Speakers

40th Annual Real Estate & Economics Symposium
Monday, November 20, 2017
8:00am to 5:00pm
Westin St. Francis, San Francisco
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Michael Covarrubias
    Chairman & CEO
    TMG Partners

Michael Covarrubias joined TMG in 1988; he oversees all of the company's operations and has directed the company since 1995.

Prior to TMG: Mr. Covarrubias' professional background includes 17 years with Union Bank, including commercial and real estate lending as well as administrative management. In his last position, he served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Union Bank's Silicon Valley Regional Real Estate Center.

Mr. Covarrubias is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor's degree in business administration.

Robert H. Edelstein
    Co-Chair
    Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, UC Berkeley

Bio Pending

Bill Falik
    Managing Partner
    Westpark Community Builders

Bill Falik has practiced land use, real estate, mediation, and environmental law in Northern California for the past 42 years and has been active as attorney, mediator, expert witness, real estate developer, and professor in all aspects of land-use planning and real estate acquisition, finance, negotiation, and development. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1968 and from Harvard Law School in 1971, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Mr. Falik has been the managing partner of numerous land development partnerships involving entitling, planning, and developing masterplanned communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and the greater Sacramento region. Currently, he is a Managing Partner of Westpark Community Builders, which developed a 1,483-acre masterplanned community in the City of Roseville. After successfully entitling over 4,300 residential units and creating a precedent-setting open space funding mechanism for Placer County, Westpark was sold to three of the largest builders in the United States in 2005. Together with his partners, Mr. Falik repurchased approximately 45% of the Westpark property in December 2009, as well as an additional 400 acres of contiguous property for developing Solaire, another masterplanned community.

Mr. Falik also serves on the Policy Advisory Board for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. In addition, for the past eleven years, Mr. Falik has been a Visiting Professor and an Adjunct Professor at Berkeley Law School and a member of the Professional Faculty of the Haas School of Business where he teaches an interdisciplinary course to law, business, planning, public policy, and civil environmental engineering students which he developed, entitled An Interdisciplinary Approach to Land Development and Investment.

Carol Galante
    I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor of Affordable Housing     and Urban Policy; Faculty Director, Terner Center
    College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley

Carol Galante is the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy and the Faculty Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, both at UC Berkeley. The Terner Center for Housing Innovation has a mission to formulate bold strategies to house families from all walks of life in vibrant, sustainable, and affordable homes and communities. As faculty director, Galante leads the implementation of a strategic, action oriented policy and research agenda aimed at advancing innovative and practical housing solutions in the private and public sector. In addition to her professor appointment and role as Terner Center Faculty Director, Galante also co-chairs the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center of Real Estate & Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Galante served in the Obama Administration for over five years as the Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing programs.

As FHA commissioner during the recent financial crisis, Galante provided key leadership in the housing sector, including strengthening FHA's infrastructure and policies while providing access to credit that helped stabilize the housing market. She also developed signature initiatives that provided better opportunities to low income families including Choice Neighborhoods and the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program.

Prior to her appointment at HUD, Galante was President and Chief Executive of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the largest nonprofit developer of affordable, mixed-income and mixed-use developments in California. Galante has also worked for local government in city planning and community economic development. She holds a Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan.

Rick Holliday
    President
    Holliday Development, LLC

Bay Area native Rick Holliday graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, earning both an undergraduate degree in urban policy, and a master's degree in city and regional planning. He went on to first launch Eden Housing and later BRIDGE Housing Corporation, two of the most successful affordable-housing corporations in the nation, before starting Holliday Development in 1988. Rick oversees the strategic, corporate, and political positioning of Holliday Development. In Holliday Developmentā€™s first 15 years, Rick pioneered live/work loft living in SOMA, Emeryville and West Oakland. He currently is doing cutting edge work in the Lake Tahoe area at the Truckee Railyard. He recently served as chairman of the board of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and a guest lecturer for the Urban Land Institute, the University of New Mexico's graduate program in Real Estate, and the Real Estate MBA Program at his alma mater. Married with two grown daughters, he currently resides in Berkeley.

Tyler Kellogg
    Senior Vice President, Portfolio Solutions
    Cushman & Wakefield

Bio Pending

Linda Mandolini
    President
    Eden Housing

Linda Mandolini has served Eden Housing as a Project Developer, as Director of Real Estate Development, and since 2001, as President. Eden Housing is California's second oldest non-profit housing development companies and has developed or acquired more than 10,500 units throughout California. Linda oversees affordable housing production, resident support services, and property management components of the organization, and a staff of more than 340 employees. She is guided in her work by Eden's active volunteer board of directors.

