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Michael Gunning
mgunning@calhfa.ca.gov

Michael Gunning

Acting Chairperson, 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.

AnaMarie Avila-Farias
amafarias@calhfa.ca.gov

AnaMarie Avila Farias

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

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.

Jonathan C. Hunter
jhunter@calhfa.ca.gov

Jonathan C. Hunter

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

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

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

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

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.


tpatterson@calhfa.ca.gov

Tia Boatman Patterson

Ex Officio, has served as Executive Director by appointment of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since August 2014. J.D. McGeorge School of Law. Previously: General Counsel at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) (2009-2014); Special Assistant to California State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (2008-2009) and California State Assembly Speaker Fabian NķŮez (2004-2008); Senior Associate, Best Best and Krieger LLP (2003-2004); Agency Counsel, SHRA (1999-2003); Policy Consultant for several California State Assembly Committees including Housing and Community Development (HCD) (1995-1999); Law Clerk, Greve Clifford Wengel and Paras (1992-1995). Boards/Councils: Board of Directors for the National Council of State Housing Agencies (since 2015, Chair since 2018); BBVA Compass Bank Community Advisory Board (since 2015); Federal National Mortgage Association Affordable Housing Advisory Council (2015-2018, Chair in 2016-2017).

John Chiang
fiona.ma@treasurer.ca.gov

Fiona Ma

Ex Officio, has served as State Treasurer since 2019. Previously, she was elected to the State Board of Equalization in 2014 and served through 2018. Ma was elected to the California State Assembly in 2006, serving three terms through 2012, including one as Speaker Pro Tempore, and previously served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She began her career as an accountant and is still a Certified Public Account. Ma earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology and has Masterís degrees in Taxation, from Golden Gate University, and Business Administration, from Pepperdine University.

Michael J. Cohen
keely.bosler@dof.ca.gov

Keely Bosler

Ex Officio, has been director of the California Department of Finance since 2018, after serving as the Cabinet Secretary in the Office of the Governor from 2016-2018 and previously as the Chief Deputy Director for Budget at that Department of Finance from 2013 to 2016. Bosler was the Staff Director for the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee from 2010-2013 and was a consultant for the committee from 2004-2009. She earned a Masterís degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University and a Bachelorís degree in Agricultural Business from California State University, Chico.

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.

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