With over 30 years of economic and community development work, BHI President Jenny Scanlin is a community-centric and highly devoted leader.

Past positions include Assistant General Manager of Economic Development for the City of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department, Regional Administrator for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles’ Downtown, Eastside, and Harbor Regions, as well as Senior Operations Officer for CRA/LA’s Successor Agency overseeing project management/compliance, disposition of all real property assets, planning and land use as well as the Public Art Program. Jenny became an expert in public real estate development, policy and finance, and broad-based economic development strategies in these capacities. With dual bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley in Social Work and Political Science, Jenny started her early career in social work and non-profit administration and leans on those aspects of her education and skills to artfully lead Build Hope, Inc.

When Jenny isn’t directing resources that uplift our residents and program participants, she enjoys creating immersive experiences for her family that enable them to unplug and reconnect fully. Everyday adventures keep her in tune with her passions, whether through tasty topics discussed at the dinner table or exploring new landscapes during local hikes and short getaways.