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Meet Our 2012 SCANPH Advocate of the Year, Ann Sewill


Ann Sewill is the president of the Community Foundation Land Trust (CFLT), a supporting organization of the California Community Foundation. CFLT obtains land and makes investments for affordable housing and neighborhood development in Los Angeles. Ms. Sewill also directs the Housing and Neighborhoods Program of the California Community Foundation, coordinating the foundation’s grant-making, advocacy and public policy work with land acquisition, loans and investments to support community stabilization.

Ms. Sewill has thirty years of experience in the area of affordable housing finance and development, serving in leadership positions in both the public and private non-profit sectors. Prior to joining CFLT she held positions as the Vice President of Enterprise Community Partners, the Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department, the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Community Design Center (now Abode Communities), and the Housing Director for the City of Santa Monica. She also worked with the Los Angeles offices of the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Ms. Sewill received a M.A. from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a B.A. in Political Science - Public Administration from U.C. Davis. She recently completed a second term on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and currently chairs the board of the Angelus Trust. She serves on the board of the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, as well as Enterprise Community Partners’ Southern California Leadership Council. In past years she has chaired the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the board of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, and has served on the Loan and Grant Committee of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.