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Affordable Housing Industry Veteran Rob Pearson Joins Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Board of Directors

Affordable Housing Industry Veteran Rob Pearson Joins  Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Board of Directors

San Luis Obispo, Calif., October 24, 2018 – Rob Pearson, former Executive Director/CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB), has been appointed to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) board of directors.

Pearson, a Santa Barbara resident, comes to PSHH with nearly four decades of experience with government and nonprofit housing organizations. Before retiring from HACSB in 2016, Pearson spent 35 years working to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals in Santa Barbara. Prior to HACSB, Pearson held various titles with the City of Santa Barbara including Housing and Redevelopment Manager.

“We are excited for the professional insight and wealth of knowledge Rob brings to our organization,” PSHH President/CEO John Fowler said. “Rob’s dedication to the Central Coast and his passion for assisting low-income communities aligns perfectly with PSHH’s mission. We are thrilled to welcome Rob ‘on Board’.”

In addition to his professional experience, Pearson has also been active in numerous civic organizations including Goleta Valley Hospital, Casa Esperanza Homeless Center, PATH, Sarah House, San Felipe Supportive Housing for the Disabled, Public Housing Authorities Directors Association, Garden Court, Coastal Housing Partnership and Housing Trust Fund for Santa Barbara County.

With an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Pearson earned a graduate degree at California State University, Northridge in Environmental Planning. Pearson has received numerous awards for his impact in the affordable housing industry including American Institute of Architects Community Housing Assistance Award and the prestigious M. Justin Herman Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

About PSHH
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the largest nonprofit housing developer on the Central Coast and has the mission of building affordable homes and providing site-based services that offer opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities. PSHH serves low-income working families, farmworkers, seniors and veterans and provides welcoming environments for those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. It also promotes homeownership through a “sweat equity” program that has seen nearly 1,200 homes successfully constructed. PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, owns and/or manages over 1,800 rental units, and employs nearly 200 staff members. For more information, please visit, email or phone (805) 781-3088.