Bisnow: Bay Area Power Women 2019

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Bisnow: Bay Area Power Women 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am


Bisnow is proud to once again present its annual Bay Area Power Women Series, recognizing more than 30 women who are pillars of community and titans of industry across the Bay Area.

Join Bisnow in honoring pioneers of change, women who are selflessly and tireless pushing for equal access in the commercial real estate industry and beyond.

In addition to hearing a dynamic and unforgettable panel, this event will be a cat-miss opportunity to meet and mingle with the regios most impactful and influential women paving the way in commercial real estate.

For more information: Bisnow: Bay Area Power Women 2019


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Melinda Ellis Evers Managing Principal Ellis Partners
Melinda Ellis Evers is a co-founder of Ellis Partners and co-manages the operation of the firm. She serves as Portfolio Manager with oversight responsibility for the firm's asset management and financial teams. Melinda started her real estate career with A.R. Jarvis & Company, a regional mortgage brokerage firm and spent seven years in acquisitions and portfolio management with Grubb & Ellis Realty Advisers. Ms. Evers holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a Member of the Lambda Alpha Land Economics Honor Society, the Urban Land Institute, the Stanford Professionals in Real Estate, and the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and is a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Ms. Evers' past industry board affiliations include The Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage and the Bay Area Mortgage Association. View Profile
Jackie Safier President Prometheus
Jill Williams Chairman & Principal KTGY
Libby Schaaf Mayor City of Oakland
Lynn Tolin COO TMG Partners
Ginger Bryant COO & CFO Sares Regis Group
Ms. Bryant joined Sares Regis Group in 1993 with responsibility for the Bay Area commercial property portfolio. She oversees Finance, Accounting, Treasury, and MIS activities for the company and closely monitors the performance of all active development and operating projects.
Allison Koo Managing Director Sand Hill Property Company
Allison Koo is a Managing Director for Sand Hill Property Company. Allison is involved in all aspects of property development including site acquisitions, entitlements, construction, financing, and leasing. Allison was honored as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's "40 under 40" in 2016 for her projects in the Stanford Research Park. Prior to joining SHP, Ms. Koo worked for NAI BT Commercial in the Silicon Valley office, where she completed both sale and lease transactions totaling over $108MM in consideration. At NAI BT, Ms. Koo was also a founding member of the Asian-American Strategic Investment Advisory Group. Ms. Koo also has worked for the acquisitions and asset management teams of The Laramar Group, a national developer and operator of institutional grade multi-family assets, in both the Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA offices. Ms. Koo holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management-Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied abroad at the Beijing University as well as at the University of Seville. Ms. Koo is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and Spanish.
Holly Neber CEO AEI Consultants
Holly Neber is CEO of AEI Consultants, an international property consulting firm. AEI provides real property insights and solutions through environmental and property condition assessments, health and safety consulting, building performance evaluations, remediation and corrective action, and construction risk management from 25 offices in the US and Europe. Holly is the 2019 President of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network and past president of the National Engineering and Environmental Due Diligence Association (NEEDDA). Holly was named among RealShare's California Women of Influence in 2015 and Bisnow's Bay Area Power Women in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Holly was named to the Real Estate Forum Women of Influence and Connect Media Women in Real Estate lists and honored with the Courage in Leadership Award at EDR's PRISM Conference. View Profile
Michele Leiva CFO DPR Construction
Andrea Reeder Director, Asset Management (Office), Americas Nuveen Real Estate
Sara Neff SVP, Sustainability Kilroy Realty Corporation
Sara Neff is Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty. Sara started the sustainability program at Kilroy from the ground up, and under her leadership the company was named the #1 publicly traded real estate company for sustainability in North America by GRESB, and recently became the first North American real estate company to publicly commit to establishing carbon neutral operations by the end of 2020. At Kilroy, she oversees all sustainability initiatives such as solar and battery deal-making, implementation of energy and water efficiency initiatives throughout existing and development assets, integration of sustainability standards into annual financial reports, launch of the Kilroy Innovation Lab, and the award-winning green leasing program. She holds a BS from Stanford and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Lauren Seaver VP, Development Blake Griggs Properties
Laura Crescimano Co-founder & Leader SITELAB urban studio
Laura Crescimano is co-founder and leader of SITELAB urban studio. An expert on urban design and entitlements with an emphasis on the public realm, Laura's work investigates the social and political power of the built environment. Designing both processes and places, Laura's projects range from Pier 70, where she is leading a multidisciplinary design team through the design and community process of a 35-acre mixed-use waterfront development in a historic industrial district in San Francisco, to leading the design for Google's first proposed mixed-use neighborhood located at their headquarters in Mountain View. Her work also ranges from the Portola Green Plan, where she collaborates with a neighborhood community group to build a vision for their neighborhood to creating a graphic toolkit for the homeless services non-profit Lava Mae to open-source their mobile showers and approach to service. Laura serves on San Francisco Waterfront Design Advisory Committee and, from 2010-2012, on the Board of Directors for AIA San Francisco.
