OUR PRESIDENT AND CEO
Ken Sauder is Wakeland’s founding executive director and began his tenure at the organization in 1999. Under his leadership and assisted by a strong staff and solid Board of Directors, the organization has developed more than 6,500 units in 40 developments throughout California.
Mr. Sauder has more than 35 years of community development and affordable housing experience at the national, international and local level. Throughout his career, he has developed a high level of expertise in working with a variety of jurisdictions, organizations and funding sources to create affordable housing. This, coupled with Mr. Sauder’s strong relationships with business leaders, elected officials and affordable housing decision-makers make him an invaluable asset to Wakeland.
He previously held positions as director of community development for South Bay Community Services; founding director of Latin American Program for Habitat for Humanity International; and the first director of Tijuana-San Diego Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Sauder holds a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves on the Boards of the California Housing Consortium and the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Housing Committee and the Downtown San Diego Partnership, and is a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Building Industry Association.