Senior Management Staff
Donald S. Falk
Don Falk began his tenure as Executive Director of TNDC in October, 2005. As TNDC’s Director of Housing Development for the prior 11 years, he played a principal role in guiding the organization through a period of profound growth as our portfolio of properties increased from nine to 23 buildings. Prior to TNDC, Don worked for 10 years at Jubilee West, a nonprofit housing organization based in West Oakland, where he served as Director of Housing Development, Deputy Director, and Co-Executive Director. Don earned a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA with honors in Economics and Urban Studies from Oberlin College. Don was appointed to the national Network Advisory Board of Enterprise Community Partners, a network of Executive Directors who share best practices in developing and operating affordable housing. On the regional and city level, he participates as a member of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association Housing Policy Task Force and CCHO Transition Committee. He is the past president of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California, on whose board he served for seven years.
Chief Operating Officer
Elizabeth Orlin joined TNDC in June of 2006 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior, she served as Associate Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing in Oakland. She also served as Program Officer and Assistant Program Officer from 1998 through early 2003. Before CSH, Liz worked for the Trustees of Columbia University’s CSS Program in New York where she was a program director and program supervisor, as well as a senior case manager. Liz has completed social work internships from the CSS Program and the Sunset Park Mental Health Clinic in Brooklyn, and began her career in social work at the Women Against Abuse Legal Center in Philadelphia in 1988. She received her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University in 1994 and in 1991, she received her Master of Social Work degree from New York University. She earned her BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Haverford College in 1988.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul Sussman was welcomed as TNDC’s new Chief Financial Officer in 2004. Prior to joining TNDC, Paul worked for six years as a financial management and business planning consultant to nonprofit organizations, and as a program consultant for several foundations. He was the founding president of the Northern California Community Loan Fund, which he directed for 11 years until 1998. Prior to that, he developed affordable housing for several neighborhood-based San Francisco nonprofit corporations. Paul holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Harvard University.
Chief Portfolio Officer
Cynthia Alvarez was welcomed as TNDC’s new Chief Portfolio Officer in June 2014. Cynthia comes to TNDC from Charities Housing Development in Silicon Valley where she was responsible for the operations of the organization’s assets and provided oversight to property management staff and third party resident services providers. Prior to her role at Charities, Cynthia served as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Operations for Romel Enterprises, LLC. Cynthia began her life in the United States at the age of eight when her family immigrated to the United States from Mexico. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California San Diego Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors, and continued with graduate studies at Stanford University as a PhD student in Political Science. Cynthia currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
Chief Talent Officer
Jacqueline Oburu joined TNDC in August 2014 as Chief Talent Officer. Quite early in her career, Jacqueline was on board for the start-up of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services of America (INHS), which was her first introduction to affordable housing development. However, it was after completing her Masters in Inter-Cultural Studies and Leadership Development at Fuller Seminary in 1996 that she began her 18 year career as a human resource professional in the international development sector. She worked with World Vision International in Monrovia, CA prior moving to Kenya to serve as a regional HR leader for the World Vision Africa regional office, working in 27 countries throughout the continent for nearly 8 years. After returning to the U.S. in 2003, Jacqueline served as manager for international HR with CRS (Catholic Relief Services) until 2008 and then became the Director for International Human Resources with ChildFund, an international child development organization based in Richmond, VA.
Prior to her appointment with TNDC, she was the Head of People Strategies, for WorldFish International in Penang, Malaysia an international, non-profit research organization. Fortuitously, TNDC has presented an opportunity for Jacqueline to return to her “roots” in affordable housing.
Director of Finance
Wendy Chan has served as the Director of Finance since January 2001, and has been at TNDC since 2000. She has fifteen years of senior-level experience in accounting for affordable housing corporations. She holds a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from Portland State University, OR.
Director of Housing Development
Katie Lamont joined TNDC in April 2012 as Director of Housing Development. She is responsible for leading the housing development team as it carries out all phases of development from feasibility through acquisition, predevelopment, construction, and completion. Prior to joining TNDC, Katie worked 9 years for Eden Housing, most recently as Associate Director of Real Estate Development, where she supervised junior staff, led new business development activity, worked on policy, and managed her own project teams implementing all aspects of affordable housing development, including mixed-use and mixed-tenure developments and joint ventures with homebuilders and service providers. Prior to joining Eden in 2003, Katie was a project manager at the Los Angeles Community Design Center, now Abode Communities. She began her career working in fair housing at Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence in Miami, Florida. Katie earned a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in American Civilization from Brown University.
Director of Fund Development
Lori Linker became Director of Fund Development in November, 2011 after serving as Institutional Gifts Manager for five years. Prior to joining TNDC’s Fund Development team, Lori was the TNDC Relocation Specialist for 2 years and Assistant Project Manager at the Trust for Public Land. She earned a BA in Urban Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Tenant Services
Yvette Robinson has held the position of Director of Tenant Services since 1991. She has extensive experience in community development and organizing, and brings a wealth of experience in counseling and women’s issues. She holds a BA in Social Welfare and Visual Arts from Antioch College, OH.
Director of Property Management
Felicia Scruggs-Wright joined TNDC’s senior management team as Director of Property Management in September of 2004. She manages the operations of TNDC’s 28 residential buildings and oversees the largest department in the organization with 80% of our personnel dedicated solely to property management functions, including desk clerks, maintenance workers, property and facilities managers, and building supervisors. Felicia has worked in property management for 20-years working with luxury, market rate, affordable and tax credit housing. Prior to TNDC, Felicia worked at Vestcor Realty Management, Inc. as Regional Manager in Jacksonville, FL. She also oversaw the Property Management Department at the Emergency Housing Consortium in the South Bay and helped oversee the management of 18 sites. She is a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM)® through the National Apartment Association, a Certified Property Management (CPM)® through Institute of Real Estate Management, and a certified housing credit specialist.