Our Staff

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Peter cohen, co-director


Peter Cohen is co-director of CCHO and the former policy director at East Bay Housing Organizations. He is an urban geographer by training who has been involved in a variety of land use, housing policy and planning initiatives in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. He has served on the boards of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and the Bay Area Greenbelt Alliance, and has been appointed to several policy task forces by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Peter has a master's degree from San Francisco State University where he has also occasionally lectured in the geography and urban studies departments.


Fernando Martí, co-director


Fernando Martí is co-director at CCHO. He was a founding member of the SF Community Land Trust, and currently serves on the board of environmental justice organization PODER. He is a licensed architect, with joint graduate degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley (2000), was a Rose Architectural Fellow (2003-6), and has taught studios in the design and financing of affordable housing at UC Berkeley and USF. Previously he worked as an affordable housing developer at Mission Housing, urban designer at Urban Ecology, and architect at JSW Architects and at Asian Neighborhood Design.

Fernando is also an exhibiting artist, and is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. He brings his formal training in urbanism and his political activism to his etchings, linocuts, screenprints, public constructions, and spoken word. An immigrant from Ecuador, he has made his home and built community as a renter in San Francisco since 1992.

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Amani ali, office administrator


Amani Ali is the Office Administrator at CCHO. Amani received an MSW from Cal State East Bay while interning first at Beyond Emancipation and then at East Bay Agency for Children in Oakland. After graduate school, Amani shifted from direct service to working behind the scenes in administration. Most recently she worked as the office manager at Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project. At CCHO, Amani leads fundraising, membership services, and bookkeeping, in addition to editing written content and providing general organizational support. In her free time, Amani enjoys cooking and competing in pool (billiards) tournaments.


maya chupkov, communications ManageR


Maya Chupkov is Communications Manager at CCHO. Maya oversees the communications strategy for the organization. She has been involved in several supervisor campaigns in San Francisco and has experience in direct service with youth in SFUSD public schools. In 2018 at her Master’s graduation, Maya received the Senator John Foran Oustanding Student Leader Award for her advocacy work in the community. In her free time, you can find Maya reading a novel or playing volleyball.