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Dates, Locations and Board Materials for upcoming Board Meetings.

Press & Media

CalHFA press releases, articles that have appeared in newspapers and other media.

2015/2016 Annual Report

The FY 2015/2016 Annual Report and its supporting documents are now available online.

Board Member Profiles

Janet Falk
jfalk@calhfa.ca.gov

Janet Falk, Chairperson, served as vice president for real estate development at Mercy Housing from 2002 to 2011. She was executive director at the California Housing Partnership Corporation from 1999 to 2002, co-director at Community Economics Incorporated from 1980 to 1999, associate planner for the City of Walnut Creek Planning Department from 1976 to 1980 and assistant planner for the City of Concord Planning Department from 1975 to 1976. Falk earned a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

AnaMarie Avila-Farias
amafarias@calhfa.ca.gov

AnaMarie Avila Farias is a senior housing program analyst at the Housing Authority of Contra Costa County. She served on the Martinez City Council and as the city’s Vice Mayor from 2012 to 2016. Avila Farias was community services program manager for the City of Concord from 2013 to 2014, senior management analyst at the Oakland Housing Authority from 2007 to 2013 and senior community development specialist in the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development from 1998 to 2007. She served as housing and healthcare facilitator at the Contra Costa County Public Health Services Department from 1997 to 1998 and central waiting list supervisor at the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa from 1989 to 1997. She earned a Master of Science degree in information systems management from the University of San Francisco.

Eileen Gallagher
egallagher@calhfa.ca.gov

Eileen Gallagher has served as managing director at Stifel's San Francisco Public Finance Office since 2011. She was managing director at Stone and Youngberg from 1998 to 2011. Gallagher earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and marketing from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Michael Gunning
mgunning@calhfa.ca.gov

Michael Gunning has been vice president at the Personal Insurance Federation of California since 2001. He served as managing director at Nehemiah Community Reinvestment from 1999 to 2001 and director at the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) program at the California Department of Insurance from 1996 to 1999. He has also served as senior policy consultant for the California State Assembly and was executive assistant to the State Treasurer of Missouri. Gunning was a Coro Foundation Fellow and earned a Master of Public Policy Analysis degree in international development from Claremont Graduate University.

Jonathan C. Hunter
jhunter@calhfa.ca.gov

Jonathan C. Hunter has been senior principal at LeSar Development Consultants since 2014. He held multiple positions at the Corporation for Supportive Housing from 2000 to 2014, including serving as managing director of the Western Region from 2008 to 2014. Hunter was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Episcopal Community Services from 1993 to 2000 and held several other positions at that agency beginning in 1987. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Juniata College and a Master of Divinity degree from Bethany Theological Seminary.

Tiena Johnson-Hall
tjohnsonhall@calhfa.ca.gov

Tiena Johnson-Hall has served as senior vice president, Community Development Finance Manager at BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc. since 2014. She was vice president at U.S. Bank from 2005 to 2013 and director of housing at the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department from 2003 to 2005. Johnson-Hall was senior vice president at Bank of America from 1996 to 2003 and project manager at Abode Communities from 1991 to 1994. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Howard University.

Preston Prince
pprince@calhfa.ca.gov

Preston Prince has been chief executive officer and executive director at the Fresno Housing Authority since 2007. He was executive director at the Aurora Housing Authority from 2002 to 2007 and senior housing development program manager at the Seattle Housing Authority from 1999 to 2002. Prince was director of housing development at Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority from 1995 to 1999 and a housing developer at Common Ground from 1990 to 1995. He was president of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials from 2013 to 2015. Prince earned a Master of Arts degree in urban affairs and policy analysis from the New School of Architecture & Design.

Stephen Russell
srussell@calhfa.ca.gov

Stephen Russell has served as executive director of the San Diego Housing Federation since 2015. Russell has worked in community and economic development in San Diego for the past 20 years, first as executive director of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement District, and later as advisor to then-San Diego City Council Member Toni Atkins. In addition to serving for five years as president of the nonprofit City Heights Community Development Corporation, Russell has served on the New School of Architecture Foundation Board since 2009 and is a Housing California Board Member. He got his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New School of Architecture & Design.

