Development Company

Member

Ginger is a first-generation real estate developer and has 21 years of experience in the field of affordable housing development. She has participated in the development of over 1,500 apartments and affordable homes totaling more than $430,000,000 in real estate activity throughout California.

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Nicki Cometa

Affirmed Housing Group

Member

Nicki brings a wealth of senior financial management experience to Affirmed Housing Group having worked over 26 years in the construction and homebuilding industry. She has worked for both public and private corporations with revenues ranging from $10 million to over $500 million.

 
Staff
 

Our staff is the “face” of the organization seen most frequently in the media, before City Councils, and in discussions with other coalition partners.

 
 
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STEPHEN RUSSEL

Executive Director

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Laura Nunn

Policy Director

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Sarah Buchanan

Director of Events and Membership

 
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Sneha Craig

Office Administrator

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Abigail Shneyder

Education Programs Assistant

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Mehrsa Imani

Resident and Community Organizer

 
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Blake Nachtsheim

Research Assistant

 
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Amanda Kilian

Intern

 
 
Election Procedures

The San Diego Housing Federation annually, during the first quarter of the year, conducts an election for open seats on its Board of Directors. Pursuant to the Bylaws, the Governance and Nominations Committee select a slate of candidates to present to the Membership during its annual election. The slate is selected from all eligible candidates, subject to the limitations set forth in the Federation Bylaws and as consistent with the goals established by Governance and Nominations Committee annually. All Federation members in good standing are invited to submit their qualifications as a candidate for Board membership.

The Federation Board of Directors consists of eleven members. The Federation Bylaws require that no fewer than six Board members represent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that develop and/or operate affordable housing or provide support for affordable housing developers. Of those, no less than four seats must be occupied by nonprofit organizations that develop affordable housing. The remaining positions may be filled with any member in good standing.

In addition to the requirements established by the Bylaws, the Federation Governance and Nominations Committee has established criteria to assist in the selection of the slate of candidates to be presented to the Membership. It is the goal of the Governance and Nominations Committee to nominate a slate of potential directors that will promote diversity (including, but not limited to ethnic, geographic, and professional diversity) on the Board of Directors. In addition, the Committee strongly weights candidates’ demonstrated commitment to the Federation (i.e., committee participation, financial support, or other commitment).

Those elected shall take office on April 1 of the applicable year.