Staff & Founders


freiri Robert Freiri, Executive Director

Robert has 32 years’ experience in the non-profit field, eighteen as an Executive Director with Chamberlain’s Children Center, Habitat for Humanity and St. Elizabeth’s Day Home.  Robert was named Executive Director of the Housing Industry Foundation in October 2016.  Robert brings skills in organizational development, fundraising, volunteer coordination and community outreach.  One of Robert’s biggest achievements was getting over one hundred volunteers, including several of the San Francisco 49ers to help build a playground in one day for St. Elizabeth’s Day Home.  Robert is also a Rotarian and Past President of Hollister Rotary.  Robert was the Chairperson for the 2007 Habitat for Humanity National Conference in New Orleans, LA., the first national conference to be hosted in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Robert’s greatest thrill was meeting and working alongside President Jimmy Carter on a Habitat build site in Los Angeles, CA.  Robert and his wife Bridget are Santa Cruz Mountain Residents. Robert’s daughter Tiana attends the University of the Pacific and son Nic attends the University of Tampa. lINKEDIN

Inas Inas Atawneh, Program Manager
Inas oversees both our Emergency Housing Fund and Renovations Program and maintains HIF’s relationship with over 40 partner agencies. She has worked in non-profits for 13 years where she worked at the Arab Cultural & Community Center in San Francisco in leading youth, social service and community programs in San Francisco. Her extensive work in the non-profit sector helped the organization become one of the largest non-profits to serve the Arab community in Northern California. lINKEDIN
Whisler HIF Jenna Whisler, Development and Marketing Coordinator
With her background in business, Jenna brings to HIF her financial expertise, a sharp eye for detail, and a passion for giving back to the community. As an East Coast transplant, Jenna looks forward to engaging with the people of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties in her role as Development and Marketing Coordinator. Jenna is responsible for building and maintaining donor relations and raising awareness of HIF’s programs through social media and events. She is a graduate of the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. lINKEDIN
DGP_9223-Edit-6x8.72ppi Aziza Megrissi, Office Administrator
Aziza comes to HIF with an impressive non-profit background, strong financial and administrative experience and an advocacy mindset. As HIF’s Office Administrator, Aziza is responsible for ensuring that operations are well run and that resources are maximized. Always interested in service to the community, Aziza has a Domestic Violence Certificate and is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance from San Francisco State University.lINKEDIN

In June 1989, four Bay Area apartment owners founded the Apartment Industry Foundation for Housing Assistance, which was later renamed HIF. We are privileged to honor their legacy.

Rick Alhona

Burt Avery
Avery Construction Company

Duncan Matteson
The Matteson Companies

Jim Morley
JSM Enterprises