Mutual Housing Marin

Our Mission

The mission of Mutual Housing Marin is to to develop, operate and advocate for sustainable housing that builds strong communities through resident participation and leadership development.

Who We Are

Our partnership grew out of a local ministry to young mothers in San Rafael. Church volunteers who were providing support to these families found that the biggest challenge to stability was the absence of well-maintained housing affordable for working mothers. They learned of Mutual Housing’s high quality, environmentally sustainable housing and its unique relationship to its residents and asked them to consider a collaboration to bring more affordable housing to Marin County. Through this new partnership and a common vision and values, Mutual Housing Marin, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) California charitable corporation was born.

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Board of Directors

Elizabeth Beigh is a Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer at Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California. As Treasurer of Mutual Housing California, she chairs the Board’s Audit Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. Elizabeth also sits on the Board Governance, Site Acquisition and Asset & Property Management Committees. Elizabeth brings to the board her many relationships with the region’s commercial and residential developers, as well as a great knowledge of the banking community. Elizabeth has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wendy Calderon is steadily employed as a caregiver and nanny. She is a participant of Young Moms Marin, a program supported by St. Paul’s church for many years. Young Moms Marin was the inspiration for the to-be-developed St. Monica’s Mutual Housing in San Rafael. Currently Wendy is in a leadership role with Young Moms Marin, providing group support and facilitation. She and her two young sons are active soccer players, and she volunteers at her sons’ school. Wendy is proud to serve on the board of Mutual Housing Marin and hopes to be a resident of Saint Monica’s Mutual Housing when it is constructed and ready for occupancy.

Greg Chew is the senior planner for transit-oriented development and housing at Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). He is also the former chair of a large Portland-based housing nonprofit. Greg is the County of Sacramento’s appointee to the Mutual Housing California’s Board of Directors. Greg contributes his planning expertise and facilitates relationships with public and private organizations involved in transit-oriented development. Greg is a former chair of the Mutual Housing California board, and currently chairs the Site Acquisition Committee, and serves on the Asset & Property Management and Board Governance Committees.

Cathy Creswell provides housing, planning, and legislative services through her consulting firm, Creswell Consulting. She currently serves as Vice President of Mutual Housing California and chairs their Board Governance Committee. Cathy is a member of Mutual Housing California’s Executive Committee and Site Acquisition Committee. She is also currently serving as the President of Sacramento Housing Alliance, a local housing and homeless advocacy organization of which Mutual Housing California is a member. Prior to starting her consulting firm, Ms. Creswell served as the appointed Acting Executive Director of the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development, and prior to that, served 12 years as Deputy Director in that Department, overseeing the Policy Division. She has over 25 years expertise in affordable housing development, policy, and advocacy.

Chuck Finnie is a communications consultant to public agencies and other mission-driven organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a former newspaper journalist who covered local government, policy and politics. Chuck volunteers with the Rotating Emergency Shelter Team that serves homeless men and women in Marin County, and previously served on the Vestry of Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Ross, CA. He has an MA degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is married, has two young adult children and two step-children, and lives in Novato.

Anna Frost joined her husband as a partner in residential real estate 15 years ago, working in the North bay and San Francisco markets. She and Vance are affiliated with Vanguard Properties. Prior to that she was in advertising. Anna is on the board of Tam House (RVEHA), providing unique cooperative housing for low income, independent seniors. Anna’s interest in senior housing was engaged when her parents aged out of their family home and searched for an appropriate place to live. It didn’t take long to ascertain the serious shortage and the need to fill a gap that exists for more than just seniors. Working with Mutual Housing Marin is an exciting opportunity to expand her support for those who struggle in this housing environment. She is active in her church, St. John’s Episcopal in Ross, has a daughter at UC Davis, and a Springer Spaniel at home in San Anselmo.

Jennifer Higley-Chapman is employed as a Special Education Para Educator in the Davis Joint Unified School District. She is a resident leader at Moore Village Mutual Housing Community in Davis and active on the resident council. Jennifer serves on the Mutual Housing California Board of Directors and is the chair of the Resident Impact Committee of the Board. She is a founding member of Uniting for Racial Justice of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis and has been active with that group for eight years. She has served on several board and associations, including at local colleges and universities. Jennifer is a mom and appreciates the community support and programs in Mutual Housing for parents and youth.

Jacob Moody is a resident of San Rafael, California and a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Moody is a retired United Methodist Minister who served churches in San Francisco, Oakland and Aptos California. Currently he is Chief Strategic Engagement Officer at API Wellness a Federally Qualified Health Center with an emphasis on serving the LGBT community in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco with HIV/AIDS, primary care and transgender care services. Rev. Moody earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Masters of Social Work from San Francisco State University. Rev. Moody has a passion for serving the poor and powerless.

Mindy Romero is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project housed at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change at UC Davis and holds a PhD in Sociology from UC Davis. She is a former resident leader from the Tremont Green Mutual Housing Community. She currently serves as President and board chair of Mutual Housing California and Yolo Mutual Housing Association. Mindy chairs the Mutual Housing California Executive Committee and is a member of the Audit, Governance and Site Acquisition Committees. She is an appointed member of the Social Service Commission of the City of Davis. Mindy raised her children in Mutual Housing and is grateful for the stability the community provided her and her children.

Housing and Homelessness

2017 Marin County Homeless Census & Survey Comprehensive Report
City of San Rafael Housing Element Update (2015-2023)

Additional Resources

211 Bay Area Housing Resources

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