Contact: Kelly.dewolfe@UnitedWayMCCA.org with questions. 

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Workshop 

UWMC and MBEP will co-host a countywide ADU Workshop on Wednesday, September 29th. Homeowners, builders, finance partners, and affordable housing advocates will convene for a virtual ADU Conference to promote infill housing in Monterey County and to equip homeowners with the tools they need to pursue a financially feasible and affordable ADU project. 

The conference will cover the following topics: 

ADU Policy Paper : MBEP and UWMC will present an ADU policy paper, a guide to assist homeowners and city staff in navigating ADU State law, and provide recommendations and insights gleaned from local experts 

Prefabricated ADUs: What are the opportunities and considerations? Design/build companies will outline pros and cons, provide information on new and existing products, how-to instruction and tips, and share a sample budget to show how you can save on your ADU project 

ADU Financing: Finance and housing experts will provide information on funding opportunities including loan programs/products, and other financing/appraising strategies 

Expanding Affordable Housing in Monterey County 

United Way Monterey County’s Role: United Way Monterey County’s housing efforts address the shortage of affordable housing throughout Monterey County and focus on streamlining local policies and providing information to encourage the development of affordable ADUs. ADUs are secondary units built on residential lots, also known as granny units or in-law suites. 

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership’s role: Founded in 2015, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) consists of over 85 public, private, and civic entities located throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. MBEP’s Housing initiative consists of a broad coalition of community members, local employers, and organizations to advocate for and catalyze an increase in housing of all types and income levels in the region. In 2018, MBEP partnered with Envision Housing to publish a Housing Policy White Paper, outlining several ways local governments can increase housing production, one of which is to encourage comprehensive pro-ADU production policies. In 2019, MBEP partnered with United Way Monterey County and others to establish an ADU Initiative and Advisory to support the development of pro-ADU policies and production county-wide. 

To learn more about Monterey County’s ADU Initiative, please visit: https://www.unitedwaymcca.org/adu-initiative

REGISTER AS A SPONSOR AT: tinyurl.com/aduconference 



Housing Policy Specialist, HCD
Greg Nickless is currently a Housing Policy Specialist with the California Department of Housing and Community Development and has been with the Housing Policy Division for over eight years, with emphasis on accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs). His involvement with ADU law commenced prior to the significant updates to the ADU statute that occurred late in 2016 with the approval of SB 1069 and AB 2299. In addition, he provides technical assistance to local government representatives, housing providers, housing advocacy organizations, and addresses issues related to land use, as well as State, Federal, and local housing planning and financing programs and requirements. His analytical functions include evaluation of housing and community development-related legislation, policies, programs, and issues. He also monitors performance measures, evaluates housing program results, and authors reports on the status of various housing programs.


CEO, Monterey Bay Habitat for Humanity
Satish has been the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Bay since December 2019, an affiliate that serves Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Prior to joining Habitat, Satish was the Chief Financial Officer of private and public high-tech companies for twenty years, including Rambus Inc. and Toppan Photomasks Inc. Prior to becoming a CFO, Satish managed capital markets and treasury operations at Dell Inc. and Intel Corp. Mr. Rishi was a recipient of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “CFO of the Year” award in 2016.

Mr. Rishi received his B.S. degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi University, and his M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Walter J. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Satish has lived and worked in seven countries, and currently lives in Santa Cruz, California with his wife Maureen. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, skiing, hiking, and reading.


Chief Lending Officer, Silicon Valley Housing Trust
Fathia Macauley joined Housing Trust as Chief Lending Officer in September, 2019. She provides oversight for Housing Trust’s lending programs including Multifamily, first-time homebuyer programs and Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) initiatives. Fathia was most recently California Market Lead at Capital Impact Partners, leading strategic planning for affordable housing lending and business strategy for California. She managed a $70M CA loan pipeline as well as three venture loan funds, including leading Capital Impact’s participation in The Bay’s Future Fund. Prior to Capital Impact Partners, Fathia served as Director of Business Development, Northern California for Clearinghouse CDFI. Fathia has been in the field of community development finance for the past 25 years, including over 18 years of experience financing and developing redevelopment projects throughout California, ranging from affordable housing development projects to community facilities such as charter schools, community health clinics, faith-based facilities and mixed-use development projects. Throughout her career she has managed over $600M in CRA and affordable housing development projects and participated in the creation of over 1,000 affordable homes. Fathia has also written several community plans and conducted community development research on the intersection of neighborhood revitalization and community investment. Fathia holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and African Area Studies from UCLA.


