Gary has extensive experience with many funding programs such as HUD, TCAC, HCD, CalHFA, Rural Development, HOME, Bond, Direct Access to Housing and the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development. He has multiple nonprofit affordable housing specialist certifications from Neighbor Works America Training Institute, AHMA-NCH, and NCHM. He also holds a variety of low-income housing tax credit, fair housing, and 504 certifications.
Prior to The Unity Council, Gary worked as the Area Director and Regional Director of Operations at Mercy Housing California in which he oversaw 40 affordable housing developments along with managing its commercial portfolio in the Bay Area and Southern California.
Gary came to the United States in his 20s, where he left his native country of Malaysia to seek his American Dream. His conviction is, whenever he walks into a property, he asks himself if this is a place where he, his parents or his grandparents would want to live.