Job Opening: Chief Operations Officer

The Organization:

California YIMBY is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that was formed in 2017, in response to the severe housing crisis in this state. Founded and led by Brian Hanlon, and supported by numerous non-profit, affordable housing, labor, environmental, technology, and business leaders, California YIMBY’s mission is to ensure that California is an affordable place for everyone to live, work, and raise a family, by drafting and advocating for changes to housing laws and practices that impede home building.

California YIMBY is not a traditional political non-profit: it rejects the policy and political status-quo and works to realize fundamental evidence-based change to California’s housing policies, which would benefit tens-of-millions of people. The organization is at the forefront of empowering a movement that has struck a chord with a huge number and diversity of people and organizations. You may read more about its signature housing bill for 2019, SB 50 or the More HOMES Act, here.

The Opportunity:

The organization is seeking an action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable and innovative COO to help it scale and advance its objectives as quickly and effectively as possible. In addition to strong mission-alignment, the successful candidate will be respected and experienced leader with deep strengths in organizational development and coalition-building.  

This position will report to Brian Hanlon, the CEO, and ideally will be located within the Bay Area, Sacramento, or Los Angeles. This role will involve managing a remote team and will require regular travel, so access to reliable, high-speed internet and willingness to travel are important.

This is a hands-on and multifaceted executive management role that will entail:

  • Campaign Management: The California YIMBY team includes many seasoned campaign, policy, and political veterans; the COO’s role is to ensure team adherence to a high-level strategy; coordinate directors across departments; help set priorities for allocation of staff and financial resources; and implement the direction of the CEO and board of directors.
  • People Management:  hiring and managing employees, including helping to create a positive working environment and culture, and supervising HR compliance and administration;
  • Strategic Planning:  designing and implementing organizational development, pursuing partnerships and coalitions, and ensuring that existing partnerships and coalitions function well;
  • Finances & Operations: supervising general operations and legal compliance, and ensuring that sound business practices are in place (including financial, contracts, grants, IT and security)
  • Fundraising:  assisting the CEO generate support and excitement, inspire confidence, and build strong relationships with donors;
  • Daily Tactical Management:  general day-to-day trouble-shooting and problem-solving.


  • Passion and excitement for California YIMBY’s mission of empowering the grassroots of the YIMBY movement to support evidence-driven policy while remaining neighborly to all voices in the housing debate.
  • Significant experience in an executive/leadership role, with a proven track record of developing high-performing teams, and designing and achieving measurable goals
  • Superior organizational and project management skills – ability to manage a complex program.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate successfully and connect with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Sophisticated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sound financial judgment, and experience managing (and operating under) a multi-million-dollar budget.
  • Solid understanding of and values-alignment with compliance functions (non-profit, HR etc)
  • High EQ


  • Deep understanding, and practical experience, of running a political campaign
  • Experience developing and executing strategic fundraising plans with multiple revenue streams.
  • Experience with state/local politics and government planning, especially in the areas of housing, transportation, planning, environment and/or land use

Next steps:

QueensBench is running an exclusive, retained search for this position. Call us for a confidential conversation, to learn more about the opportunity and explore whether there might be a fit.


Sarah Blumling
(415) 702-5061