Adrienne Gemheart joined the California Housing Partnership in 2021. As a Senior Housing Finance Consultant, they provide financial consulting, technical assistance and training to our nonprofit and government partners. They have experience with federal and state Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bond financing, funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank’s AHP Program, State of California HCD programs including MHP, AHSC, and NPLH; and local funding programs in Sacramento.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Adrienne worked as a project manager with Mutual Housing California for 2.5 years. There, Adrienne contributed to the development of several housing communities totaling around 400 units in the Sacramento area. Working with the MHP and NPLH programs, Adrienne focused on permanent supportive housing. Adrienne earned their Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. They also hold a B.S. in Anthropology and Geography from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Adrienne resides in Sacramento and serves on the board of the Sacramento Community Land Trust.
Andrew Dawson joined the California Housing Partnership in 2022 as the Policy Advocacy Manager. He interfaces with the housing finance, sustainable housing and research teams to inform policy initiatives and advocate for legislative and regulatory changes working with other nonprofit advocates, government entities and housing professionals.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Andrew worked in the Senate Housing Committee as part of the California Council on Science and Technology Fellowship program. Andrew acted as a consultant with the committee analyzing housing and homelessness bills, negotiating amendments and briefing members and staff. Some bill topics include electric vehicle charging regulations for multifamily complexes, affordable housing databases and diversity among contractors for CTCAC awardees. Before transitioning into housing policy, Andrew did his doctorate work studying electrode materials for Li-ion batteries, during which he won various science communication awards and obtained a Leader in Sustainability certificate
Laura Kobler joined the California Housing Partnership in 2003. As Senior Director, Financial Consulting – Tax Credit and Bond Programs, she provides financial technical assistance and training to our nonprofit and government agency partners throughout Northern California, and mentors local financial consultants. She was promoted from Sacramento Region Director in 2022. With more than 25 years of experience, Laura brings particular expertise in the development of mutual and rental housing and the regulations governing the competition for Low Income Housing Tax Credits. She serves on the board of the California Coalition for Rural Housing and was the past chair of the Sacramento Reinvestment Committee.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Laura served as the Director of Housing Development for Sacramento Mutual Housing Association (SMHA) (renamed, Mutual Housing), where she oversaw the organization’s development of new rental housing and acquisition and rehabilitation of existing properties. Prior to joining SMHA, Laura was Housing Program Manager and Project Manager at Rural California Housing Corporation (now part of Mercy Housing), where she was responsible for the development of 27 multi- and single-family affordable housing developments. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Sacramento. A graduate of the LISC Housing Development Training Institute, Laura also served as HDTI’s lead trainer for over 12 years until 2021.
Lauren Maddock joined the California Housing Partnership in 2018. As Senior Director, Financial Consulting – Portfolio Recapitalization, she provides financial consulting, technical assistance, portfolio analysis and training to our nonprofit and government partners on recapitalization strategies. She has extensive experience evaluating and developing strategies for older asset portfolios and has direct experience with a wide range of affordable housing finance tools including LIHTCs, tax-exempt bonds, and virtually all public funding programs administered at the local, state, and federal levels. She was promoted from her previous role as Director, Financial Consulting in 2023. Lauren is a frequent conference speaker and has presented on a variety of topics including portfolio analysis and management, Year 15 investor exits, re-syndications, and occupied rehabilitation and relocation strategies.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Lauren worked for 13 years at Mercy Housing California in a variety of roles, most recently as a Senior Project Developer specializing in the re-syndication of Mercy Housing’s existing portfolio. Prior to that, she was the Director of Asset Management for Mercy’s California portfolio encompassing 130 properties representing nearly 8,500 affordable units where she oversaw a team of five Asset Managers across the state. In this role, Lauren became a specialist in negotiating the buy-out of Low Income Housing Tax Credit investors in 18 transactions.
Lauren received a Master’s of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco School of Management and a B.A. in Archaeology with a minor in Earth Science from Boston University. She served on HomeRise (formerly Community Housing Partnership) Board of Directors from 2014 until 2022 and was appointed to the Richmond Rent Board in 2016, serving as Chair from 2019 until her departure in 2021.
Mark Stivers joined the California Housing Partnership in 2019 as the Director of Advocacy. In close coordination with nonprofit and government partners, as well as state housing leaders, Mark uses his two decades of experience in the field to help develop and advance a comprehensive agenda of legislative and regulatory solutions to the state’s affordable housing crisis.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Mark most recently served as the acting Deputy Director for the Division of Financial Assistance at the California Department of Housing and Community Development, where he oversaw the department’s program design, award, loan closing and monitoring efforts for more than 20 loan and grant programs. From 2015-2018, Mark was the Executive Director of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, responsible for the administration of the California’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Prior to his tenure at TCAC, Mark served 16 years as the primary housing consultant to the California Senate, where he focused on land use and affordable housing legislation. Mark began his career as a fair housing counselor with two Bay Area nonprofit fair housing organizations. He received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University.
Meagan Tokunaga joined the California Housing Partnership in 2021. As a Housing Finance Consultant, she provides financial consulting, technical assistance and training to our nonprofit and government partners to obtain funding for affordable housing developments from an array of private and public competitive sources. She was promoted from Housing Finance Specialist in 2022.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Meagan worked for six years in state government administration and housing policy. As a policy advisor in the California State Controller’s Office, Meagan provided expertise and recommendations to support the office’s fiduciary duties for various financing tools, including low-income housing tax credits. Prior to the Controller’s Office, Meagan worked as a Staff Finance Budget Analyst and Executive Fellow at the California Department of Finance. There she developed spending proposals and statutory language for the budgets of three state housing agencies, totaling over $2 billion annually.
Meagan earned her M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business in May 2023. She also holds a B.A. in Politics and Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College.