Amy Price President & COO Bentall Kennedy
Based in San Francisco, Amy has overall responsibility for the operating and financial performance of Bentall Kennedy's U.S.-based businesses. Amy also serves on the Bentall Kennedy Group Management Committee, the U.S. Executive Committee and the U.S. Investment Committee. Amy has over 20 years of experience in investment strategy and transaction execution, combined with significant management experience in asset management and finance. Amy has direct day-to-day responsibility for all asset management, financing and transactions activities in the U.S., as well as leading the account relationship with one of our significant and rapidly growing U.S. separate accounts. Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy U.S. in 2012, Amy was a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Investing for the Western United States at Morgan Stanley, where she was an Investment Committee member and founded their San Francisco office. Amy also spent time in Morgan Stanley's New York and Hong Kong offices. View Profile
Ani Vartanian Boladian Managing Partner Rubicon Point Partners
Ani co-manages RPP and is specifically responsible for acquisitions and investor relations. Prior to Rubicon Point Partners, Ani served in the Obama administration responsible for the $200 billion TALF program and restarting the securitization market during the height of the recent financial crisis. Previously she was with Rockwood Capital, in the capacity of acquisitions, asset management, and establishing a $400 million separate account on behalf of a state pension fund. Her career began at Goldman, Sachs & Co.Ani is a graduate of StanforUniversity and Harvard Business School. View Profile
Elizabeth Hart Vice Chairman Newmark Knight Frank
Elizabeth Hart joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2005. She specializes in working with tenants and landlords to resolve their complex real estate issues. Ms. Hart began her real estate career advising technology and venture clients and is now responsible for, among other things, working with landlords on redeveloping their buildings to attract technology tenants. View Profile
Shannon Shackerley-Bennett COO Knowhere Holdings
Rosemarie Rae Vice Chancellor & CFO UC Berkeley
Rosemarie Rae brings more than 35 years of experience in finance and administration to her role as UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. During the course of her work in the public and nonprofit sectors, she has developed a wide depth and breadth of knowledge in budget and financial management, strategic planning, and operations. The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Finance includes Capital Strategies, the Controller's Office, Finance & Capital Asset Strategies, Financial Planning & Analysis, University Business Partnerships & Services, and the Immediate Office. Together these teams oversee university financial services and controls, lead an integrated approach to planning and development, provide accurate and timely information and analyses to inform campus decision-making in service of UC Berkeley's mission of teaching, research, and public service. Rosemarie takes great pride in how our institution shapes higher education and her focus on collaboration, accountability, and the greater harmonization of operating and capital planning continues to further the goal of financial sustainability. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she served as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, she also served as an Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer at Volunteers of America; held senior leadership positions at Experience Works and LORAL Space and Communications; and was a principal and founder of Balrae Associates, an Information Technology services firm. Rosemarie holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Radford University and a masters degree in public administration from American University.
