Heather Hood is vice president and Northern California market leader for Enterprise Community Partners.
At Enterprise, Heather directs Enterprise’s program work in Northern California to ensure residents live in quality homes that are affordable and connected to opportunity. These efforts include generating policy and funding innovations to address the region’s tremendous affordable housing needs, improving the buildings and services in public housing, preparing regions to be ready and resilient for disasters, and increasing local, regional and state resources for affordable housing preservation and production.
Heather joined Enterprise in 2011, and since then, her pursuits to advance solutions include co-authoring The Elephant in the Region: How Bay Metro Can Lead a Bold Regional Housing Agenda and serving in CASA’s production work group to develop a potential regionwide inclusionary zoning framework and a plan to utilize public land. She also conceived Enterprise’s technical assistance approach around the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, leading to more $400 million in state resources to affordable homes. She also co-chaired Oakland’s Housing Cabinet to determine more practical and impactful solutions.
Prior to joining Enterprise, Heather worked at The San Francisco Foundation as the initiative officer, managing their Great Communities Collaborative. She was instrumental in the development of the $85 million Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Fund. Heather was also a lecturer at University of California Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning and a co-founder and director of its Center for Community Innovation. She co-authored The Future of Infill Housing in California: Opportunities, Potential, Feasibility and Demand for the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which laid the groundwork for the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act.
Heather has served on the boards of Transform, the American Institute of Architects and the Center for Urban Family Life. She earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and master’s degrees in architecture and city planning from University of California, Berkeley, and studied urban design and density at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark International Studies.
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