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Chief Operating Officer and Board Member

Laura Fingal-Surma

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Current City

San Francisco, CA


Fremont, CA



Housing Story

My godsons live two states away for no reason other than the high cost of housing. I am so sick of saying goodbye.


Laura Fingal-Surma is a Founding Board Member of YIMBY Action and a cofounder of our affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit Yes In My Back Yard. She started organizing in 2015 when she founded Progress Noe Valley, San Francisco’s first YIMBY neighborhood group. Inspired and encouraged by Sonja Trauss and Laura Foote, she began cultivating similar groups and leaders, started coordinating their efforts, and envisioned our national network with shared resources that maximize the impact of housing activists. She has a passion for building great systems and processes, as well as great teams. Prior to becoming COO, she served as Board Chair. Fingal-Surma brings experience in operations, project management, design & construction, affordable housing, nonprofit boards, and historic preservation to her work and activism. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from Stanford University.


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