AHA Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners is the governing body of the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda. The Board has seven members; including two tenant members who are participants in the Housing Choice Voucher program (one of which is over 62 years of age). The Housing Authority Executive Director serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Commissioners.

Members of the Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and volunteer their service to the community. Tenant members serve two year terms. The remaining Board members serve four-year terms.

Members of AHA’s Board of Commissioners form the governing body of the Alameda Affordable Housing Corporation.

One AHA Commissioner also serves on the Board of Island City Development.

When and Where are Commission Meetings?

The Board of Commissioners Regular Meetings are held on the Third Wednesday of each month starting at 7:00 pm. (Please refer to the meeting agenda for information on additional meetings, including Closed Sessions). Commission meetings are held in the Ruth Rambeau Community Room, 703 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda. Click “Meetings” button below for instructions to attend next meeting.

Click below for AHA’s next Meeting:

Where can I find past Commission Meeting Documents?

Click here for a list of Archived Commission documents from previous years:

Current Board of Commissioners:


Term Expires on June 30 2027

Carly Grob, Chairman, is a Housing Implementation Planner at the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department and is responsible for implementing various housing programs for both affordable and mixed-income developments. Carly works with Department Staff to review development projects against various state and local requirements and acts as the liaison between the Planning Departments and the Mayor’s Office of Housing. She also works on policies and processes related to the retention of existing housing. Carly was re-appointed to AHA Board for a four year term starting in July 2023. 

Before she was working in Housing, Carly was a Planner in the Northeast Quadrant Team in the Current Planning Division of the Department. In addition to reviewing and processing a range of projects, she was also the point person for the Department’s 1% for Public Art Program and the Transferable Development Rights program, and she coordinated permit referrals from various City agencies. Carly attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Michigan, and she holds a Master of Urban Planning Degree and a Real Estate Development Certificate.


Term Expires on June 30, 2028

Kenji Tamaoki joined the Board of Commissioners in October 2015. Kenji has worked in the field of real estate development and financing for for over 20 years. He is currently a Principal with Prudential Mortgage Capital where he specializes in affordable housing loan programs. Kenji also has experience developing affordable and market-rate multifamily apartment properties. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto, and a MBA from the University of British Columbia.  

Vice Chair

Term Expires on June 30th, 2028

Vadim Sidelnikov is a Deputy City Attorney in the City of Hayward where he advises City Council and City Staff on a variety of topics, including affordable housing, rent stabilization, economic development, and others. Vadim has previously worked in Oakland and East Palo Alto, where he handled litigation and served as counsel to the Rent Stabilization Board, respectively. Prior to joining the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in October 2020, Vadim served on the City’s Rent Review Advisory Committee in 2019. Vadim holds a B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.


Term Expires on June 30th, 2026

Michaelea joined the Board of Commissioners in September 2022. Michaelea went to Holy Names University studying Human Services & Public Service.  Michaelea’s prior community service was spent 15+ years working for Alameda County Department of Children & Families Services.  Michaelea is excited to have the opportunity to work with the AHA and the City of Alameda to learn and to serve her Alameda community.


Alex Kaufman is an economist and data scientist with extensive experience in housing. After completing his PhD in Economics at Harvard, Alex joined the Federal Reserve Board in DC as a specialist in mortgage policy. Since moving to the Bay in 2013, Alex has worked at real estate tech companies such as Opendoor and Divvy Homes, where he was VP of Data Science & Analytics. Alex recently joined the ticket marketplace StubHub as their Head of Pricing Data Science. He loves living in Alameda with his wife, twin daughters, and dog. BOC Term Expires on June 30th, 2026


Term Expires on June 30th, 2026

Thelma Decoy joined AHA’s Board of Commissioners in March of 2024.  Thelma has been a resident of Alameda since 2010 and Thelma graduated from College of Alameda with an Associates of Arts degree in African American Studies in 2016.  Thelma has worked in Special Education as a Paraeducator working with Special Needs students since 2011.  Thelma has served as a volunteer at the Alameda County Food Bank for several years past and is very excited to continue to serve her community as a Commissioner for AHA.


Term Expires on June 30th, 2026

Board of Commissioner FAQ’s

What does the Commission do?

The Board of Commissioners’ purpose is to establish policies and to advise AHA’s programs regarding the development of assisted housing, and the maintenance, modernization, and revitalization of existing facilities.

Who can come to Commission meetings?

Anyone can come to Commission meetings. Meetings are open to the public. Parking is free, but is limited, so please be sure to arrive early and only park in designated “public” parking spaces.

Where can I review documents related to AHA’s rules and procedures?

Review the Rules and Procedures (By-Laws) of the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda via this link.

How can I become a Commissioner?

For more information about the Board of Commissioners’ commitments and duties, please review the Frequently Asked Questions document via this link.

Applicants must live in Alameda and be at least 18 years old to apply. Any Resident interested in serving on this Board can download the application below.

How can I obtain more information about the Board of Commissioners?

Informational presentation can be viewed here.

More Questions about the Board of Commissioners?

Contact us:

Jasmine Polar

Executive Assistant