Kristin Connelly President & CEO East Bay Leadership Council
Kristin Braun Connelly is the President and CEO of the East Bay Leadership Council, an employer-led public policy advocacy organization focused on economic vitality and quality of life in the East Bay. She is also the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership. Prior to taking the lead of both the EBLC and CCEP, Kristin served as chief of staff to Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. Kristin is also the former Executive Director of the California Forward Action Fund, a non-profit governance reform organization that sponsored a statewide ballot measure and advocated for legislative and budget reform. In addition, she practiced employment law at the firm Sidley Austin LLP in New York City. Kristin has extensive experience as a policy advisor and advocate for a variety of non-profit organizations that provided services to families affected by HIV/AIDS and has served as a development officer for the nation's second largest food bank. A native of Contra Costa County, Kristin earned a law degree from Fordham University, a master's in public policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor's from UCLA. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Northern California Small Business Development Centers, the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board, and the Board of Trustees of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation. Kristin lives in Lafayette with her husband T.J. and their two children.
Claudia Folzman COO & Co-Founder Iron Construction/Titanium
Nasim Yalpani Head, RE, Workplace Services, & Physical Security Dropbox
Janice Thacher Partner Wilson Meany
Before joining Wilson Meany, Janice led the development of Pier 1 - an award-winning historic rehabilitation project on San Francisco's waterfront - in her role leading AMB Corporate Real Estate Advisors as a part of the development group at AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis). While there, she also represented clients in the acquisition and disposition of assets, portfolio evaluation and lease negotiations. Prior to that, Janice was a partner at Trammell Crow Company in Southern California.
Elaine Forbes Executive Director Port of San Francisco
Elaine Forbes was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee as Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco in October 2016, with the recommendation of the Port Commission. Forbes is one of eight women Port Directors in the United States. Before her appointment as Executive Director, she served as Interim Director and Deputy Director for Finance and Administration for the Port. Prior to joining the Port, Elaine Forbes held executive management and leadership positions at both the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco International Airport. In addition, she has worked for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget Analyst's Office providing fiscal and policy analysis and evaluating and reporting on complex municipal issues. Before beginning her tenure with the City and County of San Francisco, she worked as a redevelopment agency planner for the City of Oakland. She also has worked for several non-profit land use policy and economic development organizations including the Urban Strategies Council and the California Budget Project. Forbes holds a Master's degree with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in Community and Economic Development, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College in Oakland. Forbes was born in San Francisco and resides in the Castro neighborhood with her partner.
Georgia Collins Executive Managing Director & Global Lead CBRE
Georgia Collins jointly leads Host, a proprietary service offering for corporate occupiers and institutional property investors designed to meet the rapidly growing demand for enhanced employee experience in the workplace. View Profile
Kamala Subbarayan RE & Workplace Services Google
Jill Collins Director, Asset Services Colliers
Aliza Skolnik VP & Director of SF Office ESD
Aliza Skolnik focuses on strategic leadership, sustainable solutions and healthy environments. As Vice President and Director of the ESD San Francisco Office, she is responsible for managing the business development, recruitment and operations for the West Coast. She is a registered Professional Engineer as well as a LEED and WELL Accredited Professional, Green Globes Professional and Fitwel Ambassador. Aliza is also an active leader in the real estate industry through her involvement in the local USGBC and CoreNet chapters. She specializes in improving the well-being of the people who occupy the communities, buildings and workplaces we design.
Teresa Alvarado San Jose Director SPUR
Kristin Molano Director, Acquisitions & Capital Markets Jay Paul Company
Cheryl Johnson Director of Preconstruction Swinerton
Darien Louie Former Executive Director East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Darien Louie has over 40 years of experience in program development, fund development, economic development and community investment. Her background includes work in community non-profit, public sector and corporate partnership settings, and also experience as an entrepreneur. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, the Oakland Workforce Development Board, ICA Fund Good Jobs, and the Jefferson Awards Foundation. She has been recognized as Alameda County's Woman of the Year for Assembly District 16, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and received a City of Oakland Proclamation for "Darien Louie Day" from then Mayor Jerry Brown. Darien is a Bay Area native and resides in Oakland with her husband Michael Fong. Her son, Ryan, is a recent graduate from her alma mater, UC Berkeley.
