Senior Management Staff
- Donald Falk, Chief Executive Officer
- Elizabeth Orlin, Chief Operating Officer
- Paul Sussman, Chief Financial Officer
- Cynthia Alvarez, Chief Portfolio Officer
- Bernadette Robertson, Chief Talent Officer
- Wendy Chan, Director of Finance
- Katie Lamont, Director of Housing Development
- Lori Linker, Director of Fund Development
- Yvette Robinson, Director of Tenant Services
Donald S. Falk
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), Donald S. Falk leads the community-based, nonprofit housing development, management and social services agency in San Francisco with nearly 325 employees and 33 properties containing about 3000 homes housing nearly 3600 people, nearly 25% of whom came to the organization out of homelessness. From 1982-1994, Falk held a variety of positions with Jubilee West, a neighborhood based nonprofit that provides services and housing in West Oakland. He chairs the Community Leadership Council and serves on the Boards of Directors of Enterprise Community Partners and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. He serves on advisory boards of NeighborWorks America, St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He is the past president of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California, on whose board he served for seven years. Falk has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in Economics and Urban Studies from Oberlin College.
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, Orlin 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. Orlin 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. Orlin has a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University, a master’s degree of Social Work from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Haverford College.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul Sussman was welcomed as TNDC’s new Chief Financial Officer in 2004. Prior to joining TNDC, Paul was a financial management and business planning consultant to nonprofit organizations and a program consultant for several foundations for 6 years. 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 has a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Chief Portfolio Officer
Cynthia Alvarez is TNDC’s Chief Portfolio Officer as of June 2014. Alvarez 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 (US) at the age of 8 when her family immigrated to the US from Mexico. Cynthia currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Alvarez has a bachelor’s degree 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 doctoral candidate in Political Science.
Chief Talent Officer
Bernadette Robertson joined TNDC in 2016 as Chief Talent Officer. Bernadette is responsible for designing and executing strategy that attracts, develops, motivates and retains high level talent to support our mission. Prior to joining TNDC, Bernadette worked in many different settings—at start-up firms, large national and international private corporations, and for over the past 10 years, has been dedicated to non-profits, with a passion for their missions. She served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at United Way of the Bay Area and as Vice President for Human Resources and Professional Development at Easter Seals. Most recently, she was the Chief Talent and Performance Officer at Youth Uprising. Bernadette has supported many organizations through significant growth, and she has a rich experience combining broad strategic thinking with effective ongoing operational practices. Bernadette received her education at the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in English and was an instructor in the Professional Development Program. She also received a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of California.
Director of Finance
Wendy Chan started at TNDC in 2000 and has served as the TNDC Director of Finance since January 2001. She has fifteen years of senior-level experience in accounting for affordable housing corporations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Portland State University.
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, Lamont worked 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 for 9 years. 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. Lamont has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree 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 5 years. Prior to joining TNDC’s Fund Development Department team, Lori was the TNDC Relocation Specialist for 2 years and Assistant Project Manager at the Trust for Public Land. Linker has a bachelor’s degree 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. Robinson has a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and Visual Arts from Antioch College.