Enterprise Community Partners Names New Northern California Market Leader
Heather Hood leads Enterprise’s work to increase affordable housing, improve public housing and prepare communities for disaster events
SAN FRANCISCO (June 27, 2019) – Enterprise Community Partners Inc. has promoted Heather Hood to vice president and Northern California market leader. In her new role, she leads Enterprise’s efforts in 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.
Hood has more than eight years’ experience at Enterprise, most recently serving as deputy director of the Northern California office. During this time, she co-authored The Elephant in the Region: How Bay Metro Can Lead a Bold Regional Housing Agenda and served on 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 and co-chaired Oakland’s Housing Cabinet to determine the most practical and impactful solutions.
“Through her work in building cross-sector partnerships, Heather has earned respect in her collaborative approach to address the affordable housing and community development challenges unique to the Bay Area,” said Keith Fairey, senior vice president of markets, Enterprise. “Heather’s considerable experience partnering with public agencies, philanthropy and housing and community development nonprofits will help Enterprise connect more Northern Californians to resilient, equitable and inclusive communities.”
Prior to joining Enterprise, Hood worked at The San Francisco Foundation as the initiative officer managing the Great Communities Collaborative where she was instrumental in the development of the $85 million Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Fund. She was a lecturer at UC 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, her 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.
Hood takes over as vice president and Northern California market leader from Rich Gross, who is leading Enterprise’s work in disaster recovery, rebuilding and resilience work in the Bay Area.