Geoffrey Morgan, President & CEO
Geoff oversees all operations of First Community Housing, serving over 3,000 residents with the highest quality of environmentally sustainable, service enriched affordable housing. Prior to joining FCH, Geoffrey was the Vice President of Real Estate Development for Christian Church Homes, and was responsible for development in various phases of approximately 2,000 units of senior housing and mixed use projects nationally. He has over 20 years of experience in overseeing all aspects of the financing, development, construction and operation of affordable housing projects, subdivision home building, commercial real estate development, agricultural land trusts, historic renovations and military base reuse. Geoff received his undergraduate degree from Cornell, his Masters in Real Estate Development from MIT, is a licensed General Contractor and holds a LEED AP for Homes.
Michael Santero, Director of Asset Management
Michael is responsible for for the financial position, physical needs, resident services, and disposition for FCH’s portfolio of 20 communities, including oversight of all property management programs. With a Master’s in City Planning and Public Health from UC Berkeley, Mr. Santero brings over 25 years of experience in affordable housing funding, database tracking systems for deadlines, capital reserves, insurance, and budgets, non profit tax structures and audit oversight. He works with a fantastic team to meet deadlines and objectives, interfacing with government officials, lenders, and partners to complete projects on time and on budget. Michael is a LEED Green Associate and is an advocate for biking, participating in Bay Area cycling events, and serving on the board of Bike East Bay since 2017.
Ava Kuo, Director of Housing Development
Ava previously served as Senior Project Manager at FCH and brings a breadth of experience developing green, affordable multifamily housing to the development team. She has managed rehabs and new developments in all stages, from feasibility analysis to project closeout. Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2014, Ms. Kuo developed affordable housing in Chicago, Boston, Sacramento, Raleigh, NC, and Hyattsville, MD. She also provided technical assistance to businesses in Chicago for the region’s Clean Air Counts campaign. Her credentials include a Masters in Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
David Munson, Director of Finance
Dave has spent over 20 years managing and directing finance operations in the nonprofit, alternative energy, and high-tech sectors. He also brings us broad experience as a consultant, having evaluated processes and informational needs to set up new accounting and ERP systems to help customers improve and expand business operations at publicly traded companies. David served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. He received his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Santa Clara University and a B.S.E.E. degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Bianey Martinez, Senior Asset Manager
Prior to working at FCH, Bianey was a property manager for the John Stewart Company for 7 years and got to know First Community Housing by heading all new building lease-ups. Here, Bianey is charged with a portfolio of ten sites, from multi-family properties to SROs, overseeing financials and ensuring the properties’ compliance at the local, state, and federal level as well as acting as the contact liaison between the properties’ investors and the property managers on site. She cares enormously about the work that we do at FCH and the people we serve.
Mike Schaefer, Senior Construction Manager
Mike is a registered architect and LEED AP with 16 years of experience working with First Community Housing as a consultant in architecture, planning, and construction. He is responsible for construction administration and coordination, technical reviews and construction quality control. He considers sustainable design and construction methods to be standard practice and is focused on understanding the potential of new methods and systems and how they could contribute to FCH’s mission and vision. Mike also manages the design review process from schematic design through construction. He received degrees from Stanford and Harvard Universities.
Deb McClellan, Director of Communication & Office Manager
Deb has been in nonprofit marketing, communications, and development for over 20 years. In 2020, she began her second term as Director of Communication at FCH where she manages PR/marketing, outreach, web/online, and other duties. Deb brings a cross-sector perspective to her work having experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments in publishing, education and real estate development. She most recently served as Development & Communications Manager at Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. Deb has called San José her home since 1997 and enjoys the Bay Area’s hiking trails, culture, and natural beauty.
Sandra Heredia, Senior Project Manager
Sandra brings an array of experience in affordable housing to FCH. She has managed rehabs and new developments through all stages, from feasibility analysis to project closeout, most recently at Abode Services and Charities Housing. With 5 years of experience in Project Management and an additional 5 working within various aspects of the affordable housing world she looks at projects through its various lenses from concept to end use. Sandra holds a bachelor’s degree in business from San Francisco State University and is working towards her master's in Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University.
José J. Lujano, Project Manager
José is a passionate advocate for the construction of more permanent supportive and affordable housing that allows communities like his to remain cohesive, socioeconomically diverse, and inclusive. In his role, José focuses on providing greater community engagement opportunities for neighborhoods in order to increase capacity and advance entitlements. He is the first in his family to attend college and has a B.S. in political science and sociology from Santa Clara University and an MPP from the University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy. A lifelong resident of East San José, he has utilized his organizing background to advance a citywide anti-displacement strategy, a citywide immigrant legal defense strategy, and an update to the rent control ordinance in his role in the San José Mayor’s Office.
