Mardie Oakes

President, Hello Housing
Dreamer-Doer, because a vision with a task is the hope of the world

“I truly believe in the power of a beautiful, stable and safe home to shape a person’s outlook on life – not to mention future generations to come. It’s an honor to be able to contribute to these life-changing transformations through a job I love!”

Mardie combines her experience in design, development and finance with a passion for making places where people can thrive.  In 2005, this led her to co-found Hello Housing, a non-profit organization that develops and implements innovative housing programs for low to moderate-income households. Mardie joined the MidPen executive team in 2016 when Hello Housing became a MidPen Housing affiliate.

Prior to Hello Housing, Mardie was a leader at the Opportunity Fund in Silicon Valley and before that, spent five years developing affordable housing that revitalized Houston’s lowest income neighborhood, the Fifth Ward. Having been both a Harvard Service Leadership Fellow and an Echoing Green Fellow, Mardie is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences on housing and social change and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Grounded Solutions Network, a national organization that promotes housing affordability and healthy communities. During her down time, you may run into Mardie experiencing the Bay Area outdoors (a.k.a. playgrounds!) with her young, energetic son or enjoying live music with friends.

FUN FACT: Mardie rebuilt a 1967 VW bug with her dad during high school. (Sad Fact: it was stolen three weeks after she drove it to college!)