Under Linda's strong leadership, Eden has become one of the most productive and successful nonprofit affordable housing developers in California. Eden has received numerous awards including being named as Best Places to Work in the Bay Area in 2012, 2015, and 2016 and Healthiest Employers in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for the past five years in a row (2012-2016).

Linda is a leader in housing policy on the local, state and national level. She serves or has served on the Board, and has held leadership positions on the Board of: The Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), California Housing Consortium (CHC), National Housing Conference (NHC), Enterprise Communities' Community Leadership Council, and International Housing Policy Exchange.

Linda held various community development positions in Boston prior to moving to California in 1996.

Linda was inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame in 2017 and has been honored with the 2016 SF Business Times Forever Influential Honor Roll, 2015 SF Business Times "Bay Area's Most Influential Women" award, 2014 SF Business Times "Bay Area's Most Influential Women" award, 2011 SF Business Times "Bay Area's Most Influential Women" award, 2011 SF Business Times "Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence" award, 2011 Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) Pioneer Award, and 2008 East Bay Business Times "Women of Distinction" award.

Linda received her A.B. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and earned an M.B.A. at Boston University. In her free time, Linda is an avid bicyclist and frequently rides for charitable causes.

George Marcus
    Chairman
    Marcus & Millichap Company

George M. Marcus is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company. Founded in 1971, Marcus & Millichap Company is the parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment, and development firms including SummerHill Homes, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's largest home builders. Also falling under the Marcus & Millichap family of companies are Pacific Urban Residential, SummerHill Apartment Communities, Meridian Property Company, Hanover Financial and Marcus & Millichap Venture Partners, which invests in real estate technology companies. Mr. Marcus is also the Founder and Chairman of Essex Property Trust (ESS) and Marcus & Millichap, Inc. (MMI), both publicly traded companies. In April of 2014, ESS acquired BRE, making it a $16 billion company, and is now traded on the S&P 500. MMI went public in October of 2013 and is the largest commercial investment real estate brokerage firm in the nation with nearly 1600 brokers in offices nationwide and in Canada.

Mr. Marcus' professional memberships include the Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute and the University of California Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, as well as numerous other professional and community organizations, including International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), United Religions Initiative (URI), Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Fuse Corps. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the UCSF Foundation, is an Emeritus Board Member of the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums (COFAM) where he served on the development committee that built the de Young Museum in San Francisco, he was one of the founders of Greater Bay Bancorp and sat on its Board of Directors until it was acquired by Wells Fargo, and is a Regent Emeritus of the University of California.

Mr. Marcus graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from San Francisco State University in 1965, was honored as Alumnus of the Millennium in 1999 and received his honorary doctorate in 2011. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School President's Management Program and the Georgetown University Leadership Program.

Alexander Mehran
    Chairman & CEO
    Sunset Development Company

Alex Mehran is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sunset Development Company. Sunset Development Company is a private, diversified real estate organization founded by Alex's father, Masud Mehran, in 1951. Alex joined Sunset in 1977. Sunset Development Company is the developer of Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, located in southern Contra Costa County. Bishop Ranch is a 585-acre, fully integrated business community with nine and one-half million square feet of office, hotel, shopping, medical and research facilities providing employment for approximately 30,000 people working in over 600 companies. Sunset also is the developer of Sunset-Town in Livermore, a planned community of over 4,000 homes, 500 apartments and some one-half million square feet of leasable space built by Sunset.

Alex is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Chairman of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership and a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors of The Presidio Trust, Past Chairman and Current Executive Committee member of The Bay Area Council; Member of the Real Estate Committee of UCSF; Former Trustee of the Urban Land Institute; Former Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet; Former Trustee of St. Mary's College; Former Trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of California; Former Trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Former Director of The United Way of the Bay Area.

Alex is a San Francisco Bay Area native. He graduated from Harvard College with honors and continued his higher education at Cambridge University in England where he earned a Law Degree, also with honors. After completing his formal education, Mr. Mehran joined J. P. Morgan of New York where, for three years, he managed real estate companies and assets owned by the Bank. Alex has two adult children. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in San Francisco.

Gabriel Metcalf
    President & CEO
    SPUR

Gabriel Metcalf is the president and CEO of SPUR. He is responsible for defining the overall vision and strategy for the organization and has led SPUR through a major expansion of its work.

