Our Mission

Sacramento Housing Alliance advocates for safe, stable, accessible, and affordable homes in the Sacramento region. SHA builds healthy communities through education, leadership, and policy change.

Our Vision

Everyone in the Sacramento region has a home in a healthy and inclusive neighborhood.

Guiding Principles

  • Housing is a human right.
  • The solution to homelessness is homes.
  • Lasting change requires coalition building, community collaboration, and public education.
  • Policymakers must address systemic racism and the social and economic structures that deepen neighborhood inequity.
  • Appropriate investment broadens access to housing, safe communities, healthy food, good jobs, and community self-determination.

Our Team

Peter Cohen

Policy Director

Peter is recent past Executive Director of the San Francisco Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO, pronounced “choo choo”) and was formerly Policy Director at East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) in Oakland. Peter is an urban geographer by training who has been involved in a variety of land use, housing policy, and community planning initiatives in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area, as well as in statewide coalitions over the last 20 years.

Kendra Noel Lewis

Executive Director (Emeritus)

Kendra Noel Lewis (nee Walker) a 4th generation, San Francisco native grew up in the neighborhood and community of Bayview Hunters point. It was the culture of Bayview – Hunter Point where the predominately Black community were the migrants of the Jim Crow south settled and built a strong community. Bayview was the model for where Kendra’s love of community and desire to work to empower and uplift the community. Kendra was the first member of her immediate family to graduate from college. Now calling the Sacramento region her home, she has been active in the greater Sacramento community and has served in various leadership roles in organizations such as the Sacramento YWCA, Traveler’s Aid, the San Francisco Community Land Trust, and Sacramento Urban Debate League.

We are looking for an Executive Director to help take SHA to the next level in 2023!

The Board of Directors of the Sacramento Housing Alliance is looking for our next Executive Director! We are seeking a dynamic, dedicated Executive Director to lead the organization and its membership in advocating to advance affordable housing development and preservation, policies, and programs and renter protections through a racial and economic equity lens in the Sacramento region.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please see the link below.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, references and salary requirement or range to the following email address: [email protected]sachousingalliance.org.

The board expects to begin conducting interviews in December and January. The position is open until filled.

Our Board

Cathy Creswell

Board President, At-large

Jennifer Fleming

Vice-President, Mercy Housing

LaShawnda Barker

Co-Secretary, At-large

Valerie Feldman

Co-Secretary, At-large

Rachel Smith

Treasurer, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Paul Ainger

Officer, Retired

Stephan Daues

Officer, Mercy Housing

Tamie Dramer

Officer, Organize Sacramento

John Foley

Officer, Sacramento Self Help Housing

Nur Kausar

Officer, At-large
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