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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