New board members advance Mission Housing agenda

Irving Gonzales, Eddie Ahn, and Jon Layman (left to right) recently joined the Mission Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors. Photos by Tony Bear!

Mission Housing welcomes three new board members, adding important expertise and continuing careful oversight

Three fresh faces have been seen at the monthly board meetings of Mission Housing Development Corporation since late 2016.

The Board of Directors oversees the strategic direction, budget, guidelines and policies of Mission Housing. The addition of these people as board members comes at a turning point in the development of the organization. Expanding the board with needed expertise also fulfills a key goal of the Mission Housing Strategic Plan.

An architect, lawyers come aboard

Irving Gonzales is Principal of G7A, a San Francisco architecture firm. Gonzales has been on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Chapter of American Institute of Architects. He has won multiple awards for affordable apartment designs.

Eddie Ahn is Executive Director of Brightline Defense, a public policy advocacy nonprofit committed to protecting and empowering vulnerable communities. Ahn is a nonprofit attorney who has served on San Francisco committees dedicated to social services and affordable housing.

Jon Layman is a partner with the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP. Layman has deep knowledge and insights on corporate and corporate governance matters, corporate finance and capital-raising transactions.

“Irving, Eddie, and Jon all have already had a great deal of influence on our work,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “The track records of these professionals show a deep understanding of the affordable housing business, and a passion for our mission.”

The three join continuing board members Rhosie Tolentino, Fernando Gómez-Benítez and Joshua Arce, who serves as Board Secretary.

There are still three vacancies remaining on the all-volunteer Mission Housing Board of Directors. Professionals with housing and community development experience are being sought.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Pete Gallegos, Toby Levine

Pete Gallegos and Toby Levine have reached the end of their terms on the Mission Housing board.

Levine, Gallegos, Wang reach end of terms

As these four join the board, three current members have reached the end of their terms, after many years of service.
Pete Gallegos, a real estate professional and activist, has served on the Mission Housing board from 2006 to 2016. He was Board Chair from 2013 to 2016.

Toby Levine, a veteran San Francisco educator, planner and activist, has served on the Mission Housing board from 2006 to 2016.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Shirley Wang

Shirley Wang served on the Mission Housing board from 2007 to 2016.

Shirley Wang, an attorney specializing in employment law, has served on the Mission Housing board from 2007 to 2016. She was Vice Chair from 2011 to 2016.

Mission Housing board members are limited to serving as many as three 3-year terms.

“Pete, Toby and Shirley have made outstanding contributions to Mission Housing, and to San Francisco,” said Moss. “All will be Board Members Emeritus, and continue as our special advisors.”

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Mission Housing Strategic Plan sets course

Strategic Plan outlines new opportunities, important strategic goals, and methods for measuring outcomes

In July 2013, Mission Housing Development Corporation began a strategic planning process to help make sure the organization continues to meet the needs of the Mission District and San Francisco residents in an era of changing demographics, gentrification and a lack of affordable housing.

Building Alliances Coaching facilitated the three retreat workshops of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Mission Housing Board of Directors. The workshops were held in 2013 and 2015. Board Chair Pete Gallegos and Executive Director Sam Moss led the sessions. Key staff members were also involved.

The retreat discussions brought consensus on the key elements of the strategic direction, goals and objectives, and financial strategy. Mission Housing’s historical values and the need for a reality-based mission statement were centerpieces of the discussions. Opportunities and challenges moving forward were identified.

The board participated in an interactive values exercise based on each member’s written assessment of individual and organizational values.

What emerged from the sessions was a new strategic plan crafted by the Mission Housing Board of Directors.

The results: Long and short-term goals were set. A renewed mission, values, vision and guiding principle for Mission Housing was created.

The retreat encouraged outlined many important strategic goals, and methods for measuring outcomes to be achieved by 2020. The plan encouraged Mission Housing to explore new opportunities. Since then, the leadership of the organization has forged ahead to accomplish much, well in advance of the target date.

To see the Strategic Plan, page through the PDF shown below, right-click [HERE] to download, or visit the corporate office of Mission Housing during business hours [MAP] to pick-up a printed copy.

Special thanks to Sadie Vialpando Williams & Anita Gonzalves of Building Alliances Coaching for their support and guidance in developing and preparing the Strategic Plan for Mission Housing Development Corporation. Thanks to A. Maciel Printing, Inc. for design and printing services.

Mission Housing strategic plan-updated-6-7-17