Eden Housing Board of Directors Elects New Board Chair - Nicholas J. Randall

Mr. Randall has been on the Eden Board for 30 years and has 20 years of public service experience in elective and appointive offices.


Nathan Ho, Policy & Communications Manager
(510) 247-8193, nho@edenhousing.org

Nicholas J. Randall, new Eden Board Chair

HAYWARD, CA – Eden Housing announced today the election of Nicholas J. Randall as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. Eden is California’s second oldest affordable housing developer and manager with more than 130 affordable communities in the state providing more than 8,700 affordable rental apartment homes to more than 22,000 low-income people.

Mr. Randall has served on the Eden Housing Board of Directors for 30 years beginning in the mid-1980s. He dedicated 20 years to public service in elective and appointive office in the East Bay, serving as City Council member and Vice Mayor of Hayward, Vice-Chairman of the Alameda County Solid Waste Management Authority, Chairman of the Hayward Unified School District Surplus Site Utilization Committee, President of the Harder-Tennyson Community Organization and various other local boards, commissions and committees.

“The Board is excited for Nick’s leadership,” said John Gaffney, outgoing Eden Board Chair. “His extensive knowledge and longtime experience are perfect for this next chapter of Eden Housing.”

Eden focuses on new construction, rehabilitation, and preservation through acquisition of affordable housing in California in this era of limited financial resources. This year, the nonprofit developer has a total of 410 new affordable rental apartment homes under construction including two near-complete affordable housing communities near South Hayward BART and near Soledad with a total of 195 new affordable rental apartments providing homes for seniors, families, and farmworkers and their families.

Another ongoing construction project in Dublin will complete early next year and will provide 72 new affordable rental apartments targeted to U.S. veterans.

Eden has also begun efforts to rehabilitate and refinance 17 affordable communities currently in its property portfolio totaling 1,156 apartment homes in 10 separate cities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing units is essential to ensuring the longevity and preservation of the communities’ affordability and high quality of life.

The organization has a number of potential acquisitions in the pipeline that would preserve the affordability of several affordable housing communities.

Professionally, Mr. Randall was active in educational publishing for more than 40 years, serving until his recent retirement as Executive Vice President of DynEd International, Inc. in Burlingame, Calif.  Previously, Mr. Randall served as President of Janus Book Publishers/Alemany Press and as President of Simon & Schuster’s Special Needs Publishers.

Mr. Randall has presented to professional audiences and consulted with governments around the world on effective use of multimedia to improve English language training. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Political Science and International Relations.

The Eden Board also elected other Board officers: Janet Lockhart, former mayor of Dublin and current Superintendent of Dublin Enrichment Academy, as new Vice Chair and Kathleen Hamm, former affordable housing program manager for the County of Contra Costa, as Secretary. Jim Kennedy, former redevelopment director for the County of Contra Costa, will stay on as Treasurer.


About Eden Housing

In its 48 years of service in California, non-profit Eden Housing has provided a home for more than 65,000 people. Hayward-based 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. Since its founding in 1968, Eden Housing has developed, acquired, and/or managed more than 10,400 affordable homes in more than 165 properties. Eden provides professional property management and supportive resident services to families and individuals living in its portfolio of more than 8,200 apartment homes in nearly 130 properties throughout California. For more information about Eden Housing, visit www.edenhousing.org

Release Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Date Updated: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016

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