Meet our Board Officers
Robert brings more than thirty years of real estate financial experience to Community HousingWorks. Robert has been employed with H.G. Fenton Company since 1990 and has been the Chief Financial Officer since 1998. He is responsible for accounting, tax, treasury, business systems and finance functions of H.G. Fenton Company, which is one of the San Diego region’s largest real estate organizations, with 3,500 apartment homes and over 4.5 million square feet of office and industrial space to their credit. His accomplishments have included strategic plan development, the transition from an operating company to being exclusively a real estate company, and consolidation and implementation of numerous related corporations. Robert holds an undergraduate economics degree from UCLA, a master’s degree in business from SDSU, and is also a CPA. His other involvements have included being a Board Member of The Grauer School as well as being involved in community and trade associations. He has served on our Board since 2013.
Angela joined our board as a proud resident of a CHW community in San Diego. She is a licensed realtor with Keller Williams Realty Orange County, specializing in Commercial Multi-family Sales and Management. Prior to Keller Williams, she aided seniors with affordable housing as an Onsite Manager for WSH Management. Her expertise in community building stemmed from working as trustee of a portfolio of properties. Simultaneously, she owned and operated North County Massage and Spa for 20 years. As part of her practical education, Angela holds a Holistic Health Practitioner certification from The Natural Healing Institute. She completed medical training at Palomar Pomerado Hospital in Poway in 2011. Wanting to combine career paths, vocations and personal passions, Angela returned to school and graduated from Mira Costa College with a major in Real Estate Entrepreneurship, where she was a recipient of the Emerging Leader Award for her vision to create holistic community opportunities and living environments that focus on the importance of overall health for individuals, families, and communities evidenced by her volunteerism. Angela serves as an active member of the Vista Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee, the Vista Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and a supporter of the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI). She describes her focus as being God, Family and Community Centered in that order. Angela has served on our board since 2017.
Steve Baker, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Stephen is a senior banking leader and strategic thinker in the financial sector, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America. Stephen has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the banking and financial services industries. Prior to Bank of America, he held senior line and management positions at BBVA Compass, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Ford Motor Credit Company. He has leadership experience in commercial and consumer banking, real estate lending, construction finance, operations, credit and risk management. He is active in the greater San Diego business community in addition to his participation with other community service organizations as a Board Member and through fundraising campaigns. Stephen has served on our Board since 2011.
Roberto Garcia, Secretary
Planning Commissioner, City of National City
Roberto is a Planning Commissioner and Planning Commission Chair for the City of National City. He works with elected officials, city staff, developers, and businesses to ensure that the city is meeting its smart growth goals. Roberto is committed to uplifting San Diego communities. Through his work over the past ten years in nonprofit, government, and private entities, he has worked towards bringing investment to improving and rehabilitating neighborhoods. Through his leadership in the nonprofit sector via United Way and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) San Diego, he has brought together multiple people to collaborate in coordinating events, facilitate fundraising efforts, as well as marketing campaigns. He envisions a San Diego rich with economic, housing, and transportation opportunities for people to fulfill their lives. Roberto has served on our Board since 2016.
Meet our Board Members
Vice President of Community Development, Wells Fargo
Antonio serves as Vice President for Wells Fargo’s Government and Community Relations Group and is responsible for implementing the company’s community and economic development programs in San Diego and Imperial counties. Antonio brings over 20 years of experience working with various community development initiatives in the U.S. and Mexico. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Antonio oversaw Border Affairs and judicial cooperation for the General Consulate of Mexico in San Diego. He contributes his leadership and advice to various organizations and currently serves on the San Diego Mayor’s Latino Advisory Council, the City of San Diego Small Business Advisory Board, the Ocean Connectors Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors for the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce. He is a LEAD San Diego graduate. Originally, from Mexico City, he graduated from the Iberoamericana University in Mexico where he graduated with a law degree. In 2009, Antonio was appointed by the President of Mexico Felipe Calderon to serve on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad. He has served on our Board since 2017.
Christie joined Pacific Premier Bank as the Executive Assistant to the Regional President over San Diego and Orange County due to the merger and acquisition of Grandpoint Bank. She provided critical support throughout the merger and acquisition process, as well as took on the role of Community Development Champion for both counties, helping build relationships between the bank, clients and community organizations. Christie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University with Cum Laude. During this time, she was a member of several honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Scholars without Borders, and Golden Key. Previously, Christie served in the United States Navy as a Casualty Evacuation Hospital Corpsman for seven years. She was the Leading Petty Officer for HMM-166 (SOC) during deployments to Iraq during 2004 and 2006. She flew over 90 missions to provide expedient extraction of the wounded in combat with a 100% survivability rate. She also served as the training petty officer to military and white house staff. After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 2007, Christie experienced the financial struggles of raising her daughter in San Diego as a single mom. She lived in a bedroom with her daughter and struggled to make ends meet. That experience taught her about humility, perseverance, and the importance of a community. Christie has served on our Board since 2019.
Gustavo first joined the board as a resident of Orange Place, a CHW rental community in Escondido, and has since moved up in the world to become the owner of the fast casual restaurant, Alfredo’s, an anchor of Oceanside’s new downtown pier development. He contributes his unique perspective and experience as a past CHW resident, a resident in lower income communities, and an entrepreneur. Gustavo is an active member of the Organization Committee for the City of Oceanside, striving to improve the city where he is currently a business partner. An active community volunteer, Gustavo participated in the student union and other on-campus organizations at Cal State San Marcos, working to improve community alliances through campus events. He has served on our Board since 2015.
