Rebecca Foster, Executive Director
Rebecca is the E.D. of the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund, a public private partnership that provides San Francisco with powerful new tools for producing additional affordable housing. Prior to leading the SFHAF, Rebecca was Director of Social Impact Investment for Mayor Lee, where she led the City’s exploration of results driven contracting and social impact finance, and developed capital tools to address the City’s housing shortage. She started her tenure in local government as a Fuse Fellow in the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation in 2012-13. Prior to her work for Mayor Lee, Rebecca was an Associate and Vice President in Public Sector & Infrastructure investment banking at Goldman Sachs for eight years, where she raised capital for local governments, universities, non-profits, and utilities around the country. Rebecca also worked in urban development at HR&A Advisors, as an intern at the White House Office of Management & Budget, a Coro Fellow, and as a whitewater river guide on rivers across the west. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Rebecca is a board member of Mission Prep, a K-8 charter school, and ARTA, a whitewater rafting organization. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three boys.
Jen Hamilton, Chief Financial Officer
Jen serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund. She is also the co-founder of the Room to Breathe Project, an organization whose goal is to empower kids to achieve lifelong success through Social Emotional Learning. Prior to that she served as a fellow with the Tipping Point Community’s Innovation lab where she was focused on the challenge of bringing the benefits of preschool education to low income communities. Jen previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Kiva, an online platform for peer-to-peer microfinance. Jen began her career as an entrepreneur, co-founding the Perth Bagel Company while pursuing her Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University in Canada. Jen then worked as an investment banker (DLJ, Credit Suisse, UBS) before obtaining her MBA from INSEAD (France & Singapore). This led her to found On The Road Travel, an online resource for independent travelers. Jen currently serves as a Board member of Inner Explorer and as a Trustee of Children’s Day School in San Francisco.
Abby Murray, Loan & Portfolio Officer
Abby joined the SFHAF in 2017 to support loan monitoring and portfolio expansion. She has experience in urban economic development and real estate finance, and most recently was a graduate intern with the Community Development Finance group of Silicon Valley Bank and a finalist in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch “Low-Income Housing Challenge.” Abby previously worked in New York as an economic development consultant with HR&A Advisors and as the operations manager for a nonprofit business improvement district. She received her BA magna cum laude from Amherst College and completed her MBA at the Yale School of Management. She is originally from Somerville, MA and now lives in San Francisco. Abby is a member of the ULI Young Leaders Group and has spent three summers working for the National Park Service.
Becca Hutman, Loan & Program Analyst
Becca joined SFHAF in 2018 to support construction management, internal financial monitoring, and press and communications. She is a recent graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. In 2017, she received her BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University where she also served as Student Body President. While in college, she interned at the Office of the Vice President in the White House, in the U.S. Senate, and at the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project. Prior, she worked on the 2013 campaign and in the subsequent administration of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, on President Obama’s 2012 campaign, and as a dance and film production teacher. She is originally from Los Angeles and now lives in San Francisco.
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