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.
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.
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.
Lena Robinson is the director of community development for First Republic Bank. In this role, Ms. Robinson works to identify lending and investment opportunities that support affordable housing, economic development and asset building in the Bank’s core markets. Through collaboration with nonprofit organizations, community groups and government agencies she also plays an important role in the development of strategies that support and achieve optimal outcomes for financially underserved households and communities. Prior to joining First Republic, Ms. Robinson worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in varying roles culminating as the Regional Manager overseeing community development in Northern California.