Monjia Belizaire, Project Manager
Monjia Belizaire is a professional engineer and LEED AP with over 10 years of experience in construction management, affordable housing finance, architectural engineering, and real estate development; and passionate about sustainable design and development. Prior to joining FCH, Monjia worked as a project manager with the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and with a development firm, Four Points LLC in Washington D.C. developing affordable multifamily housing for families, seniors, and special needs population. A five-year career in construction management preceded her time at Four Points LLC. Monjia received her Master of Real Estate Development degree from the George Mason University, and a Bachelors in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Patty Christiansen, Accounting Manager
Patty has over 28 years of accounting experience in manufacturing, information services, nonprofit, and professional services industries. Previously, she has been responsible for international consolidations, account reconciliations, cash management, asset management and interfacing with outside auditors and tax accountants, as well as managing staff. Patty is responsible for all general accounting functions, reconciliations, financial statement preparation, and assists with audits & consolidations. Her MS in Accounting and Financial Management comes from the University of Maryland and her BS in Business Accounting is from the University of Phoenix.
Sophie Rubin, Project Manager
Sophie joined the Project Management team in 2020 after acting as Office Manager and Communications Director for 3 years where her background in product design and applied art served her well. As Project Manager, she manages 3 large fast-moving projects, McEvoy / Dupont and a 66-unit modular project in Morgan Hill. Sophie also helps with potential acquisition research and tracking, entitlements, and funding applications. Sophie has completed both the Affordable Housing and Community Development Graduate Certificate and the Real Estate Development Certificate at San Jose State University and holds a LEED AP in Building Design and Construction.
Vasko Yorgov, Project Manager
As Project Manager, Vasko is tasked with guiding projects from pre-entitlement to completion. He firmly believes that affordable housing should be available to all, and that serving residents is at the core of his work. Starting in affordable housing development after graduating in 2019, he was quickly tasked as the lead on multiple projects during his time as an Assistant Project Manager at Burbank Housing. While there, he focused on California’s Homekey program; spearheaded the company’s efforts, leading two projects and playing a role in five successful applications. Vasko is excited to continue exploring innovative modes of development at FCH. Vasko holds a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in International Studies from Soka University of America, where he served as a research assistant to the Pacific Basin Research Center and to Deike Peters, Associate Professor of Environmental Planning.
Edith Figueroa, Sustainability Programs Manager
Edith is responsible for overseeing the resident services team for FCH’s Asset Management Department as well as services provided throughout our FCH portfolio. Before joining FCH, Mrs. Figueroa was a Resident Services Manager for the John Stewart Company. In past roles she developed and coordinated support services for residents of apartment communities and brings over 7 years of experience working with property management companies, support agencies, community partners and with residents. Edith holds a degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies from San Jose State University. Her passion is creating communities at our buildings and ensuring we provide residents with the programing and resources needed to be successful and to thrive in their homes.
Claudia Piñon, Asset Management Analyst
Claudia brings over a decade of experience in multi-family asset management and is a Certified Tax Credit Specialist. She most recently worked for the John Stewart Company where she started as an Occupancy Specialist at FCH’s El Paseo Studios and within a year become a Property Manager at Craig Gardens. During her tenure at JSCo, she was part of the lease up at Second Street Studios. Claudia has extensive knowledge in buildings systems and maintenance, and is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Jesse Loper, Assistant Project Manager
Jesse brings a varied background to the Development team. With his experience as an affordable housing attorney, real estate broker, and educator, he adds an inquisitive approach to FCH’s diverse project portfolio. Prior to going to law school, Jesse directed an adult English language learning program and an after-school center for youth at a community-based non-profit in New York City. Jesse has a J.D. and M.A. from Fordham University and a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of New Mexico.
Kristen Yamada, Digital Literacy Program Manager
Kristen shares her passion for technology by coordinating the FCH digital literacy program, taking place at six of its affordable housing communities. She is responsible for curriculum development, equipment configuration, and class instruction. Through a partnership with The California Public Utilities Commission, Kristen’s focus is to ensure residents of FCH properties are equipped with tools and skills needed to overcome the digital divide. Kristen’s 15-year background in Broadcast Television and Information Technology includes work for nonprofits and government entities. She has won awards for technical support of NASA executives and high-level mission related activities.
