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.
Janice Berthold is a Senior Vice President with Heffernan Insurance. She is the one of the few brokers who works with clients on a “Referral Only” basis.
Prior to merging her firm with Heffernan, Janice was President and CEO of J. Berthold Insurance Service Inc. and a Principal of All West Insurance Brokers, one of the top five closely held insurance brokerage firms in Silicon Valley.
She has over 25 years of commercial insurance experience and holds the insurance designations of Professional Workers’ Compensation Advisor, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Chartered Financial Consultant. She has been an Advisor for the California State Senate Committee on Insurance and is a featured writer for the Business Journal. In 1999, she was named Small Business Owner of the Year by the San Jose Mercury News and the Women’s Fund. In addition, The Business Journal named her Enterprising Woman of the Year in 2003.
Janice is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. She sits on Santa Clara University Board of Fellows, Opportunity International Board of Governors and Housing Industry Forum Board & Advisors.
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.
Gordon Endow is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees. He is a past chair of the firm’s Business Transactions Practice Group, and an active member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups, as well as our Diversity Committee. Mr. Endow specializes in corporate governance, compliance, transactions and litigation, including venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), technology and intellectual property development and licensing, privacy, ecommerce, and commercialization and protection of intellectual property.
Mr. Endow devotes most of his time to transactional matters. He focuses on industries in the high technology sector (including software, hardware, IT, and telecom), biotech, and cloud-based platforms. He counsels clients on, drafts and negotiates joint development, purchase and supply, marketing, and joint venture agreements for manufacturers, consumer products goods companies, and services companies in all sectors, including international, health care, real estate, energy, sports and entertainment, hospitality, construction, wine, and financial services.
Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Endow practiced law in-house for a large telecommunications company. He serves as outside general counsel for many company clients, with his broad and deep knowledge of contract, intellectual property, competition, employment, governance, and shareholder issues. He works with internal clients to provide practical and proactive problem-solving advice in order to make his in-house colleagues’ jobs easier.
At Gordon & Rees, Mr. Endow has had extensive IP and commercial litigation experience, including multi-billion dollar complex contract cases. He both prosecutes and defends against claims of patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, data breach, and privacy violations.
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.
Blake Gurfein, Ph.D.
Dr. Gurfein is the Chief Scientific Officer at Tivic Health Systems and holds an appointment as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Gurfein received a Sc.B. in Neuroscience from Brown University, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and completed postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco, where he subsequently joined the research faculty. In Dr. Gurfein’s academic and industry research, he has developed devices for central and peripheral nerve neuromodulation, investigated novel strategies for neuroprotection and repair in the multiple sclerosis lesion environment, and studied the influence of psychological stress on immunity and cellular aging. Dr. Gurfein has been volunteering his time with Community Housing Partnership since 2016.
Will has worked with Colliers International in San Francisco since 2015. He is a member of Colliers’ San Francisco Multifamily Team – San Francisco’s top-selling apartment brokerage team, which is responsible for over $3.7B in sales. Will has participated in over $140 Million worth of commercial property sales, and has underwritten more than $800 Million worth of transactions.
Will was born and raised just across the Golden Gate in San Anselmo, and holds an abiding love for San Francisco. Before he began his career with Colliers, Will taught intensive SAT and college application courses to at-risk inner-city high school students for two years in Worcester, MA.
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 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.
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 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.
Vanna Whitney, AIA, CGBP, is a Senior Associate at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, the 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award winner. For more than 19 years, Vanna has focused her career on underserved communities and environmental and social sustainability. Her work has included four projects in the San Francisco Bay Area that provide varying amounts of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, as well as many more projects serving low-income families. Vanna’s projects have received local and national design awards and been recognized by local and national organizations including the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, Terner Prize, San Francisco Business Times, and Builder Magazine. One of Vanna’s projects, the Rene Cazenave Apartments which provides housing for the formerly homeless in San Francisco, was selected as an AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project in the U.S. for 2016.
Dale Zeigler has over 30 years of commercial banking relationship management experience with more than 20 years in San Francisco. Dale is currently Senior Vice President, Group Director with Signature Bank, a $48 Billion commercial and private bank which opened a San Francisco branch in early 2019. Previously, for over 12 years Dale was Vice President, Principal Business Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco managing the financial needs of a large portfolio of middle market companies in a variety of industries.
Dale has an established network of professional resources and has extensive experience in complex commercial lending and cash management including specialties in legal & professional services, contractors, non-profits, low income housing, tax exempt financing, commercial real estate, property management, escrow accounts and deposit account control agreements.
Dale lives in San Francisco and is a past-President of the Rotary Club of South San Francisco and past-Treasurer of the non-profit LYRIC. Dale is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with a concentration in Finance.