Our team

The Housing Lab, founded in 2019 as a part of UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation, now lives in an independent 501c3 nonprofit Terner Housing Innovation Labs (Terner Labs).  The Housing Lab's mission is to identify and accelerate early-stage ventures with the potential to make housing more affordable and fair.


Ben Metcalf

Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Boyd

Chief Strategy Officer & Housing Lab Director

Cristobal Martinez

Operations Manager


Carol Galante

Board Chair
Founder and Advisor, UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Ophelia Basgal

Treasurer & Secretary
Chair, San Francisco Foundation Board of Trustees & Visiting Scholar, Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Catherine Bracy

Board Member
CEO and Co-founder, TechEquity

Adam Briones

Board Member
CEO, California Community Builders

Calvin Gladney

Board Member
President and CEO, Smart Growth America

Priya Jayachandran

Board Member
CEO, National Housing Trust


Deborah Alvernez Rodriguez

Founder and CEO, Seam Innovation

Brad Blackwell

Coach & Selection Committee Member
Retired EVP Wells Fargo, Home Ownership Strategy & Growth

Yusef Freeman

Managing Director of California, Jonathan Rose Companies

Lydia Tan

Principal at Tan Consulting

Molly Turner

Coach & Selection Committee Member
Lecturer, Haas School of Business
Former Policy Director, Airbnb

Ruby Bolaria Shifrin

Selection Committee Member
Director, Housing Affordability, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

John Moon

Selection Committee Member
Vice President Climate Aligned Philanthropy and Partnerships Lead, Wells Fargo

Lisa Rice

Selection Committee Member
President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance

Daniel Hall

Selection Committee Member
Assistant Professor of Innovative and Industrial Construction, ETH Zürich

David Levine

Selection Committee Member
CEO, Levine Family Ventures

Landon Taylor

Selection Committee Member
Co-Founder, Legacy First

Graduate Student Fellows