Crucial to the success of Community Housing Partnership are the more than 200 dedicated staff members who work for CHP. Our staff members bring a wide variety of experience and a high level of commitment to our mission to their work. We pride ourselves on learning from the insight and talents of formerly homeless people, and to that end, hire extensively from the community we serve. Over half of our staff members were once homeless, and many graduated from our job training programs.
Gail Gilman, Executive Director
Gail has over 16 years of experience in the supportive housing field and for the past three years has served as the Executive Director of Community Housing Partnership. Joining CHP in 2002, Gail was the Director of Tenant Services for 8 years prior to her current position. Previous to her work with Community Housing Partnership, Gail served as Program Director for the Bridge Project, a Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) grantee. Gail has been involved in policy and advocacy work, at both the local and national levels, and has spoken at numerous conferences across the country. She has also served on San Francisco’s Local Homeless Coordinating Board and numerous task forces dealing with housing and homelessness issues. Gail holds a Masters in Non-Profit Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Francisco State University.
Laurie Bernstein, Director of Social Enterprises
Laurie joins Community Housing Partnership with 6 years of non-profit experience and 15 years of for-profit experience. Her early career was spent in the retail industry where she rose to the level of VP Retail Operations with Sephora. Since 2006, she has been involved in workforce development work with Goodwill Industries where she held a variety of positions including Senior Program Manager and Director of Training & Development. Her work has been focused on helping populations with barriers to employment rejoin the workforce. She earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
Lisa Blakely, Director of Tenant Services
Lisa has 20 years of experience working to develop the capacity of individuals to reach their highest potential. She has spent the last 12 years working in the field of supportive housing and workforce development. Prior to joining Community Housing Partnership in 2010, she worked for the Corporation for Supportive Housing as a Senior Program Manager providing technical assistance and training across CA. In addition to front line positions in supportive housing, Lisa has provided consulting to job training organizations working primarily in communities of color. She also spent 8 years working for Kraft Foods as a Regional Customer Service Manager. Lisa graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in International Business and Finance and is a Certified Life Coach and Massage Therapist.
Eric Broque, Chief Financial Officer
Eric joined Community Housing Partnership in June 2011. He manages the financial affairs of CHP and its affiliates to assure the strength of CHP’s business strategy, the integrity of financial operations and the prudent stewardship of resources. Eric brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector having served in senior management positions at The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco Opera, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley.
Vikki Davis, Director of Human Resources
Vikki has over 15 years in Human Resources Management. She has worked in several different industries from education to technology. Prior to joining Community Housing Partnership in 2010, she was working in healthcare. She brings a wide range of expertise in the areas of management consulting, executive leadership and team development, employee training, and strategic planning. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and holds Master's degree in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management from the University of San Francisco.
Elizabeth Hewson, Chief Operating Officer
Elizabeth has been working in the non-profit sector since 1994. Her prior experience includes developing and facilitating training programs for homeless adults in San Francisco, displaced communities in Guatemala, and immigrants in Italy. Since joining Community Housing Partnership in 2000, Elizabeth has served as Program Assistant, Training Manager, Director of Employment and Training, Deputy Director and is now the Chief Operating Officer. She holds a degree in Literature from the University of California, San Diego.
Bridget Holian, Director of Fund Development
Bridget has eight years of experience in Fund Development for service based organizations. Joining CHP in 2012, Bridget brings experience in strategic planning, donor relations, program development (philanthropic, volunteer, and service) and event planning. At CHP she manages the agency's Fund Development strategy and implementation, communications and marketing, external volunteer program and grant procurement. Bridget holds a Masters in Business Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ohio University.
Juana Nunley, Director of Property Management
Juana joins Community Housing Partnership with over 15 years of experience in leadership roles at non-profit organizations. She spent the last 9 years working in the affordable housing industry. She brings a wide range of skills to the agency including organizational leadership, financial management, troubled properties, motivational speaking, and staff development. Juana holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Geoff MacDonald, Director of Asset Management
Geoff has an extensive background in banking, finance and accounting. He brings 20 years of experience as a lender focused on affordable housing finance at Bank of America and California Bank & Trust. Prior to that, Geoff worked in accounting and finance for 8 years. Before joining the senior management team of Community Housing Partnership, Geoff was a member of the Board of Directors for 18 years, and served as President of the Board for 8 years. Geoff graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Accounting.
David Schnur, Director of Housing Development
David joined Community Housing Partnership in 2005 and has been working in the field of affordable housing development since 1999. Prior to joining Community Housing Partnership, he was a Project Manager for Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.