Armando Sanchez, Executive Directo

Armando Sanchez

Executive Director

Armando joined HEART in 2016. He is a recognized housing professional with a broad range of experience in real estate development, finance, management and marketing. His background includes extensive consulting for government and non-profit agencies in the housing field. He is the founder and Principal of AF Sanchez and Associates, in existence for two decades. He has also worked as a housing consultant to cities in San Mateo County. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle.  [email protected]


Boris Vatkin

Boris Vatkin

Program Manager

Boris joined HEART in 2017 as a management and program analyst to help manage and grow HEART’s housing programs and is currently the program manager. Boris oversees HEART’s homebuyer assistance program as well as the GLADUR ADU program. He also works with the Executive Director in the management and disbursement of HEART’s development funds and in the development of long-range programs. He has a background in real estate law, program management, and has worked in residential and commercial real estate, including for a Fortune 500 company. He holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.  [email protected] 


C. Maheen ShafiabadyC. Maheen Shafiabady

Business Operations & Communications, Manager

Maheen joined HEART in July 2020 as the Business Operations & Communications Manager. Maheen brings over 15 years of global experience working as a business leader with executives, leaders, managers, individual contributors, and their organizations across multiple industries–including nonprofit and public sectors–for improved performance. She is passionate about using her skills to improve nonprofit program delivery by building and enhancing communications that raise an organization’s visibility, operational efficiencies, and team effectiveness. Maheen holds a BS in Communications & Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. [email protected]


Michael NguyenMichael Nguyen

Operations Associate

Michael Nguyen joined HEART in November 2020 as an Operations Associate. A recent graduate of University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies, Michael is passionate about reimagining basic needs safety nets to create better support systems in underprivileged spaces. During his academic tenure, Michael was a member of Berkeley’s flagship Student Advocate’s Office and Basic Needs Center as a financial aid caseworker and Undergraduate Student Fellow, respectively. These student organizations are dedicated to delivering critical casework, scholarship, and public policy reforms on basic needs security for underprivileged college students.  [email protected]