San Francisco Housing Authority
While the Board of Commissioners provides oversight of the San Francisco Housing Authority, the Senior Executive Team is responsible for the daily performance and prosperity of the agency. The San Francisco Housing Authority, under the leadership of the Executive Director, effectuates resolutions and policy decisions made by the Board of Commisioners and provides the Commissioners with timely and accurate information allowing them to make sound decisions for the agency.
Barbara Smith, Acting Executive Director and Administrator of Housing Development and Modernization, managed over $307 M of public housing revitalization work, and secured $118.5 M in HOPE VI funds and leveraged $188 M to rebuild 1,150 apartments at Hayes Valley, Bernal Dwellings, Yerba Buena Plaza East, North Beach and Valencia Gardens. She initiated a “Request for Qualifications To Develop On Authority-Owned Land” for redevelopment of additional obsolete sites. The first phase of Hunters View development, a prototype for the City of San Francisco's HOPE SF collaborative program, is now under construction. Ms. Smith also manges modernization programs for the Authority's 6,200 public housing units with the annual $14 M Capital Fund Program, a $17.8 M Stimulus Grant and $15.5 M in recently awarded Capital Fund Recovery Competitive Grant. Under her direction, the Housing Development and Modernization Department has also secured financing for implementation of a $30 M energy conservation capital improvements program. Ms. Smith previously served as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing where she managed loan programs, development of surplus public property, and mortgage revenue bond financing. Ms. Smith holds BA, BFA and MPA degrees.
Linda Martin-Mason, Director of Policy and Supervising Attorney, has been with the San Francisco Housing Authority since 2009. Ms. Mason acts as the liaison to the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City and County of San Francisco, Government Affairs Director for the Housing Authority, Administrator of the Lease Enforcement Department, and Director of Policy for the Authority. Previously the Ombudsman for the Housing Authority, Ms. Martin's department continues to be responsible for coordination of all hearings for the Authority. While attending law school Ms. Martin clerked for US District Court Magistrate Judge Maria Elena-James following a one year internship with the litigation team of the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney. Prior to law school, Ms. Martin studied Political Science and Spanish at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain where she also spent a summer interning at the United States Embassy in Madrid, Spain. Ms. Martin received her Juris Doctorate from San Francisco Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from San Francisco State University. Ms. Martin is a licensed attorney in the State of California.
David Rosario, Director of Information Systems, is a graduate of York College of the City University of New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management. Mr. Rosario received a Master of Business Administration degree from New York Institute of Technology in New York, New York. Mr. Rosario has over 20 years of progressive experience in the field of Information Technology covering, governmental, financial, health care. Prior to joining SFHA he was Regional Area Director at a $12 billion pharmeceutical company.
Mr. Rosario's focus has been in technology/data solutions, team management and bottom-line orientation --- the latter achieved through mutual partnerships --- in addition to significant savings streamlining operations across company divisions.
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Twima Earley, Director of Public Housing Operations, joined the SFHA team in Late 2007 and has held several positions including Area Manager and Program Manager II before being promoted to her current position, Director of Public Housing Operations, overseeing the Authority’s Public Housing program, in October 2013. Before working for the SFHA, she worked in the affordable and low income housing industry in the East Bay. She is an alumna of University of Phoenix where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Ms. Earley is a San Francisco Native and still resides in the Bay Area.
Solomon Gebala, Chief Procurement Officer, Solomon is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz and holds a B.A. in Economics/Anthropology. He has over 20 years of procurement experience in both the private and public sectors. His work in various business segments affords him the experience to negotiate successful procurement contracts that yield a fair and effective agreement for all parties. While his career has taken him through the hospitality, healthcare, education, corporate and construction industries, he finds the greatest satisfaction in positions where the results of his efforts have a direct effect on improving the life of others. His industry knowledge combined with his ability to analyze and negotiate procurement contracts while ensuring equity and transparency has proven invaluable and is the cornerstone for his success. Private sector firms value his ability to develop relationships with vendors, while maintaining a level field to promote competitive bidding. Public sector agencies value his entrepreneurial approach and ownership of the processes in an industry that has been traditionally mired in regulations and bureaucracy. He is known to be fair with his approach, soft with people, but tough on the issues, collaborating with stakeholders to achieve equitable solutions. He uses technology to enhance processes and improve productivity. He is a strong advocate of the continuous improvement process, always looking for a more efficient way to accomplish tasks by employing fact based decision making, seeking first to understand situations before trying to be understood and most importantly, considers non-traditional approaches when situations dictate.
