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Our Board

TNDC is a team of over 400 people committed to building a future where people of every income, race, spoken language, gender identity, and sexual orientation can thrive. Below you can see our board leadership.

You'll notice that our staff bios include people's preferred pronouns. Part of our commitment to becoming anti-racist means we're also inclusive of all genders. Learn more about why preferred pronouns matter.

Lisa Blakely

Lisa Blakely

Board President

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Lisa joined the TNDC Board of Directors in 2015. Before becoming chair of the Board, she chaired the Tenant and Community Services Committee, which is at the heart of her passion and what continues to inspire her work with TNDC.

Lisa is an independent consultant who helps clients develop strategies to overcome human capital issues. She has spent the last 20 years championing supportive housing as the Director of Support Services at Community Housing Partnership and a Senior Program Officer for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). Before joining CSH, Lisa worked for Glide Foundation as the Managing Director of the Glide Cecil Williams Community House, one of the first family supportive housing projects in San Francisco. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Lisa worked as a Regional Manager for Kraft Foods in Sales Operations.

Lisa is passionate about inspiring and supporting people to achieve their highest potential; her heart smiles when witnessing a dim light become a shining star. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Business from Howard University and is a lifelong learner.

Kristy Wang

Kristy Wang

Board Vice President

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Kristy joined TNDC’s board in 2014. As Community Planning Policy Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), Kristy leads SPUR's work in community planning and housing, splitting her time between San Francisco and San Jose. Prior to joining SPUR, Kristy was a project manager at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, one of California's largest affordable housing developers, where she worked all around the Bay Area, including on projects in the three central cities of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. Kristy also teaches courses on urban development and affordable housing at Stanford University and San Francisco State University. Kristy earned Master's degrees in City Planning and Real Estate Development from MIT and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Urban Studies from Yale.

Cynthia Wong

Cynthia Wong

Board Secretary

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Cynthia is a Senior Advisor at the Seattle Foundation. Over the years, Cynthia has pioneered efforts to connect impact-driven capital to valuable programs and projects. Cynthia previously led the Bay Area office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development financial institution, and was a Vice President in Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley, where she worked on issues ranging from health and housing to economic development and jobs. Cynthia advised Fortune 500 companies and leading foundations and nonprofits as a management consultant with Marakon Associates and The Bridgespan Group. She is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and joined the TNDC board in 2018.

Tracey Edwards

Tracey Edwards

Board Treasurer

Tracey is an attorney and retired Deloitte Principal. During her 30+ year career at Deloitte, Tracey led various international business units which included creating new products and services, delivering operating results, developing and deploying new business strategies, and managing business turnarounds. She was assigned to San Jose, Dallas, New York City, Hong Kong, and Hyderabad India over her Deloitte career. Tracey has served on the Deloitte US Board of Directors and, in addition to being board Treasurer for TNDC, Tracey serves as Chair of HealthRight Intl., Treasury of Golden Gate University, and at-large Director for the League of Women Voters of California.

David Kroot

Dave Kroot

Board Chief Legal Officer

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Dave has been TNDC’s Chief Legal Officer since 2006 and served two stints on the TNDC Board of Directors (2006-2012 and 2014-2019). In his role as Chief Legal Officer, Dave provides guidance to the Board and the Corporation regarding legal and programmatic questions, as well as coordinating with other TNDC counsel on issues as needed. Dave is a partner in Goldfarb & Lipman LLP, a California-based law firm with a practice that emphasizes affordable housing, community development, land use, and finance issues. He also admits to being a former attorney in the San Francisco office of HUD. A Hoosier, born and bred, Dave has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson

Board Real Estate Officer

Peter graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Lake Forest College and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He has a 40 year history of real estate development and management throughout San Francisco and Marin Counties. Peter has served as the Real Estate Broker for TNDC since 2010, sharing the mission and supporting the work of the organization.

His professional affiliations include The Marin Opera Company, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, The Yosemite Conservancy and the BAJA Bush Pilots.

Luis Barahona

Luis Barahona

Board Member

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Luis has a long relationship with both TNDC and the Tenderloin community. He worked for many years as a community organizer at the Central City SRO Collaborative, and worked very closely with tenants of TNDC and many other buildings in the neighborhood. As an organizer he worked closely with tenants on issues that impacted them including habitability issues, access to resources and services, legislation impacting SRO's and the community at large, and many other issues that impacted the community. He now works for the city as a Housing Inspector, where he has continued to work and serve those same community members. He has been a board member for several years, and chairs the Organizing and Policy Committee.

Tiffany Bohee

Tiffany Bohee

Board Member

Tiffany is the Senior Vice President of Development at Lendlease, where she’s responsible for development capabilities in the South Bay including pursuing and identifying sustainable urban regeneration projects.

Prior to joining Lendlease in 2017, Tiffany served as Executive Director for the City of San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII), which is the successor agency to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Tiffany oversaw the economic and physical development of the new Transbay, Mission Bay, and Hunters Point Shipyard neighborhoods, which collectively provided over 22,000 new housing units including the development of approximately 7,000 affordable units and 14 million square feet of commercial space.

