Mayor appoints Sam Moss Building Inspection commissioner

San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell (left) administers the oath of office to Sam Moss (center), Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, and other citizens who are volunteering on City and County of San Francisco oversight boards and commissions. Photo by Tony Bear!

May 14 swearing-in ceremony adds Mission Housing exec to SF Department of Building Inspection oversight panel

San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell has appointed Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, to the Building Inspection Commission.

The seven citizens who serve on the Building Inspection Commission, or BIC, oversee the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of City and County of San Francisco building, housing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical codes, along with the Disabled Access Requirements. These codes and regulations are implemented by the Department of Building Inspection, also known as DBI, or, the Building Department.

The Building Inspection Commission provides policy direction to DBI, and also represents the various communities and industries which interact with BDI, while providing a public forum for community involvement in the agency’s work.

Moss will represent the affordable housing industry.

“The Building Inspection Commission oversees just about every facet of post-entitlement processes and issues associated with building and rehab in San Francisco,” said Moss. Moss: “It is an honor, and very exciting, to be a part of a Commission that can help bring new affordable housing online more efficiently, while also ensuring our existing housing stock is up to code and safety regulations.”

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About the Department of Building Inspection
The Department of Building Inspection was created by voter referendum under Proposition G in 1994. The charter amendment established the body known as the Building Inspection Commission (BIC) which was designed to provide representation for the various communities which interact with the Building Department. Read more about DBI HERE.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | San Francisco commissioners

In this May 14, 2018 photo, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell (center) is shown with the citizens who are volunteering on City and County of San Francisco oversight boards and commissions. Photo by Tony Bear!

Michael Chao becomes Mission Housing Director of Housing Development

Chao promotion comes as organization ramps-up focus on building affordable housing, acquiring sites

Friday, March 30, 2018, Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, announced the promotion of Michael Chao to the position of Director of Housing Development for the organization.

Chao has been Senior Project Developer at Mission Housing since 2014. He has led the efforts of the Housing Development team, which has added more than 1,000 units of new 100 percent affordable housing to the Mission Housing pipeline.

Under Chao’s leadership, Mission Housing has rehabilitated several hundred units of existing affordable housing, and will soon close on the acquisition of The Grand Oriente, a single room occupancy, residential hotel in the South of Market neighborhood of South Park. The multi-million dollar, 18-month rehab of The Grand Oriente is expected to begin in 2019.

The numerous industry partnerships Chao has created while leading the Housing Development team have played a major role in returning Mission Housing to its real estate development roots.

“Michael Chao is the driving force behind Mission Housing solidifying its role as a leader in community-based affordable housing development,” said Moss. “His strong background in affordable housing finance, experience in renovating multi-unit properties, and his commitment to our mission make him the perfect person to lead our development efforts far into the foreseeable future.”

With the promotion of Chao to Director of Housing Development, Mission Housing is investing in the continued growth of current staff into leadership positions.

“The most satisfying part of my job is making a positive impact and contributing to the history of Mission Housing, while helping to build an affordable San Francisco,” said Chao. “I’m proud to have been part of Mission Housing as we find new footing, grow, and reinvent the organization in a responsible way.”

Prior to joining Mission Housing, Chao, a Bay Area native, had been responsible for overseeing housing development at several local nonprofits, including at Community Housing Partnership from 2008 to 2014.

Márcia Contreras named Mission Housing Deputy Executive Director

New executive leadership role brings focus, opportunity to organization; promotion opens up Director of Resident Services position

March 27, 2018, the Mission Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors unanimously approved the promotion of Márcia Contreras to the position of Deputy Executive Director of the organization.

Since 2015, Contreras has served in a dual role as Director of Operations and Resident Services, where she was the driving force behind the growth of the Mission Housing team from eight people to 25, and the expansion of supportive services partnerships to include numerous human services agencies. Under Contreras’ direction, Mission Housing fundraising efforts since 2015 have brought in several hundred-thousand dollars, via donations and grants. Her work at re-connecting Mission Housing to grassroots community organizations has helped solidify relationships throughout the Mission District and San Francisco.

Contreras also played a pivotal role supporting the Mission Housing efforts to win development rights for building more new, 100 percent affordable apartments.

Now, as Deputy Executive Director, she will oversee the operational and administrative functions of Mission Housing, while providing the leadership needed to advance the organization’s housing and community development goals.