Home Loan Officer, Umpqua Bank
Hillary absolutely loves helping her clients make their dream of homeownership a reality. For more than seven years, she has specialized in residential mortgage lending with an emphasis on custom construction financing. Whether you want to buy, build, refinance or renovate, Hillary will help you move from stress to success. Recognized in 2016 as Construction Elite, Hillary credits communication as her customer service superpower.

Hillary is a fourth-generation Oregonian whose family came across the Oregon Trail. She cherishes her deep Pacific Northwest roots and is passionate about the social and natural opportunities of living on the West Coast. A huge hockey fan, Hillary travels with friends to see live games in arenas across the U.S. and Canada. She treasures time with her immediate family and her Shiba Inu, Dragon.


Director of Lending & Sales, Central Coast Federal Credit Union
Larry Hartman is the Director of Lending and Sales for Central Coast Federal Credit Union. Larry oversees the retail branch (banking) network and oversees all Lending Operations within Monterey County. Larry has 30+ years of real estate lending experience in mortgage and home equity products. Larry is located in the main office of Central Coast Federal Credit Union located in Seaside, CA.


Executive Director, R3
Mr. Johnsen has an extensive career in several different business disciplines including healthcare administration, financial & insurance products, community banking, construction and project management, and non-profit start-ups, including operations, marketing, financing, and service development.

Eric’s key passion is for the homeless, ex-prisoners, and dispossessed and restoring the lives of those who are broken and without hope. He has served on many non-profit boards, including Community Homeless Solutions – the largest homeless housing agency in Monterey County – and is currently the
interim Executive Director for the organization.

With R3, Mr. Johnsen leads the organization in its’ regional expansion and its’ focus on turnkey housing and support services for village communities from design, planning and development, financing, permitting, community engagement, construction of manufactured housing units, site planning and preparation, and coordination of wrap-around services. With this comes social enterprises as well as the early stages of an ADU development social enterprise for building, managing, and placing ADU units throughout Northern California. Eric is also actively involved at Shoreline Church with community outreach and collaboration between local churches.


CEO, Ecologic Architects
Thomas Rettenwender is a licensed Architect and educator based in Monterey Bay Area. In 2007 he founded the Design/Engineer/Permit/Build firm EcoLogic Architects to serve a diversity of clients with their property development needs with an emphasis on integrating sustainable design methods and application of current digital design techniques.

Originally trained in Architecture in Vienna, Austria, Thomas moved to Big Sur to pursue an apprenticeship with renowned Architect Mickey Muenning. Since 2009 Thomas has been an instructor at UC Santa Cruz, where he teaches Sustainable Building Design and founded the educational program titled the Tiny House Design Lab – a Project-based design/build workshop associated with the UCSC Sustainability Minor Degree Program. He has also developed curriculum and taught at local institutions including Monterey Peninsula College, Rancho Cielo Construction Academy, San Jose City College, and Hartnell College teaching subjects relating to ecological building design, sustainable master-planning, and smart systems.

In 2018 Thomas completed the publication of the Zero-Net Energy Tiny House Manual – a 90 page, grant-funded project through the California Workforce Development Board. This publication serves as a textbook for designing small and portable spaces which can provide affordable housing and off-grid zero-net-energy utilities. The publication includes several prototype tiny house projects and designs that Thomas completed together with local institutions and his students.

Since the ADU policies and codes began, Thomas and his team have designed and built several ADUs in various settings. From 1200sf 4 bedroom 2-story homes to JADU Garage conversions, to 50sf portable MicroPods, Thomas and his team work with clients to find the optimal development solution based on their needs and the local design constraints. Ecologic also provides engineering, permit coordination, and construction management services to get projects designed, engineered, approved, and built with sustainability in mind.

Contact Thomas and EcoLogic Architects at www.EcoLogicArc.com or cell: 831-920-8333 for more information. Get your project launched today by booking a free pre-design consultation to review your project design goals.


Sales Lead, Prefab ADU
Steve Vallejos has been in the construction industry over 30 years. He is the founder and owner of prefabADU & Valley Home Development. He’s been designing and building ADU’s for 16 years using various prefab methods. Over that span of time, he’s built over 300 ADU’s. He’s also played an active role in the ADU legislation since 2015 and was one of the six companies selected to be a part of UC Berkeley Terner Center’s Housing Lab.