Teslim is an urban strategist, community convener, and impact investor, using finance, real estate development, social services, and policy to produce positive change. With several professional lives as an investment advisor, real estate developer, and managing director of social service programs, Teslim brings experience in mental health, homeless, formerly incarcerated, and social justice disciplines to Supportive Housing Community Land Alliance.
An Oakland native, Teslim grew up in the city’s Dimond District--a neighborhood he credits with helping to shape his worldview and belief that diversity is a necessary component for creating resilient communities. He believes that proximity and access to public spaces, academic and cultural institutions, and public transit are the bedrock of inclusive, diverse, safe, and healthy blocks, neighborhoods, and cities.
As SHCLA’s first staff person and first executive director, Teslim is most excited about bridging the gap between academic research on access to high opportunity neighborhoods and SHCLA resident health outcomes. He looks forward to working to democratize beauty by adding elements of art and design to each project so that residents, and the surrounding neighborhood, feel more socially connected.