Executive Team

Matthew O. FranklinMatthew O. Franklin


Matthew O. “Matt” Franklin joined MidPen Housing Corporation as President in July 2008. Matt is responsible for the strategic direction of MidPen and oversees all areas of the company including real estate development, property and asset management, corporate administration and resident services. Matt came to MidPen from an appointed post as Executive Director of the San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing where he coordinated all City housing policy and oversaw the financing for 3,500 new affordable rental units and the compliance monitoring for 24,000 existing affordable units.

Matt’s previous roles include Director of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development where he was the Governor’s lead housing policy advisor; Vice President of Emerging Markets for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage where he managed multi-billion dollar programs producing more than 100,000 loans nationwide for low-moderate-income and minority customers; and senior positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Clinton.

Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Housing Trust and the Housing Partnership Network. He held previous board posts with the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, where he served as Board Chair, the California Housing Consortium, California Housing Finance Agency and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee. Matt received his MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and his bachelor’s in political science from Colgate University. He also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Janine Lind

Chief Operating Officer

Janine joined MidPen in January 2018 with 25 years of experience as a real estate executive with diverse expertise in property operations, new construction, community redevelopment, asset repositioning, and new business acquisitions. Janine has a successful track record of leading large property management companies with portfolios ranging from 15,000 to 40,000 units across 22 states. Most recently Janine served as the SVP, Property Management for Progress Residential, the fourth largest single-family rental Real Estate Investment Trust. At Progress, Janine cemented the foundation for the real estate operating platform, built high performing teams in 14 markets, and established a set of best practices that supported the execution of the strategic vision. Prior to this, Janine served as EVP for Edgewood Management and SVP with WinnCompanies. Janine holds an MBA from Marylhurst University and has earned the Certified Property Manager designation through the Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM). She is a board member of Stardust Building Supplies and a former board member of the Education Foundation.

Arthur Fatum

Chief Financial Officer

Art came to MidPen in January 2013 with over 30 years of experience in Finance and operations for world-class public, private and non-profit companies. Prior to MidPen, Art was the CFO and EVP of Capital Markets for the Low Income Investment Fund, one of the nation’s premier community development finance institutions. Art’s previous posts include senior executive roles at GE Capital Corporation, AT&T Capital, and CNET Networks. Art earned a bachelor’s in mathematics from State University of New York and received graduate training in business management at the GE Management Development Institute. He is on the board of directors of the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley and Larkin Street Youth Services.

Tremayne BessTremayne Bess

Vice President, Human Resources

Tremayne joined MidPen in April 2018. An experienced human resources leader with a successful track record in multiple industries, Tremayne most recently served as HR Director at LinkedIn, where his team supported 900 employees in the engineering, data science, and international divisions. He previously held diverse HR leadership positions at Gap, Inc. and spent nearly a decade with Walmart Corporate. Tremayne’s progressive HR experience focuses on enabling businesses to meet their strategic goals including strengthening leadership capability, building diversity and inclusion initiatives, and supporting change management. Tremayne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Missouri State University.

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Vice President, Resident Services

Joining the executive team in November 2016, Elina comes to MidPen with over 12 years of experience leading high-performing collaborative teams in the non-profit sector. Elina served as Chief Program Officer of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, overseeing Early Childhood Education, Youth and Teens, Seniors, Cultural, Adult, and Wellness programs. While at the Community Center, Elina directed more than 100 programs for 10,000 recipients and led a staff of more than 300 employees and 200 volunteers. Before the JCC, she served as a Director at the Jewish Community Federation, serving in both Planning and Campaign departments. Prior to the nonprofit world, Elina worked in the high tech industry, ranging from start-ups to mid-size and large companies. As a Director at Oracle Corporation, she led the team that developed, produced, and marketed the first graphical interface to a database, which later became the standard seen today. Elina holds an MBA from Stanford University and B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Duke University.

Jan M. LindenthalJan M. Lindenthal

Vice President, Real Estate Development

Jan joined MidPen in February 2009, and currently leads MidPen’s Real Estate Development team of more than 40 professionals advancing a pipeline of more than 2,000 affordable homes. During her more than 25 years of industry experience, Jan has overseen the development of more than 3,500 affordable housing homes across 60 properties, many of which have won national or global awards of excellence. Recognized by the San Francisco Business Times in 2017 as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Real Estate”, Jan’s expertise in housing and community development is widely sought. She currently sits on the Boards of the California Coalition for Rural Housing, SV@Home and Build It Green. Prior to MidPen, Jan held leadership posts at South County Housing, the Santa Clara county Housing Authority and the Central New York Planning and Development Board. Jan has a bachelor’s from Hamilton College and a master’s from Tufts University Center for Public Service.

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Marvin E. Williams

Vice President, Property Management

Marvin came to MidPen in March 2018 with nearly 20 years of property management experience for both affordable and market-rate housing communities. Most recently, he served as the National Director of Property Operations for Progress Residential where he oversaw a portfolio of 23,000 homes across fourteen states. Prior to this, Marvin held senior roles at WINN Residential Military Housing. Marvin has a Masters in Human Resource Management from Tarleton State University and Bachelors in Social Work from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He holds seven professional certifications including Certified Apartment Property Supervisor (CAPS) and Certified Manager of Maintenance (CMM). Prior to his entry into Property Management, Marvin spent 9 years in the United States Army and the National Guard.

Mardie Oakes

Executive Director, Hello Housing

Mardie became a part of MidPen in 2016 when Hello Housing became a MidPen affiliate. She began her career in affordable housing at a CDC in the Fifth Ward, Houston’s lowest income neighborhood. Mardie served as Harvard Service Leadership Fellow at Boston Community Capital, then moved to the Bay Area to be the Director of Real Estate Lending for Opportunity Fund. In 2005, she cofounded Hello Housing to develop and implement innovative housing programs. Mardie has an architecture degree from Rice University, an MBA from Harvard and is an Echoing Green Fellow. She currently serves on the board of Grounded Solutions Network.