Staff

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.

Senior Management

Gail Gilman, Chief Executive Officer.
Gail 2 Gail Gilman is currently the CEO of Community Housing Partnership (CHP) and has been leading the organization for over six years; previously, she served as the Director of Tenant Services at CHP for eight years. With over 20 years in affordable housing, Ms. Gilman is spearheading the local and national conversation on shifting success measurements and outcomes in supportive housing, in addition to creating a housing ladder and establishing new case management models.  She is extensively involved in regional and national public policy efforts, including most recently as Co-Chair of Prop A, the largest housing bond in San Francisco’s history, and is a regular speaker at conferences across the nation. She has also served on the Local Homeless Coordinating Board, numerous housing and homeless taskforces, and presently serves on the boards of three nonprofits, including the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. Gail has been honored for her work in affordable housing by the Mayor of San Francisco and others. She holds a Masters in Non-Profit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Eric Fischer, Chief Financial Officer.
Edit_Eric Eric brings over 20 years of experience in working with community-based, non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic financial & accounting management, organizational and fund development, and technology and human resource management. Most recently Eric worked as the CFO for Homeward Bound of Marin, the primary provider of housing and supportive services for the homeless in Marin County. Eric holds bachelors’ degrees in accounting and decision & information sciences from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and certified executive coach. An advocate for ending homelessness everywhere, Eric is the father of three children, an avid photographer, and an aspiring Latin jazz percussionist.

Maryann Leshin, Chief Housing Officer.
Maryann Leshin Maryann Leshin has over thirty years of affordable housing and community development experience and success working with non-profits, Federal, local and state governments, foundations and residents.  She is a seasoned professional with experience in leading teams, implementing complex initiatives, designing programs, and maintaining accountability with stakeholders. Ms. Leshin’s housing career began as a Project Coordinator for the City of Emeryville Redevelopment Agency where she was responsible for affordable housing programs, policies, and the development of housing.  Her experience grew in depth and breadth with roles as an Associate Director for Development for Eden Housing, a nonprofit housing developer; Program Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing; and as a Vice President at Enterprise Community Partners. While at Enterprise, Ms. Leshin was responsible for creating and leading a technical assistance consulting practice focused on the public sector that experienced a 25% annual growth rate during its first four years of operation. Ms. Leshin received a Master of Arts in Community Planning from Antioch University West and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University.  

Christy Saxton, Chief Programs Officer.
Edit_Christy Christy has nearly 20 years dedicated in working with disadvantaged populations. She most recently was the Director of Contracts and Partnerships at First Place for Youth in Oakland, CA. Christy came to First Place in August 2006.  The tenure of her employment was in direct programming where she was initially a Program Manager and was subsequently promoted throughout the years to her current position of Director of Contracts and Partnerships.  She helped grow core programming from serving 85 youth annually to over 430 youth annually in core programming.  She helped First Place expand from working in two counties to now serving youth in five Bay Area counties and in Los Angeles. She was previously the Program Director at Juma Ventures where she oversaw all employment, educational, case management, and youth financial literacy programming.  Christy was an integral component to conceptualizing and delivering a new program to Juma and its youth.  Prior to Juma, Christy worked for three years at Larkin Street Youth Services in a variety of capacities.  She began her tenure as a support counselor and completed her time at Larkin Street, managing the Lark Inn, a 40-bed youth shelter which remains the largest of its kind in the nation today.   Christy graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and School Counseling. She is the mother to a spirited 7 year old girl and enjoys camping, crafting and spending time with family and friends.

Laurie Bernstein, Director of Social Enterprises.
rsz_laurie_senior 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.

Paul Fox, Director of Human Resources.
Edit_Paul Paul has over 18 years of Human Resources experience, 12 years in non-profit including Gateway Foundation in Chicago, IL and Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco. He brings experience in strategic planning, incentive plan design, employee and labor relations and talent acquisition. Paul graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in Human Resources and holds the Society of Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Bridget Holian, Director of Fund Development.
rsz_1bridget_senior Bridget has ten 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.

Anat Leonard, Director of Clinical and Strategic Initiatives.
Anat Leonard_edit Anat Leonard joined CHP in August 2014 as the Clinical Services Director and became the Director of Clinical and Strategic Initiatives in July 2016. She brings over 15 years of experience in the field, having held various positions of increasing responsibility across the homeless services system of care (e.g. shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and supported employment) serving multiple sub-populations, including survivors of domestic violence, youth, families, seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to joining CHP, Anat was the Deputy Executive Director of Bowery Residents’ Committee, Inc. in New York City. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia, and licensure as a Clinical Social Worker in the States of New York and California.

Dara Papo, LCSW, Director of Support Services.
Dara Papo Dara has over 17 years  experience, 8 of which have been in the Tenderloin, supporting individuals and communities increase their health and wellness. She has experience providing and supervising behavioral health services in community based settings. In addition, Dara has developed mental health and substance use treatment  programs and has created and facilitated behavioral health trainings. Before assuming CHP’s Acting Support Services Director position, Dara served as the Clinical Services Director for over 5 years. Dara holds a Master’s in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

David Schnur, Director of Housing Development.
rsz_david_senior David joined Community Housing Partnership in 2005 and has been working in the field of affordable housing development since 1999. David has expertise in affordable housing finance, housing policy, and urban development strategies. 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 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rice University.

James Tracy, Director of Community Organizing and Resident Engagement (CORE).
James Mr. James Tracy is Community Housing Partnership’s Director of Community Organizing and Resident Engagement (CORE). James has over 23 years of experience working to expand the human right of housing. In 1992, he cofounded the Eviction Defense Network which spent the 1990s leading nonviolent direct action campaigns to prevent the eviction of public housing residents during the HOPE VI process. He serves on the boards of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and Jobs with Justice San Francisco. Among the many books, anthologies and publications he has authored, is his most recent book, "Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco’s Housing Wars."