Salesforce hosts Mission District tech students

A group picture of dev/Mission participants and Salesforce execs taken after completing a day of learning and relationship building. Photos by Tony Bear!

Salesforce executives provide learning event for dev/Mission students, alums and parents at San Francisco HQ

Saturday, December 9th, 2017, dozens of dev/Mission participants visited the Salesforce offices at 350 Mission Street in San Francisco, for a day of learning.

Hosted on the Ohana Floor of Salesforce East, the event began with a light breakfast and a panel talk featuring Salesforce Co-Founder Parker Harris, and Salesforce leadership executives Maria Martinez, Tony Prophet, and Srini Tallapragada. The leaders shared family photos, and discussed how their upbringing and life challenges inspired them to be high achievers. The panelists took questions from the audience.

“We were delighted to host dev/Mission at our Headquarters!,” said Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer of Salesforce. “We had the unique opportunity to spend time with the next generation of tech leaders — expanding their Tech knowledge and discussing Equality.”

“We were truly inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of the dev/Mission students and alumni.”

After the executive panel, a hands-on introduction and demonstration of Salesforce’s interactive, self-guided learning platform “Trailhead” was conducted by Senior Admin Evangelist Gillian Bruce, Trailhead Editor-in-chief Chris Duarte, and Trailhead curriculum developer and trainer Kieren Jameson. The students learned how leveraging Trailhead to build Salesforce skills can be a valuable step towards increasing their marketability in the workforce.

Next, a panel of Salesforce employees representing the groups that comprise the company’s Ohana Equality initiative shared their experiences. During lunch, each panelist hosted small group discussions with the dev/Mission students and staff.

After lunch, Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at, dazzled the group with a presentation and demo of how Salesforce uses the Internet of Things — also known as IoT — to incubate and launch customer solutions.

In the final workshop, Daryl Spreiter, head of Sales Learning & Development Programs for, helped the visitors from dev/Mission hone their job-seeking skills. The students were coached-up on personal branding techniques, and practiced their ‘elevator pitch’ on each other.

The eventful day wrapped up with a panel on “Success at Salesforce” moderated by Ebony Frelix, SVP, Philanthropy & Engagement of The panelists, all alumni of the Workforce Development initiative at Salesforce, discussed their experiences moving from interns to employees. They also shared tips on how students can find the same success in the job search.

“Salesforce was buzzing with energy on Saturday! It was incredible to bring dev/Mission students and alumni to Salesforce for a day of learning and relationship building,” said Frelix. “At, our mission is to ensure that young adults are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with this group of future leaders.”

“Salesforce graciously hosted a great event for our current students and alums, staff, volunteers, and partners,” said Leo Sosa, Founder and Executive Director of dev/Mission. “Even the parents of our students were welcomed!”

“We are very thankful for the opportunity and we are looking forward to great future collaborations between dev/Mission, Mission Housing Development Corporation and Salesforce as we build the next generation of tech talent.”

“It was exciting to see the enthusiasm on the faces of the dev/Mission students and their parents,” said Marcía Contreras, Mission Housing Director of Operations and Resident Services. “Everyone was energized by the beautiful Ohana environment at Salesforce, and inspired by the pathways to the future that were demonstrated.”

“Mission Housing is proud to play a role in the development of these amazing young people, and we are encouraged by their desire to improve themselves and give back to their communities.”

Valencia Gardens hosts SF mayor’s annual turkey giveaway

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (center) is flanked by Veronica Green, (left) Valencia Gardens Community Associate Director and Marcía Contreras (right), Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing as they join various city department heads, Mission District police officers and community leaders to commemorate the annual turkey giveaway. Photos by Tony Bear!

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, city department heads, community partners, deliver turkey and trimmings to Mission Housing families

Monday, November 20th, Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Housing Authority and the A. Philip Randolph Institute in distributing turkeys to families at the Valencia Gardens site of Mission Housing Development Corporation, as part of the 11th annual Turkey Giveaway event.

“We are proud to expand our turkey giveaway event this year so that even more families can enjoy a meal together during the holidays,” said Mayor Lee. “We are always proud to call San Francisco a city of love and compassion, and that spirit is particularly strong during the holiday season. Standing up and supporting our communities is a central part of our values.”

