SDHC Board of Commissioners History

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) Board of Commissioners’ (Board) organizational meeting occurred on January 5, 1979, with the first Board members sworn in and establishing a regular meeting schedule and guidelines for conducting business.

With leadership and guidance from Commissioners over the last 40 years, SDHC has developed a variety of innovative programs to provide housing assistance in the City of San Diego for households with low income and/or experiencing homelessness.

The current members of the SDHC Board of Commissioners are:

  • Chair Stefanie Benvenuto
  • Vice Chair Ryan Clumpner
  • Commissioner Margaret Davis
  • Commissioner Johanna Hester
  • Commissioner Kellee Hubbard
  • Commissioner Frank Urtasun
  • Commissioner Tim Walsh
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Leadership Excellence

For their outstanding leadership as Chairmen of the SDHC Board of Commissioners, Gary A. Gramling and Sal Salas each received the Elizabeth B. Wells Memorial Award (Wells Award) from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).

Mr. Gramling served on the Board for eight years (2009 – 2017), including seven as Chairman. He received the Wells Award in 2016. He was instrumental in the development of SDHC’s agency-wide Strategic Plans, which led to the creation of the agency’s award-winning housing affordability reports and the HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO homelessness action plan.

Mr. Salas also served on the Board for eight years (2001 – 2009), including seven as Chairman. He received the Wells award in 2009. He led the Board when SDHC reached a landmark agreement with HUD to transfer ownership and operating authority for 1,366 public housing units to SDHC—the largest public housing conversion at the time.

NAHRO’s Wells Award honors a Commissioner “who has demonstrated excellence in advocating for and developing the financial, political, and community support necessary to ensure the continuation and expansion of housing or community development programs.”

SDHC Commissioners

SDHC Commissioners

1979 – 1990

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Celia Ballesteros (1988 – 1990)

Linda Bernhardt (1990)

Bob Bule (1986 – 1987)

Angela Crosswhite (1982 – 1985)

Bob Filner (1988 – 1989)

Charles Fisher (1979 – 1980)

Lee Grissom (1982 – 1986)

John Hartley (1990 – 1991)

Norm Hederberg (1981 – 1984)

Felicitas Hutado (1979)

Rudolph Johnson (1984)

Pat Kruer (1979 – 1981)

Dorothy Leonard (1985 – 1986)

Ed Malone (1979 – 1980)

Denise Marcias (1990 – 1997)

William Mark (1979 – 1983)

Judy McCarty (1987 – 1989)

Gloria McColl (1987)

M.L. O’Connor (1987 – 1992)

Wes Pratt (1988 – 1989)

Ron Roberts (1987 – 1990)

Paul Robinson (1983 – 1986)

Herb Solomon (1979 – 1982)

Mac Strobl (1979 – 1986)

Shuf Swift (1989 – 1995)

Ivary Williams (1987 – 1990)

Carl Winsjansen (1986 – 1989)

Abbe Wolfsheimer (1987 – 1989)

Beverly Yip (1979 – 1985)

SDHC Commissioners

1991 – 2000

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Greg Akili (1994 – 1997)

Neal Arthur (1994 – 2001)

David Dick (1994 – 1997)

Susan Golding (1993 – 1994)

Robert Grinchuk (1998 – 2001)

John Hartley (1990 – 1991)

Melbalen Hills (1998 – 2000)

Denise Marcias (1990 – 1997)

Carol Notley (1996 – 1998)

Steven Oxberry (1996 – 2000)

Santiago Robles (2000 – 2004)

Valerie Stalling (1993 – 1997)

Percil Stanford (1991 – 1993)

George Stevens (1991 – 1993)

Marjorie Strack (1992 – 1993)

Thomas Steinke (1998 – 2001)

Alicia Tuminia (1996 – 2003)

Lita Ybarra (1995 – 1996)

SDHC Commissioners

2001 - 2010

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Jennifer Adams-Brooks (2002 – 2009)

Neal Arthur (1994 – 2001)

Khadija Basir (2006 – 2012)

Tyler Cramer (2002 – 2005)

Todd Gloria (2005 – 2009)

Gary Gramling (2009 – 2017)

Robert Grinchuk (1998 – 2001)

Sam Guillen (2009 – 2015)

Leandrus Knight (2002 – 2005)

Ben Moraga (2010 – 2017)

Santiago Robles (2000 – 2004)

Sal Salas (2001 – 2009)

Howard Sildorff (2006)

Allen Sims (2008 – 2012)

Roberta Spoon (2010 – 2017)

Thomas Steinke (1998 – 2001)

Jim Waring (2009 – 2014)

Tony Yip (2002 – 2006)

SDHC Commissioners

2011 - 2019

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Khadija Basir (2006 – 2012)

Stefanie Benvenuto (2017 – Present)

Ryan Clumpner (2018 – Present)

Margaret Davis (2014 – Present)

Gary Gramling (2009 – 2017)

Sam Guillen (2009 – 2015)

Johanna Hester (2018 – Present)

Kellee Hubbard (2014 – Present)


Ben Moraga (2010 – 2017)

Allen Sims (2008 – 2012)

Roberta Spoon (2010 – 2017)

Dottie Surdi (2014 – 2018)

Frank Urtasun (2012 – Present)

Tim Walsh (2017 – Present)

Jim Waring (2009 – 2014)