Senior Management Staff
- Donald Falk, Chief Executive Officer
- Elizabeth Orlin, Chief Operating Officer
- Paul Carney, Chief Financial Officer
- Cynthia Alvarez, Chief Portfolio Officer
- Bernadette Robertson, Chief Talent Officer
- Wendy Chan, Director of Finance
- Katie Lamont, Director of Housing Development
- Todd LeFurge, Director of Asset Management
- Lori Linker, Director of Fund Development
- Colleen Rivecca, Senior Community Organizing Manager
- Yvette Robinson, Director of Tenant and Community Services
- Sal Russo, Director of Property Operations
Donald S. Falk
Chief Executive Officer
Donald Falk is 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.
Mr. Falk 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 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 Carney 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 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 Asset Management
Todd LeFurge 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 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.
Senior Community Organizing Manager
Colleen Rivecca 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.
Director of Tenant and Community 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.
Director of Property Operations
Salvatore Russo 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.