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Michael Chao

I am fond of saying I was raised along the I-80 – growing up in the Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, and Oakland areas. So of course, I’m Oakland A’s and Warriors all the way!

My older sister had already been working for a while as an affordable housing developer when I started one of my first jobs at a small Berkeley real estate development firm in 2000. That’s where my interest in development began. My career has included overseeing housing development for several nonprofits, including at Community Housing Partnership from 2008 to 2014. Then, I came to Mission Housing, where I pursue and supervise new housing development opportunities, and the rehabbing of our existing properties.

What I enjoy about housing development are the buildings — from how they are put together, to how they look and function. I enjoy the creative process of starting from a raw piece of land and coming up with a final tangible product that can have a major impact on people’s lives, something they can use and enjoy. The most satisfying part of my job is the opportunity to be able to make a positive impact and contribute to Mission Housing’s history and service to Mission District residents while enjoying continued professional growth.

I enjoy the energy, vibrancy, culture of the Mission, and of course, all the great eating options! One of my favorite restaurants is Mau on Valencia.

A typical weekend is filled with lots of quality time for my two young sons, and my close-knit family.

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