Jane Graf began her career in not-for-profit housing development in Oregon in 1978 through her involvement in housing issues affecting persons with disabilities. In 1981, she founded Specialized Housing, Inc., a not-for-profit housing development corporation that serves persons with developmental disabilities throughout the State of Oregon.
In 1987, Graf joined Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco as the Director of Housing Development and doubled its production of affordable housing over the next 6 years. In 1993, as part of a merger between the housing development department of Catholic Charities and Mercy Housing, Graf joined Mercy Housing as the President of the California region. Over the course of the past 20 years, her role at Mercy Housing has included responsibility for growing the entire Western Region comprised of California, Washington and Idaho. That oversight resulted in the development of more than 12,000 units of affordable housing in the 3 states.
Prior to being named COO and then President of Mercy Housing Inc., Graf was the President of Mercy Housing California which spans the state with offices in Los Angeles, West Sacramento and San Francisco. During her tenure in California, Mercy Housing California has developed 120+ multi-family properties and 3,000 affordable single family homes for a total of 10,000 units of affordable housing in the state of California.
Current board affiliations include: Board Member Housing Partnership Network; Board member Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future; Board member, National Affordable Housing Trust. Past board roles included 10 years on the Affordable Housing Council of the San Francisco Federal Home Loan Bank and 2 years as Chair; 6 years on the board of the Non Profit Housing Association of Northern California and 2 years as President as well as President of the Board of Jelani House, Inc., of San Francisco; Chair of the board of directors of Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services.
Graf received a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.