Doug Shoemaker has been named president of Mercy Housing California.

Shoemaker recently served as director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH). Prior to joining the office in 2006, he had been the deputy director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California.

“I was drawn to Mercy Housing because the organization is in such a unique position to have a positive impact in struggling communities across the state,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to working with such an experienced executive team as we continue to expand affordable housing opportunities and enhancing the vital services we provide.”

At Mercy Housing California, he will oversee the organization’s affordable housing development, fundraising, and resident services.  The largest regional division of national nonprofit Mercy Housing, Mercy Housing California has developed more than 10,600 affordable homes in the state.

In making its decision, the organization cited Shoemaker’s strong leadership and affordable housing experience.

Before taking the post, Shoemaker sought a waiver of the city’s one-year post-employment ban with contractors. In his role at the MOH, he had signed numerous contracts with area affordable housing developers, including Mercy Housing.

The San Francisco Ethics Commission approved the waiver. Several affordable housing leaders from the area urged the commission to grant the waiver so Shoemaker could join the nonprofit affordable housing developer.