Established in 1989, Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit, public benefit corporation, dedicated to expand, ensure the long-term affordability, and preserve the supply of decent affordable housing in the City and County of Los Angeles for low income households and the homeless.
Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc. (LAHP) has an extensive real estate development track record that includes new construction of rental housing, major rehabilitation, historic preservation, mixed-use, community facilities and commercial/retail development, as well as the development of for-sale single family residences.
As of July 2009, LAHP has leveraged over $52.5 million in public financing, $29 million in conventional permanent debt, over $55 million in investor equity and over $2.2 million in the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) as well as other grants and awards for the acquisition and development of approximately 1,200 units of affordable housing, 50,000 square feet of retail/ office/ community space and 8 homes.
In addition to its core mission statement, LAHP is focused on the integration of sustainable development building methods, smart growth community planning practices, 100% smoke-free environments, and the provision of life enhancing social services such as financial literacy, on-site workforce training, and elder care.
Joining the fight against hunger, in 2000 LAHP was approved as a distributing agency of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. As a result LAHP has managed and operated four successful Food Distributions in Hollywood, MacArthur Park, and Pacoima that serve over 4,000 households every year.
As a testament of its achievements in excellence, LAHP has been honored with the following accolades:
David Grunwald – Executive Director
Prior to joining LAHP, Mr. Grunwald was Chief Business Development Officer & Executive Director of UCP Wheels for Humanity. He focused on cultivating real estate and other business ventures, supporting property management team and collaborating with Boards of both organizations to promote growth. Before that, he was President and CEO of Affordable Living for the Aging, where he raised $2 million annual budget through private fundraising and increased real estate assets by 400%.
“Throughout my career, I have become very familiar with Los Angeles Housing Partnership and the great work they’re doing in the community,” said Mr. Grunwald. “With my 17 years of experience developing and managing affordable housing projects, the Board and the staff, we can continue to grow the organization and continue to make an impact.”
Mr. Grunwald received his Bachelor’s degree from University of Denver, Colorado in Economics, Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School and Master of Public Policy from Duke University.
Ruben Grigorians – Chief Financial Officer
Ruben Grigorians joined LAHP in July 2014 as Chief Financial Officer and has over 20 years of experience as VP of Finance and CFO at Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Corporate Controller at LifeHOUSE Properties, and Treasurer and Controller/CFO with Southern California Presbyterian Homes. His audit experience is with PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience includes arranging and developing a $105M annual operating budget including 41 facilities. He was directly involved in seven (7) tax-exempt bond issues totaling $150M as well as managing over $102M in total cash and investments for nonprofit and for-profit entities. Mr. Grigorians holds CPA and MBA designations.
Vivian Ramirez – Director of Real Estate and Asset Management
Vivian Ramirez joined LAHP in Mach 2018 and brings 20 years of experience in the affordable housing and property development sectors. Prior to joining LAHP she served as Chief Operating Officer for Affordable Living for the Aging and was responsible for all internal operations, regulatory compliance and program management spanning 11 residential properties throughout Los Angeles. Under her helm, the organization grew to 15 employees who supported over 12 properties and 500 homeless and low-income seniors each year with permanent housing, supportive services and in-home care.
Prior to joining ALA in 2010, Vivian served as the Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO for L.A. Family Housing Corporation, a non-profit agency whose operations spanned three homeless shelters, 18 permanent affordable housing complexes and over 100 employees.
Current and past affiliations include the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), California Apartment Association and Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing.
Vivian is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she received both a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business.
Yolanda Ramirez – Staff Accountant / Human Resources / Office Manager
Ms. Ramirez has over 20 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience and maintains LAHP corporate and project accounts, accounts receivable and accounts payable, working with the development staff to monitor job costs, individual project billing, cost certifications, audits and preparation of multiple source funded construction draws. Previously, she was the Accountant and Office Manager for William Harrell. M.D. (1997-2001) and Manager of Medical Billing for the Van Nuys Medical Corporation (2001-2003). In these positions she was responsible for billing, managing office operations, resolving collections, maintaining compliance with Medicare, Medical and other insurances and tracking patient and personnel records.
Ms. Ramirez began working in the housing field as an Administrative Assistant in the Accounting Department of Pedro Gomez & Co. Ms. Ramirez attended Jorge Tadeo Lozano University where she graduated with a BA in Business Administration and Accounting in 1971. She continued her accounting and business education with an Associate Degree from Pikes Peak College, in Colorado Springs, Colorado and an Associate Degree in Health Care Business Management from Nova Institute of Health and Technology.
Richard Kennemer – Resident Services / Food Distribution Administrator
Mr. Kennemer has been working with non-profits for over 15 years assisting in the areas of volunteer management, guidance and referrals, office management, order fulfillment, and marketing + website administration. Prior to LAHP Mr. Kennemer worked at the World Service Office for a self-help program designed to help family members of individuals with substance abuse problems. Since 2011 Mr. Kennemer has been assisting the residents of the LAHP portfolio by ensuring convenient accessibility to quality social service programs!
Victoria O. Berjamin – Staff Accountant
Ms. Berjamin brings over twenty years of combined experience and training in accounting, finance and administration and customer service from small to large corporations. Her diverse background includes areas of accounting in the industry of Property Management, Insurance, Banking & Finance and Broadcasting.