Siera Beal joined the California Housing Partnership in 2021. As a Housing Finance Specialist, 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 (LIHTC, tax-exempt bonds, HUD, HCD, and others).
Prior to joining the Partnership, Siera worked as a Lending Program Officer at LISC, where she originated and managed more than $8 million in predevelopment and acquisition loans for affordable housing and community development projects across San Diego County and developed the organization’s first-ever down payment assistance program. Before venturing into the affordable housing and community development realm, Siera spent most of her career in commercial real estate finance – first, as an Assistant Project Manager with RLJ Lodging Trust and later as a vice president in hospitality finance with CBRE. While with CBRE, Siera executed all aspects of securing debt & equity for hotel investments on behalf of her clients totaling $1.78B in financings spanning North America & the Caribbean. A proud native Ithacan, Siera earned her B.S. in Hotel Administration from her hometown alma mater, Cornell University. She also holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.