Board of Directors

Emily Lin


Emily has over 10 years of affordable non-profit and for-profit housing development experience. As Senior Project Manager at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Emily manages over $130 million of development, is responsible for managing risks that have major financial implications for TNDC, and supervises junior project management staff.

Emily earned a Master in Urban Planning from Columbia University. 

Korin Crawford

Vice Chair

Korin has founded or held senior positions at four venture/investor-backed startups since 2000. He offers a unique combination of capabilities as software engineer, entrepreneur turned real estate investor/developer and advisor for large-scale public-private infrastructure projects.

John Benson


John Benson has twenty plus years in commercial Real Estate Banking exclusively in Northern California. Currently with JP Morgan Chase and located in downtown Oakland.

Jim Govert


Jim Govert is the Senior Counsel for Project Development Real Estate at First Solar, Inc., where works on securing property rights for large-scale solar installations.  He has over 20 years of experience as a real estate attorney and consultant working on acquisitions, sales, leasing, lending, construction, property management and economic development on projects around the country, but primarily in Pennsylvania, Michigan and California.  Before law school, Jim was a tenant organizer in the

Christine Carr

Christine Carr is the Founder of the Community Development Finance Group at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).  She founded the group for SVB in 2002.

Leslie Francis

Leslie Francis is Vice President Finance, Strategy and Management for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals.  She is responsible for leading a center of excellence that provides a group of core services to support the Finance organization. Leslie has a B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Business and Health Administration from the University of Washington, Seattle WA.

Ted Dang

Ted Dang is a co-founder and current Secretary of the Board at EBALDC.  He has been a Commercial Realtor, property manager, and developer in the downtown Oakland market for 38 years operating as Commonwealth Real Estate.  He holds the professional designations CPM (Certified Property Manager) and CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member).  Ted also serves on the County of Alameda Assessment Appeals Board and is Chair of Oakland Housing Initiatives, the non-profit affiliate of the Oakland

Hydeh Ghaffari

Hydeh Ghaffari brings more than 30 years of experience as a financial manager and 25 years as a CPA to DZH Phillips. She is the former co-chair of the California Nonprofit Conference and is on the planning committee of the AICPA National Nonprofit Conference, and past President of the baord of directors of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Chris Ferreira

Chris Ferreira has a diverse background in community development, regulatory and government work experience. He has been with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco since August 2014 where he leads the annual offering of AHEAD, an economic development grant program funded by the Bank.

Natalia F. Lawrence

Natalia Fanta Lawrence is a retired from the Housing Division of the Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency.  Ms. Lawrence has over 23 years of experience in urban planning and community development including six years at the federal level with the HUD Region IX office in San Francisco as a Community Builder and the Region IX Hope VI Coordinator.  She also has ten years previous experience with the city of Richmond as a current planner in the Planning Department.  Ms.

Kelly Drumm

Kelly Drumm joined the Office of General Counsel in 2006 as a member of the environmental group with special focus on matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, endangered species statutes, and other land use issues. Prior to joining the office, Ms. Drumm practiced environmental law at Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp in San Francisco, and served as counsel for the California Environmental Law Project. Ms.

Thai-An Ngo

Thai-An has over 15 years of experience in affordable housing and community development. She was a project manager at Chinatown Community Development Center for 14 years and is now an Associate Director with a low income housing tax credit investor/syndicator.  

Rosalyn Tonai

Rosalyn holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is the Executive Director of the National Japanese American Historical Society. She is a graduate of the community leadership program of the Coro Foundation. Her past work includes coordinating a refugee services project for Asian Community Mental Health Services and job training programs with Asian Multi Services.

K.M. Tan, MD

K.M. is a retired radiologist after 34 years with The Permanente Medical Group,Inc having served on its Board of Directors and as an assistant Physician-in-Chief and Chief of Radiology. He received the 2006 Sidney Garfield, M.D. Exceptional Contribution Award from TPMG for co-founding the Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences.

Joanne Tornatore-Pili

Joanne is an educator and a long time resident of East Oakland. She has worked with both non-profit and for profit organizations. Most recently, she was an employee of Polaris, Inc., providing services and counseling to households and individuals with AIDS. She previously worked with Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal, providing technical assistance.