Advisory Circle

In 2018, Community Housing Partnership established the CHP Advisory Circle, a dynamic group of local influencers with a goal to actively mobilize resources to expand and enhance our impact on solving homelessness in San Francisco. These local leaders are more than just fundraisers and connectors – they are advocates and trailblazers who care deeply about building a better San Francisco.

Current Members

Ari Beliak 
Ari Beliak is a Senior Vice President in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Community Development Banking group. He leads a team of experts who provide debt and equity solutions to affordable housing developers based in Northern California, Nevada, and Colorado.

Mr. Beliak was the key driver in the Bank’s $2.2B financing of the nation’s largest affordable housing project, the San Francisco Rental Assistance Demonstration. In addition, he manages the Bank of America Low-Income Housing Challenge, a business plan competition to attract professionals into the affordable housing industry, and, in 2016, he was listed as a “Top 40 under 40” in the San Francisco Business Journal.

Ari has an extensive background in affordable housing, real estate finance, and law. Prior to joining the Bank, he practiced law for Sidley Austin LLP, served in various real estate finance capacities for Wells Fargo Bank, including their affordable housing group, and was a management consultant for A.T. Kearney. Ari earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. He continued his education earning an MBA/JD from UC Berkeley’s Hass School of Business and UC Hastings College of Law.

Mr. Beliak lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he serves as a director for Northern California Presbyterian Homes & Services and Peninsula Sinai Congregation. In addition, he has and continues to serve on numerous industry association committees.


Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen is a co-founder and Principal of Strada, a member of the Investment Committee, and has direct oversight of Strada’s redevelopment, entitlement and construction projects.

Prior to founding Strada, Michael served as the Director of the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, overseeing economic and real estate development. He was the City of San Francisco’s primary negotiator on many of the largest development projects over the last decade, including Naval Station Treasure Island, the Hunters Point Shipyard and the Transbay Terminal.

Previously, Michael was head of the Real Estate and Public Finance Group of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He served as lead transaction counsel on a number of complex public-private development deals in San Francisco, including the new de Young Museum, the development of the Hotel Vitale, and the renovation of Harding Park Golf Course, and has structured over $3 billion in public and private real estate transactions.


Mark Gleason 

Mark Gleason is currently Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council 7, covering employment collective bargaining jurisdiction for over 100,000 women and men employed at United Parcel Service (UPS), the construction industry, logistics delivery, warehouse and transportation service sectors in Northern California and Nevada. Mark is the principal executive officer for Teamsters Local 665 in San Francisco. In that capacity Mark serves as chair of the Bay Area Automotive Group which provides health benefits to 3000 union members and their families in the greater Bay Area.

Additionally, Mark sits on the Executive Board of the San Francisco Labor Council and is a delegate to the San Mateo Central Labor Council. Mark is a current director of the Teamster Assistance Program (TAP) providing rehabilitation services for those suffering from alcohol and substance addition. As a City native, Mark attended San Francisco public schools, City College and San Francisco State University, and has raised his three children in the City’s local public educational system. Mark Gleason considers housing a “workplace issue” and is passionate about incorporating housing crisis solutions into effective advocacy for economic improvements in the lives of working women and men.


Aaron Jacobson

Aaron Jacobson is a partner at the venture capital firm NEA where he invests in entrepreneurs seeking to build, scale and secure the next-generation of SaaS applications, big data platforms, cloud infrastructure, and robotics. In 2016 he was named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in Venture Capital and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”.

 


Scott Mauvais

Scott Mauvais is the Director of Microsoft Cities where he works with local leaders to infuse technology into existing systems to make cities better places to live, learn, work, and innovate.

Scott has been at Microsoft 19 years. Most recently, he was the Director of the Microsoft Technology Center, an innovation lab where Microsoft’s top architects work hand-in-hand with Fortune 500 companies to envision, architect, and prove out solutions based on Microsoft’s newest technologies.

Prior to that, Scott worked for Microsoft Consulting Services where he ran early stage projects for customers in Microsoft’s Early Adopter Program. He has written extensively for Microsoft Press and Ziff-Davis.

Scott serves on the national boards of Upwardly Global, City Innovate Foundation, and the Urban Age Institute and co-owns The WELL, the ground breaking online community founded in 1985. When not working, Scott enjoys skiing in the winter, backpacking in the summer, and seeing—and photographing—as much live music as possible year-round.

He lives in San Francisco.


Sophie Middlebrook Hayward

Sophie Middlebrook Hayward spent over a decade working to develop, articulate, and advocate a coordinated policy and legislative agenda to support sound land use and affordable housing solutions for San Francisco. As the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs at the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, she navigated San Francisco’s political and legislative landscape to advance affordable housing initiatives including brick and mortar development, inclusionary housing policies, teacher housing efforts, downpayment assistance programs, and a range of ballot initiatives. As a LEED-accredited city planner at the San Francisco Planning Department, Sophie’s focus was on land use related legislative affairs, entitlements, CEQA review, and historic preservation. Prior to her public sector career, Hayward worked as an architectural conservator at the New York City firm Jablonski Berkowitz Conservation developing preservation, conservation, and rehabilitation strategies for sites such as the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Cloisters, and the Plaza Hotel.

Sophie received her undergraduate education at Wesleyan University and earned a Master of Science in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Sophie currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Parks Alliance. A native San Franciscan, she lives in the city’s Richmond District with her husband, three children, and golden retriever.


Ty Newell
Ty Newell is a Principal at TPG Real Estate, based in San Francisco. Prior to joining TPG Real Estate in 2012, Ty worked as an Analyst in both the Investment Banking and Private Equity Investing arms of Morgan Stanley Real Estate and as a Finance Analyst for Developers Diversified Realty, a publicly traded REIT. He is proud to serve on both the CHP Advisory Circle and as a volunteer on the CHP Housing Committee. Ty received his B.A. in Economics with a certificate in Markets and Management studies from Duke University, and currently lives in Noe Valley with his wife and young daughter.

 

Chuck Palley
Chuck Palley has almost 30 years of experience within the building construction industry, over 25 of which have been at Cahill. Chuck has served as President of Cahill Contractors, Inc. since 2005. Chuck has overseen such projects as the Argonaut Hotel, Oxford Plaza / David Brower Center, The Cecil Williams Glide Community House, and Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Chuck has been a leader in the Bay Area construction industry, serving as a past president and current Board Member of the Contractor’s Employers Association (CEA). Chuck also spearheaded the founding of the Construction Industry and Workforce Initiative (CIWI), a young adult workforce initiative intended to provide construction industry internship positions and access to development opportunities for students from under-resourced families and neighborhoods.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Construction Management from University of Illinois, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California and LEED Accredited Professional.