An active member of SFCLT since 2006, Tracy brings years of experience and service to the organization. She served on the Board of Directors and leadership team, and was instrumental in securing the organization's initial funding and programming in its early years.
Having worked in the field of affordable housing and community development in the Bay Area since 1992, Tracy brings nearly twenty years of experience with fundraising and nonprofit management, and eight years of working with affordable housing. Tracy comes to SFCLT from the Affordable Housing Program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, where she worked with nonprofit developers across the western region in developing affordable rental and home ownership opportunities in low-income communities. Prior to the Bank, Tracy worked with the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) as a bilingual home ownership counselor, and directly helped lower income households with buying their first home as their real estate agent. She’s also worked with other highly collaborative nonprofits on issues of social justice including the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative and Religious Witness with Homeless People. Tracy has a master’s degree in public administration and gained her first years of experience working with grass-roots community leaders in developing countries, including India and Nicaragua. With the successful conversion of the Columbus United Cooperative project, she looks forward to continuing to build the organization's capacity to expand the model across San Francisco, creating more cooperative ownership opportunities for low-income families that otherwise could not achieve the dream of home ownership in this high cost city.
We are delighted to introduce our new Program Manager, Elizabeth Leone, who began on May 28th. Elizabeth is a twenty-year resident of San Francisco whose passion for social justice was sparked in 2004 when she spent a year in Kenya working with refugees producing radio programs on HIV/AIDS prevention and girls education. Closer to home, she has worked to create education and job opportunities for low-income San Franciscans at the San Francisco Conservation Corps. While earning a juris doctorate, she founded the Global Justice Advocacy Program at the University of San Francisco which matched law students with local human rights NGOs. She has researched and reported on human trafficking, labor exploitation, and gender-based violence. Since 2006, Elizabeth has counseled tenants on the San Francisco Rent Ordinance, as well as trained new counselors at the San Francisco Tenants Union. She looks forwards to continuing her work helping San Franciscans maintain affordable housing and achieving cooperative homeownership opportunities.
Valerie Zekas is our new Stewardship Coordinator who will be working with SFCLT and the Bay Area Consortium of Community Land Trusts to identify shared systems and tools to help the Consortium members to leverage shared resources and funding. Valerie recently moved to San Francisco from New York City where she worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.