Press Release

Mayor London Breed announces leadership transition at the Office of Housing and Community Development

Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Director Kate Hartley will step down on July 26, and Deputy Director Dan Adams will assume the role of Acting Director.

Mayor London N. Breed and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) Director Kate Hartley today announced that Director Hartley will leave her role on Friday, July 26, 2019. Current MOHCD Deputy Director of Housing, Dan Adams, will serve as Acting Director while a comprehensive search for the MOHCD Director position is undertaken.

“Kate Hartley has been an incredible and passionate leader in our City’s efforts to build more affordable housing,” said Mayor Breed. “From helping to spearhead the largest affordable housing bond in our City’s history to working to rehabilitate our public housing properties through our Rental Assistance Demonstration and HOPE SF programs, Kate has always fought for the people who need housing so badly in this City. She is a true public servant and we are sorry to see her go, but I wish her luck as she takes her next step.”

“The last five years I have spent at MOHCD, first serving as Deputy Director and now as Director, have been the most rewarding years of my professional career,” said Hartley. “I am proud to have led our department’s growth since 2014 by providing affordable housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, seniors, working families and special needs populations in San Francisco. I am also extremely gratified that we implemented an online housing lottery system to make affordable housing opportunities easier to access for all. Although I am stepping down, I remain fully committed to the work of MOHCD and to Mayor Breed’s housing goals, and I have the utmost confidence in Dan Adams to lead the way forward.”

Kate Hartley was appointed Director by Mayor Ed Lee in 2017. During Director Hartley’s tenure, she oversaw the revitalization of thousands of units of public housing through the Rental Assistance Demonstration and HOPE SF programs, as well as the implementation of the 2015 Affordable Housing Bond funds and placement of the 2019 Affordable Housing Bond on this year’s ballot. MOHCD also spearheaded an effort to create its first Racial Equity Action Plan under Hartley’s leadership.

Director Hartley has 25 years of housing experience, including time spent in nonprofit and for-profit development, as well as in public service for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. She started her career in the field as a nonprofit developer, building affordable homes in the Bayview and Western Addition Neighborhoods. In August 2019, Hartley will begin new work in affordable housing finance for the benefit of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.

Dan Adams has over 20 years of affordable housing and community development experience and is a licensed architect. He has been with MOHCD for eight years, most recently as the Deputy Director of Housing overseeing the agency's new construction pipeline, acquisition and preservation initiatives, and affordable housing policy-making and legislative affairs. In addition, he has served as a Director of Housing Development at both BRIDGE Housing and MidPen Housing.