Aditya Potluri joined the California Housing Partnership in 2020 with more than fifteen years of experience in the affordable housing industry. As a Senior Housing Finance Consultant, he provides financial consulting, technical assistance and training to our nonprofit and government partners. He was promoted from Housing Finance Consultant in 2022. Aditya brings expertise in budgeting, financing and construction of both rehab and mixed-use new construction. He has direct experience securing and closing a range of financing including tax credits; tax-exempt bonds; programs from HCD including AHSC, MHP and IlG; and funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank’s AHP program.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Aditya served as a Senior Project Manager at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) in San Francisco and as a Project Manager at Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) in Berkeley. He has managed the development of over seven hundred homes serving families, seniors, transition-aged youth, special needs individuals and people experiencing homelessness. Aditya received a dual Master of City and Regional Planning and Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture at the University of Mumbai.
Amanda Isbell joined the California Housing Partnership in 2013. As Director of Human Resources and Operations, Amanda oversees the Operations team and provides strategic leadership of the organization’s administrative functions in human resources, finance, contract management and technology. She was promoted from HR and Operations Manager in 2022.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Amanda worked as the Project Assistant for four years at Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA). During Amanda’s time with SAHA, she provided support for the development of more than 28 affordable housing communities.
Amanda holds her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from San Francisco State University.
Amanda joined the California Housing Partnership in 2013. As Director of Human Resources and Operations, Amanda oversees the Operations team and provides strategic leadership of the organization’s administrative functions including human resources, finance, technology, and equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Amanda began her work with the Partnership as Sustainable Housing Program Associate and held positions as Operations Coordinator and HR & Operations Manager before being promoted to her current role. Prior to joining the Partnership, Amanda worked as the Project Assistant for four years at Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA). During Amanda’s time with SAHA, she provided support for the development of more than 28 affordable housing communities.
Amanda holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from San Francisco State University.
Anthony Vega, Ph.D., joined the California Housing Partnership in 2021. As Research Director, he oversees the Partnership’s research, policy analysis, and program evaluation efforts to improve affordable housing policy and programs.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Anthony was the Director of Research and Evaluation at The Community Builders (TCB) in Boston, where he oversaw the evaluation of the Community Life programs and their impact on resident housing stability and access to opportunity, in coordination with the TCB real estate development, property management, and fund development teams. In addition, he worked as a senior research analyst at the John Jay Research and Evaluation Center in New York. In this role, he oversaw the evaluation of the crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) training and other components of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety in 15 public housing developments. Anthony also worked on a feasibility study to evaluate rental housing affordability programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS). He has taught 15 courses in Criminology and Sociology at Washington State University and John Jay College.
Dr. Vega earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Washington State University and a B.A. in Sociology from Humboldt State University. He is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society and the American Sociology Association.
Dan Rinzler joined the California Housing Partnership in 2016. As Associate Research Director, Dan is responsible for policy and research initiatives which aim to expand the resources for affordable housing preservation and development in California, as well as increase their efficiency and social impact. He was promoted from Senior Policy Analyst in 2022.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Dan worked at the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), where he managed a variety of strategic initiatives—such as around impact assessment and the intersection of health care and housing—and contributed to program development and policy leadership. Prior to LIIF, he helped design and manage low-income housing programs at the state and local level, and worked as an urban planning consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dan earned a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013, and a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in 2007.
Dana Kaplan joined the California Housing Partnership in 2023. As Accounting and Operations Associate, she supports the Partnership’s affordable housing preservation and policy efforts through the organization’s administrative functions in office management, human resources, accounting, and finance.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Dana held sales, customer service, and general management roles in the automotive industry. Before automotive she worked in accounts payable, accounts receivable, bookkeeping and general ledger positions in a variety of both public and private industries. Although relatively new to non-profit organizations, Dana is looking forward to supporting the great work CHP provides.
Dana holds a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Visual Arts and Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also acquired a Certificate in Advanced Accounting Procedures from Santa Clara University.
Danielle M. Mazzella joined the California Housing Partnership in January 2016. As Senior Research Manager, Danielle is responsible for managing the Partnership’s Preservation Database, providing technical assistance to affordable housing developers, jurisdictions, and government agencies, and supporting the Partnership’s advocacy efforts through data analysis and GIS mapping. She was promoted from Preservation & Data Manager in 2022.
Prior to joining the California Housing Partnership, Danielle worked at the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) where she collected data on existing financing mechanisms and policies for affordable housing, performed GIS analysis, and assisted in legislative advocacy efforts.
Danielle received a M.A. in Geography from San Francisco State University in 2016, and received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013.
Dave Kiddoo rejoined the California Housing Partnership in 2020. As Senior Director, Financial Consulting – Public Housing Initiatives, Dave provides financial consulting assistance and training to the Partnership’s nonprofit and government partners, and mentors local financial consultants. During his tenure at the Partnership, Dave has served as the primary financial architect for the San Francisco Housing Authority’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) disposition, a portfolio that converted approximately 3,500 units of public housing with an aggregate budget of approximately $2 billion. Additionally, Dave has played a key role in the planning of the Sunnydale and Potrero components of the HOPE SF program and was the lead financial consultant for seven other developments. He was promoted from Director of Public Housing Initiatives in 2022.
