President & Chief Operating Officer
Job Functions: Executive, Acquisitions & Dispositions, Asset Management, Capital Markets, Capital Raising, Design & Construction, Development, Investment Management, Research & Strategy, Underwriting & Analysis
Suny Lay Chang, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Linc Housing, has more than 20 years of professional experience in affordable housing, community development, and strategic management. Her career has been driven by her passion for economic development and poverty alleviation, leading Suny to her work in affordable housing. Suny sees affordable housing as a powerful catalyst to build communities and neighborhoods, as well as a vehicle for economic growth for families and local economies.
As President & COO, Suny works with the CEO to lead key initiatives for the organization, including strategic planning, community partnerships, organizational growth, and internal initiatives. Other areas of focus include oversight of Linc's finance, real estate development, fundraising, community and public relations, property development, risk management, and overall operations. Suny also supports Linc's policy and advocacy efforts.
Prior to joining Linc in 2007, Suny served as Director of Development for New Economics for Women, where she oversaw the financing and construction of new projects, and negotiated joint venture development partnerships. As Management Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, she consulted for senior managers of Fortune 100 companies across several disciplines, including strategy and operations, valuation and financial analysis, marketing, asset management, and post-merger integrations. Suny's experience in economic development also includes work in developing countries, serving at United States embassies in Uruguay and Cambodia. Suny's rigorous business background allows her to apply her technical skills to the nonprofit world and use her analytical strengths to address social and economic issues that have motivated her work since her undergraduate days.
Suny obtained her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University, where she wrote her thesis on measuring the effects of economic growth on poverty alleviation. She revisited Harvard to complete the Achieving Excellence program, a prestigious training program for community development leaders offered by NeighborWorks® America through the Kennedy School of Government. Suny's current and prior leadership roles include serving on the boards of the Long Beach Economic Partnership, Long Beach Community Investment Commission, St. Mary Medical Center, Rotary Club, United Cambodian Community, and the Western Region Advisory Committee for the Low Income Investment Fund.
Suny and her husband enjoy hiking and photography, and opportunities to do both when traveling with their two children.
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- Acquisition, Development, Ground Lease, Loan Purchase, Opportunity Zone, Partner Buyout, Pre-Development, Recapitalization, Refinance, Rehabilitation
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