Susan Friedland became the Executive Director of AHA in 2006, and was named ED of SAHA in 2012. During her time at AHA, the organization doubled its housing portfolio, significantly grew its net worth and won numerous local and national awards. Previously, Susan was the Director of Housing Development with Fifth Avenue Committee, a community-based development corporation in Brooklyn, NY. During her tenure there, she developed 15 housing developments, 10 retail spaces and two community facility projects. She holds a Masters of City Planning degree from U.C. Berkeley and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Urban Studies from Brown University. She received the National Award for Women in Planning from the American Planning Association and was recently honored by the Girl Scouts for her work promoting green building. Susan served on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Enterprise's Community Leadership Committee.