OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The board of directors of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) announced the appointment of Joshua Simon as the organization's new Executive Director. Simon brings more than 25 years of experience working with diverse communities and expertise in real estate development and affordable housing, most recently as Director of Real Estate Consulting at the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF).
"I believe Josh has the instincts and ability to move EBALDC forward in the current economic environment, to meet the increasing needs of the people we serve," said Dr. K.M. Tan, chair of the board of directors. "He comes superbly qualified, and I look forward to working closely with him and supporting him to succeed. "
Simon previously worked at EBALDC for 12 years as Director of Real Estate Development and as Senior Project Manager, overseeing the development of major mixed-use complexes that combine affordable rental apartments with community and retail facilities benefiting the broader community. These include Swan's Marketplace, San Pablo Hotel, Hismen Hin-Nu Terrace Apartments, and Avalon Senior Housing, among others. Simon joined NCCLF in 2006, and has helped to sharpen the organization's focus on the development of community facilities for social services and progressive arts groups throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. Simon also brings experience working with Innovative Housing, Project Artaud and Chinatown Community Development Center.
Throughout his career, Simon has been an active civic leader, serving for 11 years on the board of the Emeryville Unified School District and various education and housing committees. He also serves as Vice President of Emeryville's Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Committee. Simon holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"The EBALDC team is made up of extraordinary community development professionals. In collaboration with EBALDC's community partners, we have a unique opportunity to foster healthy communities," remarked Simon. "I am honored that the EBALDC board has selected me to take on this challenge." He officially begins on April 1, 2013.
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development corporation that works with and for the diverse populations of the East Bay to build healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods. Since its founding in 1975, EBALDC has grown from a small nonprofit immigrant and refugee services organization to become a leading community development corporation. We envision an East Bay where everyone can live in a safe and affordable home, and that every neighborhood provides opportunities that enable people to live long, healthy lives, regardless of income or ethnic background. To realize this vision, we develop, preserve and manage high quality affordable housing and community and retail facilities, and we integrate programs and services that increase economic opportunities for our residents and the broader community. For more information, please visit www.ebaldc.org or call 510-287-5353.
SOURCE East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)