Nyantara Narasimhan, Sustainability and Equity Manager
Nyantara Narasimhan began with FCH as the Sustainable Communities Coordinator through the AmeriCorps' Public Ally program. She is currently leading a unique collaboration between FCH and Transform that aims to provide residents with easy and affordable access to a variety of different transportation methods including providing residents with complementary access to battery electric vehicles, electric bicycles, bike share, transit passes, ride sharing options, and more. Nyan is passionate about promoting sustainable modes of transportation as a way of breaking down socioeconomic barriers within the community, by making it easier for low-income individuals and families opportunities to get around and get involved. Nyantara received her Bachelors Degree in Public Health with a Minor in Communication Studies from San Jose State University.
Shiliang (Sam) Guan, Accounting Manager
After graduating from San Francisco State University, Sam worked for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation in San Francisco for 10 years as an Accounting Manager. At TNDC he managed draws, participated in property acquisition and sales, conducted and prepared audits, oversaw health benefits, and more. Sam then served as Finance Manager with Poly Development Management, LLC where he set up accounting systems, managed A/P and A/R, and performed financial analysis, among other duties. Sam has also acted as an independent accounting consultant. His knowledge and experience greatly benefit our growing finance department.
Harjeet Reehal, Permanent Supportive Housing Manager
Harjeet comes to FCH with 10 years of experience serving at-risk and highly vulnerable clients through mental health, case management, homeless prevention, permanent housing, program development and management duties. A graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Social Work, previous work included; Cal-OES Young Adult Family Shelter, OSH- Rapid Rehousing, HUD Transitional Housing- Rapid Rehousing, OSH -Youth Rapid Rehousing, City of Santa Clara TBRA, and developing and managing the first Housing Navigation Center program for the City of Fremont. He was Leader of the 100 Day Challenge Project where he helped gain permanent housing for 100 college engaged students within 100 Days in the County of Santa Clara. Harjeet has served as a Program Manager and Housing Liaison at Bay Area Community Services and Bill Wilson Center, bringing a wealth of experience to FCH community members with the highest need.
Viviana Rodriguez, Staff Accountant
As Staff Accountant, Viviana brings over 20 years of experience in accounting, office management and administrative support in the construction industry to FCH. Her attention to detail and leadership skills keep staff A/P on track. Viviana is fluent in English and Spanish and is certified in CPR and First Aid. She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked with technology, construction and utility companies since 2001. This is her first position with a nonprofit organization.
Alysyn Martinez, Healthy Food Access Manager
Alysyn is tasked with analyzing the FCH portfolio to better understand the nutritional needs of our residents, and finding solutions where residents desire more access to healthy foods. She first served as a fellowship with Public Allies/AmeriCorps placed with FCH to address social justice inequalities through asset based community development. She supported the Asset Management department at FCH as the Sustainable Communities Coordinator, providing resident services through the community garden, bike, and after-school programs. Before joining FCH, Alysyn completed her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at San Jose State University. With her passion for social equality and increasing access within marginalized communities, Alysyn hopes to provide meaningful and impactful programming for the residents across FCH’s portfolio.
Gabriela Haddad, Assistant Project Manager
Gaby joins our development staff to provide the critical support needed for our expanding pipeline. She brings over 15 years of business, affordable housing development and administrative experience to the team. Gaby holds a BS in industrial engineering from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas – Venezuela and an AA in Business Administration from Berkeley City College. With her latest experience in project development and project management from Christian Church Homes and Tehaca, Gaby grasps all aspects of affordable housing finance and development.
Vianey Nava, Senior Project Advisor
Vianey Nava, is an FCH alumna and has returned as a Sr. Project Advisor to assist on projects, mentor project managers, and take on special projects. Vianey has 20 years of experience in real estate development in both Northern and Southern California having developed market rate and affordable housing in a range of housing types and with various finance sources. Vianey enjoys mentoring up-and-coming project managers, many of which have been BIPOC women and first generation college students/graduates, and is on her second year volunteering as a mentor for the Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Norther California. Vianey holds a bachelor’s degree double majoring in Latin American & Iberian Studies and Law & Society from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from San Jose State University. Vianey is LEED AP Homes certified by the USGBC.
Renu (Rain) Madan, Project Advisor
Rain began working with FCH in 2019 and brings experience in housing development from a number of Bay Area community-based developers. Rain has worked on acquisition-rehabs, as well as new construction and complex portfolios. Her experience before moving to the Bay Area included Boston Capital, in acquisitions at a tax credit syndicator, and Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Services as a full-time consultant. Rain holds a master’s degree in Urbanization and Housing from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and has also completed LISC's Housing Development Training Institute (HDTI).