Dave has also worked for several other affordable housing developers during his career. He held leadership positions with the Oakland Housing Authority and American Baptist Homes of the West, and also worked as a project manager with EAH Housing and Citizens Housing. In that time, he managed or supervised the development of over 1,000 units of housing with an aggregate budget in excess of $300 million. Dave has extensive experience with HUD, HCD, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and tax-exempt bond financing. Dave holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College.
Hilda Morones joined the California Housing Partnership in 2023. As Operations Manager, Hilda supports and manages organization-wide operational functions in IT, contract and data management, office management, human resources, and finance.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Hilda worked as a HR Generalist in nonprofit public media. She has also held roles in Office Management in San Francisco’s tech industry, and as an Administrative Associate for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH). During her 3.5 years at NPH, Hilda provided support in IT, office and people operations, finance, conferences and events, and data management.
Hilda studied Journalism at Gonzaga University and Broadcasting at San Francisco State University.
Matt Alvarez-Nissen joined the California Housing Partnership in 2022. As Senior Research Associate, Matt N. provides support to the Partnership’s policy and research efforts through data analysis and program evaluation. He also oversees several projects that include regional work with local governments and statewide academic/ research partners.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Matt worked at Dyett & Bhatia where he was the lead planner on housing elements for several California cities. Before Dyett & Bhatia, Matt worked on gentrification and displacement research projects at both the Urban Displacement Project and the Changing Cities Research Lab. Matt earned both a B.A. in Urban Studies and an M.A. in Public Policy at Stanford University in 2020.
As President & CEO of the California Housing Partnership, Matt Schwartz plays a leadership role in shaping state and federal legislation and regulations to expand the resources to preserve and create affordable housing for the state’s lowest-income residents. Matt has worked in the development, preservation, planning, and financing of affordable housing for more than 30 years in both the private and public sectors including eight years with MidPen Housing, five years with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and 20 years leading the California Housing Partnership. Matt was appointed to the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission by Mayors Newsom and Lee, is a past President of the Board of Housing California and a past member of the Board of the Non-Profit Housing (NPH) Association of Northern California.
In recognition of his leadership in the field, the Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing named Matt the 2010 Advocate of the Year, the NonProfit Housing Association of Northern California awarded Matt its 2013 Inspirational Leadership Award, and the California Housing Consortium admitted Matt into its nonprofit Housing Hall of Fame in May 2013. Matt received a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. He is a recipient of the Harvard’s Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service and Stanford’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel award for Outstanding Public Service.
Meg McGraw-Scherer joined the California Housing Partnership in 2000 and has more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing finance and development. As Senior Director, Financial Consulting – Peninsula Region, she provides financial consulting and technical assistance to our nonprofit and public agency partners in Northern California, as well as supervises and mentors local financial consultants. She was promoted from Peninsula Director in 2022. Meg has expertise in structuring financing packages for projects utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, as well as multiple public funding programs administered at the local, state, and federal level. She helps her nonprofit clients finance new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation projects serving families, seniors, and special needs populations.
Prior to joining the California Housing Partnership, Meg worked for two years in the Los Angeles office of the National Equity Fund, a nonprofit tax-credit syndication organization that provides millions of dollars in tax-credit equity to projects throughout the country. There she worked as an underwriter on Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects sited in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to the National Equity Fund, Meg spent over three years at the King County Housing Authority in Seattle as an intern, Housing Programs Coordinator, and Housing Developer in the Housing Authority’s Planning and Development Departments where she worked on the development of projects using Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, and various federal and local financing programs.
Meg received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College. She serves as a board member on the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County since 2017 and Housing Trust Silicon Valley since 2020. She was previously a board member of the California Reinvestment Coalition from 2002-2007 and a member of the City of Menlo Park’s Housing Commission from 2016-2020.
Mengxin Zhou joined the California Housing Partnership in 2017 as a Housing Finance Consultant. As Associate Director, Financial Consulting, she provides financial consulting, technical assistance and training to our nonprofit and government clients throughout Northern California. Mengxin has worked on complex Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, tax-exempt bond, and HCD financing and development projects. She was promoted from Senior Housing Finance Consultant in 2022.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Mengxin worked for EAH Housing as a Project Manager, enabling the extensive rehabilitation of homes for over 750 residents. Prior to joining EAH, Mengxin was an acquisitions analyst for CREA, Inc., a national tax credit syndicator specializing in federal and state Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credits investment. During her three years there, she worked closely with other members of the acquisitions team and underwriting team to identify and close 12 equity investments totaling $98 million in tax credits in eight different states, including California. Mengxin holds a master’s in Urban Planning, with a concentration in Housing and Neighborhood Development from Harvard University, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration as an Outstanding Graduate from Renmin University of China.