“Márcia has done an excellent job in various management roles with Mission Housing since 2009, and is the best person to work with me in developing and implementing our overall vision and strategy going forward,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “Now, she will be directly involved in, and focused on, aligning our programs and strategies, building policy, and furthering our professional relationships throughout San Francisco.”

In addition to supervising directors, staff, and programs, Contreras will serve as the acting Executive Director, in cases when Moss is unavailable.

“This is a tremendous honor and a privilege. Mission Housing is a fantastic workplace, and a community asset. Supporting our mission has become my passion,” said Contreras. “I look forward to helping Sam and our board with continuing to deliver quality programs and facilities to our residents, and collaborating with our service partners to further develop how Mission Housing serves the San Francisco community.”

Contreras’ transition to the Deputy Executive Director role leaves vacant the Director of Resident Services position at Mission Housing. Applications are being accepted for the job, with the goal of filling the position immediately.

Chirag Bhakta receives 2017 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award

Chirag Bhakta gestures toward his parents from the stage of Brava Theater, during the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Awards. Photo by Tony Bear!

The Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation selects Chirag Bhakta for the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Award; forms a five-year partnership with the Koshland Program

The Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation has selected Chirag Bhakta, Community Engagement Coordinator for Mission Housing Development Corporation, as a recipient of the 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Award. The award honors his contributions to the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco and forms a five-year partnership with the Koshland Program.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Marisela Esparza

Marisela Esparza, Program Manager of San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network also received the Koshland Civic Unity award. Esparza is a board member of Mission Housing Development Corporation.

In celebration and recognition of his community work, Bhakta receives a personal award of $1,000. He will also collaborate with other neighborhood Fellows and the Koshland Committee in the allocation of approximately $300,000 over the next four years toward projects and efforts improving the quality of life in the Mission.

Bhakta and eleven others were feted in a ceremony at Brava Theater on June 28, 2017.

“To be honored in such a way, all this prestige along with a cohort of people I can honestly say I look up to,” Bhakta said in his remarks from stage. “I am humbled, I am elated to work with you all for the next half a decade”

“Half a decade for us to learn from each other, bond with each other, and build something together.”

“Chirag has a great deal of passion and love for our community, which fuels the great work he is doing at Mission Housing,” said has selected Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services. “He is matched-up with a very well-rounded, like-minded group of leaders. All of them are not afraid to fight for what is right and speak for those who can’t do it on their own.”

“Congratulations to all the Fellows. Their passion to make the Mission better inspires me!”

In recognizing community leaders, the Koshland Committee seeks to promote civic and community unity by building mutual respect among diverse elements of the community and encouraging collaboration in addressing neighborhood problems. The Koshland awards are given annually to recognize outstanding Bay Area community leaders who are not only risk-takers but also social innovators working to build healthy and productive neighborhoods.

About The Koshland Civic Unity Award
The award commemorates Daniel E. Koshland, a founder of The San Francisco Foundation. As a businessman and philanthropist, he committed both his resources and his energy to making the Bay Area a better place to live. He was also the founder of San Francisco’s Council for Civic Unity, which sought to alleviate injustices and discrimination by bringing together influential private and public sector leaders to solve community problems.

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Mission Housing Development Corporation | Koshland Awardees 2017

The 2017 Koshland Civic Unity Fellows (left to right): Nadia Conrad, Jon Jacobo, Diana Martinez, Sandra Sandoval, Marilyn Duran, Lorena Melgarejo, Lara Kiswani, Eric Cuentos, Celina Lucero, Chirag Bhakta, Marisela Esparza, Dairo Romero. Photo courtesy SF Foundation

2017 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Fellows

Chirag Bhakta,
Community Engagement Coordinator, Mission Housing Development Corporation
Nadia Conrad,
Teen Programs Coordinator, Jamestown Community Center
Eric Cuentos,
Director of Parent Partner Program, Mission Graduates
Marilyn Duran,
Community Organizer, PODER
Marisela Esparza,
Program Manager, San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network
Jon Jacobo,
Land Use Committee Member, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
Lara Kiswani,
Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
Celina Lucero,
Executive Director, Horizons
Lorena Melgarejo,
Coordinator of Parish Organizing, Archdiocese of San Francisco
Diana Martinez,
Mission SRO Collaborative Manager, Dolores Street Community Services
Dairo Romero,
Community Planning Manager, Mission Economic Development Agency
Sandra Sandoval,
Lifelong Missionera