Vanessa M. Cooper
Housing Authority of the City of Alameda
Vanessa Cooper serves as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (AHA). AHA provides housing assistance and housing services for low-income households in the City of Alameda. AHA develops and manages affordable rental housing and administers the City’s CDBG and HOME programs as well as serving as the successor housing agency and the rent stabilization program administrator. Vanessa also serves as President of Island City Development, AHA's nonprofit and teaches classes on affordable housing at San Jose State University.
Prior to joining AHA, Vanessa served as the Real Estate Services Director for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara. Her responsibilities included development, construction, asset management, property management and resident services for almost 3,000 affordable LIHTC housing units. In addition, Vanessa also worked for NeighborWorks America as faculty for their asset management program.
Vanessa previously worked for Charities Housing Development Corporation, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and the Bank of England. Vanessa has a BA from Bath University (UK), an MBA from Durham University (UK) and an MA from San Jose State University. Vanessa attended Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a Fannie Mae fellow in the State and Local Officials program.
Vanessa’s experience includes providing housing and services for seniors, families, migrant workers, and special needs populations, including the chronically homeless, disabled and domestic violence victims. She also has a long history of working with immigrants and refugees.
Vanessa is a California licensed Real Estate Broker and Certified RCFE Administrator. Vanessa holds certifications as a Certified Housing Asset Manager, Certified Section 8 Executive Manager and in LIHTC compliance. Vanessa serves on the NAHRO’s National Strategic Planning Committee and NAHRO's Diversity Task Force.