Jack D. Gardner has been actively involved in the financing, development and management of affordable housing since 1985 and has served as President & CEO of The John Stewart Company since 2001. He oversees all property acquisition, development, property management, consulting and marketing activities undertaken by the firm, which currently manages over 30,000 units of affordable, mixed income and market-rate multifamily housing throughout California and has three new housing developments under construction.
Mr. Gardner’s professional background includes the public, non-profit and private sectors. His prior employment experience includes serving as Senior Housing Development Analyst for the City of Santa Monica, Southern California Program Manager for the Low Income Investment Fund (establishing its Southern California office in 1991), founding Executive Director of the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC), Executive Director of Resources for Community Development in Berkeley, and Acquisitions Director for Edison Capital Housing Investments. Following rapid growth and the development of several innovative affordable housing projects, HCHC was named Non-Profit Developer of the Year by the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) in 1995. After joining Edison Capital Housing Investments in 1998, Mr. Gardner was responsible for marketing, underwriting and closing low-income housing tax credit investments throughout northern California, Oregon and Nevada.
Mr. Gardner was recognized by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as a pioneer in affordable housing asset management in 1997. He is experienced in both the new construction and rehabilitation of residential properties and his historic renovation projects have received the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, the Hollywood Legacy Award, the Los Angeles Conservancy Award and the California Preservation Foundation’s Affordable Housing Award. He is the founding President of Affordable Housing PAC, California’s first affordable housing political action committee, as well as being a member of the Local Advisory Committee of the Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Lambda Alpha (an international honorary land economics society), and the Board of Directors of both the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) and the Central Bay Area YMCA (where he was named Volunteer of the Year in 2000). He is an Emeritus Director of the California Housing Consortium (where he served as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chairperson) and is a former member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (2005-2012) and the Editorial Advisory Board of Affordable Housing Finance magazine (2004 – 2011).
Mr. Gardner received a BA in the Political Economy of Industrialized Societies from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.