California YIMBY Announces Francesc Martí to Join as Senior Director of Strategy and Government Affairs 

January 24, 2024

Former Director of Policy at California Housing Finance Agency to Lead California YIMBY Legislative Team in Sacramento

Sacramento, CA – California YIMBY announced today that Francesc Martí, the former Director of Policy, Strategy, and Legislative Affairs for the California Housing Finance Agency has joined the organization as Senior Director of Strategy and Government Affairs.

Martí, whose career spans over 17 years in public policy in Europe, New York City, and California, joins California YIMBY after five years directing legislative strategy for the State of California’s housing finance agency.  

“We’re honored that Francesc was willing to step away from his leadership role working on housing finance for the state to help us accelerate progress on our agenda of housing abundance in California,” said California YIMBY co-founder and CEO Brian Hanlon. “Francesc’s experience as a leader and manager, along with his deep knowledge of housing policy and finance in California, will be invaluable in helping advance our goal of transforming California into a place where everyone can afford to live, work, and raise a family.”

“California’s housing shortage and affordability crisis is the biggest challenge we face as a state,” Martí said. “California YIMBY has been at the forefront of efforts to transform our state’s housing and land use policies to make it faster, cheaper, and easier to build the homes we need, where we need them.”

“I’m honored that Brian put his faith in me for this important role and am excited to join the California YIMBY team – we all share the same vision of making California for everyone.”

During his tenure at CalHFA, Martí spearheaded a first-of-its-kind housing partnership with Apple. As Assistant Commissioner for Government Affairs at New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, he worked with the New York State legislature to enact the nation’s largest property tax incentive program for multifamily development.