Tiffany has been recognized as one of the "Most Influential Women in Business" and "Top 40 under 40" by the San Francisco Business Times. She received commendations from Mayor Lee who named a “Tiffany Bohee Day” and from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for her significant contributions to San Francisco. Additionally, Tiffany serves on the board of San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and received a Bachelor's degree in Politics from Princeton University.

Jim Cervantes

Jim Cervantes

Board Member

Jim rejoined the TNDC Board in 2019 following six years of service on the board in the late 1990s. Jim is a Managing Director with Stifel Nicholas in the firm’s Public Finance Department and has worked in the municipal finance field for nearly 34 years. He was an associate and partner with Stone & Youngberg for 25 years and served on that company’s board of directors until the firm’s sale to Stifel Nicholas. Prior to his work in investment banking, he earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before attending Stanford, he worked with the Mission Housing Development Corporation as Property Manager and Finance Director.

In addition to Jim’s prior board service with TNDC, he served on the boards of the California Public Securities Association as board chair, the Coro Center for Civic Leadership-Northern California and the College Preparatory School in Oakland as board chair. Jim is the 2007 recipient of the Jerry I. Porras Latino Leadership Award from the Stanford Business School Hispanic Students Association. He received his Bachelor's degree from Harvard College and was a Coro Fellow in San Francisco after his graduation.

Mark Cloutier

Mark Cloutier

Board Member

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Mark currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Caminar, a regional behavioral health care organization that operates in five counties in California. Previous to that, he was a Regional CEO for the American Red Cross and CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation as well as other health care organizations. He also has worked in philanthropy at the Kaiser Family Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation.  Mark's passion is improving the health of people who're marginalized through prevention, structural change, and access to high-quality care. Mark has a Master's degree in Public Health and a Master's degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. When he isn't working, he can be found hiking in Point Reyes or swimming open water competitions.

Chris Gouig

Chris Gouig

Board Member

Chris has worked in the affordable housing field for 40 years. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Alameda County Housing Authority. The Housing Authority operates a number of affordable housing programs funded primarily by HUD. These include the Housing Choice Voucher program and public housing, including public housing converted under HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Chris has served in that position for 14 years, since 2006. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Marin and Sonoma County Housing Authorities and the Planning Director for San Mateo County, where she was responsible for long and short-range planning, zoning permits, and building permits. Chris has also worked for a San Francisco financial advisory firm providing affordable housing consulting to local and state governments, including housing authorities, redevelopment agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson

Board Member

Susan oversees the asset management, property management, resident programs and evaluation, and community development activities of BRIDGE Housing corporation, including a portfolio of 11,700 units of rental housing. She joined BRIDGE in 1983, when both the organization and the field of affordable housing were in their formative stages. Over the years, she has served BRIDGE in multiple capacities with increasing responsibility, including Corporate Secretary, Vice President of Administration, and Executive Vice President, with functional roles as diverse as human resources, fundraising, accounting, compliance, leasing, and insurance risk management. In 2017, she was also named the company’s first Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Susan connects strategy and operations across the organization, with a focus on measuring progress toward and achieving the goals of BRIDGE’s five-year Strategic Plan. Susan is an expert in marketing and lease-up strategies for affordable, mixed-income, and mixed-population communities, and a sought-after expert in compliance and fair housing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz.

Kenneth Kim

Dr. Kenneth Kim

Board Member

Kenneth is Senior Director of Programs at GLIDE Foundation, where he leads the design, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated community engagement and dynamic service system for communities who are homeless and marginalized in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. He joined GLIDE as Clinical Director in 2015. Kenneth represents GLIDE as a member of the Community Advisory Committee for Tenderloin Health Improvement Project (TLHIP), San Francisco’s Domestic Violence Consortium, as well as other collaborations with Bay Area community-based organizations and city agencies.

Kenneth is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in community mental health, foster care system, and treatment of trauma and has worked in human services for over 20 years. His volunteer, training, and work experiences include but are not limited to programs addressing violence prevention, severe mental illness, substance use, psychological evaluation, and crisis intervention. Kenneth is an advisor for the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco and board member at TNDC.

Kenneth earned his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UC Davis.

Freddy Martin

Freddy Martin

Board Member

Freddy has served on the Asset and Property Management committee since 2016. He’s a tenant of TNDC and is a community representative for the Board of Directors. He feels that it’s an honor and a blessing to be involved in the behind the scenes planning, decision-making, mechanics, and logistics of a nonprofit organization that does great work for a deserving community in need of truly affordable housing.

Freddy is a full-time housing organizer at Senior and Disability Action, where he campaigns and advocates for increased funding and housing. Prior to that, he worked at the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco for three-and-a-half years as a community organizer for the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project.

He has been a volunteer, activist, organizer, and performing artist in the community. He has an AS Degree in Psychology from CCSF, a Certificate in Ministry Studies from the Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley, and has attended Community and Tenant Organizing trainings with the National Alliance of HUD Tenants, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, and TNDC. Freddy enjoys being part of the decision-making that healthily and positively impacts many lives in San Francisco.

