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Vanessa Cooper, Executive Director
Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper serves as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (AHA). Prior to joining AHA, Vanessa served as the Real Estate Services Director for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara where her responsibilities included development, construction, asset management, property management, maintenance, compliance, and resident services for about 3000 affordable LIHTC housing units.

Vanessa previously worked for Charities Housing Development Corporation, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and for the Bank of England. Vanessa has a BA from Bath University (UK), an MBA from Durham University (UK) and an MA from San Jose State University. Vanessa attended Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a Fannie Mae fellow in the State and Local Officials program.

Vanessa is a California licensed real estate broker and is a Certified Housing Asset Manager, Certified Section 8 Executive Manager and is tax credit certified. Vanessa serves on various NAHRO Committees as well as participating in various housing and community organizations in the Bay Area.

 

Kenji Tamaoki 
Kenji Tamaoki
Commission Chair

Kenji Tamaoki, Chairman,  joined the Board of Commissioners in October 2015. Kenji has worked in the field of real estate development and financing for 24 years. He is currently a Principal with Prudential Mortgage Capital where he specializes in affordable housing loan programs. Kenji also has experience developing affordable and market-rate multifamily apartment properties. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto, and a MBA from the University of British Columbia.

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Carly Grob
Commission Vice Chair

Carly Grob is a Housing Implementation Planner at the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department, and is responsible for implementing various housing programs for both affordable and mixed-income developments. Carly works with Department Staff to review development projects against various state and local requirements, and acts as the liaison between the Planning Department and the Mayor’s Office of Housing. She also works on policies and processes related to the retention of existing housing. 

Before she was working in Housing, Carly was a Planner in the Northeast Quadrant Team in the Current Planning Division of the Department. In addition to reviewing and processing a range of projects, she was also the point person for the Department’s 1% for Public Art Program and the Transferable Development Rights program, and she coordinated permit referrals from various City agencies.  Carly attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Michigan, and she holds a Master of Urban Planning Degree and a Real Estate Development Certificate.

Bachir Hadid
       Bachir Hadid         
      Commissioner
Bachir Hadid, joined the Board of Commissioners in July  2018. He has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California Berkeley in Molecular Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology, and a Master's Degree from Dominican University of California in Neurobiology. Prior to joining the Board of Commissioners, Bachir served as a Resident Advisory Board member for AHA. Bachir is grateful to AHA and to the City of Alameda for giving him this opportunity to learn and to serve his Alameda community.        

 

Sandra Kay
Sandra Kay
Commissioner
Sandra Kay joined the Board of Commissioners in June 2016. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University. Sandra retired from her full-time property/compliance supervision position with Satellite Housing in 2010, and currently does part-time work in the field of affordable housing.

Additionally, Sandra brings experience with other government programs, having worked with the Department of Agriculture’s school lunch and child feeding programs.

 

Stuart Rickard
Stuart Rickard
Commissioner

Stuart Rickard has been a Commissioner since December 2010, and has previously served as the Vice Chair. Stuart Rickard is the Principal of Bay Area Urban Development, LLC in Alameda, a real estate development and consulting firm he has led since 2003. He has over 25 years of experience working in real estate and related fields. His projects have included sustainable buildings and mixed-use, mixed-income developments. Stuart earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design/Architecture and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Stuart is interested in creating opportunity for all youth and in issues of homelessness. He has lived in Alameda since 1998.

 

 
Vadim Sidelnikov
Commissioner
Vadim Sidelnikov is a Deputy City Attorney in the City of Hayward where he advises City Council and City Staff on a variety of topics, including affordable housing, rent stabilization, economic development, and others.  Vadim has previously worked in Oakland and East Palo Alto, where he handled litigation and served as counsel to the Rent Stabilization Board, respectively.  Prior to joining the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in 2020, Vadim served on the City’s Rent Review Advisory Committee in 2019.  Vadim holds a B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. 

 

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