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WLI’s Boardroom After Dark 2018-2019

ULI San Francisco’s Boardroom After Dark dinner series continues into its fourth season!  We invite you to get up-close-and-personal with some of the most dynamic and engaging real estate and land use leaders who are making things happen in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join these leaders for an intimate dinner with only eleven other ULI members. This event is open to both men and women!

Dinners are held between 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in a private dining room at Il Fornaio, 1265 Battery Street or The Barrel Room, 415 Sansome Street.  This season’s dinners are scheduled for:

September 20, 2018: Julie Taylor, Executive Vice President, Colliers International (Il Fornaio)
October 23, 2018: Lydia Tan, ‎Senior Vice President and Head of Development, Bentall Kennedy (Il Fornaio)
November 28, 2018: Fran Weld, Vice President of Strategy and Development, San Francisco Giants (The Barrel Room)
January 8, 2019: Kelly Kline, Chief Economic Development and Land Use Officer, City of San Jose (The Barrel Room)
February 26, 2019: Cynthia Parker, President and CEO, BRIDGE Housing (The Barrel Room)

Interested in attending?  We’re looking for ULI members with:

  • A desire to learn from real estate business leaders and fellow ULI members in a small-group setting that fascinates discussion;
  • A keen interest in sharing ideas, best practices, and inspiration; and
  • A hunger to share food, drink, and a side of candid conversation with like minded professionals.

Selection Process:
We request that interested ULI members complete a brief application to (a) let us know which Boardroom dinner you would like to attend, and (b) briefly explain your goals and objectives in participating. A maximum of 11 ULI members may attend each Boardroom event and we will do our best to match you with one of your top choices.

Payment is due at the time a member is selected to register for an event. Failure to attend your assigned dinner will affect future dinner event opportunities. Dinner & drinks will be pre-arranged.

ULI Members only: $98 (all-inclusive food & wine).

Attendance Policy:
Attendance at the Boardroom After Dark dinner events is extremely limited and attendees are selected with an eye toward facilitating a dynamic conversation. Due to the limited capacity of this program, refunds are not available.

Questions? Please contact Julie Luu at julie.luu@uli.org.

Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor is the Executive Vice President at Colliers International. She works exclusively to serve the needs of retail real estate property owners, investors, and retailers. Her area of expertise spans the regional retail markets of the Bay Area and urban retail in San Francisco.

Ms. Taylor is highly active in the Downtown San Francisco trade area leasing flagship properties and representing luxury and urban retailers. She has leased more than 400,000 square feet totaling 56 transactions with an aggregate lease value of over $260 million in the Union Square market. Ms. Taylor also leases the 100,00 square feet of Salesforce Transit Center in Downtown San Francisco. She is known for her creative leasing strategies and her ability to communicate effectively with retailers. Ms. Taylor has had extensive experience representing chain stores expanding throughout Northern California.

She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Lambda Alpha International (LAI),  and is involved with the Union Square Business Improvement District (BID).

Lydia Tan

Lydia Tan is Senior Vice President, Head of Development of Bentall Kennedy in the United States, overseeing real estate development activity for the company, which is comprised of a variety of asset types throughout the U.S. Lydia also serves on the U.S. Management Committee.

Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy in 2014, Lydia was EVP, Director of Northern California Operations at Related California where she established the company’s Northern California office and spearheaded the development of a $2 billion pipeline of mixed income, mixed use projects. Prior to that, she was EVP in charge of development and project finance at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, where she oversaw the production of $2.4 billion in assets, participated as part of the executive management team, and co-led an investment partnership with CalPERS. With more than 30 years’ experience, she has had key involvement in conceptualizing, entitling, financing and constructing several large-scale public/private redevelopment efforts in the Western U.S.

Lydia holds an AB Architecture degree from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University, and is a registered Architect in California.  She is a member of the Stanford Real Estate Council and ULI, and serves on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater SF, SPUR, and the S.H. Cowell Foundation.

Fran Weld

Fran joined the San Francisco Giants in 2011. She is responsible for managing the design, financing and entitlements of Mission Rock, a mixed-use public private partnership between the Giants and the City and Port of San Francisco. Mission Rock will be a 28 acre waterfront neighborhood, with 8 acres of parks, 1,500 rental residential units, 40% of which will be affordable, 1.3 million square feet of office, and 250,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. In addition to her work on the team‘s real estate portfolio, Fran guides long term planning efforts for the future growth of the overall organization, including new business opportunities and strategic investments.

Fran is a member of the Board of Directors of SPUR, and the Lambda Alpha International Society for the Advancement of Land Use Economics, and was honored in the 2015 San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40.  She serves on the Advisory Team to the Port’s Waterfront Land Use Plan, and on the Executive Steering Committee for Mayor Lee’s Seawall Resiliency project. She holds a B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.B.A. with a concentration in Public Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. When not at the ballpark, Fran and her husband Matthew can be found riding their bicycles around San Francisco.

Kelly Kline

Kelly Kline has worked in municipal government for over 25 years, focusing much of her career on business development, urban revitalization, and public/private partnerships.

In August 2018, she joined Mayor Liccardo’s team at the City of San Jose as the City’s Chief Economic Development and Land Use Officer.

As the Economic Development Director and Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Fremont, Kelly serves as a partner with the business community in creating a strong and diverse local economy that fosters growth and innovation.  Fremont’s efforts to become more “strategically urban” is forging new ground in how a suburban community can balance employment-focused development, public amenities, and greater density near transit.

Kelly spearheaded the creation of the Fremont Innovation District, home to BART’s newest station in Warm Springs.  Plans for 20,000 new jobs and 4,000 housing units are now being realized, and these new developments will join existing anchors including Tesla Motors, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Lam Research.  Fremont’s advanced manufacturing sector includes 850 companies with a high concentration in the Cleantech and Life Science industries.

Kelly is a frequent speaker on trends related to advanced industries, workforce development, and place making.  Kelly’s career spans economic development and redevelopment roles for San Jose and Cupertino.  She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Cynthia Parker

Cynthia A. Parker, President & CEO, is responsible for the overall direction of BRIDGE Housing, a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing. She joined BRIDGE as President and CEO in February 2010, bringing over 30 years of diverse and relevant experience to the organization. She previously served as Regional President for Mercy Housing Northwest. Prior to her tenure at Mercy, she was Senior Vice President of Seattle-Northwest Securities, a public finance firm, where she oversaw affordable housing, commercial and public facility real estate financing in five Northwest states.

Ms. Parker established the Housing Office of the City of Seattle and served as the City’s Director of Housing under two separate mayors, with responsibility for the City’s housing investment strategies, $100 million annual capital budget and $824 million loan portfolio. She assisted the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation with the design of both taxable and tax-exempt housing bond programs and has provided syndication services for tax-credit placements. Under Ms. Parker’s direction, BRIDGE Housing has doubled its production capacity and has added depth and capacity in its provision of resident services and community impact. BRIDGE currently has $1.7 billion in construction and development (4,000 units) and more than 11,000 units in its overall pipeline.

A former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Ms. Parker has chaired the Sound Families Initiative for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and currently serves as a director of the National Affordable Housing Trust, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Housing Partnership Network, Housing Partnership Equity Trust (Chair), Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, Up for Growth, the Beneficial State Foundation, and is on the Board of Governors of the California Housing Consortium. Ms. Parker is a graduate of Portland State University.

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