Miki Kobayashi joined the California Housing Partnership in March 2022. As a Housing Finance Analyst, she provides financial consulting, technical assistance, and data analysis. Through her schooling, case competitions, and previous work, she has experience working with federal and state Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bond financing, and State of California HCD programs.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Miki worked as an associate at BAE Urban Economics for four years. There, she contributed to projects using her skills with data collection and analysis using Excel and Python, report writing, and pro formas primarily for jurisdictions throughout California. In addition, Miki worked as a teaching assistant for a UC Berkeley graduate class on affordable housing financing and a seminar on California Housing Elements. Miki earned her Master’s in City Planning (MCP) from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning and a minor in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis with classwork from the University of California, San Diego.
Paul (PJ) Jones
Paul “PJ” Jones joined the California Housing Partnership in September of 2022. As the Finance Manager, Paul oversees the organization’s finance and accounting functions.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Paul worked as the Finance and Administration Manager at Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) for close to four years. During Paul’s time with FVAP, he provided financial management and audit support as well as Grant management support for the organization. For the bulk of his career Paul worked in various roles in within Charles Schwab and Co., while also volunteering with Contra Costa County Search and Rescue as a general team member and fiscal manager of their nonprofit.
Paul holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Communications from San Jose State University.
Ray McPherson joined the California Housing Partnership as a Research Associate in 2022. They support the Partnership’s affordable housing data visualization and preservation projects through data analysis, spatial analysis and automation.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Ray was a GIS Programmer Analyst at Renewable Resources Group where they automated repetitive tasks, created user-friendly tools that performed a variety of analyses, and were a main point of contact for troubleshooting technical issues. They have also volunteered their time and skills to organizations such as the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance and the Center for Identity and Inclusion at CU Denver. Ray received a MA of Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science at the University of Colorado Denver, and a BA of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming.
Richard Mandel has been with the California Housing Partnership since 1990. As Managing Director, Financial Consulting, he oversees the Partnership’s staff of Northern California housing finance consultants, and provides direct technical assistance and training to nonprofit and local governmental entities in affordable housing finance. Richard has particular expertise in structuring financing packages for projects utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bonds, State of California HCD Programs, Section 8 project-based assistance, Affordable Housing Program (AHP), and other state and local housing programs. He has assisted nonprofits in the financing of thousands of apartments, including new construction and acquisition/rehabilitation projects serving families, seniors, special needs and other populations.
Prior to joining the California Housing Partnership, Richard was a Project Manager with the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, a major nonprofit development corporation. Richard has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops on topics including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit syndication, multifamily lending issues, preservation of federally assisted housing, and other subjects. He has conducted a range of trainings on related issues.
Richard received a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Chair of the Preservation Working Group of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California and remains active in housing finance technical and policy issues.
Thái-Ân Ngô joined the California Housing Partnership in 2020. As a Senior Housing Finance Consultant, she provides financial consulting, technical assistance, and training to our nonprofit and government partners.
Prior to the Partnership, Thái-Ân was a Vice President of Underwriting at Berkadia (formerly known as Riverside Capital) where she closed on over $147MM in LIHTC investments, including two large Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) deals in Los Angeles. Before that, Thái-Ân was an Associate Director at Aegon USA Realty Advisors, where she sourced, underwrote, and closed transactions totaling over $170 MM in LIHTC equity and $160 MM in solar investment tax credits (ITC). Thái-Ân began her long career in affordable housing with a 14-year tenure at Chinatown Community Development Center where she held a variety of housing development roles and oversaw the development of several urban-infill new construction projects. Thái-Ân is a graduate of the LISC Housing Development Training Institute and received a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University. She has also served on the Board of Directors of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC).
Yasmin Givens joined the California Housing Partnership in 2022. As Research Analyst, she provides analytical support to advance key research, policy analysis, and program evaluation efforts to improve federal, state, and local affordable housing policies and programs.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Yasmin interned with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Houston Education Research Consortium, where she contributed to research initiatives in federal housing policy and local education policy, respectively.
Yasmin received a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Policy Analysis from Rice University in 2022.
Zorica Stančević rejoined the California Housing Partnership in 2017. As Senior Director, Financial Consulting – Housing Finance Training, Zorica provides financial consulting, technical assistance and training to our nonprofit and government clients throughout California, and leads the Partnership’s training division. She was promoted from Director of Training in 2022. Zorica brings more than 15 years of experience in affordable housing finance and development. She has experience structuring financing packages with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax-Exempt Bond financing, as well as a range of federal, state, and local programs, including local rental/operating subsidies. Zorica has directly contributed to the development or rehabilitation of over 1,700 units of affordable housing totaling more than $470 million in development costs.
Prior to rejoining the Partnership, Zorica spent two years as a Project Manager of Affordable Housing Tax Credit Investments with U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation where she underwrote and closed $157 million in Low Income Housing and Historic Tax Credit investments. Before her previous five-year tenure with the California Housing Partnership, Zorica worked as a Senior Project Manager with A Community of Friends where she managed the development of 250 supportive housing units and $115 million in financing. Zorica received a Master of Arts in Urban Planning with a specialization in Housing and Community Development from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.