Board of Directors

 

Donny Lieberman, President

Donny is President and CEO of Sunseri Construction, a general contracting company with operations in California and Nevada.  Founded in the early 1970’s, Sunseri has a mission to serve organizations providing affordable multi-family and senior housing.  This mission has been realized with the construction of over eight thousand units of housing for low-income seniors, families, homeless individuals and people needing assistance.  Donny has been active in housing advocacy since the early 1980’s and is a member and contributor to numerous organizations, including East Bay Housing Organization, Housing California, Sacramento Housing Alliance and the Non Profit Housing Association of Northern California.

 

Bob Mills, Vice President

Bob is a practicing attorney with Goldfarb Lipman, emphasizing transactional real estate involving the development and preservation of affordable housing Bob’s focus is on structuring complex transactions involving multiple layers of financing, especially those with some type of federal assistance, including, for example, tax credits, FHA mortgage assistance, and Section 8 rental subsidies.  Prior to Goldfarb Lipman, Bob was an attorney at HUD, participating in numerous loan closings, negotiating the sale of properties from HUD’s multifamily portfolio, and enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act.  Bob has also worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and Australia before abandoning all creative thought processes and attending law school. For fun, he occasionally sports odd facial hair, to the deep embarrassment of his two daughters. When that ceases to provide enjoyment, Bob likes to run, read, and tend to the backyard garden.

 

Shamus Roller, Secretary

Shamus is the Executive Director at the National Housing Law Practice, a nonprofit national housing and legal advocacy center with a mission to advance housing justice for poor people.  Prior to his work at NHLP, Shamus was Executive Director of Housing California. While there, Shamus led advocates statewide in advancing important initiatives that improved California’s policy frameworks for housing its most vulnerable communities, including the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program, the CalWorks Housing Support Program, and Bringing Families Home. Prior to Housing California, Shamus served as Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing Alliance where he spearheaded policy initiatives that cleared the path for increased mixed income housing and transit-oriented development. He started his career running street outreach programs for homeless youth and adults.

 

Dave Coury, Treasurer

Dave is Executive Director at Partnership to End Homelessness, a collaborative vehicle for coordinating and creating effective change and for improving and increasing housing and services for low-income and homeless people in Marin.  Dave is an established housing advocate in Marin County and is dedicated to helping all members of our community in need of housing.

 

Bruce Oka, Board Member

Bruce has over 40 years of experience in the field of disabled rights advocacy.  A San Francisco native, he received his BA and MS degrees from San Francisco State University.  His clients include Hyatt Hotels, the San Francisco Paratransit Broker, and the San Francisco Municipal Railway.  He has served on numerous boards of directors and brings a thorough knowledge of accessibility and civil rights.

 

Cynthia Nagendra, Board Member

Cynthia Nagendra is the director for the Center for Capacity Building at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a national leading voice on the issue of homelessness. Her experience includes over 10 years of providing assistance to communities around the country in building system capacity to provide more effective responses to homelessness. Before working at the Alliance, Ms. Nagendra worked as a staff attorney for HomeBase, The Center for Common Concerns. She also worked in direct services for several years as a program manager for the St. Anthony Foundation Learning Center with homeless individuals and families in San Francisco. She has performed legal and policy work related to women’s rights, immigration and re-entry programming in New York City.

 

Nancy Konk, Board Member

Nancy Conk served for nearly 20 years as an executive director and CEO of nonprofit affordable housing and community development organizations. She has expertise in affordable housing development, property and asset management, community engagement, and advocacy. Her development financing expertise, enhanced by experience in community development lending as a relationship manager for a major national bank, spans work with varied housing types. Along with executive management positions reporting to boards of directors, Nancy has served on boards of numerous local, regional, and statewide organizations. Her current practice includes board governance coaching and organizational development consulting from her base in Sacramento, California.

 

Chris Ko, Board Member

Chris Ko serves as the Director of Homeless Initiatives for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, managing Home For Good, LA’s collective plan to end homelessness. In this role, he leads California’s largest community-based effort to end homelessness and developed the Coordinated Entry System, which went onto became a national model. The Coro Foundation named Chris a Public Affairs Leadership fellow through which he worked for the D.A., SEIU, KPCC, and LAUSD. Previously, he served on the boards of Coro Southern CA and the Supply Education Group.