Members are the driving force of SDHF, but it is the Board of Directors and staff that are at the core of its effectiveness and leadership. Directors may serve two consecutive three-year terms. They are elected by the membership at the SDHF’s annual meeting.
Board of Directors
Mary Jane Jagodzinski, Community HousingWorks, President
Simonne Ruff, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Vice-President
Peter Bridge, Sun Country Builders, CFO
Bruce Reznik, Secretary (Ex Officio)
Hanan Bowman, Ph.D., City Heights Community Development Corporation
Charles E. Davis, Urban West Development
Amy DeVaudreuil, Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP
Aruna Doddapaneni, BRIDGE Housing
Matt Jumper, San Diego Interfaith Housing Foundation
Tim O’Connell, Century Housing Corporation
John Seymour, National Community Renaissance
Paul Shipstead, Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment
SDHF staff is the “face” of the organization seen most frequently in the media, before City Councils, and in discussions with other coalition partners.
Bruce Reznik, Executive Director
As San Diego Housing Federation’s Executive Director, Bruce Reznik leads the organization in its efforts to ensure all San Diegans, regardless of income, can afford a safe and stable place to call home.
Prior to joining the Federation, Bruce served as the Executive Director of the Sacramento-based Planning and Conservation League from 2011-2014, where he directed the organization’s efforts to promote sustainable water, land-use and transportation policies for California. He also spent eleven years running San Diego Coastkeeper, the region’s largest clean water advocacy and outreach organization, and has also worked to promote sustainable land-use and transportation planning for Sustainable San Diego and the Los Angeles based consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates. Reznik has served as an Alternate on the California Coastal Commission, and has sat on numerous local, state and national boards and commissions, including United Way of San Diego County and the international Waterkeeper Alliance.
A California-licensed attorney, he holds an undergraduate degree from the UC Berkeley and his law degree from the University of San Diego. After years away in Sacramento, Bruce is thrilled to be returning to his North Park home with his rescue dogs, Sasha and Bandit.
Laura Nunn, Policy Director
Policy Director, Laura Nunn, is the newest addition to the Federation team. She comes to SDHF from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s San Diego district office where she was Assistant Field Representative. In her last position, Laura worked on federal level issues related to housing, health, veteran affairs, and social programs.
Prior to her work in the Senator’s office, Laura worked for University of San Diego’s Department of Political Science and International Relations. Laura also previously interned at former California State Senator Denise Ducheny’s office. She has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from University of San Diego and a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from San Diego State University.
Katy Lillig, Events and Membership Coordinator
Katy Lillig is the San Diego Housing Federation’s Events & Membership Coordinator. Katy is responsible for the planning and logistics of all SDHF events as well as the development and management of membership services. Katy comes to SDHF from Habitat for Humanity in Miami, Florida, where she developed her interest in affordable housing solutions as Director of Events and Volunteers. Prior to her time at Habitat, Katy worked at Dress for Success San Francisco, developing programs and events to help disadvantaged women find jobs and remain employed.
Nohelia Ramos, Director of Community Organizing and Civic Engagement
Nohelia Ramos Ramos is San Diego Housing Federation’s Director of Community Organizing and Civic Engagement. Nohelia comes to SDHF from Mid-City CAN where she worked as a lead organizer for the previous six years and was the staff of three Momentum Teams responsible for Improving Transportation in City Heights, Food Justice and Senior teams. She is a graduate of the Urban Studies and Planning program at the University of California, San Diego of the class of 2008. Nohelia was born in Baja California, Mexico, immigrated to the US with her family, and grew up in San Diego. She graduated in 2006 from San Diego City College where she helped organize student support for the Immigrant Mega Marches in 2006 and defeat inequitable immigration policy.
A community organizer for over fifteen years Nohelia has led campaigns in low-income urban communities with environmental justice, education and immigrant rights organizations such as Environmental Health Coalition, Military Toxics Project (national network) Resistencia Estudiantil and San Diego Si Se Puede. Nohelia is bilingual in Spanish.
Jerry Lee, Office Manager
Jerry was raised and educated in Albuquerque, NM, but has lived in Southern California for over 25 years. With an interest in theatre and music, his college degree is a bachelor of fine arts. But his career in the 21st century has been devoted to serving nonprofit organizations promoting arts, culture and social justice in the community. He previously served as finance coordinator for Hostelling International San Diego, and office manager/volunteer coordinator for North Coast Repertory Theatre.
Emilio Flores, Development and Communications Coordinator
Emilio comes to SDHF from Boston, where he was Director of Programs for the Castle Square Tenants Organization (CSTO), a nonprofit that owns and manages an affordable housing complex. After eight years with CSTO, Emilio believes strongly in the importance of affordable housing, and brings his development and communications expertise to SDHF. Emilio has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and is currently enrolled in the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program.