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.

janine lind

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.

ElinaElina Kaplan

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 with nearly twenty years of experience in community development and affordable housing. Prior to MidPen, Jan served as Vice President of Development and Construction at South County Housing where she oversaw the production of more than 1,600 affordable housing units at nearly 30 properties, several of which won national awards of excellence. Prior to this, Jan held key roles at 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.

Debra Weber Sobeck

Vice President, Property Management

Deb came to MidPen in July 2012 with extensive experience in property and asset management for both affordable housing and market-rate communities. Prior to joining MidPen, Deb was the top executive for Oakland-based Evans Property Management where she received accolades for stabilizing company operations and increasing operating performance for a portfolio of nearly 8,000 units in five states. She also held senior management titles at other leading property management firms across the nation, and served in the U.S. Army for three years. Deb is a CPM candidate, has a National Affordable Housing Professional designation from NAHMA and previously served on the Marin County Housing Board.

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.