Molly Jans Director, Operations Paradigm General Contractors
Samantha Low Director Cushman & Wakefield
Katie Bowman Principal Acta Non Verba
Katie Bowman a Principal to Acta Non Verba Architecture & Design. For the last 15+ years she has been in charge of leading large architecture and interiors teams like HOK, RTKL, and VOA not only to the project finish lines but to award winning designs. She has designed efficient & innovative office spaces for Google, Allied Administrators, Motorola, General Electric, Novell, Seven Worldwide, Pointe O'Hare and was M Moser's first choice in designing their first San Francisco office.Katie has transformed and inspired hospitality spaces like the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, various Bally Fitness Centers in Chicago, and the freshly renovated restaurant, Palio in San Francisco. Katie's expertise led her to Aviation design, she accomplished 6 million sq feet of lighting & interior design for Doha Qatar Intl Airport and Alaska's Airlines Ramp & Ticketing Offices. She is currently working on SFO Terminal 1 due to open in July 2019. Katie's dedication and tactic to solving problems relating to space as well as technical issues makes her an amazing asset to any team and an even better example to her own team as a woman doing it all. Katie Graduated from Auburn University in her Alabama hometown, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design.
Ratna Amin Principal Deutsche Bahn
Kristina Owyoung Vinson Director, Culture & Communications Pankow
Kristina is a dedicated communications, marketing and learning and development professional with a passion to lead and inspire others to communicate more effectively. As Pankow Builders' Director of Culture and Communications, Kristina is tasked with shaping the employee experience by developing and implementing corporate initiatives to build a strong internal community of purpose. Kristina continues to drive the new culture of leading change for Pankow across offices and job sites to foster employee engagement. She takes into account the unique needs of each stakeholder group and communicates the company's vision and strategy by educating employees on the journey the company is taking, where they are, and where they want to go. As a Certified Professional Coach, Kristina has established and implemented talent and leadership development programs at Pankow. She champions the Emerging Leaders Program and facilitates Regional Leadership Teams, and Team Foundations Workshops to foster relatedness and establish fundamental self-development practices company-wide. Kristina was named among ENR's Top Young Professionals in 2019. Awards include the 2018 Rising Rockstar Award from ELEVATE: Honoring Diversity & Women Leadership in the Bay Area and a Rising Star Award from Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence. As an active member of CREW SF, Kristina has devoted herself to the organization's mission of changing business' gender trends and closing the parity gap by giving women in real estate the support, resources and opportunities they need to connect, influence, and lead. Kristina is a fourth generation, Bay Area native and lives on the Peninsula with her husband Todd and their toddler, Kayla. In her spare time she enjoys scuba diving, traveling, dancing, and wine tasting.
Leslie Moulton-Post President/CEO Environmental Science Associates
Jessica Carps CFO Skyline Construction
Jessica brings more than 15 years of experience in corporate accounting and finance to her role as CFO. Her responsibilities include providing direction and control to the financial and accounting functions of the company; participating in the formation and implementation of financial plans and company policy; furnishing information for planning and control; and providing general financial, accounting and management decisions. As a member of the executive team, she provides the detailed financial analyses that enable strategic and data-driven decision making. Jessica believes that construction is a great industry for accounting professionals to build their careers. "This industry is always in need of experienced professionals who understand and can strategically manage construction financials," said Jessica. "Further, project accountants who can effectively support and partner with their Operations counterparts to manage projects are an invaluable resource." Jessica looks forward to mentoring those who are in pursuit of growing their careers in the construction industry, particularly those who are interested in a CPA career path as an experienced professional, rather than directly out of school. Jessica enjoys traveling and recently spent time in Southeast Asia. She also takes an annual trip to Croatia to visit with her husband's family. Next up on her travel bucket list are South America and Northern Europe.
