Ray Pearl
Executive Director

Ray became the Executive Director of the California Housing Consortium in March 2009. As the Executive Director, Ray is responsible for leading the premier “big tent” housing advocacy organization representing the development, building, financial, and public sectors united in a non-partisan effort to advance affordable housing and community development across California.

Prior to joining the Consortium, Ray spent many years in the private sector working in the government affairs and land use planning departments of two major Southern California development companies. He also has extensive experience in association management and housing policy advocacy through his service as the Executive Director of the Greater Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. In addition, Ray is a former Congressional staff member and served as a US Naval officer.

Ray received his BA degree from UCLA and his Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Ray’s community involvement includes work as a former board member of HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura and the Child Care Resource Center in the San Fernando Valley.  Ray also serves as the Treasurer of T.H.E. (Together Helping Education) Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools which raises private money to assist his local school district and is on the Board of his children’s elementary school Parent Faculty Club. He is also active with his children’s soccer teams through AYSO.

Ray lives in Westlake Village, CA with his wife, daughter and two sons.
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Program Manager, California Housing Consortium/CHC InstituteNancy Martin
Program Manager

Nancy joined CHC as Program Manager in 2009. Nancy’s background includes experience both in the public and private sectors. Her interest in affordable housing began during her work in the land development field. Nancy was a Project Coordinator for SunCal Companies, a California based development company, where she managed the Department of Real Estate and Homeowner Association activities.

Nancy has a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications & Journalism from California State University, Fresno. Originally from California’s Central Valley, she currently resides in West Los Angeles with her husband, son and daughter.

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Marina Wiant
Policy Director

As Policy Director, Marina plans, directs, and coordinates all activities related to the development of CHC’s policy positions, including interacting with government officials, testifying in legislative hearings, planning policy-related events, and preparing materials to inform CHC members, the media, and the public on issues related to the affordable housing industry. Prior to joining CHC, Marina worked as a legislative staffer in the California State Assembly and also interned with the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee.

Marina serves as Co-Director of the New Leaders Council – Sacramento, an organization that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials, and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape.

Marina received her J.D. from Santa Clara University, with an emphasis in international law, and received her B.A. from UCLA, majoring in political science and minoring in Global Studies and Russian Language. She was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2010. She works in CHC’s Sacramento office.

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Andy Russellheadhot 2
Communications and Policy Associate

Andy joined the CHC team in August 2016 as a Communications and Policy Associate, where he works to expand our capacity to build political capital and effectively communicate our positions on issues.

Most recently, he worked on Federal health care issues in DC and the Bay Area with a non-profit advocacy firm dedicated to spurring the advancement of treatments and cures for rare diseases. While in this role, Andy focused on building grassroots advocacy efforts to expand and improve newborn screening for rare diseases. He also brings a wide breadth of local government experience working for the city managers of West Sacramento and San Rafael, as well the League of CA Cities where he concentrated on Public Safety, Community Services, Employee Relations, Economic Development, and Transportation/Communication/Public Works issues.

Andy received a B.A. in Political Studies with a minor in Anthropology from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and an MPA from Sol Price School of Public Policy (USC). When Andy is not traveling or spending time with his family & friends, he enjoys playing and coaching Rugby. Contact him at arussell@calhsng.org, he works in CHC’s Sacramento office.