Lifetime Achievement

Janet Falk
Currently the Vice President for Real Estate Development for Mercy Housing California (MHC), Ms. Falk oversees all of MHC’s development activities statewide. She has long been regarded as an authority in the use of low income housing tax credit and tax-exempt bonds for nonprofit projects and in the ways in which local and state governments can most effectively assist in the development and preservation of affordable housing.

Prior to joining Mercy Housing, Ms. Falk served as Executive Director of the California Housing Partnership Corporation where she specialized in the refinancing of federally assisted projects and the policy issues involved in the preservation of at-risk housing. She began her housing career working as a housing and community development specialist for local government agencies in the Bay Area; Ms. Falk was also the Co-Director of Community Economics, Inc. for 19 years. She received a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University.


Private Sector

AF Evans Company, Inc
Since its founding by Art Evans 1977, AF Evans has developed over 10,000 units in over 70 properties spanning 36 cities in California, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon. In recent years, the firm has created vibrant mixed-income rental and ownership housing on infill sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

AMCAL Multi-Housing
For nearly 30 years, AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc.’s has build a solid reputation by planning, developing, building and managing projects valued at more than $350,000,000 throughout California. AMCAL’s mixed-income rental and ownership housing includes the Avenue 26 project along LA’s Gold Line. Percival Vaz currently serves as the AMCAL Multi-Housing founding President and CEO.

The Related Companies of California
The Related Companies of California has been responsible for over 6,000 units of housing across California and has another 2,500 units in the pipeline. What makes Related uniquely effective is the range of housing they produce and their special ability at joint ventures with local non-profit organizations. Related’s projects include HOPE VI for very-low income and public housing residents, HUD ‘preservation’ projects which help ensure continued affordability for low-income households, senior housing, mixed-income apartments, and in Downtown Los Angeles the Grand Avenue project in Bunker Hill – one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the country.


Non-Profit Sector

Were it not for the exemplary role of the non-profit sector over the past several decades, the affordable housing mission in California would be woefully under- served. Indeed, for over 30 years, the following (5) non-profit housing development organizations have been making a critical positive impact in the lives of low-income households in California.

Burbank Housing
Organized in 1980, Burbank Housing provides qualified nonprofit housing development, ownership, and management services in Sonoma County. The organization has developed 2,700 units over the past 25 years and currently has over 600 units of family rental, senior, self-help homeownership housing in the pipeline in over a dozen developments. John Lowry currently serves and Burbank Housing’s Executive Director.

Mercy Housing
Mercy Housing develops affordable housing for families, seniors, formerly homeless populations, people with HIV/AIDS and individuals with chronic mental illnesses and physical impairments. Begun in 1981, the organization has developed more than 12,000 units of affordable rental housing and over 3,000 homeownership units for low-income families in California, Idaho and Washington. Jane Graf currently serves as Mercy Housing’s Executive Director

Community HousingWorks
In its 20-year history as a developer and owner of affordable rental apartments in urban, suburban and rural communities across San Diego County, Community HousingWorks has completed over 1,300 rental and cooperative apartments in 25 complexes and currently has some 300 apartments in progress. The organization is also an innovator in community-based programs including after-school and leadership. Sue Reynolds currently serves as Community HousingWorks’ Executive Director.

Orange County Community Housing Corp.
OCCHC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help large families with little housing choice avoid poverty-like conditions through the provision of decent housing at an affordable price. Since 1977, the organization has developed over 200 units of housing affordable to very low-income families in cities throughout Orange County. Allen Baldwin currently serves as the Executive Director.

LA Community Design Center
LACDC is a non-profit architecture and real estate development firm that since 1972 has provided comprehensive architectural services and technical assistance to over 500 community groups to build a variety of projects including child care centers, health clinics, senior service centers, playgrounds, shelters for the homeless and permanent affordable housing for low-income people. Robin Hughes serves as the Executive Director.

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation
CEDC provides comprehensive housing services through a community building approach in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Since its incorporation in 1981, CEDC has built more than 1000 units of affordable for-sale and multi-family rental housing, manages 440 affordable rental units, and has helped more than 250 families into homeownership through education, counseling, and lending services.


Community Development Lending/Philanthropic Sector

S.H. Cowell Foundation
Since its inception in 1956, the foundation has approved 3,539 grants and paid out over $200 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and K-12 public schools, real estate gifts, and program related investments in Northern California. Making grants, increasing liquid assets, disposing of non-income generating property, and managing the real estate have been the Foundation’s major responsibilities.

California Community Foundation
The California Community Foundation was formed in 1915 within Security Pacific Bank; in the 1980s and ’90s, the foundation grew from $20 million in assets to $530 million in assets in 2000. Today, CCF’s focus is in four program areas, including: arts and human development, education, health care and neighborhood revitalization.


Public Sector


The following (4) elected state leaders were instrumental in the bi-partisan effort to forge, promote, and pass PROPOSITION 1C in 2006, the $2.85 billion housing bond to sustain and expand existing housing programs for shelter, supportive service rental housing, and homeownership opportunities:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The first governor in decades to make major investments in improving California’s aging infrastructure through his Strategic Growth Plan, Governor Schwarzenegger has also established the Hydrogen Highway and Million Solar Roofs Plan, continuing his leadership in creating a greener environment.

Senate President Don Perata
With a career that began in teaching — of Civics, English, History from 1966-1981 – Mr. Perata was first elected in 1986 to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, to the California Assembly in 1996. He has been unanimously elected President pro Tem three times by the members of the State Senate.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez
Elected to the State Assembly in 2002, the Speaker has consistently worked with Republicans to craft bipartisan budgets that are on-time, balanced, and “lean but not mean.” His legislative focus includes consumer protection, a state minimum wage increase, and an expansion of health insurance for children.

Sen. Min. Leader Dick Ackerman
Leading the State Senate Republicans since 2004, Mr. Ackerman has advocated for badly needed infrastructure investment by breaking bond issues into separate measures. First elected to the Assembly in 1995, he received Legislator of the Year Award from California League of Cities in 2005.


Betsy Morris – San Diego Housing Commission
As the President and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission, an agency that helps more than 75,000 people each year afford housing in the City of San Diego, Ms. Morris administers traditional housing programs, finances affordable housing, and provides policy advice to the Mayor and City Council.

Judy Nevis – CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development
Ms. Nevis career with HCD began in 1989 as its Legislative Coordinator and later served from 2000-2006 as Chief Deputy of HCD where her duties included oversight of housing and economic development programs and enforce State Housing Element law. She continues to serve as a ‘retired annuitant’.

Alex Sanchez – Santa Clara Housing Authority (and CHC Founder)
Mr. Sanchez’s public service over the past quarter century includes Director of Housing for the City of San Jose where he oversaw the department’s assisting in the development of over 10,000 housing units. He is currently the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara.