Adrienne Gemheart joined the California Housing Partnership in 2021. As a 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.
Laura Kobler joined the California Housing Partnership in 2003. As Director, Sacramento Region she provides financial technical assistance and training to our nonprofit and government agency partners throughout Northern California, and mentors local financial consultants. Previously, Laura served as the Director of Housing Development for Sacramento Mutual Housing Association (SMHA) (renamed, Mutual Housing of California), 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 California), where she was responsible for the development of 27 multi- and single-family affordable housing developments. 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 for the California Coalition for Rural Housing and was the past chair of the Sacramento Reinvestment Committee.
Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Sacramento, and is a graduate of the LISC Housing Development Training Institute. Laura is now the lead trainer for the LISC Housing Development Training Institute.
Lauren Maddock joined the California Housing Partnership in 2018. As Director of Portfolio Recapitalization, she provides financial consulting, technical assistance, portfolio analysis and training to our nonprofit and government partners on recapitalization strategies. She was promoted from her previous role as Senior Housing Finance Consultant in 2021. 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. 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. 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.
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 serves on the Community Housing Partnership Board of Directors 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 Legislative and Regulatory 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. 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 Analyst III, she provides financial technical assistance and support to the Partnership’s Housing Finance team to guide affordable housing developments in obtaining funding from an array of federal, state and local competitive programs. 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 is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. She also holds a B.A. in Politics and Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College.