Senior Management Staff
- Donald Falk, Chief Executive Officer
- Elizabeth Orlin, Chief Operating Officer
- Paul Carney, Chief Financial Officer
- Bernadette Robertson, Chief Talent Officer
- Priya Gupta, Chief of Staff
- Wendy Chan, Senior Director of Finance
- Evelyn Catalan, Senior Director of Property Operations
- Katie Lamont, Senior Director of Housing Development
- Val Langmuir, Director of Information Technology
- Todd LeFurge, Director of Asset Management
- Lori Linker, Director of Fund Development
- Erin Mascaro, Director of Human Resources
- Alec Raffin, Director of Operations
- Colleen Rivecca, Director of Community Organizing, Policy and Planning
- Yvette Robinson, Senior Director of Tenant and Community Services
- Sal Russo, Director of Property Operations
Donald S. Falk
Chief Executive Officer
Donald (Don) is the chief executive officer of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, a community-based nonprofit housing development and management and social services agency in San Francisco with over 400 employees and 40 properties that house 4,000 people, nearly 25% of whom came to the organization out of homelessness. From 1982 to 1994 he held a variety of positions with Jubilee West, a neighborhood-based nonprofit that provides services and housing in West Oakland.
Don is a member of the Enterprise Community Leadership Council and serves on the Boards of Directors of SPUR and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and on the advisory boards of St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation and the SF Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. He is a past president of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California. He earned a master’s 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 (Liz) 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 joined TNDC in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. Paul brings over 15 years of experience in affordable housing finance. Most recently, he served as a Director at MUFG Union Bank, where he was responsible for originating and underwriting loans and equity investments for affordable housing developments in California. He held similar roles at JP Morgan Chase and CBRE. As Production Chief at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Carney managed the San Francisco Multifamily Hub’s FHA team. Carney began his career in affordable housing as a financial consultant at Devine and Gong in San Francisco. Paul holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Stanford University.
Chief Talent Officer
Bernadette 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.
Chief of Staff
Priya Gupta joined TNDC in September 2019. As Chief of Staff, Priya provides extensive support to the Chief Executive Officer. Support includes managing Executive workflow, facilitating decision-making, deepening cross-departmental collaboration, leading or partnering on strategic initiatives, helping facilitate the work of the Board, supporting internal communications and serving as a strategic thought partner. Prior to joining TNDC, Priya was a consultant to Executive teams and Boards of Bay Area nonprofits, primarily in the affordable housing and homelessness space. Originally from the United Kingdom, Priya began her career as an economist at the Bank of England, where she had numerous roles including Chief of Staff to the Executive Director of Financial Stability, before moving into the nonprofit sector as Head of Economics at Save the Children UK. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Economics from University College London.
Senior Director of Finance
Wendy joined 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.
Senior Director of Property Operations
Evelyn Catalan joined TNDC in September 2019 as Senior Director of Property Operations. Her responsibilities include the oversight of the property management portfolio where she is responsible for assessing, enhancing, and maintaining stable operations amid significant growth. Prior to joining TNDC, Evelyn was a Director of Property Operations/Director of Compliance at MidPen Housing Management where she held various positions in the Property Management division. Evelyn started her career in property management in 1988 and has worked managing non-profit communities since. She initiated her career at HDNPC, a non-profit housing development corporation in San Francisco and then at the John Stewart Company as a Property Supervisor for the TODCO portfolio. Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in International Management from Golden Gate University. She has served on the Association of Housing Management Agents for Northern California and Hawaii (AHMA-NCH) and is currently board President.
Senior Director of Housing Development
Katie 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 Information Technology
Val joined TNDC in May of 2018 as Information Technology Manager. Val comes to TNDC with many years of experience as an IT technical lead in the non-profit and commercial sectors. Born in the Bay Area and educated in the United Kingdom, Val holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Imperial College, London.
Director of Asset Management
Todd joined TNDC in March 2001. As the Director of Asset Management, he is responsible for defining and expressing owner goals for TNDC’s rental real estate portfolio. Todd has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Grinnell College.
Director of Fund Development
Lori 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 Human Resources
Erin joined TNDC in 2013 and currently holds the position of Director, Human Resources Operations. Prior to joining TNDC, Erin was the Human Resources Manager for ETIC, an environmental consulting firm. Before ETIC, Erin held several Human Resources Specialist positions at Bay Area News Group and Environmental Resources Management. Erin earned a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University.
Director of Operations
Director of Community Organizing, Policy and Planning
Colleen joined TNDC in 2018 as the Senior Community Organizing Manager. Since 2005, Colleen has worked with the Tenderloin community to address issues related to homelessness, hunger, health, and access to public benefits. After receiving her Bachelors of Social Work with departmental honors from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she studied social work, with a concentration on community organizing, at City University of New York, Hunter College School of Social Work.
Senior Director of Tenant and Community Services
Yvette 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.
Director of Property Operations
Salvatore (Sal) joined TNDC in 2012. As Director of Property Operations, Sal oversees the team responsible for the operations of 41 properties housing over 4,700 individuals. Sal has been working in supportive housing since the mid 90’s for organizations like Mercy Housing and Catholic Charities of San Francisco. In the last 22 years Sal has also been a member of HIV Health Services Planning Council for the City and County of San Francisco, a member of the AIDS Housing Alliance Board of Directors and most recently a member of the Salvation Army – Kroc Center Advisory Council. Sal received a degree in Liberal Arts from Bucks County Community College.