California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced the appointment of Tiena Johnson Hall as the new executive director of the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA). 

Johnson Hall, a member of CalHFA’s Board of Directors since November 2014, has served as a senior vice president and manager of community development finance for BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc. since October 2014. Prior to that, she held various housing positions in both the private and public sectors. 

“Tiena Johnson Hall brings a passion to helping people build community and I am excited to have her at the helm at CalHFA,” said Lourdes Castro Ramírez, secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. “That commitment, coupled with her strong background in housing and finance, will galvanize the CalHFA team as it works to expand mortgage assistance, increase the number first-time homebuyers, and give greater access to financing for innovative housing programs, such as Accessory Dwelling Units.” 

“Tiena’s background makes her the perfect person to lead a mission-driven agency like CalHFA that relies on partnerships with all levels of government as well as the private sector,” said CalHFA Board Chair Michael Gunning.  “As a longtime Board member, Tiena has already used her extensive experience and knowledge to help lead CalHFA through some of the most successful years in the history of the organization and we are excited about the future!”