Sean Spear's distinguished public service career includes more than ten years as a top local and state government leader, serving successively in community development roles in the cities of New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in Sacramento for the State of California. At the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department, Sean is responsible for managing and directing the operations of its Housing Development Bureau. The Bureau facilitates the financing of housing development projects with its business and community partners, leveraging its resources to the maximum benefit of the City’s residents and neighborhoods.
Prior to joining HCIDLA, Sean was a Managing Director with Hunt Mortgage Group where he consulted on the acquisition, development, financing and execution of affordable housing development transactions, and originated new debt and equity executions. He also most notably served as the Executive Director of the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) from 2009-2015, administering the $3.8 billion private activity bond program for California. Sean brings additional private sector experience from his time with Fannie Mae; then providing housing development and public financing resources across the Western United States. Throughout his career he has developed both new project financing structures (especially for affordable housing preservation), as well as designed and implemented billion dollar governmental programs with the goal of building better communities for those in greatest need. Sean holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in regional planning from Cornell University.