Thor has over 20 years’ experience in affordable housing and community development, including oversight of the implementation and administration of the Hunters Point Shipyard; serving as a liaison between the community, the Mayor’s office, the Navy, and the project’s developers (Lennar Urban); as well as coordinating the project area’s real estate, community and economic development, affordable housing, parks and public art projects.
Daniel Wong is Vice President / Senior Mortgage Consultant at Union Bank. Daniel is a long-time advocate for sustainable homeownership in San Francisco and has put together education programs and consumer outreach events via different organizations he is involved with. He specializes in jumbo and portfolio home mortgage lending with experience working with high net worth individuals/families and real estate investors.
Ben possesses decades of experience in managing all aspects of residential and mixed-use developments. His work in affordable housing includes leadership in rebuilding public housing projects critical to neighborhood revitalization. Ben’s capacity for community and team building is evident in his long-standing relationships and his reputation for integrity across public, private and non-profit sectors.
Ms. Johnson has 10 years of experience in the public finance space having worked at a national consulting firm, a software company and a major bank helping municipal governments plan for, issue and manage debt. In addition, Ms. Johnson has an extensive history working with San Francisco institutions. Ms. Johnson has served for 4 years as chair of the San Francisco Community Investment Fund (SFCIF) Advisory Board. Ms. Johnson was appointed to the San Francisco Planning Commission in July 2014 after serving for two years as chair of the San Francisco Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure.
Eve Combs has been a Realtor with Better Homes and Garden Realty for over 17 years, earning her Broker designation in 2004. She is an active
member of the San Francisco Association of Realtors and Chinese Real Estate Association of America. As member of the San Francisco Women’s Council of Realtors she has been Vice President of Membership and a member of the Board of Directors.
For the last five years, Jim has worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners living or located at low income communities respectively in counties such San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa among others. He developed and executed the first retail business incubator in San Francisco as well as the first food related business incubator in San Francisco.
Josie is a community development advocate with more than twenty five years of experience ranging from management of homeownership counseling programs, affordable housing development and specializes in financing of affordable homeownership programs for first time homebuyers. Prior to joining Boston Private Bank & Trust Company as its Vice President of CRA Residential Lending, Josie served as the Executive Director of HomeownershipSF. Josie has served more than fifteen years as a member of senior management teams at nonprofit organizations, contributing to the leadership and direction of achieving strategic goals and objectives.
Chuck Turner has been the Executive Director of the Community Design Center since 1970.
His background includes work as an urban planner, management intern at HUD Public Housing Administration in San Francisco and social worker in Oakland, California. Mr. Turner has a BA in Political Science and Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of several professional and civic organizations. Mr. Turner is married and has three children and lives in San Francisco.
Ms. Vincent has been an active member of the the Bayview community for over 35 years. She has a long history of community involvement including serving on the Bayview-Hunters Point Economic Development Task Force, Bayview-Hunters Point Citizen Patrol, Providence Baptist Church Food Program, Bayview Senior Brown Bag program and many more. She graduated from the Tuskegee Institute in 1950. Ms. Vincent still lives in Bayview with her husband. She has 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Eddie J. Walker, a licensed broker in the State of California, has a 30-year history in retail banking, mortgage lending and community economic development. Eddie established the Oakland-based Walker Realty Group in July of 2004 and, throughout his career, Eddie has held key positions at leading financial institutions.
Noreen has extensive real estate asset management and lending and portfolio management experience. Since 2010, she has served as the director of asset management at Enterprise Community Investment – a leading provider of low-income housing tax credit equity – identifying and resolving problems related to construction and equity agreements, and providing regular analysis of financial performance and site visits. She previously was interim president and chief operating officer/executive vice president of Citizens Housing Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing developer.