Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
(415) 282-3334 ext. 152
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2020
Feliciano Vera Rejoins MEDA, Takes on Role of Chief Strategy Officer
Taking the helm to share MEDA’s model and further scale building equity through Latino wealth, place and power nationwide
San Francisco — The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced that former Community Real Estate Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera has rejoined the organization as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Vera was in his former position for four years.
As the new CSO, Vera will be tasked with spearheading MEDA’s regional and national leadership, and the sharing of its training and technical assistance model. This currently includes integrated financial capability and the innovative Small Sites affordable real estate programs. MEDA is already sharing these models with 40 organizations locally, in California and nationwide.
Stated MEDA Chief Executive Officer Luis Granados, “Feliciano Vera’s background made him a natural choice to take on this position. We are excited to have Feliciano drive and lead the vision for the continued growth, enhancement, alignment and investment of MEDA’s sharing-the-model work, leveraging our groundwork that has already been put in place.”
Explained Vera, “MEDA’s commitment to achieving equitable outcomes for San Francisco residents — with a particular focus on the Mission and its Latinx communities — have had powerful impacts in the fight for better opportunities, access to education, services and capital for the most vulnerable. As we are painfully learning, equity is essential to the health of our economy, and I look forward to strengthening MEDA’s leadership within the neighborhood and across the country.”
In his prior role at MEDA, Vera oversaw two major new constructions: a 143-unit development with arts space at 1990 Folsom St.; and the 63 below-market-rate for=purchase units at 2205 Mission St., with an early education and learning center, plus arts space. Prior to joining MEDA, Feliciano was an end-to-end developer with a broad spectrum of experience in private sector real estate development and finance. As an entrepreneur in real estate and finance, he has a track record of successfully conceptualizing and executing complex projects, ranging from multi-phase, mixed-use real estate developments to tax credit equity investment funds.
Vera earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.
He assumes this new role on May 11, 2020.
About Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.