Interim President & Chief Executive Officer
A 25-year veteran of the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), Jeff Davis leads an award-winning agency with more than 350 employees and a budget of more than $604 million.
SDHC provides federal rental assistance to more than 16,000 families with low-income who live in the City of San Diego. SDHC also is a leader of collaborative efforts to address homelessness, including HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, SDHC’s homelessness action plan, which has created more than 10,200 housing solutions since 2014 for San Diegans experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. In addition, SDHC, including its nonprofit affiliate, is an affordable housing developer, investor and lender to affordable housing developers and owns or manages more than 4,100 affordable rental housing units.
SDHC is one of 39 original public housing authorities, out of approximately 3,200 nationwide, to receive a “Moving to Work” (MTW) designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Davis oversaw SDHC’s request for reinstatement as an MTW agency and implemented its first MTW Annual Plan. MTW status provides SDHC the flexibility to implement innovative approaches to provide housing assistance for families with low income and/or experiencing homelessness in the City of San Diego.
Mr. Davis currently oversees all of SDHC’s major divisions, including Real Estate, Rental Assistance, Homelessness Initiatives and Policy.
Mr. Davis’ previous leadership positions at SDHC include serving as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of SDHC’s largest division, Rental Assistance.
He serves on the board of the National Leased Housing Association, is a member of the Housing Committee for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) and serves as a board member of the Pacific Southwest Regional Council of NAHRO.
Executive Vice President,
As the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Executive Vice President of Business Administration, Suket Dayal oversees all of SDHC’s administrative departments, including Financial Services; Information Technology; Procurement, Quality Control and Compliance; Human Resources; and SDHC’s Moving to Work
MTW is a federal demonstration program that gives SDHC the flexibility to implement a variety of innovative, cost-effective approaches to provide housing assistance in the City of San Diego. SDHC is one of only 39 public housing authorities nationwide, out of 3,400, to receive the MTW designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Mr. Dayal’s previous leadership positions at SDHC include serving as Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations and Policy and Senior Vice President of Business Administration.
Prior to joining SDHC in 2013, Mr. Dayal worked for three years at the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, where he led the agency’s MTW efforts and worked on housing policy.
Mr. Dayal currently serves on the boards of the California Association of Housing Authorities and the Pacific Southwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials.
He earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, California.
Emily S. Jacobs
Executive Vice President,
With more than 20 years of experience in the affordable housing industry, Emily Jacobs oversees a diverse property portfolio, multifamily and single-family lending, and land use programs for the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC).
She also leads a team of professionals in Acquisitions, Development, Loans and Grant Programs, Rehabilitation, Portfolio Management, Property Management and Real Estate Budget and Finance.
Her experience includes real estate development, asset management, property management, and resident services. Ms. Jacobs has a strong background in the development and oversight of tax-credit and bond-financed developments. Prior to her current role, she served as the Vice President of SDHC’s nonprofit affiliate and development arm, Housing Development Partners.
Prior to joining SDHC, Ms. Jacobs worked for nearly seven years for Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation, a San Diego nonprofit developer, overseeing company and portfolio operations. She also worked for several years as a real estate development coordinator for a national nonprofit developer in Central California.
Ms. Jacobs holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Humboldt State University and a National Tax Credit Compliance designation.
Executive Vice President,
As the Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Lisa Jones oversee the operational implementation of the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Strategic Plan, as well as other strategic and policy initiatives, including SDHC's Moving to Work designation and the Community Action Plan on Homelessness for the City of San Diego.
Ms. Jones also integrates initiatives across the agency to ensure continuous alignment with SDHC’s mission and vision. In addition, she continues to oversee SDHC’s Homeless Housing Innovations Division.
Ms. Jones has more than 18 years of experience in affordable housing and homelessness, developing and implementing innovative programs and practices that create a continuum of housing and services programs; strategizing and developing policy initiatives and agency responses/partnerships that address challenges from a systems-level approach; while also focusing on equity and access through person-centered housing and service delivery.
Prior to joining SDHC in 2017, Ms. Jones worked for seven years for the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino in the positions of Operations Manager, Director of Housing Administration, and Vice President of Housing Services. Concurrently, for several years, she also acted as Executive Director for Knowledge and Education for Your Success, a nonprofit affiliate of the Housing Authority.
Ms. Jones holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Leadership and Management with the University of East Anglia, England. She also is an alumnus of the Impact Center's Women's Executive Leadership Program.
