Lifetime Achievement

Peter Carey

In 1990 Peter Carey was named President and CEO of Self-Help Enterprises (SHE), a nationally recognized community development organization serving the San Joaquin Valley. In his 25 years as CEO, SHE built 3,900 ownership and rental housing units, rehabilitated 3,000 homes and facilitated 20,000 sewer and water connections in rural communities. Committed to public service, Peter is a past Mayor, Council Member and Planning Commissioner for the City of Visalia. He is a past president of the National Rural Housing Coalition, California Coalition for Rural Housing and the National Rural Self-Help Housing Association, and served nine years on the Board of the California Housing Finance Agency, including five as acting Chair. Peter is widely recognized for his work in rural housing, having received several national awards.


Non-Profit Sector

Bernard Deasy, Merritt Community Capital Corporation

Barney has been with Merritt Community Capital for over 18 years.  As Merritt’s President and CEO, Barney has been a leader in advocating for affordable housing across the state of California and has been involved in the creation of 14 funds and over $625mm in equity expanding investments in properties from a dozen counties into over 24 counties in California. Barney has helped to build Merritt, a 26 year old nonprofit, into a top-notch and highly regarded syndicator of the low income housing tax credit and fund manager serving only California. Moreover, the reputation of Merritt and its partnership, under Barney’s stewardship, has attracted over a dozen new investors since the 2008 housing crisis.


Community Development Lending

Golden State Acquisition Fund

The Golden State Acquisition Fund (GSAF) is a $93 million flexible, low-cost financing program aimed at supporting the creation and preservation of affordable housing throughout the State of California. Financing is available for rental housing and homeownership opportunities in urban and rural communities. GSAF was established with $23 million in seed funding from the California Department of Housing and Community Development and additional capital from Century Housing, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Low Income Investment Fund, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Rural Community Assistance Corporation and Northern California Community Loan Fund, who serve as originating lenders.


Private Sector

Geoff Brown, USA Properties Fund Inc.

Geoff joined USA Properties Fund in 1989, and he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the company in 1997. He has overseen a dramatic increase in communities and units during his tenure. The company’s values, leadership and team structure reflect their success with the development/construction and acquisition/rehabilitation of more than 12,000 units of family and senior apartments in about 90 communities throughout California and Nevada. USA is a privately owned real estate development organization that specializes in building, developing and managing outstanding affordable family and senior communities.


Public Sector

Richard Gentry, San Diego Housing Commission

Rick has nearly 43 years of service and leadership in affordable housing and community development. The President & CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission since July 2008, Rick leads an agency with more than 275 employees, an annual budget of $325 million, more than 3,000 SDHC-owned/managed housing units, and 15,000 low-income families that receive federal rental assistance. Under his leadership, SDHC leveraged $95 million in equity from its portfolio of former public housing properties to create 810 additional affordable housing units, through public-private partnerships and direct acquisitions. Rick was visionary in developing HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, SDHC’s three-year homelessness action plan, which will impact the lives of 1,500 homeless San Diegans by applying the power of federal and local resources.


The Dianne Spaulding Local Leadership Award

Shiloh Ballard & Kevin Zwick

Established in 2014, this award is given to regional champions whose work in affordable housing has greatly impacted their local area. Using the momentum from recent regional policy wins, including approving an inclusionary zoning ordinance in San Jose and housing impact fees in San Jose and other cities, Shiloh Ballard and Kevin Zwick have worked tirelessly along with other steering committee members to create a housing advocacy organization dedicated to the South Bay. Their work has led up to the launch of SV@Home, coming in July 2015.