Jme McLean

Jme McLean

Board Member

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Jme is Principal of Mesu Strategies, a research and strategy firm committed to achieving a more just and inclusive society. Prior to founding Mesu Strategies, she worked at PolicyLink, the United Nations Population Fund (China), the University of California, and as an educator to youth with low incomes.

As a public health professional and urban planner by training, Jme brings deep expertise related to racial equity tools and action-research techniques and over 15 years of experience fostering collaboration across fields and sectors for equitable policy and systems change. Her work has contributed to advancements in affordable housing, transportation equity, land use, and regional development policies and to knowledge related to chronic disease prevention, health promotion, and the etiology of stress and trauma.

She serves on the City of Oakland Community Development District Board and formerly served on the Lake School and Young Invincibles boards. Jme holds Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

Fernando Pujals

Fernando Pujals

Board Member

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Fernando was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florid to parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico. He is a senior director for the Tenderloin Community Benefit District (TLCBD) where he oversees communications and sidewalk cleaning operations. Before being recognized as an emerging leader in the place management field in 2019, he worked as a house painter, waiter, bartender, editor, and consultant. In 2015, he developed a passion for the Tenderloin while working there as a storyteller and writer. Since then, he has dedicated his professional life to serving people in the neighborhood through advocacy, partnership, and connection. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University from 2012. He believes we're the stories we tell.

Kathy Rock

Kathy Rock

Board Member

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Kathy recently retired from the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) after 30+ years in finance and community development. She has extensive experience in finance and risk management in the financial services industry, both domestic and international, including public, private, and nonprofit entities.

Most recently, Kathy was the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for LIIF, responsible for all financial activities, including capital raising, human resources, and information technology. Prior to joining LIIF as a member of the executive team, she served as a Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee. She has also served as Chief Financial and Risk Officer for the Calvert Impact Investments, and was head of Counterparty Risk Management for Freddie Mac, a position that she also held at Fannie Mae. While based in London with Genworth Financial Services, she served as Chief Financial Officer for Europe and Canada and Senior Vice President for Loss Mitigation for the European Mortgage Insurance portfolio. She also served as Controller for the Federal Housing Administration, where she led a multi-billion dollar troubled asset sales program. She started her career with GE Capital in the financial management program and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in financial management.

Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Jennifer Siswandi

Jennifer Siswandi

Board Member

Jennifer grew up in the Tenderloin and is passionate about addressing the social and environmental factors that influence health for low-income communities. Eager to advocate for the people experiencing food insecurity in the neighborhood she grew up in, Jennifer was a Food Justice Leader for two-and-a-half years with the Healthy Corner Store Coalition, a community-based program of TNDC. She previously served as a member of the San Francisco Food Security Task Force and was a Patient Advocate at Tenderloin Health Services. Now as a Care Management Community Coordinator with San Francisco Health Plan, she helps people with chronic health conditions meet their basic needs and navigate complex health systems. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Sonoma State University and completed her externship to become a Certified Medical Assistant at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Outside of her work in the public health sector, she is a DJ and artist.

Birute Skurdenis

Birute Skurdenis

Board Member

Birute has worked as an Asset Manager for Merritt Community Capital since 2002. Merritt is a nonprofit Low Income Housing Tax Credit syndicator investing in California. Birute has been involved in all aspects of affordable housing management, staff development, and training since 1986. She started her affordable housing career managing senior housing in the Tenderloin. She has designed and delivered asset and property manager training for the California Housing Partnership Corporation and has consulted with a wide range of nonprofit housing development and management organizations. Working with Affordable Housing Management Association of Northern California and NeighborWorks Training Institutes, she provides training on all aspects of managing the Low Income Housing Tax Program with an emphasis on understanding the partnership between developers and equity investors. She is happy to be re-involved in the Tenderloin as a Board member and Chair of the Property and Asset Management Committee of TNDC.

Amy Tharpe

Amy Tharpe

Board Member

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Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and her Master’s degree in Public Policy degree from Harvard University. Amy was appointed Director of the Social Responsibility Division for the Port of Oakland in 2013. She is responsible for partnering with the community and businesses to promote positive social and economic changes. Her team also develops social responsibility strategies that contribute to the local community and throughout the region. Prior to assuming that role, she served as the Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing. Amy has also held positions with the Fannie Mae Foundation, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development of the District of Columbia as well as other civic and charitable organizations.

Greg Vilkin

Greg Vilkin

Board Member

Greg is a lifelong real estate investor and developer that has developed in excess of 6,000 housing units and 10,000,000 square feet of commercial buildings. He is committed to helping the community provide affordable housing and believes that TNDC is a best in class provider serving a critical need. Read more on Greg's LinkedIn.

Kathy Wolfe

Kathy Wolfe

Board Member

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Cheryl Young

Cheryl Young

Board Member

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Cheryl is a Senior Economist at Zillow where she provides insights on the housing market for consumers, media and policymakers. Prior to joining Zillow Group she was a consultant with the World Bank’s Urban Development Unit. She has also served as an associate with Bankable Frontier Associates’ housing finance practice, led a housing research program at the Centre for Development Finance—a think-tank in India--and was a project manager for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Cheryl holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor's degree from Columbia University.