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Our Team

John Elberling

Founder and President, Build Affordable Faster California and Tenants and Owners Development Corp (TODCO)

John Elberling has been a progressive community activist and affordable housing advocate since 1976. As President of TODCO, John is responsible for the construction and redevelopment of eight buildings in SoMa that now provide almost 1,000 living units for the elderly, homeless, hotel tenants and people with disabilities. He has fought tirelessly to champion the needs and perspectives of San Francisco's low income and senior residents through rapid development and gentrification. 

To contact BAFCA write us info@buildaffordablefasterca.com 

Bobbi Lopez

Policy Director

Bobbi Lopez is the former Chief of Staff for Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan and former Policy Director to San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim. Active in the Democratic Party for more than a decade, she co-founded the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club and currently serves on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.  She supported families in the public school system with IEPS and suspension/expulsions while at La Raza Centro Legal and also organized with the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee (now known as Free SF). She also advocated for tenants on habitability concerns in Single Occupancy Hotels and apartment buildings in the Tenderloin neighborhood and fought for the rights of workers in the East Bay and San Francisco as a business representative and member leader in SEIU 1021.  Bobbi is the Director of Regional and Community Development and she can be contacted at bobbi@todco.org. 

Jon Jacobo

Engagement and Policy Director

Jon Jacobo serves on the Building Inspection Commission for the City of San Francisco. Prior to his role as Commissioner, Jon was serving the people of the City and County of San Francisco as a Legislative Aide to District 6 Supervisor, Jane Kim. In this capacity he focused on policy related to land use, public safety and neighborhood services, including small business. Jon was also the Latino Press Secretary in California for the Sanders 2020 campaign. Recently Jon, has been a member of the Latino Task Force where he is helping lead the fight against COVID-19 in the Latino community within San Francisco. Jon currently chairs the task forces Health Committee and helps oversee the roll out of testing and after care for those impacted. To date the Latino Task Force has tested over 30,000 community members through their partnership with the Department of Public Health and University of California, San Francisco.

Jane Kim

Senior Advisor

Jane Kim is a civil rights attorney and former San Francisco County Supervisor. She previously served as Bernie 2020’s California Political Director. Prior to being a San Francisco Supervisor, she was a community organizer at Chinatown Community Development Center, an affordable housing development organization and a civil rights attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.  She also served as President of the San Francisco Board of Education. 

Javier Vasquez

Policy Associate

Born and raised in San Francisco, Javier serves as a policy associate for Build Affordable Faster California and Tenants and Owners Development Corporation. In this capacity, Javier provides research support on civic and legislative action issues affecting working Californians both locally and regionally. Prior to joining BAFCA/TODCO Javier interned for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and received his B.A. from the University of Oregon.

Virginia Grandi

Yerba Buena Advocate

Virginia Grandi is the Yerba Buena Advocate for Yerba Buena Alliance which as of 2020 became a project of TODCO. The. Yerba Buena Alliance is an membership advocacy organization for the diverse interests of the stakeholders of the Yerba Buena Gardens of the Yerba Buena/ South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood of San Francisco.  Virginia serves as the admin support of BAFCA. She also serves on the Board for the South of Market Child Care Center SOMACC. Her previous employers were SPUR and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.