Spaces for Good, a project of Community Vision, is a free online tool that supports Bay Area nonprofits in offering and finding available office, co-working, event, and program space, as well as accessing real estate and financial management resources.
At Community Vision, enabling the preservation of valued community space is central to our work. We successfully provide stability and mitigate nonprofit displacement to those strengthening and enhancing resources offered to communities on the margins of opportunity.
We fill the gap to support communities with low financial wealth who have been systemically limited in their access to the vital resources they need to obtain financial freedom. As partners, we walk side-by-side with our clients to foster equitable and vibrant communities.
If your organization is interested in learning more about our real estate and financial management consulting services, please contact us.
We understand that no one knows your problem better than you do, and we believe that client input is integral to all solutions. Working together, we listen to your concerns and apply our experience and wisdom to tackle the challenges our clients face. You are our partner throughout the entire process.
Risa has led and advised nonprofits for 15 years and is delighted to serve the Bay Area impact community at Community Vision. Before joining Community Vision she co-led Social Venture Network, a membership organization of socially-responsible CEOs and investors. Risa has held management roles in finance, operations, strategy and development. She volunteers with CalNonprofits, SF Bicycle Coalition, SF Produce Market and SOCAP, and is a 5thgeneration San Franciscan. Risa has degrees in Sociology and Library Science and enjoys writing as @TheEmoBiz.
REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT
Amanda has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit and small business management, urban planning, and real estate. She has worked for local government, community-based arts nonprofits, environmental advocacy organizations, and others. Amanda holds a BA in American Studies and a BFA in Visual Art, both from Tufts University. She also holds a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA, with a Design and Development concentration.
Kelly has more than 5 years of experience in community development and commercial real estate finance. As a Real Estate Consultant, she provides technical assistance and expertise related to real estate development and facility planning projects. She also coordinated the closing and funding of over $25 million in loans and $36 million in NMTCs to affordable housing, community facility, and economic development projects. Kelly received a BS in Biology from the University of San Francisco.
DIRECTOR OF CONSULTING
Saul Ettlin has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience. Most recently, he was a senior member of Tides’ Administration and Real Estate team where he helped operate multi-tenant nonprofit centers. Saul also worked for the Nonprofit Centers Network promoting and supporting shared space and services. He has a strong interest in expanding the amount of nonprofit owned shared work space. Beyond space, Saul has significant grassroots political and organizing experience. He holds a MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and a BS in Political Science and Community Development. Both are from Portland State University.
CONSULTING PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Juan was raised in the Central Valley and joined Community Vision with diverse range of experiences working with community-based organizations. Prior to joining Community Vision, he worked on national voter registration, targeting states with a history of disenfranchisement and helped formerly incarcerated individuals restore their voting rights. Juan is actively involved in his community and most recently collaborated with organizations focusing on education. He holds a B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT
Janna has over 15 years of experience working in the public and private sectors and in nonprofit resource development. She previously worked in the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York and for international human rights advocacy organizations before becoming interested in community development finance. Janna holds an MA in International Affairs from New School University and BA in Political Science from Fordham University in New York, NY.
Sarah comes to Community Vision with a passionate interest in community development and social change, as well as experience in administration and project management at mission-driven and professional services organizations domestically and abroad. Sarah has an MPA with concentrations in nonprofit management and international development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a BA in International Relations from Drake University.
CONSULTING PROGRAM ANALYST
Jessica has 3 years of experience providing administrative assistance and process improvement services in a variety of organizations. She has worked for medical facilities, ride-sharing organizations, and tech companies. Jessica is also active in the community, volunteering at a local non-profit assisting with programs for children as well as college students. Jessica holds a BS in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT
Ernesto has more than 10 years of experience in real estate and economic consulting. His career in public policy, affordable housing, and real estate development is focused on helping to build cities for the 21st century where people can enjoy a high quality of life, and have access to a rich variety of employment and housing opportunities. A native of Mexico City, Ernesto holds a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and Masters degrees in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University.