The East Bay Rental Housing Association Announces New CEO

The East Bay Rental Housing Association (EBRHA) is excited to announce the appointment of Derek Barnes as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Online PR News – 28-October-2020 – Oakland CA – The East Bay Rental Housing Association (EBRHA) is excited to announce the appointment of Derek Barnes as its new Chief Executive Officer. With over 15 years of executive leadership and operations experience, Derek has a stellar track record of driving change and transformation in organizations at pivotal stages of growth.

His work experience spans several industries including high-tech, professional services, real estate, telecom, financial services, healthcare, retail, and nonprofits. His leadership experience includes building diverse global support teams and infrastructure in highly competitive markets.

“The landscape of real estate investment and property management is constantly changing and has an enormous impact on housing today,” said Derek. “As a property owner, housing provider, and social philanthropreneur, I’m drawn to EBRHA’s mission and opportunity-rich environment.”

“It’s an honor to have been entrusted by EBRHA’s Board of Directors to lead its charter and next phase of growth.” continued Derek. “I welcome the new challenge and will continue building upon an incredibly strong foundation with innovative programs that serve different constituents and communities with ever-changing needs.”

“With his entrepreneurial vision and strategic thinking, we believe Derek will excel in implementing operational improvements in creative ways to ignite value, growth, and innovation at EBRHA,” said Wayne Rowland, EBRHA Board President.

Derek currently serves on the boards of Homebridge and Horizons Foundation and previously served as Board Chair and interim Executive Director of Sunflower Wellness. He has also served as Board Chair at Under One Roof, member of the National Board of Directors of Victory Fund, and board member of the San Francisco Community Center as Chair of the Finance and Operations Committee.

The EBRHA Board of Directors and staff are delighted to have Derek on board and look forward to his direction in leading EBRHA through phases of growth and strengthening the association’s overall member experience. For more information, visit

About EBRHA:
The East Bay Rental Housing Association (EBRHA), founded in 1939, is a full-service nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting fair, safe, and well-maintained residential rental housing that is compliant with local ordinances and state/federal laws. We serve rental communities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties through advocacy and education, and support members, neighbors, and local businesses with community improvement and sustainability initiatives