Jorge is an education leader who works at the College of Education at San Diego State University, and at the San Diego County Office of Education, preparing teachers to effectively serve English Learners and students in dual language immersion programs. He is an apt teacher, professional learning provider, curriculum writer and advocate for biliteracy, multilingualism and worldly responsibility. Jorge continually renews himself with several life inspirations: teaching, reading, social justice and generational responsibility. His larger life purpose is to foster a more healthy and compassionate world. Jorge holds advanced degrees from Stanford University and the University of California Los Angeles. He has served on our Board since 2017.
Director of Operations and Finance, University of Southern California
Lisa is the Director of Operations and Finance at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Stevens Center for Innovation, a university-wide resource that enables the translation of inventions and discoveries arising from USC’s ~$800 million research budget into products for public benefit through licenses, collaborations, and the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation. She brings an extensive background in operations management, finance, business development, strategic planning, commercial grants, and contract negotiation and administration. Her industry experience, in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, ranges from banking, to commercial and residential real estate development, mortgage lending, healthcare, medical research, and higher education. Lisa holds a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (similar to an MBA, but focusing specifically on 501(c)(3) organizations) from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Economics from Claremont McKenna College. Lisa has served on CHW’s Board Finance Committee since 2017, and has served on our Board since 2019.
Marty provides strategic consulting to nonprofits with a focus on fund development, board governance, and leadership development. She was the CEO of Pro Kids, The First Tee of San Diego from 2003-2014, raising more than $21M, quadrupling the staff, doubling the donor base, and renovating the City Heights facility and building an Oceanside campus. Marty has used her entrepreneurial leadership style to strengthen the nonprofit sector by implementing for-profit business practices. While half of her career has been spent in nonprofit management, she has garnered her business acumen in for-profit sales and marketing, and the production of events with a variety of organizations including corporations, government, the Olympics, and broadcasting. Integrity is her word to live by. Marty has served on our Board since 2017.
- Robbie Calderon-Hass
Broker/Owner, Hass Team Realty
Robbie is an accomplished and much recognized real estate sales professional and a North County San Diego civic leader. Her substantial Oceanside-based brokerage, Hass Team Realty, has connected families to homes since 2009, with a special dedication to first time homebuyers. Her board leadership roles have served the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside, Moonlight Cultural Foundation, and the North County African American Women’s Association, among many others. Robbie attended Cerritos Community College where she majored in Sociology and transferred to California State University of Long Beach where she majored in Human Development. Robbie is a firm believer in giving back to the community. Her favorite mantra is “I believe our purpose is to serve mankind in ways that make this world/our community a better place which in turn makes us all better people”. A 2018 State of California Woman of the Year, Robbie has served on our Board since 2018.
Executive Director, San Diego Youth Development Office
Sean is the Executive Director of Youth Will, where he works to create policies and systems that will create a future where every young San Diegan has the opportunity to reach their potential. Previously Sean worked to build community power and fight for social justice at Mid-City CAN (Community Advocacy Network) in City Heights. He graduated from California Western School of Law, where he served as president of La Raza Student Association and received the school’s Pro Bono and Public Service Honors Society award for his work with the City Heights Community Law Project, which helped inspire his commitment to improving housing in San Diego. In November of 2018 Sean was elected to serve on the San Diego Community College Board of Trustees. Sean has served on our Board since 2017.
- Ted A. Holman
Director of Tax Credit Investments, First Republic Bank
Ted is a financial professional based in San Francisco and devoted to developing double bottom-line solutions to maximize economic and social returns. Ted currently manages all aspects of First Republic Bank’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. The fast growing $1 billion portfolio consists of over 1,000 properties located throughout the United States. Prior to joining First Republic Bank, Ted worked as a relationship manager at Union Bank and Centerline Capital. In both roles he was responsible for originating, structuring and closing equity and debt transactions with affordable housing developers. Prior to his involvement in the LIHTC industry, Ted was a consultant at Deloitte. He holds a B.S. from Rutgers University and an M.A. in economics from the University of Virginia. Ted has served on our Board since 2017.
Meet our Board Emeritus Members
Al is a retired business executive who leads an active church and volunteer life. He is a Deacon with the Diocese of San Diego serving principally the spiritual and temporal needs of the Latino community of St. James and St. Leo Catholic Churches. In addition, he is a Director of St. Leo’s medical and dental programs, is the co-founder of Esperanza International, has served on the Boards of the Community Resource Center and the Mexican American Educator Guidance Associates, and is a member of the San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, CA. He was a founding member of the Esperanza Housing and Community Development Corporation, one of our founding organizations, and served on our Board from 1992-2017.
Urban Planner, City of San Diego
Karen is an urban enthusiast, City Heights activist and urban planner. As Chair of the City Heights Redevelopment Area Project Area Committee, she led community input into eight million dollars a year of public investment into San Diego’s gateway immigrant community. Karen is an Associate Planner for the City of San Diego, drawing on her past experience as a Senior Land Use and Environmental Planner for TRS Consultants. Professional affiliations include the American Planning Association (AICP) and Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP). Her other community involvements have included a mayoral appointment to the San Diego Relocation Appeals Board, San Diego Downtown Rotary, San Diego’s Pride Festival and the Azalea Park Neighborhood Association. She holds a degree from San Diego State University in Public Administration and City Planning. A volunteer with Community HousingWorks since the 1990’s, Karen served on our Board from 2006-2017.
- Steve Siemers
Assistant Vice President, California Bank & Trust
Steve is an Assistant Vice President at California Bank & Trust, an active home and commercial real estate lender, and a long-time advocate for lender involvement in affordable home lending: NMLS ID 594409. In the mid-1990′s he helped to create one of San Diego’s first 100% home financing products, a 90% first mortgage product paired with Community HousingWorks’ HOOP loan. A long-time treasurer for the organization, Steve served on our Board from 1996-2017, through our co-founder San Diego Neighborhood Housing Services.