Eden Housing Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members: Amy Neches and Sheila Burks


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Eden Housing Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members: Amy Neches and Sheila Burks

HAYWARD, CA – Amy Neches, Former Partner at TMG Partners, a Bay Area Development Firm, and Sheila Burks, Manager of Equity and Inclusion at Alameda County Food Bank, have been elected to Eden Housing’s Board of Directors.

At TMG, Amy Neches focused on acquisition, entitlement and development projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her projects included the entitlement and development of a major new South of Market office project, and the acquisition and entitlements for a residential condominium development in the Pier 70 district through the Port of San Francisco. Amy joined TMG Partners after seventeen years with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. She managed the Redevelopment Agency’s Project Area and Planning Division, and she served as senior real estate negotiator and manager for developments ranging from complex public-private partnerships to public facilities and retail leases.

“Eden Housing is at the forefront in responding to our statewide housing crisis, providing quality affordable homes to Californians that allow families and seniors to stabilize their lives,” said Ms. Neches. “I’m honored to join [Eden’s] Board of Directors and help advance this critical work.”

Sheila Burks’ professional career includes almost 20 years’ work in financial services and affordable housing. She joined the Alameda County Community Food Bank in 2010. In her current role, she collaborates with partners to develop and advocate for policies and practices that address the root causes of hunger thereby dismantling the structural racism and institutional barriers that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. Sheila focuses on partnerships that uplift individuals’ and families’ ability to navigate to more stable and sustainable outcomes in order to thrive.

“No matter where we live, we all want a place to call home. A place to rest, invite family and friends, do homework, plan for the future, retreat to take shelter in a space of our own,” said Ms. Burks. “I am excited to join Eden Housing’s Board of Directors.”

Ms. Burks and Ms. Neches join Eden’s current Board members: Chair Jim Kennedy, Consultant and Former Redevelopment Director for Contra Costa County; Rudy Johnson, President and CEO, Neighborhood House Association; Annette Billingsley, Former Executive Vice President and Group Head, Community Development Finance and Commercial Mortgage Departments for Union Bank; Cheryl O’Connor, Executive Director, HomeAid Northern California; Kathleen Hamm, Economic Consultant; Nicholas Randall, Former Vice President, DynEd International; John Gaffney, Director of Business Operations, Ruckus Wireless; Doug Kuerschner, Real Estate Agent, Four Corners Real Estate Group; Grace Li, CEO, On Lak Lifeways; Joe Postigo, Principal, JMP Construction Services; Timothy Reilly, Former Senior Vice President- Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking, Umpqua Bank; Pauline Weaver, Retired Assistant Public Defender for Alameda County; Calvin Whitaker, Sales Associate, Better Homes Realty; Ed Forrest, Loan Consultant, Adobe Mortgage Group, Caliber Home Loans; Sean Callum, Vice President Credit Risk Officer, First Republic Bank.

About Eden Housing

The mission of Eden Housing is to build and maintain high-quality, well-managed, service-enhanced affordable housing communities that meet the needs of lower income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. In its 52 years of service in California, non-profit Eden Housing has provided a home for more than 100,000 people. Eden Housing is the long-term owner-operator of its developments and is committed to preserving and maintaining its buildings as community assets and supporting residents with a range of services. For more information, visit www.edenhousing.org.


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