The Housing Advisory Committee was assembled in 2017 by City Council is to assist staff and serve as an advisory body on matters related to the Mill Valley Housing Element and the Affordable Housing Ordinance. This mission coincides with the two overarching General Plan goals of protecting and enhancing the natural beauty and small-town character of Mill Valley while also encouraging the continued diversity of housing, income levels and lifestyles within the community.
At their August 5, 2019 meeting, the City Council welcomed Matt Franklin to the Mill Valley Housing Advisory Committee.
"I am excited to have Mr. Franklin on the committee," Councilmember Jessica Jackson, Committee Chair, said. "Mr. Franklin's expertise shines through in our meetings and we feel that Mill Valley is going to be all the richer because he decided to raise his hand and participate in this committee."
Councilmember John McCauley agreed, "It is great that Matt has the particular skill set that we need and the kinds of things we were interested in researching are the things he does every day," he said.
The Committee is made up of Councilmembers Jessica Jackson and John McCauley, and Planning Commissioners Anne Bolen and Nate Bosshard. Mr. Franklin serves as the "Member at Large" and is nationally recognized leader in the field of affordable housing. He has dedicated his career to producing high-quality affordable housing that improves the lives of low-income working families and seniors while enhancing the economic vitality of the regions where they live.
With a unique combination of public and private sector experience, Matt has held senior positions at the federal, state and local levels. These include Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Clinton; Director of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development where he was the lead housing policy advisory to the Governor; and Director for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing where he championed innovative housing programs that have become national models.
Matt currently leads MidPen Housing, one of the nation’s largest non-profit developers and owners of affordable housing with real estate assets totaling over $1.3 billion. In the eight years that Matt has served as President, MidPen’s annual housing production has more than doubled and the organization is poised for new growth and impact.
As a board member for the Housing Partnership Network, Matt helps drive legislation to advance affordable housing policy and funding. Matt was formerly board chair for the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and also served on the boards of the National Housing Trust, the California Housing Finance Agency and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee. Matt has a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelors in Political Science from Colgate University. He also attended the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
The Housing Advisory Committee has developed a Draft Work Plan, based on discussions from recent Committee meetings. The Draft Work Plan lists policies and action to be explored and implemented in the immediate future (over the next 2 years) to address housing needs and opportunities.
The next Housing Advisory Meeting is scheduled for September 30th (6-8 PM, at Mill Valley City Hall).