Carlos Romero is the Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, one of San Francisco’s leading CDCs. During his six-year tenure, he helped lead a massive participatory planning process in the Mission neighborhood, has overseen the development of over 590 affordable housing units and expanded community organizing efforts through an extensive program of social services. Carlos has been a leading advocate for affordable housing solutions throughout the city. He has focused on emerging problems including an increase in an older population with diverse housing needs, the impact of gentrification resulting from the resurgence of interest in city living, the effect of local land use policies on gentrification patterns, and the current crisis produced by the high cost of housing in the city. Carlos used his time at Harvard to study urban planning, housing policy, and real estate development.