Rich gross, president
Rich Gross is vice president and Northern California market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. He oversees Enterprise’s affordable housing, community development, investment and strategic programs for the San Francisco Bay Area. Those efforts include launching Enterprise’s role in a groundbreaking program to revitalize public housing in San Francisco, greening existing affordable housing, working with Bay Area communities on the foreclosure crisis and initiating investment in new affordable housing. He leads the Northern California effort to coordinate Enterprise solutions with partners and supports efforts to raise more capital for our work throughout the state. Previously, Rich managed and underwrote Low-Income Housing Tax Credit investments in California for Enterprise. Rich has more than 25 years of experience working in and with nonprofit housing development organizations. Prior to joining Enterprise, he was a senior associate with Devine and Gong, a consulting firm in San Francisco, specializing in the development and finance of affordable housing with nonprofit clients throughout the United States. Prior to that, Rich spent 10 years as the founding executive director of a nonprofit development corporation in Wisconsin, where he developed affordable housing, assisted small business development and was a strong advocate for low-income residents. Rich has taught in the graduate program in urban and regional planning at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and was elected and served on the Madison, Wisc., City Council. He is on the Board of Directors of both Housing California, a statewide housing advocacy organization, and Jamestown Community Center in the Mission District of San Francisco. He is the president of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund. Rich received a Bachelor of Arts in American history and a Master of Science in urban and regional planning from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Pablo bravo, TREASURER
Pablo Bravo is Vice President of Community Health, and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Dignity Health’s community health programs, including community benefit, community and social innovation partnership grants, investments, international community health, in support of Dignity Health’s mission, values and strategic goals. The Vice President of Community Health is also responsible for developing policy and providing strategic alignment and facilitation of Dignity Health’s community health programs. Prior to his time at Dignity Health, Pablo was the Fiscal Director for the City and County of San Francisco Department of Mental Health Children Services and Managed Care. Pablo has an M.P.A. from USF. Pablo serves on Boards including Religious Community Investment Fund, and on the Dominican San Rafael’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee.
LYDIA TAn, SECRETARY
Lydia Tan is Senior Vice President, Head of Development of Bentall Kennedy in the United States, overseeing real estate development activity for the company, which is comprised of a variety of asset types throughout the U.S. Lydia also serves on the U.S. Management Committee. Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy in 2014, Lydia was EVP, Director of Northern California Operations at Related California where she spearheaded the development of a $2 billion pipeline of mixed income, mixed use projects. Prior to that, she was EVP in charge of Development at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, where she oversaw the production of $2.4 billion in assets, participated as part of the executive management team, and co-led an investment partnership with CalPERS. With more than 30 years’ experience, she has had key involvement in conceptualizing, entitling, financing and constructing several large-scale public/private redevelopment efforts in the Western U.S. Lydia holds an AB Architecture degree from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University, and is a registered Architect in California. She is a member of the Stanford Real Estate Council and ULI, and serves on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater SF, SPUR, and the S.H. Cowell Foundation.
Meg Spriggs joined Shorenstein in 2013. She is responsible for overseeing multifamily housing transactions for the Shorenstein family. This includes sourcing and evaluating, as well as financing, acquiring, entitling, developing, managing and divesting of assets, and supporting other Shorenstein professionals in the evaluation and execution of mixed-use projects with a multifamily component. Ms. Spriggs has received recognition as an innovative and influential business leader, most recently she was among the San Francisco Business Times’ “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” for years 2014, 2015, and the “Forever Influential Honor Roll for Exceptional Women Leaders” in 2017. In 2013, she was in the top 40 list for the Bay Area’s brightest rising stars under the age of 40.
Ms. Spriggs is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha International, and the San Francisco Urban Planning and Research Association. Ms. Spriggs also serves on the board of directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and is a founding board member and Board Chair of ArtCare, in support of the public and civic arts programs of the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Prior to joining Shorenstein, Ms. Spriggs was a vice president of development for AvalonBay Communities, Inc. where she was responsible for land acquisition, design, entitlement, and permitting, as well as oversight of the construction and lease-up of multifamily properties in the San Francisco Bay Area region.
Ms. Spriggs graduated from University of Oregon with a B.A. in Economics and from Columbia University with an M.S. in Real Estate Development.
Nadia Sesay was appointed the Director of the Controller’s Office of Public Finance for the City & County of San Francisco by Mayor Gavin Newsom in March 2005. The Office of Public Finance manages the City’s $3.1 billion municipal debt portfolio, oversees the issuance of all new debt secured by property taxes and general fund sources, and initiates the City’s debt policies and procedures and provides technical expertise for the preparation and monitoring of the Ten-Year Capital Plan. In addition, Ms. Sesay and her staff provide financial analysis to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, Commissioners and department heads.
Ms. Sesay has been with the Office of Public Finance for nearly 17 years, serving as Financial Administrator and Bond Associate prior to her appointment as Director. Before joining the City, Ms. Sesay worked for Union Bank of California, N.A. in the Corporate Trust Department as Trust Administrator.
Ms. Sesay also sits on the San Francisco Community Investment Board and serves as Chair of the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City and County of San Francisco. Ms. Sesay was awarded San Francisco’s Public Managerial Excellence Award for exemplary leadership, fiscal ingenuity and vision in 2010.
Kate Hartley’s 25 years of housing development work includes a wide range of experience. As an affordable housing developer, she built for-sale, rental, special needs, and senior homes. She spent four years as an affordable housing financial consultant, specializing in tax credit syndications, tax-exempt bond financings, and expiring federal mortgage recapitalizations. As a project manager with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, she closed multiple transactions involving layered and varied funding sources, while also supervising architectural design, community outreach, and interdepartmental project approvals. Ms. Hartley also worked for five years as a for-profit development project manager, overseeing warehouse conversions to residential use. As Acting Director of MOHCD, she is responsible for a $220 million annual housing and community development budget, which serves low- and middle-income households, special needs populations, and diverse communities throughout the city. Most recently, she led the closing of MOHCD’s $2 billion public housing recapitalization program, which will rehabilitate and preserve 3,500 units of housing for extremely low-income households. Ms. Hartley holds an M.A. degree from Berkeley Law in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, and a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.