Executive Vice President,
Rental Assistance and Workforce Development
Azucena Valladolid leads the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) largest division, Rental Assistance,
which includes the SDHC Achievement Academy.
Ms. Valladolid oversees all of SDHC’s rental assistance programs, including Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, Family Unification Program, Moderate Rehabilitation, and local non-traditional Moving to Work (MTW) homelessness programs.
SDHC’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program provides rental assistance to more than 15,000 low-income households in the City of San Diego. The SDHC Achievement Academy provides programs that emphasize career planning, job skills and personal financial education—at no charge to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participants and public housing residents.
Prior to joining SDHC, Ms. Valladolid served as Chief Operations Officer for Financial Guidance Center, a nonprofit United Way agency and member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
During more than 10 years with the nonprofit, she held different positions with responsibilities that included: development and management for all new programs; funding, services and operations for all departments; compliance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements; foreclosure prevention; and rental assistance.
Senior Vice President,
Compliance and Equity Assurance
As the Senior Vice President of Compliance and Equity Assurance, Debra Fischle-Faulk oversees the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) efforts to ensure compliance with all local, state and federal requirements, as well as SDHC’s efforts to ensure high-quality and equitable processing of all of the agency’s programs and initiatives.
Ms. Fischle-Faulk directs SDHC’s equity assurance and assessment efforts and continues to oversee the agency’s procurement and grant-related activities.
She previously served as Vice President of Procurement and Compliance, overseeing SDHC’s centralized procurement and grant writing/application submission activities, as well as labor, Section 3, equal opportunity contracting and other federal and state contract compliance activities.
Prior to joining SDHC in December 2012, Ms. Fischle-Faulk worked for more than 18 years for the City of San Diego, overseeing a variety of programs, divisions and boards.
She also worked for 18 years in the private sector as the Procurement Services Manager/Minority and Woman Owned Business Program Administrator for General Dynamics.
Ms. Fischle-Faulk has received a number of awards and recognition for her work, including the San Diego Mediation Center’s Peacemaker of the Year, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Regional Prime Contractor of the Year, and San Diego Regional Minority Supplier Development Council’s Advocate of the Year.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education with an emphasis in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.
Senior Vice President,
Beto Juarez oversees the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Information Technology Department, as well as the agency’s Project Management Office.
Mr. Juarez has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology, including previously serving as SDHC’s Vice President of Information Technology.
Prior to joining SDHC, Mr. Juarez was the Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Technology Officer for ConAm, a leading provider of multifamily housing management services.
His experience also includes serving as Director of Information Technology for Lyon Communities; Director of Information Systems & Technology for the San Diego Association of Realtors; and nationwide Manager of Information Technology for Home Depot.
Mr. Juarez earned his master’s degree in technology management from Texas A&M University.
Senior Vice President,
Housing Finance and Property Management
Colin Miller oversees the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Multifamily and Single-Family Housing Finance Departments and the Property Management team.
He previously served as the Vice President of Multifamily Housing Finance with responsibility for Multifamily Housing Finance programs, including gap financing for affordable rental housing developments and tax-exempt Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds.
Mr. Miller began his tenure at SDHC as the Director of Real Estate Development for SDHC’s nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners.
With nearly 20 years in the affordable housing industry, his experience includes the Los Angeles Housing Department’s Major Projects Unit; Retirement Housing Foundation, one of the largest nonprofit affordable housing developers in the nation; and National Affordable Housing Trust, a low-income housing tax credit syndicator.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a Marketing concentration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Emmanuel Arellano oversees the financial, operational and compliance performance of the assets within the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) real estate portfolio.
Mr. Arellano also serves as the Vice President of Asset Management for SDHC’s nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners.
Mr. Arellano has extensive experience in SDHC real estate programs, including previous positions as Director of Portfolio Management, Asset Manager, Senior Program Analyst, and Program Analyst.
Prior to joining SDHC in 2009, Mr. Arellano worked for Bank of America in the Consumer Retail Division for over six years.
Mr. Arellano holds a master’s degree in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego (USD) and master’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University (SDSU).
Geofrey Bartell leads the Information Technology (IT) Department for San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), delivering core infrastructure services, security, development and cloud applications while supporting business innovation, technical efficiency and data driven projects.
He has more than 15 years of experience in IT leadership roles.
Prior to joining SDHC in 2015, Mr. Bartell served several years as Director of Professional Services at Agile360, an award-winning IT consultancy specializing in the deployment and delivery of advanced IT infrastructure, virtualization and cloud solutions.
