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Eden Housing Appoints Lorenzo Jones as Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

June 19, 2021


Media contact: Matthew Indimine

Eden Housing Appoints Lorenzo Jones as Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

HAYWARD, CA – Eden Housing announces the appointment of Lorenzo Jones to the position of Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), effective July 6, 2021. Lorenzo has over 20 years of experience creating positive work environments; developing DEI programs; and leading Board, C-suite and senior managers through all phases of employee engagement and development. Lorenzo has also worked with law enforcement and local governments on police reform and community engagement as well as conflict resolution and mediations.

Lorenzo has served as Eden’s Interim DEI Director since January 2021. He facilitates Eden’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, works with the organization on implementing an equity statement, and executes the organization’s strategic plans objectives.

“One of the major goals of Eden’s New Strategic plan is to embed racial and economic equity in all of our practices, programs, and advocacy efforts,” said Linda Mandolini, Eden Housing President and CEO. “We’re thrilled to have Lorenzo join our team and help lead our work in achieving this goal.”

“Eden’s commitment to racial and economic equity starts with the employee experience,” said Lisa Rydholm, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Development. “Over the past six months, Eden staff completed a DEI Survey and participated in focus groups that will inform how Eden can be a more equitable and inclusive workplace. Lorenzo’s expertise will allow us to implement initiatives and programs based on survey findings.”

“At Eden Housing, diversity and inclusion is one of the main foundations of our company. We strive to reflect the communities we serve,” said Lorenzo Jones, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “Despite being proud of where the organization is now, there is always more that can be done as a leader in the affordable housing industry. I am truly excited and honored to be working with a diverse group of employees who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of those we support. I’m honored to be leading the charge with Eden in our efforts to acknowledge, address, and co-create a workplace that honors our diversity and our commitment to equity and inclusion.”

About Eden Housing

Eden Housing is a non-profit with more than 50 years of experience in tackling affordable housing from all angles. We believe that home is where your start is. Every day, we create the housing needed to make sure all of our neighbors have a place to call home and advocate for still more, because safe and affordable housing helps families stay secure, allows communities to thrive, and solves many of our cities’ most pressing challenges. Learn more at