Heather Hood is Vice President and leads Enterprise, Northern California. There, she leads Enterprise’s efforts in generating policy and funding innovations to address the region’s tremendous affordable housing needs, improving the buildings and services in public housing, preparing regions to be ready and resilient for disasters, and increasing local, regional and state resources for affordable housing preservation and production.
She sits on Enterprise’s national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. Hood most recently served as deputy director of the Enterprise- Northern California office. During this time, she co-authored The Elephant in the Region: How Bay Metro Can Lead a Bold Regional Housing Agenda, conceived Enterprise’s technical assistance approach around the state Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program and co-chaired Oakland’s Housing Cabinet to chart a course to implement practical and impactful solutions to the city’s housing crisis.
Prior to joining Enterprise, Hood worked at The San Francisco Foundation as the initiative officer managing the Great Communities Collaborative where she was instrumental in the development of the $85 million Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Fund. She was a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning and a co-founder and director of its Center for Community Innovation. She co-authored “The Future of Infill Housing in California: Opportunities, Potential, Feasibility and Demand” for the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which laid the groundwork for the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act.
Heather now serves on the board of the Fund for Oakland and has served on boards such as for Transform, the American Institute of Architects and the Center for Urban Family Life. She earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, her master’s degrees in architecture and city planning from University of California, Berkeley and studied urban design and density at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark International Studies. She lives in Oakland with her family and enjoys painting, yoga, mountain sports and photographing murals.