His previous experience included serving in a regional IT Management role for Fidelity National Financial, supporting teams throughout California and Arizona.
Mr. Bartell received his bachelor’s degree from Coleman University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration focused on Technical Management from University of Phoenix.
Carrie Bell oversees the day-to-day operations of the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Rental Assistance programs, services, and activities.
Ms. Bell develops and coordinates the implementation of these programs, which includes managing program eligibility, leasing, occupancy, inspections, quality assurance, and property owner/landlord participation. She also is responsible for the budget, service, and staffing levels of these programs.
Her experience prior to joining SDHC included serving as the Housing Choice Voucher Program Manager at the Detroit Housing Commission and as a Program Supervisor with the Chicago Housing Authority through their contract with CVR Associates, Inc., a private sector affordable housing consultant.
Ms. Bell has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Real Estate Finance and Acquisitions
Buddy Bohrer oversees the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) purchase of new properties for affordable housing development as well as the financial structure for SDHC acquisitions or repositioning SDHC’s real estate assets.
Mr. Bohrer has more than 30 years of experience in real estate acquisition, real estate finance and development. He joined SDHC in 2022.
His previous experience include serving as Director of Acquisitions for Chelsea Investment Corporation, Vice President of Development for Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation, Vice President/Partner of Property Management and Leasing for El Camino Encinitas Group, and Director of Acquisition & Disposition for H.G. Fenton Company.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego (USD).
Molly Chase works closely with San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) senior leadership to identify and develop policy priorities and advocate for effective affordable housing policies, legislation and resources in support of SDHC’s mission, vision, purpose and values.
She has more than a decade of experience in government and policy, including previously serving as Chief of Staff for a San Diego City Councilmember, a Policy Advisor and Community Representative for a City Councilmember, and the Director of Appointments, Protocol and Special Projects for the Office of the Mayor in San Diego.
In addition, her experience prior to joining SDHC includes working as an associate at the Urban Land Institute in Los Angeles, where she served as a liaison between the institute and Los Angeles-area real estate, planning and development professionals and government organizations.
Ms. Chase holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
Wendy DeWitt leads SDHC’s initiatives to preserve affordable rental housing in the City of San Diego, including naturally occurring affordable housing such as single-room occupancy units.
She previously served as SDHC as Vice President of Policy, working on SDHC’s advocacy for effective affordable housing policies and resources, and as Vice President of Real Estate Programs and Special Initiatives, where she was involved in the creation and implementation of Special Initiatives, such as SDHC’s “Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis” reports, including “San Diego Housing Production Objectives 2018 – 2028.”
Ms. DeWitt has 30 years of public agency experience with SDHC, including serving as Policy Director, participating in strategic planning and revenue development for SDHC, as well as advocacy for affordable housing policies and programs at the state and federal levels.
Her previous roles throughout SDHC’s Real Estate Division also included: managing the development of affordable housing owned and operated by SDHC; implementing the startup and operation of SDHC’s nonprofit affiliate, Housing Development Partners; and serving in the Multifamily Finance Department, which provides gap financing for affordable housing developments.
Ms. DeWitt holds a B.B.A in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego. She is a member of the California State Bar.
Ms. DeWitt is the current President of the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies and a former board member of the San Diego Housing Federation.
Land Use Programs
Ann Kern oversees the City of San Diego Land Use programs that the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers, such as Inclusionary Housing, Density Bonus, Single-Room Occupancy Hotel Regulations, and Coastal Affordable Housing.
Ms. Kern has more than 27 years of experience in affordable housing. Prior to joining SDHC, she spent more than 10 years in the private sector, serving a U.S. Department of Defense contractor.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (real estate) from San Diego State University (SDSU). Ms. Kern also has earned a certificate in financial planning from SDSU and a certificate in urban planning from the University of California, San Diego.
Multifamily Housing Finance
Jennifer Kreutter is responsible for the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Multifamily Housing Finance programs, which include gap financing for affordable rental housing developments and tax-exempt Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds.
She previously served as SDHC’s Director of Multifamily Loan Underwriting and Special Assets. Her prior experience since joining SDHC in 2013 also has included working as Manager of Budget and Reporting and Senior Grants Analyst.
Before joining SDHC, Ms. Kreutter worked in accounting positions for the medical device company CareFusion and as an assurance associate for the accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance from San Diego State University.
Scott Marshall oversees the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Communications & Government Relations Division.