“Valencia Gardens is proof positive of what happens when we build quality surroundings, and invest in the hearts and minds of people. This turkey giveaway is another such investment,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We are proud and excited to once again be a venue for the mayor’s event.”

The November 20th turkey giveaway included 100 frozen birds, and reusable Target bags filled with various fixings. San Francisco Fire Department and S.F.P.D. made coloring books and crayons available to families.

Close collaboration with Mission Housing staff

In the days leading up to the distribution, Valencia Gardens residents RSVP’d with Mission Housing staff. Then, on the morning of November 20th, residents lined-up early in anticipation of the two-hour event.

“We are very thankful for the effort put in by Veronica Green, Valencia Gardens Community Associate Director, and by Carlos Uribe, Property Manager at Valencia Gardens,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing. “Their collaboration with Derick Brown, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, and others, helped make sure the event was executed smoothly.”

City-wide event

In addition to the 100 turkeys given away at Valencia Gardens, thousands of turkeys and dinner baskets will be distributed to families all over San Francisco this Thanksgiving season. Each dinner basket feeds a family of four and includes a 10-12 pound frozen turkey, fresh organic yams, fresh bread, box stuffing, cans of corn, string beans, and cranberry sauce.

“In this season of giving, there is no greater feeling than knowing that you are able to help others,” said San Francisco Police Chief William Scott. “The men and women of the San Francisco Police Department are proud to partner with the Mayor’s Office, APRI and the SFHA to help families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. By working together as a team, we are able to uplift our community and ensure a happier holiday season for our neighbors in need.”

The City purchased 2,000 total turkeys — double the 2016 total. Private sponsors PG&E, Foster Farms and Clark Construction contributed 1,250 turkeys. That total marks a 30 percent increase from what was distributed in 2016.

Families identified

The nonprofit A. Phillip Randolph Institute, or APRI, identifies families in need and helps to distribute the turkeys. The turkeys are handed out to families at every public housing site in San Francisco in time for Thanksgiving. “This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors, and work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger, especially during the holidays,” said APRI Executive Director Jacqueline Flin. APRI has tree giveaways, and toy giveaways in the pipeline for this December.

2017 fundraising event entertains, exceeds goals

Event photography by Tony Bear! except where indicated

Hundreds attend gala, thousands of dollars raised for tenant supportive services

Thursday, September 14, 2017, Mission Housing Development Corporation transformed the Laborers Local 261 Hall in San Francisco into a fun environment that entertained scores of professionals, community advocates, and friends of the affordable housing movement.

The Mission Housing Gala, Silent Auction and Community Awards fundraising event celebrated the organization’s 46 years of building and managing affordable housing in San Francisco. Funds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales are still being tallied. Net proceeds will add to The Mission Housing Tenant Health, Wellness and Community Fund, which sustains important no-cost, voluntary on-site supportive services provided to occupants of the 100% affordable housing sites operated by Mission Housing.

The party gets started

“Tonight we celebrate our residents, and our neighbors,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing, in comments to open the festivities. “Mission Housing has come a long way in 46 years, and we still have a long way to go as we fight to keep San Francisco affordable for as many people as possible.”

The event opened with a cocktail hour, where attendees socialized while enjoying passed appetizers, wine, and stationed dinners. Fogcutter catered the service.

Recognitions, acknowledgements and awards

Joshua Arce, chair of the Mission Housing Board of Directors, opened the award ceremony by thanking those in attendance, and introducing fellow board members.

“We are very grateful for all the support we’ve received from our sponsors and from everyone here,” said Arce. “Thanks to you, we’ve exceeded our fundraising goal!”

Arce shared recognitions sent from the offices of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and state Board of Equalization Board Member Fiona Ma. Arce also acknowledged a few of the elected officials who attended the gala, including District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who delivered a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors declaring September 14, 2017 as “Mission Housing Development Corporation Day.”

District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy took the podium, and read certificates signed by the Board of Supervisors honoring Mission Housing for 46 years of service to the people of San Francisco. Sheehy also presented Moss with a certificate recognizing his six years of leadership at the organization.

