FILLMORE HERITAGE CENTER
MEET THE TEAM
Members of the New Community Leadership Foundation (NCLF), an African American-led nonprofit; the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC), a 30-year nonprofit providing affordable housing, community development and financial empowerment services; and Hard Hitta Promotions, a boxing, music and special event production company, have come together to preserve the 28,000-square foot Fillmore Heritage Center specifically for the communities of color it was intended to serve.
CEO, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation
David has over 20 years' experience in affordable housing and community development, having managed the production of over 1,000 affordable units, six loan and asset building programs totaling $12 million, and the sale of more than 400 affordable homes to low- and moderate-income families. As a keyboardist, he has performed at hundreds of venues and festivals nationally, including the Kennedy Center; Freight and Salvage; Ashkenaz; Biscuits and Blues; the State Theatre in Virginia, the Red River Revel in Shreveport, Louisiana; the Baltimore Blues Festival; the Fillmore Jazz Festival; and the Sonoma Jazz Festival.
Board Chair, New Community Leadership Foundation
Jameel is a San Francisco native who was raised in the Bayview-Hunters Point community. He is a community advocate for the Fillmore, Hunters Point, Lakeview and other disenfranchised neighborhoods in the City. Jameel currently works for Mother Brown's, a homeless shelter, and previously served as a youth advocate at Coleman Advocates and as a member of the Associated Students Council at City College of San Francisco.
CEO, Hard Hitta Promotions
A native of the Fillmore, Karim is a former No. 2 world-ranked welterweight boxer and 2006 Golden Gloves champion. He has more than 15 years of experience promoting, participating in, and teaching professional boxing among other forms of entertainment.
A native of San Francisco (Silver Terrace, Bayview and Portola), Deven has over 15 years of housing and community development experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors. Previously, Deven spent 14 years working for several departments of the City and County of San Francisco, including Public Health, Human Services and the Mayor's Office on Homelessness, where under former Mayor Willie L. Brown, he served as the Deputy Director.
Majeid was born and raised in the Fillmore community and has more than 25 years combined experience as a community developer, event producer and education consultant. He has helped to bring more than a million dollars to the Fillmore community for economic development and revitalization. Majeid has produced or co-produced over 50 successful events reaching thousands of people. He also brings experience as a development consultant for the San Francisco Unified School District.
Natalia “Natasha” Ventsko was born and raised in San Francisco. With her, she brings her background in law (J.D. and LL.M), social work (BSW and MSW), and community organizing (by way of Frisco and New Orleans) to the Fillmore Heritage Center Equity Partnership.
Prior to joining SFHDC, Chris was co-founder and CEO of BAMM.tv, a live music video production and distribution company that reached 180 million viewers worldwide through partnerships with mobile carriers and digital television operators. In 1998, he co-founded and became General Manager of Paradigm Artspace in Atlanta, where he hosted numerous music events, poetry slams and multimedia art openings known as Paradigm Shifts. In the summer of 2000, he led an eight-week series of live internet broadcasts known as The Bluemilk Show.
Hugh E MC is a Fillmore native and legend. He is known as the father of San Francisco’s hip hop. In 1989 Hugh EMC became the first rapper from the City to put out a song, titled “The Game.” In 1990 he became the first local rapper to put out an album called “Gangsta Knowledge.” Hugh E MC was raised in OC projects with current San Francisco Mayor London Breed. He is also a counselor and crisis intervention specialist who works on the front lines serving San Francisco’s most at-risk communities, including the homeless and the mentally ill.
Omorede "Rico" Hamilton
Rico is a Fillmore native. He has worked as a crisis responder and street outreach worker for the past five years with the Street Violence Intervention Program. Mr. Hamilton brings a wealth of experience in violence prevention, mediation and outreach in San Francisco’s housing communities. Rico is the co-founder of Raw Talk, where he coordinated and developed curriculum for the re-entry population, including in the county jails. He also organized activities, employment opportunities, educational development and other programs for at-risk youth through the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center.
Faye is the Special Event/Projects Manager at SFHDC, where she has spearheaded numerous community events and fundraisers, most recently SFHDC's Cruise for a Cause and the 30th anniversary gala, "Power in Numbers," at the California Academy of Sciences.
Vince is the communications associate at the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, helping to spread its mission to the broader community. A veteran journalist, Vince was previously an editor at the San Francisco Examiner and at a community newspaper in Los Angeles for several years. He is excited to pursue his passion for storytelling with the reactivation of the Fillmore Heritage Center.
Daniel was born and raised in the Fillmore/Western Addition district, where he has lived for 49 years. He's been a community activist and advocate for 25 years. The former presidentof NCLF, Daniel now works as a consultant for DBL & Associates Consulting LLC.
Vinny has lived in the Fillmore District for his entire life. He attended San Jose State University and California Maritime Academy, acquiring a B.S. in mechanical engineering. After graduating, Vinny worked as a marine engineer for several years before taking a job closer to home to allow him to better attend to his family's needs. He currently works as a stationary engineer for the City of San Francisco.
SFHDC's Director of Financial Empowerment and Economic Development, Sheri Powers is a seasoned litigator, psychotherapy counselor, mediator, teacher, healer and loan officer. She has helped hundreds of first-time homebuyers purchase their home with safe and affordable loan products, empowering her clients to make informed choices by demystifying the mortgage and home buying process through quality education and purposeful planning.