This division is responsible for SDHC’s internal and external communications activities
, including: public outreach, media relations, and multimedia services, such as website content management and SDHC’s YouTube Channel. In addition, government relations activities include responding to public records requests and scheduling, preparing and distributing reports for the SDHC Board of Commissioners, the Housing Authority of the City of San Diego, and SDHC presentations to City Council Committees.
Before joining SDHC in February 2013 as a Communications Writer, Mr. Marshall worked for close to 15 years as a staff writer for the North County Times
daily newspaper, earning recognition from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and more than four years as the senior associate editor for Outreach
He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Michael McKenna has served as the Vice President of Human Resources for the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) since 2013, overseeing a department that provides overall policy direction on human resource management issues and administrative support functions related to the management of employees for all departments.
Before joining SDHC in 2012 as Director of Human Resources, he served as the head of Human Resources for The Krystal Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was responsible for the fast-food company’s human resources strategy for approximately 6,500 employees and 225 single-site restaurant locations.
Mr. McKenna also has served as Director of Human Resources for Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, when it was based in San Clemente, California, and in a variety of professional roles with Tigrent, Inc. in Fort Myers, Florida. He began his professional career with the law firm of Ford & Harrison in Orlando, Florida, providing legal counsel on employment-related matters to companies in both the public and private sector.
Mr. McKenna received a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior (summa cum laude) from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut.
Property Management &
As Vice President of Real Estate Operations for the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), Jennifer McKinney oversees the agency’s Property Management, Property Maintenance and Asset Management teams.
Ms. McKinney is responsible for the administration of various affordable housing programs, as well as the day-to-day maintenance operations and long-term strategic planning for more than 2,000 units of affordable-housing owned by SDHC. The long-term planning includes identifying revenue and expense opportunities, operational efficiencies, capital planning and execution of critical-needs projects associated with more than 155 multifamily rental properties, land and the corporate headquarters.
She has more than 25 years of real estate management experience, including commercial and multifamily properties. Her areas of expertise include property repositioning, rehabilitation, financial management, budgeting and forecasting, and employee development. Prior to joining SDHC, she worked in real estate management in the private sector.
Ms. McKinney holds a Certified Apartment Manager Designation through the National Apartment Association, is a Certified Property Manager Candidate through the Institute of Real Estate Management, and has completed a certificate program in Real Estate Finance, Investment and Development at the University of San Diego.
As Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development, Stephanie Murphy oversees the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) Achievement Academy.
The SDHC Achievement Academy is a learning and resource center and computer lab at SDHC’s downtown San Diego headquarters. It provides programs that emphasize career planning, job skills and personal financial education. These programs are available at no charge to households that receive Federal rental assistance from SDHC and public housing residents.
Ms. Murphy has extensive experience in workforce development and financial literacy program management, including managing a Welfare-to-Work grant at the start of her workforce development career.
Prior to joining SDHC, she worked for Money Management International, assisting families across the country with financial management, including managing the NFL financial literacy program. Her experience also include San Diego Career Opportunities Partners and National University.
Ms. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, a master’s degree from the University of Redlands, and is a LEAD San Diego graduate. She has served on the State Rehabilitation Council and Workforce Investment Board and currently is a board member with the Able Disable Advocacy.
Single-Family Housing Finance
Sujata Raman oversees the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) single-family housing finance programs, such as first-time homebuyer assistance and affordable for-sale housing.
Ms. Raman has more than 20 years of successful leadership experience in loan servicing and operations at major national banks and financial technology companies, including previously serving as SDHC’s Director of Housing Finance Loan Programs.
Before joining SDHC in 2017, her experience included serving as First Vice President of Home Loan Servicing and Vice President of National Sales for CIT Bank and Group Sales Manager for E-Loan.
She earned a master’s degree in business administration from California State University, East Bay, and a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Bangalore.
Housing First Programs
Deanna Villanueva oversees three initiatives of HOUSING FIRST – SAN DIEGO, the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) homelessness action plan: Landlord Engagement & Assistance Program (LEAP); Homelessness Prevention & Diversion; and SDHC Moving Home Rapid Rehousing.
Ms. Villanueva has extensive experience in the design, implementation, and management of homelessness service programs, as well as in the administration of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and special voucher programs.
Prior to joining SDHC, Ms. Villanueva was the Homeless Services and Resource Manager for Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia, where she designed and implemented the city’s first housing location program, coordinated entry system, and rapid rehousing program.
Ms. Villanueva earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in sociology from The American University in Washington, D.C.