Eden Housing Welcomes New Board Member Cheryl O’Connor

Cheryl O’Connor, Executive Director of HomeAid Northern California, has joined the Eden Housing board of directors. In its 50 years of service, non-profit Eden Housing has provided an affordable home for more than 100,000 people living throughout California. Based in Hayward, Eden currently owns or manages 139 properties, and is committed to preserving and maintaining its buildings to improve communities, while supporting residents with a range of services.

After serving on the Board of Directors of HomeAid Northern California for over 4 years, building industry veteran Cheryl O’Connor stepped into the leadership role as Executive Director of HomeAid Northern California in 2011. As the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association, HomeAid offers a unique solution to building housing for homeless individuals and families.

As the first woman Regional Chair of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area in 2008, Cheryl O’Connor was successful in launching the first Sustainability Initiative by a homebuilding association that endorsed mandatory green building standards. She served as CEO of the BIA during the height of the economic recession from 2009 to 2011, successfully reducing organizational costs and redirecting its focus to political advocacy. 

O’Connor has held senior level management positions with Summerhill Homes, Warmington Homes, Taylor Woodrow, Ponderosa Homes and The O’Brien Group. In her career, she was directly responsible for the opening of more than 50 award winning new home communities.

O’Connor is the recipient of the BIA Bay Area Lifetime Legend Award and Chairman’s Award and was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame in 2016. She also serves on several Boards including Building Industry Association Bay Area and HomeAid America.

O’Connor holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License, is a green building and affordable housing advocate and a LEED Accredited Professional (USGBC). 

“We are thrilled that Cheryl has joined our board,” said Linda Mandolini, President of Eden Housing. “Her expertise in creating affordable housing will strengthen Eden's ability to provide homes for more vulnerable Californians.”

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