Our Children, Our Families Council Members
san francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development
Olson Lee is the Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (“MOHCD”). The mission of the Community Development Division is to partner with the community to strengthen the social, physical and economic infrastructure of San Francisco's low-income neighborhoods and communities in need. The mission of the Housing Division is to manage the City’s pipeline of housing by financing the development, rehabilitation and purchase of affordable housing in San Francisco. MOHCD also guides and coordinates the City's housing policy including the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program. MOHCD administers programs to finance the development of affordable housing by non-profit and for-profit developers, provides financial and educational assistance to first-time homebuyers, and finances housing rehabilitation costs for low-income homeowners. Major housing initiatives of MOHCD include HopeSF, the rebuilding of distressed family public housing sites, and public housing re-envisioning, the mixed-finance rehabilitation of a large portion of the public housing portfolio through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program. The above programs are funded through HOME, CDBG, ESG, HOPWA, the City’s Housing Trust Fund, and the City’s linkage fee programs including inclusionary housing and jobs housing linkage fees. MOHCD is also responsible for monitoring and ensuring the long-term affordability and physical viability of the City's stock of affordable housing.
Prior to MOHCD, Mr. Lee served as Deputy Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (“the Agency”). For the 15 years, until July 2011, Mr. Lee was responsible for the administration of the Agency’s housing programs, including the use of tax increment housing funds within Agency project areas and throughout the City, the oversight of housing project development, the administration of tax-exempt mortgage revenue bond financing, the administration of land dispositions, and the oversight of owner participation agreements. From 1989, the Agency’s tax increment housing program provided over $506 million in loans and grants leveraging in excess of $1.9 billion to assist over 9,600 units and beds. The Agency assisted an additional 2,500 units from other funding sources. The Agency had an outstanding portfolio of $670 million in tax-exempt multifamily bonds. All redevelopment agencies including San Francisco’s were dissolved in January of 2012 by State legislation. The completed housing assets of the Agency were then transferred to MOHCD.
In 2003, Mr. Lee was recognized for his work on preserving at-risk affordable housing with a Public Managerial Excellence Award from the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee, now a part of SPUR. In 2010, Mr. Lee received the Distinguished Public Official Award from the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. Mr. Lee served as a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies. Mr. Lee served as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies. Mr. Lee served on the Loan Committee, the Nonprofit Space Capital Fund Project Review Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Northern California Community Loan Fund. Mr. Lee graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Maryland, College Park.