Category Archives: San Francisco

The Latest Thinking on Resilience – Californians Save $100

Ocean Beach

Leading thinkers and practitioners are gathering in San Francisco on September 4 and 5 to discuss topics at the cutting edge of resilience planning. Whether you are looking to minimize risks from climate change, increase the value of a development, or strengthen your community’s ability to bounce forward when disaster strikes, you need to be a part of these discussions. You need to be at ULI’s new conference Building the Resilient City: Risks & Opportunities. See who else is already registered.   All California residents will receive a $100 registration … Read More

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ULIsf Welcomes New Manager: Renée van Staveren

Renée van Staveren

ULI San Francisco is excited to welcome our newest manager, Renée van Staveren. A Northern California native, prior to attending college she was an AmeriCorps public health volunteer in San Mateo, followed by work in the e-waste recycling sector in Los Angeles. Renée attended Prescott College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Community Development, followed by a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona. While studying, Renée worked with AMMA Transit Planning in the specialized transportation sector, spurring her interest in transportation infrastructure, multimodal transit … Read More

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ULI Resilience Highlights SF Bayview

Bayview, San Francisco

The latest Urban Land magazine addresses a local concern – community survival after a major earthquake. In the article “San Francisco’s Bayview Plans for Resilience at the Neighborhood Level”, writer G.L. Hodge shares the ongoing emergency preparedness at Providence Baptist Church and their plan to serve San Francisco Bayview residents after a catastrophe. Drawing from his experiences in the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the Los Angeles riots, Hodge explains the initiative Resilient Bayview, a community-led effort of neighborhood leaders and city agencies to develop and implement an action plan. Read the full … Read More

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WLI: Beyond the Elevator Pitch Recap

Beyond the Elevator Pitch, the professional engagement and speaking workshop put on by the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI), took place on June 3. We were fortunate to have two ULI writers in attendance; Lauren Kohli, TRC and Lindsay Pincus, Studio Architecture, to capture their personal experiences from the sold-out event. On Tuesday, June 3, Holland & Knight hosted a sold-out crowd of women eager to learn about improving our “Elevator Pitches” and making positive lasting impressions on the people that we meet. The incredibly engaging and insightful Lisa Wentz, founder of the … Read More

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2014-2015 Mentor Program Call for Applications!


The application process for this program is now closed.  ULI San Francisco’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) is proud to announce that the 2014-2015 Mentor Program application is now available. One of the most popular programs offered by the YLG, the mentor program promotes the mission of fostering an exchange of professional ideas, friendship and expertise among young real estate professionals and industry veterans. This program matches young professionals with experienced professionals to help guide and support them for a calendar year.  In addition, mentors have an opportunity to strengthen ties … Read More

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ULI Technical Assistance Builds Momentum for Brisbane and Concord

Concord TAP 2014

Cities today are facing many challenges. Strained budgets, tense political environments, and limited staff capacity are just a few of the obstacles jurisdictions must contend with during the community planning process. In the last three months, ULI San Francisco held two Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) for the City of Brisbane and, most recently, the City of Concord, to provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to these cities facing complex land use and real estate issues. The following video is a summation of the TAP program and process based on the Panel work … Read More

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UC Berkeley Graduate Students! Stephen Chamberlin 2014 Fellowship Now Open

New Steve Chamberlin

ULI is now accepting applications for the Stephen Chamberlin Graduate Student Fellowship Program for 2014. This specialized fellowship provides the highest level exposure to the ULI experience for exemplary graduate students of real estate and design programs at UC Berkeley, while seeding ULI with tomorrow’s industry leaders. One student pursuing an MBA with a Certificate in Real Estate from the Haas School of Business and one student pursuing a Masters Degree from the College of Environmental Design will be selected each year for a two-year appointment, starting in the second … Read More

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ULIsf Welcomes New Associate: John Means

John Means

ULI San Francisco is excited to welcome our newest associate, John Means. John hails from Philomath, Oregon and received a bachelor of science from Cornell University while also pursuing an interest in Spanish language and culture through research opportunities in Spain, Venezuela and Honduras. He moved back to the west coast to begin work in community planning with Berkeley-based, MIG Inc. With a focus on engaging Title VI communities, particularly San Francisco Bay Area’s Latino population, John worked extensively on community plans for MTC, ACTC, and Samtrans. In 2013, John … Read More

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Women Grad Students! 2014 Deb Stein Fellowship Application Now Available

Debra Stein

ULI is now accepting applications for the Debra Stein “YIMBY” (Yes In My Backyard) Graduate Student Fellowship for 2014! This specialized fellowship supports promising young women in their pursuit of responsible land use and urban development. One female student pursuing a graduate degree in a land use-related field in Northern California is selected each year for a two-year appointment, starting in her final year of study, by the Debra Stein Graduate Student Fellowship Selection Committee. Fellowship Details: In addition to receiving the opportunity to be integrated into the vast ULI network of real … Read More

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Marlow Hits a Home Run in Russian Hill


On Tuesday, March 25, over 70 ULI members toured Marlow, a new 98-unit residential project located in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood.  The tour was led by Mike McCone, Vice President of Development at Oyster Development, and Garrett Frakes, Principal at Polaris Pacific. Mike McCone started the tour with a discussion on the property’s history. According to Mike, Dean Givas, the head of Oyster Development, purchased the land for Marlow in 2010. Initially entitled for 62 senior housing units, the Oyster Development team re-entitled the property over a 15-month period … Read More

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