This panel discussion will highlight Facebook’s focus on supporting Extrememly Low-Income households in San Mateo County and the Bay Area as part of the company’s $1B commitment to solving the affordable housing crisis.
See below for panelist biographies.
Raymond Hodges - Moderator
San Mateo County Department of Housing and Executive Director – Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo
As Director of the San Mateo County Department of Housing (DOH), Raymond has overseen the development and preservation of nearly 3,500 affordable homes through its $200 million Affordable Housing Fund. At the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo, he manages a 5,000-voucher Section 8 portfolio as well as targeted VASH, Mainstream, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Family Reunification programs. Ray previously worked as a Supervisor and Project Manager for the Department. Prior to his work with the County of San Mateo, Ray served as Director of Planning and Development for the Division of Special Needs Housing at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where he was responsible for the City’s Supportive Housing Loan Program and Senior Housing Program, financing affordable housing for homeless and disabled persons, low-income seniors, and other vulnerable households. Previous to HPD, Ray worked at the NYC Department of City Planning after receiving a Master in City Planning degree from MIT and a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan.
Housing Initiatives Policy Program Manager – Facebook
Lindsay has over a decade of experience working in affordable housing and community development in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in New York City and the Bay Area. She joined Facebook in December 2019 to lead policy strategy and implementation as part of the company's $1B housing initiative. Prior to Facebook, Lindsay worked for the San Francisco Dept of Homeless and Supportive Housing managing the Mayor's 1000 Bed Shelter Expansion Initiative and for the San Mateo County Dept of Housing where she was proud to play a large role in creation of the Regional Assessment of Fair Housing. Lindsay holds a BA from Brown University in Environmental Studies and an MCRP in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Chief Impact Officer – All Home
Joanne Karchmer has worked at the intersection of human services and public policy for more than two decades. Most recently, she served as Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Deputy Chief of Staff, where she directed local, state, and federal legislative affairs and was the Mayor's senior policy advisor focused on Oakland’s response to homelessness and on immigrants’ rights issues. Prior to that she worked for the Port of Oakland in intergovernmental affairs and in Oakland city government as a policy aide and advisor to former Councilmember Pat Kernighan. An attorney, Joanne previously served as Executive Director of Career Development at UC-Berkeley School of Law, where she began the school’s public interest mentorship program and launched a law fellowship program to support graduates pursuing public interest careers. She earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and her J.D. at Boston College Law School.
Executive Director, LISC Bay Area
We are pleased to announce Cindy Wu, a recognized leader and problem solver in the field with a deep commitment to community engagement and advancing equity and inclusion, as the new executive director of Bay Area LISC. Cindy brings 15 years of community leadership, affordable housing knowledge and public policy experience to LISC Bay Area at this critical moment. She is also not a stranger to LISC, having been one of the inaugural Rubinger Fellows!
Cindy was most recently the Deputy Director for Chinatown Community Development Center, a place-based nonprofit developer in San Francisco’s Chinatown. In this role she oversaw affordable housing development, property management, human resources and internal administration and operations. She guided the organization through rapid growth from 1,700 to 3,000 units of housing over five years. Prior to this, Cindy led Chinatown CDC’s Community Planning Team from 2007-2015, empowering residents to advocate for their neighborhood and attracting more than $45 million in neighborhood capital improvements.
Cindy is equal parts grassroots activist and pragmatic problem-solver. The common thread, though all her years of work has been a deep commitment to community engagement and decision-making by Chinatown’s residents to determine their own fate for their neighborhood.
Cindy has also been a vital member of the San Francisco Planning Commission, including a term serving as its president, working to develop strategies that protect neighborhood businesses and streamline affordable housing construction. She holds a Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, Cindy enjoys exploring Oakland with her husband and two-year old child.
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