Alicia Sisca, Housing Development, Modernization and Maintenance Director, managed modernization programs for the Authority's 6,200 public housing units with the annual $10 M Capital Fund Program, a $17.8 M Stimulus Grant and $15.5 M awarded Capital Fund Recovery Competitive Grant. Under her direction, the Housing Development and Modernization Department has also secured financing for the implementation of a $33 M energy conservation capital improvements program. Ms. Sisca oversees, directs, and participates in all activities of the Maintenance, Housing Development and Modernization Department, including short- and long-term planning, development, and administration of departmental policies, procedures, and services. In partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, Ms. Sisca is currently assisting in the implementation of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) that will convert 4,575 housing units in 41 Authority developments to the RAD program. Ms. Sisca holds an Architectural Master’s Degree from the National University of Rosario, Argentina, and a Management of Engineering, Procurement and Construction Certification from UC Berkeley.
Dariush Kayhan, Deputy Executive Director of Operations has nearly 20 years of experience in supportive housing development and services for families, seniors, single adults and youth. Prior to the San Francisco Housing Authority he held several significant leadership roles, most notably as Director of Housing and Homeless Programs for the SF Human Services Agency and as Director of Homeless Policy for the Mayor’s Office under Mayors Newsom and Lee. He implemented the HUD funded Shelter Plus Care Program in San Francisco and the SF Human Services Agency’s Care Not Cash Program. He was a key member of the team that developed Project Homeless Connect which today continues to help hundreds of fragile and vulnerable persons exit homelessness every year. In addition, he and numerous members of the community worked to provide approximately 4000 units of permanent supportive housing targeted to homeless San Franciscans. While working at the SF Department of Public Works, Dariush was instrumental in the development of the Jobs Now, Gang Diversion, and Community Clean Team Programs. Dariush is an alumnus of San Diego State University where he received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and Spanish. He has completed his studies toward a Master’s Degree in Housing Policy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Scott Hunter, Director of Human Resources is an accomplished human resource practitioner with experience in both public and private arenas focusing on labor/managerial relations, talent management, performance improvement, career development, organizational development, classroom facilitation, social service program administration, diversity and economic inclusion initiatives, as well as administering federal, state and local regulatory compliance. Scott spent the majority of his human resources career working in the State of Ohio. Scott worked directly for the State of Ohio, Hamilton County Job & Family Services and the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority where he administered multiple programs focusing on Human Resources, Workforce Development, and Economic Inclusion for Section 3 Residents, Minority, Women, Veteran and Small-Owned Businesses. Scott relocated to California in 2015 and worked in Human Resources for the City of Burlingame. Scott started his career with SFHA in March 2016. Scott holds a B.S degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University of Oklahoma and an Executive Master’s degree in Human Resources from Xavier University.
Sarah Ramler, Director of Leased Housing is currently overseeing San Francisco’s Housing Choice Voucher program which will include the RAD inventory at the conclusion of the conversion. Prior to joining the San Francisco Housing Authority Sarah worked for Nan McKay and Associates as a contractor for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). Sarah held the role of Operations Director where she oversaw two satellite offices administering over 14,000 housing choice vouchers, project based vouchers, and several special and pilot programs. Sarah also managed the waiting list for CHA and lead one of the largest HCV lease up initiatives in the country. Prior to working in Chicago, Sarah worked for the Baltimore Housing Authority in the site based programs division where she worked with HCV and all special programs. Sarah has her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Edwin Jamora, Director of Finance, started his public accounting experience with Carlos J. Valdez & Co., CPA’s in the Philippines which was the local counterpart of Coopers & Lybrand that has now merged with Price Waterhouse. He has over 20 years of financial and public accounting experience having worked with both private enterprises (for-profit, GAAP) and government entities (non-profit, GASB) and over 11 years of GASB and HUD Accounting experience. Before joining the affordable housing industry, Mr. Jamora was the Corporate Controller of the broadcast investment firms of the US Radio Group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then the Nassau Broadcasting Company in Princeton, New Jersey. Before San Francisco Housing Authority, he held similar executive level positions either as Director or Finance or as Chief Financial Officer of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Housing Authority of New Orleans, the North Charleston Housing Authority, Tallahassee Housing Authority and the Bridgeport Housing Authority.