Gabriel has authored or co-authored such notable articles as "The Northern California Megaregion," "Democracy and Planning," "The San Francisco Exodus" and "The Great Dithering." He is also the author of Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community Land Trusts are Reinventing America (St. Martin's Press, 2015).

A co-founder of City CarShare and the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, Gabriel serves on numerous boards and commissions. A frequent writer and speaker on planning and policy topics, he earned a Master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Follow him on twitter: @gmetcalf

Julie Pierce
    Council Member, City of Clayton
    President, Association of Bay Area Governments

Bio Pending

Jon Reynolds
    Chairman, Director & CEO
    Reynolds & Brown

Jon Q. Reynolds has been an investment developer for over 40 years. He co-founded Reynolds & Brown in 1967. Reynolds & Brown develops (and holds for its own account) industrial parks, business parks, warehouse, commercial, research and development, and suburban office projects in East Bay cities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jon served as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute for twelve years, and is Past Chairman of its Industrial and Office Park Council. He is a member of the Urban Land Foundation. He is Chairman of the Oakland Housing Foundation, an organization he co-founded.

He is the past chairman of the Policy Advisory Board of the University of California's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and has co-sponsored a Chair at the University for Real Estate Development. He served as trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, University of California at Berkeley and a trustee of the University of California Berkeley Foundation.

He was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to serve on the California Military Base Reuse Task Force.

Jon has served as a Commissioner on the Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Municipal Utility District for nine years, serving as Chairman for five of those years. He has served as a commissioner of the Oakland Housing Authority, as well as many other civic duties, including serving as a member of the Airspace Advisory Commission for Caltrans.

Kenneth T. Rosen
    Chairman
    Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, UC Berkeley

Ken Rosen is Chairman of Rosen Consulting Group, a real estate market research firm, Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics and Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Rosen is also a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the board of directors of several non-profit and for-profit entities that deal with real estate finance and development. He has authored over 100 articles and four books on real estate and real estate finance. He was formerly the Chairman and founder of Rosen Real Estate Securities LLC (RRES), and Chairman, founder and portfolio manager of Lend Lease Rosen Securities, both REIT money management firms. Also, Ken served as the special real estate advisor to The Davos World Economic Forum, and from 1985-1990 he was Consultant/Managing Director of Salomon Brothers' Real Estate Research Department. Mr. Rosen received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Connecticut in 1970. He was a Professor of Economics at Princeton University.

Barry Sternlicht
    Chairman & CEO
    Starwood Capital Group

Bio Pending

Jeffrey N. Weber
    Senior Managing Director
    Eastdil Secured, LLC

Jeffrey N. Weber is a Managing Director and Management Committee Member of Eastdil Secured, LLC. Jeff joined Eastdil Secured in 1981 following graduation from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers, Lambda Alpha, the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP, SPUR and Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics.

Since 2005, Eastdil Secured has completed over $1 trillion in debt, equity and financial advisory assignments, of which Mr. Weber is involved with in excess of $75 billion. Notable transactions completed include 555 California Street, Blackstone/EOP Portfolio, One Market, Stanford Shopping Center, Century Plaza Towers, Parkmerced, Salesforce Tower and 101 California Street.

Dennis Williams
    Manging Director
    Northmarq Capital LLC

Dennis has been a mortgage banker with the San Francisco office at Northmarq since 1988. Currently a managing director, Dennis has arranged nearly $7 billion of income property financing with institutional capital sources and has been one of the company's top originators since becoming part of Northmarq in 2000. Property types financed include office, research & development, retail, multi-family, hospitality and industrial real estate.

Dennis received his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1988 and his AB in Political Science and Economics from U.C. Berkeley in 1984. He currently lectures at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, where he has taught a semester long MBA course entitled Real Estate Development since 2004. Dennis previously taught an upper division undergraduate course, Real Estate Finance & Investment, at Haas from 2002-04 and at USF's McLaren School of Business from 1997-2003.

Dennis served as president of the Bay Area Mortgage Association (BAMA) from 1997-98, and as President of the SF Chapter of NAIOP in 1995 and 2002. Dennis has acted as a moderator and guest speaker at multiple presentations to BAMA, NAIOP, Mortgage Bankers Association, Belden Club, ULI, UC Berkeley's Fisher Center RE Conference and Stanford Univesity's Graduate School of Business. He has also served as the Chair of the NAIOP Sponsored Cal-Stanford Golden Shovel Competition since 2000.

Dick Wollack
    Principal
    Fulton Capital Advisors

Bio Pending

Jim Wunderman
    President & CEO
    Bay Area Council

Bio Pending

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