Then, Moss and Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing, introduced the two community leaders recognized at the event.

Dr. Estela Garcia, Executive Director of Instituto Familiar de la Raza (IFR), was unable to attend the ceremony while on medical leave. Accepting the award on her behalf was IFR’s Board President Tyrone Navarro.

Former Mission Housing board member Pete Gallegos, while receiving his award, commented on the beginnings of Mission Housing, and encouraged everyone to continue “…fighting the good fight.” Contreras then brought Mission Housing Office Manager and Operations Assistant Ana Torres to the stage, and surprised her with an award recognizing 30 years of service to Mission Housing.

The fun begins!

After the comments, DJ Ruben Palma Jr. energized the crowd with popular music, and dancing ensued!

One of the most popular features of the gala: A “photo booth,” where party-goers posed with construction-themed props and garb before a green screen. The finished photos showed the portrait subjects super-imposed over scenes from current and future Mission Housing developments. The booth was provided by Giggle and Riot.

Mission Housing Gala from Giggle and Riot on Vimeo.

“This event celebrates our successes and honors those who make them possible,” Moss said.

The gala is the third Mission Housing fundraiser planned and coordinated by Contreras and Mission Housing staff, with the assistance of Michelle Barrionuevo-Mazzini. Her company, MB Wedding Design and Events, is a boutique planning and design company servicing Northern California, Southern California, Hawaii and destinations worldwide.

Event photo gallery sponsored by
Mission Housing Development Corporation | Nibbi

2017 Mission Housing gala panorama

Fundraising event lands major sponsors Nibbi Bros., Caritas Management

Thursday anniversary gala celebrates 46 years, supports on-site social services, recognizes community vanguards

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Robert Nibbi

“The values of Mission Housing Development Corporation… resonate deeply with our own values and culture” — Robert Nibbi. Photo:

The Mission Housing Development Corporation fall fundraising event is already on track to be a major success.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 is when the Mission Housing Gala, Silent Auction and Community Awards will be held at the Laborers Local 261 Hall in San Francisco [MAP].

Nibbi Brothers General Contractors has become the Developer level sponsor, contributing $15,000 to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund.

“The values of Mission Housing Development Corporation – especially their commitment to Community, Integrity and Quality – resonate deeply with our own values and culture.” said Bob Nibbi, President of Nibbi Brothers General Contractors.

“Having worked with together for over 25 years, we are delighted to support Mission Housing’s mission to improve the lives of all San Franciscans through building and maintaining affordable housing.”

Stepping into the Builder level sponsorship with a $10,000 donation to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund, is Caritas Management Corporation.

“As part of a 35 year relationship with Mission Housing Development Corporation, we are honored to share the same vision of preserving affordable housing, creating stability and enriching lives,” said Devesh Patel, President of Caritas Management Corporation.

“We are very proud of what Mission Housing has provided not only to the Mission District but in the beautiful city of San Francisco as a whole.”

The theme of the event, “46 Years of Building Safe, Empowered, and Resilient Communities” will be the basis for storytelling about Mission Housing residents who’ve recovered from adversity because of the affordable housing and supportive services they received.

Also recognized: Two community leaders who have been empowering voices in the fight to build strong neighborhoods.

“This will be an important celebration of our residents, our neighbors, our vanguards and our future,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We’ve come a long way in 46 years. One of the most important things to remember is that our accomplishments are about more than construction.”

Mission Housing on Eventbrite

Event admission sales will continue online through Wednesday night, September 13 at and at the door on Thursday evening.

“This event is our way of celebrating our successes and honoring those who make them possible,” Moss said.

Creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities

Funds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales will strengthen and sustain important Resident Services provided to occupants of the 100% affordable housing sites operated by Mission Housing.

“Our tenants and our neighborhoods thrive because of the free and voluntary on-site supportive services available from Mission Housing,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services at Mission Housing. “The funds we bring in with this event will help stabilize the lives of many families and individuals.”

Event admission sales will continue online through Wednesday night, September 13, at

Admission sales will also take place at the door on Thursday evening. Credit or debit card payments are highly encouraged.

Push Yourself from Mission Housing on Vimeo.