Mayor London Breed Announces Leadership Transition at the Office of Housing and Community Development

Mayor London Breed

Mayor London N. Breed and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) Di­rector Kate Hartley Monday announced that Hartley will leave her role on Friday, July 26, 2019. Current MOHCD Deputy Director of Hous­ing, Dan Adams, will serve as Acting Director while a comprehensive search for the MOHCD Director posi­tion is undertaken.

“Kate Hartley has been an incredible and passionate leader in our City’s efforts to build more affordable hous­ing,” said Mayor Breed. “From helping to spearhead the largest affordable hous­ing bond in our City’s history to working to rehabilitate our public housing proper­ties through our Rental As­sistance Demonstration and HOPE SF programs, Kate has always fought for the people who need housing so badly in this City. She is a true public servant and we are sorry to see her go, but I wish her luck as she takes her next step.”

“The last five years I have spent at MOHCD, first serv­ing as Deputy Director and now as Director, have been the most rewarding years of my professional career,” said Hartley. “I am proud to have led our department’s growth since 2014 by providing af­fordable housing for indi­viduals experiencing home­lessness, seniors, working families and special needs populations in San Fran­cisco. I am also extremely gratified that we implement­ed an online housing lottery system to make affordable housing opportunities easier to access for all. Although I am stepping down, I remain fully committed to the work of MOHCD and to Mayor Breed’s housing goals, and I have the utmost confidence in Dan Adams to lead the way forward.”

Kate Hartley was appoint­ed Director by the late Mayor Ed Lee in 2017. During Di­rector Hartley’s tenure, she oversaw the revitalization of thousands of units of public housing through the Rental Assistance Demonstration and HOPE SF programs, as well as the implementa­tion of the 2015 Affordable Housing Bond funds and placement of the 2019 Af­fordable Housing Bond on this year’s ballot. MOHCD also spearheaded an effort to create its first Racial Equity Action Plan under Hartley’s leadership.

Hartley has 25 years of housing experience, includ­ing time spent in nonprofit and for-profit development, as well as in public service for the San Francisco Rede­velopment Agency. She start­ed her career in the field as a nonprofit developer, building affordable homes in the Bay­view and Western Addition Neighborhoods. In August 2019, Hartley will begin new work in affordable housing finance for the benefit of San Francisco and the surround­ing Bay Area.

Dan Adams has over 20 years of affordable hous­ing and community devel­opment experience and is a licensed architect. He has been with MOHCD for eight years, most recently as the Deputy Director of Housing overseeing the agency’s new construction pipeline, acqui­sition and preservation initia­tives, and affordable housing policy-making and legisla­tive affairs. In addition, he has served as a Director of Housing Development at both BRIDGE Housing and MidPen Housing.


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