SDHC Board of Commissioners

Stefanie Benvenuto 

Chair of the Board

Stefanie Benvenuto was elected to serve as Chair of the Board by SDHC Commissioners on January 11, 2019.

Chair Benvenuto was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and was confirmed by the City Council on April 11, 2017.

Ms. Benvenuto is Director of Public Affairs for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as the Chamber’s Public Policy Manager, managing its Infrastructure, Housing & Land Use Committee, where she led efforts on housing affordability and availability.

She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Housing You Matters, a broad-based coalition that convenes, advocates, and educates around solutions for increasing housing supply and lowering the cost of building new homes. SDHC is a member of Housing You Matters.


Before joining the Chamber, she served as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for Crittendon Services for Children & Families, a nonprofit organization that specializes in foster youth. She also worked as a District Director, Communications Director, and Field Representative for a former California State Assemblymember.


Ms. Benvenuto has a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Fullerton.

Ryan Clumpner

Vice Chair

Ryan Clumpner was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Board by SDHC Commissioners on January 11, 2019.

Vice Chair Clumpner was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and was confirmed by the City Council on August 7, 2018.

He has worked in public policy and communications for 15 years. He also has experience in the public sector, including serving as Chief of Staff for elected officials in the California State Assembly and the San Diego City Council.

In 2016, Vice Chair Clumpner launched a boutique consultancy business, focused on providing strategic advice to business associations and ballot measure campaigns.

He also has worked for a national public affairs consulting agency, handling public outreach and communications for candidates and ballot measures across the country at all levels of government, from small municipalities to statewide.

He studied Political Science and History at UC Davis.

Dion Akers

Commissioner

Commissioner Akers was appointed to the San Diego Housing Commission Board of Commissioners by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and was confirmed by the City Council on February 4, 2020.

Mr. Akers is the Assistant Director of Strategic Partnership for San Diego State University (SDSU)

Prior to joining SDSU, he served as Council Representative for then-City Councilmember Todd Gloria from 2008 to 2013 and as a policy and strategy consultant in 2013 for then-Mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher.

Mr. Akers has bachelor’s degrees in public relations and political science from SDSU.

Margaret Davis 

Commissioner

Margaret Davis was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by the San Diego City Council on February 10, 2014. 


Ms. Davis has nearly 20 years of experience in public relations and promotions. She is a former Director of Communications for the Olaf Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon, in 2007-08, and owned her own business, Eagle Promotions, in San Diego from 1988-2001. 


Ms. Davis currently works as an administrative assistant with Ace Parking. 


She holds a bachelor’s degree in multimedia from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. 


A resident of the College Area, Ms. Davis holds one of the two seats on the Board of Commissioners that the City of San Diego Municipal Code requires to be held by residents living in SDHC affordable housing units or recipients of federal rental assistance from SDHC. 

Johanna Hester

Commissioner

Johanna Hester was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and was confirmed by the City Council on August 7, 2018.

A resident of Scripps Ranch, she is an accomplished labor leader whose career began in 1991 and includes positions at the local and national level. Throughout her career, she has helped thousands of working people gain a livable wage and rights in the workplace.

Ms. Hester is currently the Assistant Executive Director of the United Domestic Workers of America/ American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFCSME) Local 3930. In addition, she helped lead negotiations that assisted displaced residents of Penasquitos Village to obtain resources.

She also serves as Vice President of AFCSME International and 2nd Vice President for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, a national organization of Asian Pacific Americans organizing to advance worker, immigrant, and civil rights.

Ms. Hester’s experience includes serving as lead organizer at AFSCME International in Washington, D.C., and an organizer for a Service Employees International Union local in Oakland, California.

She received certification from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.

Kellee Hubbard 

Commissioner

Kellee Hubbard was appointed to the Board of Commissioners by the San Diego City Council on February 10, 2014. 


She currently works as an account representative with ARS National Services, where she manages and negotiates a portfolio of Bank of America accounts. 


Ms. Hubbard has also worked as a lead research assistant for San Diego State University (SDSU) and University of California, San Diego Research Centers. 


She has also volunteered her time building homes with the nonprofit organization Students for New Orleans. 


Ms. Hubbard holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from SDSU. 


A resident of the Redwood Village neighborhood, Ms. Hubbard is a member of the SDHC Participant Advisory Committee, which consists of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher  rental assistance participants and public housing residents. 


Ms. Hubbard holds one of the two seats on the Board of Commissioners that the City of San Diego Municipal Code requires to be held by residents living in SDHC affordable housing units or recipients of federal rental assistance from SDHC. 

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell

Commissioner

Commissioner Mitchell was appointed to the San Diego Housing Commission Board of Commissioners by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and was confirmed by the City Council on February 4, 2020.

Mr. Mitchell is the Vice President of State Governmental Affairs and External Affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company

Mr. Mitchell also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, San Diego Museum of Art, Voice of San Diego, the Sharp Hospital Board of Directors, the Jacobs & Cushman Food Bank Advisory Board, and the New Children’s Museum Advisory Board.

Before joining SDG&E and Southern California Gas in 2005, he served as Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he previously represented American Medical Response as its Director of Governmental Relations, and served as former Mayor Susan Golding’s Assistant Director of Government Relations.

Mr. Mitchell has a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Redlands.

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) Board of Commissioners (Board) reviews proposed changes to housing policy, property acquisitions, other financial commitments, and agency operations, including allocation of resources, revisions to personnel policies and annual administrative and operating budgets.

The Board’s actions are advisory to the Housing Authority of the City of San Diego, which is composed of the nine members of the San Diego City Council.

The Board offers policy guidance to SDHC staff through its communications with the agency’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Board’s seven members are appointed by the Mayor of San Diego and confirmed by the City Council.

Two of the Board’s seats are reserved for residents of agency-owned housing units or recipients of federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance. One of these Board members must be 62 years of age or older.

Commissioners who are residents of SDHC’s affordable housing or are rental assistance recipients serve for terms of two years, or until a replacement is appointed. The five remaining Commissioners serve terms of four years, or until a replacement is appointed.

SDHC Board of Commissioners Meetings

All regular meetings begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at the San Diego Housing Commission, Fourth Floor Conference Room, 1122 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.

Friday, January 10
Friday, February 7
Friday, March 6
Friday, April 3 – Adjourned
Friday, May 1
Friday, June 12
Friday, July 10
Friday, September 4
Friday, October 16
Friday, November 13

SDHC Calendar

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Friday, May 1, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.
1122 Broadway, 4th Floor​​​​​​​

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