Barbara Mark, Ph.D. CEO & Founder A Time Of My Own / Full Circle Institute
Barbara Mark, Ph.D. has a deeply held passion for working with women in midlife and has built a decades long career as an elite leadership, career and life strategies coach and advisor to senior executive women. She is a recognized expert on the psychology of women and the stages of adult development and how these stages impact career development and leadership in women. As a result, Barbara is a sought-after coach by women who are looking to make appropriate and actionable personal and professional decisions at critical stages of their lives and careers. Helping her clients find clarity around everything from how to deal with career and life challenges to avoiding hot flashes in the boardroom makes her an invaluable asset to every woman in business. "I have been with very senior women leaders in every professional and personal situation along the continuum from their most broken, disappointed and confused to their most confident, successful, proud and empowered. I appreciate their confidence and trust." Determined to see more women at leadership tables, Barbara chose to use her clinical psychology training to support the continuing development of leadership skills and resilience in executive women. She uses her insights into human thought and behavior along with her decades of working with women in corporate settings across industries to listen, guide, support and cajole them to clarity and decisive action as well as fulfillment and deep satisfaction. "Today's environment requires that we work together for the betterment of all. Women naturally bring skills to the table that are invaluable on the current global playing field. Life serves up many changes, opportunities, and challenges; my goal is to help and inspire women to face them with courage, passion, grit, wisdom, and grace."
Barbara Morrison Founder & President TMC Financing
Tiana Taylor Associate Principal Huntsman Architectural Group
Tiana Taylor is an Associate Principal with Huntsman Architectural Group with nearly 20 years of experience in architecture and interior design, managing large- and small-scale projects. She has focused on supporting the commercial leasing process from both a landlord and tenant perspective. Tiana has been instrumental in sustaining relationships with building owners and operators including Rockhill Management, Hines, Commonwealth Partners, and Harvest Properties, as well as with clients including Disney, Lucasfilm, Colliers, and Forbes Media. Dedicated to evolving the firm's project management practices, Tiana is a consummate mentor, focused on holistically elevating the design profession by leading a number of staff development initiatives. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is an active member in IFMA, AIA, and NOMA.
Ramsey Silberberg Founder Mantle Landscape Architecture
Ramsey Silberberg is the founder of Mantle Landscape Architecture. After nearly two decades as a co-founder of Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects, Mantle is her vision to create a thriving studio driven by client partnership, camaraderie, and a commitment to affect positive change through creative design. Her work reflects an equal mix of passion, creativity and technical savvy. She excels at listening to her clients, working collaboratively, and strategically navigating hurdles to build landscapes that are beloved. Ramsey brings broad expertise in commercial developments, multi-family housing, historic renovations, academic campuses, museums and public parks. Award-winning projects include Battery East Vista in the GGNRA, Airbnb Headquarters, a renovation and expansion of Foothill College, and the Wasserman Building at UCLA's Medical School. Current and past clients include Treasure Island Development Group, UCSF, Google, Alexandria, Swig, Maximus and Rockpoint. Ramsey has been a visiting instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and her work has been published in the New York Times, Landscape Architecture Magazine and numerous design books.
Wendy Bellah Principal Engineer TerraPhrase Engineers
Principal Engineer and Member of the Board of Directors at Terraphase Engineering Inc., Wendy provides senior technical leadership and engineering support for environmental due diligence and remediation for redevelopment projects at sites challenged with soil, soil-gas, and groundwater contamination. She has completed environmental site assessments and investigations for various sites throughout California, including former military installations, office parks, shopping centers, agricultural land, schools, industrial facilities, active power plants, auto storage and dismantling yards, and landfills. She has lead multi-disciplinary teams through the design and implementation of site investigation, remediation, and monitoring programs for sites affected by a wide variety of contaminants including pesticides, metals, volatile organic compounds, petroleum hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials, and munitions and explosives of concern. A natural mentor, Wendy supervises a team of six geologists and engineers, and is also a member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment.

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