United Way Bay Area is excited to welcome new CEO, Kevin Zwick, an impact-oriented nonprofit leader with deep expertise in addressing the most pressing needs of our region. Kevin joins UWBA following his previous role as CEO of Housing Trust Silicon Valley.
"I am extremely excited and humbled by the opportunity to serve as CEO of United Way Bay Area at this critical juncture for our region,” said Zwick. “The current COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequity in our communities and the lack of a strong safety net for those who need it most. United Way Bay Area's mission to alleviate and break the cycle of poverty, and its track record of developing innovative programs and supporting community-based organizations, are needed now more than ever. UWBA is poised to help residents recover and help rebuild an economy that is more equitable and resilient.”
Kevin Zwick is a seasoned nonprofit executive and affordable housing practitioner. Since 2008, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Housing Trust Silicon Valley and led the overall direction, strategy, and impact of the organization. During Kevin’s tenure Housing Trust invested over $257 million into affordable housing in the greater Bay Area, becoming the first nonprofit CDFI in the U.S. to receive an S&P rating (AA-). and raised over $112 million for their innovative TECH Fund campaign from leading regional employers like Cisco, LinkedIn and Google and foundations like Packard Foundation and Sobrato Foundation. He has also helped lead key local and state affordable housing policy efforts, such as the passage of Measure A, which provided $950 Million for affordable and supportive housing in Santa Clara County. In 2015, Kevin helped found and now serves as Chair of Silicon Valley @ Home, a new affordable housing advocacy organization for Santa Clara County.
Kevin began his nonprofit career as a Food Pantry Coordinator in Oakland, CA at Project Open Hand of the East Bay, helping chronically ill people access needed food and nutrition. It was there Kevin saw first-hand the critical links between health and housing, and what happens when vulnerable people experience housing insecurity. From there, Kevin worked for Industrial Areas Foundation- West Coast Vision supporting regional community organizing campaigns through research and fundraising, which led him to the field of community development. Kevin joined Lenders for Community Development (now Opportunity Fund) as loan officer providing microfinance loans to small businesses in low- and moderate-income communities. In 2000, Kevin began his career in affordable housing, starting as an Assistant Project Manager, and eventually becoming the Deputy Executive Director of Affordable Housing Associates (now Satellite Affordable Housing Associates), where he helped create high-impact, innovative affordable housing communities for working families, seniors, the formerly homeless, and youth in Alameda, Contra Costa and Sonoma Counties.
In addition to SV@Home, Kevin is currently also a board member of Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), the Jewish Community Relations Council of Silicon Valley, the City of San Jose’s General Plan Update Task Force and is a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley’s Class XXV. Kevin received a Master’s Degree in nonprofit administration (MNA) from the University of San Francisco, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Sociology, and completed Neighborworks Achieving Excellence program for Community Development leaders at Harvard University.