President, Mercy Housing California
Doug Shoemaker was appointed President of Mercy Housing California in 2011. In this role, he is responsible for leading Mercy Housing’s operations in California including the oversight of affordable housing development, fundraising and resident services. He brings more than 15 years experience in the affordable housing and community development industry to Mercy Housing California.
Prior to Mercy Housing, Shoemaker served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH), San Francisco’s housing finance and community development agency. He led various key mayoral initiatives at MOH, including the launch of HOPE SF, San Francisco’s groundbreaking effort to revitalize five distressed public housing sites into mixed income communities. Shoemaker joined MOH in February 2006 as the Deputy Director and was promoted to Director in 2008.
Prior to joining MOH, Shoemaker served as Deputy Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, a 500-member affordable housing trade association. From 2001 to 2006, he directed policy and advocacy work with housing finance agencies as well as the State Legislature. A highlight of this work was serving as the Northern California campaign coordinator for Proposition 46, a successful $2.1 billion affordable housing bond passed by voters in 2002. In addition, Shoemaker supervised regional advocacy work on inclusionary housing and co-authored numerous reports and articles including "Inclusionary Housing in California: 30 Years of Innovation."
Shoemaker started his career in housing as a project manager for Mission Housing Development Corporation (MHDC), a community-based housing developer in San Francisco. At MHDC from 1995-2000, he developed the first affordable housing community in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco and helped to develop numerous supportive housing developments in the Mission District and South of Market.
He serves on the Board of Governors for California Housing Consortium and the Northern California Leadership Council for Enterprise Community Partners. He previously served on the Treasure Island Development Authority, chaired the High Cost Cities Housing Forum and was President of the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies.
Previously, Shoemaker taught housing policy at the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley and authored reports for the Center for Transit-Oriented Development and Policy Link.
He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Comparative Area Studies from the Duke University and has done studies towards a PhD in Latin American History at the University of California at Berkeley.