Helmi Hisserich is a distinguished leader in affordable housing policy, finance, and development. Over the arc of her career Helmi has worked with a wide range of civic, community, and elected leaders to advance affordable housing and economic development policies and programs in within the City of Los Angeles. She brings deep commitment to ensuring public sector investments serve those most affected by poverty, racism, and discrimination.
From 2009 to 2021 Helmi worked at the Housing & Community Investment Department of Los Angeles (HCIDLA) where she served as Assistant General Manager and Director of Housing Strategies. Under her leadership, the department financed over 8,000 units of affordable housing, made over 500 loans to first time homebuyers, and managed a $1.9 billion loan portfolio. She led the City’s effort to create a more predictable public financing process through the creation of a managed pipeline for affordable housing and she launched the City’s effort to develop housing on surplus public land. Prior to joining HCIDLA, Helmi served as Deputy Mayor for Housing & Homelessness in the Administration of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the director of Redevelopment in Hollywood, and as a Senior Business Development Representative on Mayor Richard Riordan’s Business Team.
Helmi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. In 2011, she attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government program for Senior Officials in State and Local Government. In 2016, she was awarded a Stanton Fellowship for her thought leadership on affordable housing, which enabled her to begin developing new scalable solutions to the housing affordability crisis. Helmi and her wife, Tori, live in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles.