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$500M Pledge from Zuckerberg-Led Group Boosts Bay Area Housing Initiative

The Partnership for the Bay’s Future, a philanthropic organization started by Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, is pledging $500 million towards solving the San Francisco Bay area’s housing shortage. The investment fund has already secured initial funding of more than $260 million for an intended $500 million investment fund.

California Governor Gavin Newsom says, “The scope of the housing crisis requires bold action. And it also requires that all sectors come to the table to drive new solutions — the government, the private sector, philanthropies, advocates, and faith leaders. This multi-sector public-private approach reflects just that — and will help move our state forward on one of the biggest issues we face.”

The initiative is being launched with the support of the San Francisco Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Ford FoundationLocal Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)FacebookGenentechKaiser Permanente, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Supporters want to expand and protect the homes of up to 175,000 households over the next five years, and preserve and produce more than 8,000 homes over the next five to 10 years in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties.


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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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