Former state housing director, HUD official joins Berkeley housing center

UC Berkeley’s Terner Heart for Housing Innovation has employed Ben Metcalf as their new managing director. Metcalf, who has almost 20 years of expertise researching and implementing housing coverage on the native, state and federal ranges, will lead the middle’s coverage work round housing affordability.

Metcalf was, till final 12 months, director of the California Division of Housing and Group Improvement. Previous to that put up, he served as deputy assistant secretary on the U.S. Division of Housing and City Improvement, overseeing multifamily housing packages. He was appointed by former president Barack Obama.

A Berkeley native, Metcalf started his new put up at UC Berkeley final week, and says he goals to harness the Terner Heart’s “educational horsepower” to enhance housing coverage.

Ben Metcalf is becoming a member of the Terner Heart for Housing Innovation. (Picture courtesy Ben Metcalf)

“Policymakers and enterprise leaders are on the lookout for people to provide them the roadmap and the technique for efficient housing coverage. The Terner Heart is rather well positioned to do this proper now,” stated Metcalf. “So being that bridge between apply and coverage, between analysis and implementation, that’s the place I really feel like I could make the largest impression.”

The Terner Heart is a joint undertaking between UC Berkeley’s Faculty of Environmental Design and the Haas Faculty of Enterprise to advance options in analysis, coverage and apply that helps home households in inexpensive properties and communities. In October, the middle compiled greatest practices in implementing efficient land use reform throughout the state.

“Ben is an excellent chief and agile policymaker, centered on taking the mandatory daring steps to enhance the affordability disaster that challenges our state and nation,” stated Carol Galante, the Terner Heart’s school eirector and the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Inexpensive Housing and City Coverage. “We have already got a stellar group engaged on this work, but there’s a lot extra we consider we are able to and needs to be doing. We’re excited to have Ben’s imaginative and prescient, expertise, and keenness. I sit up for what our group will accomplish collectively.”

From 2015 to 2019, Metcalf led California’s housing division as director, initially below former governor Jerry Brown, and extra not too long ago below the present governor, Gavin Newsom. Metcalf helped to broaden the state’s housing and land use.

He was additionally instrumental within the implementation of the 2017 housing bundle that aimed to create new inexpensive properties and protect current ones all through the state.

“For me, stepping out of the federal government scrum and attending to a spot just like the Terner Heart, the place I may be a part of this group to essentially begin considering strategically about long-term options, was actually enticing,” stated Metcalf. “Carol Galante and the group right here at Terner have actually constructed an unbelievable model over the previous couple of years as type of the place in California the place the very best housing analysis and coverage is going on.”

Metcalf grew up simply minutes from campus, the place his father taught as a historical past professor. His mom, additionally a professor of historical past, acquired her PhD at UC Berkeley. He says he has had a loyalty and respect for UC Berkeley ever since.

“It’s satisfying to be working for a company that has such broad nationwide attain just like the Terner Heart, but in addition an establishment that I’ve had a private tie to over my lifetime,” he stated.


Germaine K. Curran

Germaine K. Curran

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