Dalila Sotelo
dsotelo@calhfa.ca.gov

Dalila Sotelo has been senior development executive at the Integral Group since 2016. She was principal of the Sotelo Group from 2011 to 2016 and served in multiple positions at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles from 2007 to 2011, including deputy chief executive officer and deputy chief of operations. Sotelo was senior vice president at McCormack Baron Salazar from 1995 to 2007, a finance officer at the City of Los Angeles Housing Department from 1993 to 1995 and project manager for the Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles from 1991 to 1993. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Occidental College.

Ken Alex
ken.alex@gov.ca.gov

Ken Alex, Ex Officio, has served as director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research since 2011. He is a senior policy advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the chair of the Strategic Growth Council. Prior to joining the Governor's office, Alex was an assistant attorney general heading the environment section of the California Attorney General's Office, and the co-head of the Office's global warming unit. He led the California Attorney General's energy task force from 2000 to 2006. Alex was named "Attorney of the Year" by California Lawyer in 2004 and received the ABA award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy in 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political theory from the University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated from Harvard Law School.

Tia Boatman Patterson
tpatterson@calhfa.ca.gov

Tia Boatman Patterson, Ex Officio, has served as executive director of CalHFA by appointment of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since August 2014. Prior to joining CalHFA, Boatman Patterson was the general counsel at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency from 2009 to 2014. She was special assistant to California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass from 2008 to 2009 and to California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez from 2005 to 2008, senior associate at Best Best and Krieger LLP from 2003 to 2004 and agency counsel at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency from 1999 to 2003. From 1995 to 1999, Boatman Patterson served as a policy consultant for several California State Assembly Committees including Housing and Community Development and worked prior as a law clerk at Greve Clifford Wengel and Paras from 1992 to 1995. Boatman Patterson earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of State Housing Finance Agencies since 2015 and the BBVA Compass Bank Community Advisory Board beginning that same year. She has also been on the Federal National Mortgage Association Affordable Housing Advisory Council since 2015.

John Chiang
john.chiang@treasurer.ca.gov

John Chiang, Ex Officio, has served as State Treasurer since being elected in 2014. He served as State Controller from 2007 to 2014 and on the State Board of Equalization from 1998 through 2006, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and previously served as an attorney in the State Controller's Office. Chiang earned his Bachelor's degree in finance from the University of South Florida and his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Michael J. Cohen
michael.cohen@dof.ca.gov

Michael J. Cohen, Ex Officio, has been director of the California Department of Finance since 2013, after serving as a chief deputy director of budget for that Department from 2011 to 2013. He served in a number of roles with the Legislative Analyst's Office from 1997 to 2010, including deputy legislative analyst, director of state administration and local government finance analyst. Cohen earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies from Stanford University.

Vito Imbasciani
Vito.Imbasciani@calvet.va.gov

Dr. Vito Imbasciani, Ex Officio, has served as secretary for the California Department of Veterans Affairs since 2015. Imbasciani has been a urologic surgeon with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group since 1997. He served as state surgeon for the California Army National Guard from 2006 to 2014 and as a surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1986 to 2014. Imbasciani is a past president of the California Urologist Association, the Los Angeles County Medical Association and a former member of the California Medical Association Board of Trustees and the California Association of Physician Groups Board of Directors. He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts (musicology) degrees from Cornell University.

Ben Metcalf
Ben.Metcalf@hcd.ca.gov

Ben Metcalf, Ex Officio, has served as the Director of the State Department of Housing and Community Development since February of 2016. While leading HCD, he has overseen the launch or updating of key statewide housing initiatives such as Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program, the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, the No Place Like Home Program, and an in-depth Statewide Housing Assessment titled California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities. Prior to HCD, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs at HUD and a Project Manager at BRIDGE Housing Corporation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Amherst College and his Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.

Alexis Podesta
alexis.podesta@bcsh.ca.gov

Alexis Podesta, Ex Officio, has been secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency since 2017, after serving as undersecretary at the Agency since June of 2015. She served as director of external affairs and international affairs and chief of protocol in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. from 2011 to 2015. Podesta was special assistant to the senior vice president of public affairs and senior advisor to the chairman and chief executive officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 2009 to 2011 and was manager of government relations at the Walt Disney Company from 2007 to 2009. She served as director of scheduling in the Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein from 2002 to 2007. Podesta earned her Bachelor's degree from George Washington University.