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In Memory of Nina Gruen


It is with a sincere sense of loss that we share the news of the passing of Nina Gruen, a longtime ULI San Francisco leader. Nina served on the ULI SF board for decades and was a dedicated champion of our District Council’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Most recently, she was the guest of honor at one of our Boardroom after Dark dinners, where she shared her knowledge and experiences with the next generation of Bay Area land use leaders. Beyond her externally facing involvement with ULI SF, Nina was also … Read More

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ULI SF is Hiring an Associate!


ULI San Francisco is looking for an Associate to work closely with ULI SF’s Executive Director, ULI SF staff, and committee members to implement the organization’s strategic plan, coordinate member-based committees, execute program and event logistics, and support the overall operations of the organization. To see a full job description and instructions on how to apply please see the position posting on the ULI Career Opportunities page.

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Gloria Gil, Managing Director for UC Regents, Answers ULI Member Questions at Latest Boardroom After Dark Dinner


On August 8, 2017, ULI San Francisco had the pleasure of hosting Gloria Gil as a guest at the perennially popular Boardroom After Dark series. Boardroom After Dark allows ULI members to get to know influential real estate professionals over dinner in an informal setting. Ms. Gil is currently the Managing Director of Real Estate for UC Regents. In addition, she serves as an Advisory Board member of the Institute of Real Estate Management, is a Plan Sponsor Council member of the Pension Real Estate Association, and a guest lecturer … Read More

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Committee Opportunities with ULI SF!

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Are you looking for ways to get more involved with ULI SF? Consider pursuing a spot on a ULI SF committee, where you can deepen your involvement, give back, and connect with peers from across the land use industry. Two ULI SF Committees are actively recruiting: The Marketing and Communications Committee is currently seeking new members to serve on the Social Media Team. If you’re an active participant on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and want to be more involved with ULI San Francisco, join us. Social media team members cover … Read More

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1028 Market Street: A Case Study in Successful Community Engagement

ULI SF Sponsorship Luncheon

When the development team for Tidewater Capital started internal talks about their community engagement process for the recently purchased 1028 Market Street project, they knew they wanted to break the mold. These first-time San Francisco home builders had heard about the painful experiences of past developers fighting with neighborhood community organizations and individuals Tidewater knew that to have a successful project they needed to engage with current residents, listen to their desires and concerns, and then deliver a great project for all stakeholders. As part of ULI’s Housing The Bay … Read More

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ULI SF Remembers and Pays Tribute to Bob Thompson


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of long-time member and former ULI SF Chair Robert Thompson on July 29th. He was 74. Bob’s intellect and calm resolve facilitated his steely devotion to the public interest, which led to projects and accomplishments that went beyond the bottom line to strengthen the fabric of our communities. As conveyed beautifully in the tribute released by Sheppard Mullin, Bob personified the values and dedication of ULI SF to responsible land use and development of great cities that … Read More

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Modular Construction in the Bay Area: The Future is Now


After years of abstract discussions and false starts, modular building may finally be gaining the momentum it needs to make an impact in the Bay Area. Why now? And why here? On Tuesday, July 18, the San Francisco District Council of the Urban Land Institute hosted “Modular Construction in the Bay Area: The Future is Now”, an event moderated by Terner Center for Housing Innovation Faculty Director Carol Galante. The panel discussion featured four leaders committed to bringing this innovative housing method to scale in the Bay Area: Developers Rick … Read More

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ULI SF Announces New Chair, Kim Diamond


The Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council has appointed a new Chair, Kim Diamond, replacing outgoing Chair and Sack Properties CFO, Jeff Smith. Prior to her appointment as Chair of ULI San Francisco, Diamond served as ULI SF’s Chair of Mission Advancement. The San Francisco District Council is one of 51 ULI District Councils located in the Americas. The Institute also has 14 National Councils in Europe and seven National Councils in Asia Pacific. ULI San Francisco is ULI’s largest District Council worldwide. With over 18 years of experience … Read More

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Why we should rebrand workforce housing as human infrastructure


Moderator Eric Tao kicked off ULI San Francisco’s Housing the Bay: Housing the Missing Middle program with a challenge and some late 1990s inspiration, echoing Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character in Jerry McGuire: “Show me the money!” In the context of the June 27th program “Housing the Missing Middle: A New Financial Frontier”, ‘the money’ referred to a single  question: how can we use market forces to accelerate the delivery of the 6,721 workforce/middle-income units currently entitled at San Francisco’s four major development projects, Treasure Island, Hunter’s Point Shipyard, Park Merced, … Read More

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Capital Markets – Middle Market Investment Spotlight: $15M-50M

Emerging Developers, construction boom

On June 13th, Sedgwick hosted roughly 60 real estate professionals for a moderated panel on the topic of middle market debt and equity. The panel was led by Chris Moritz, Managing Director in the Debt & Structured Finance Group at Newmark Cornish & Carey and included Brian Esquivel, Senior Director of CRE Equity at RealtyShares, Isaac Abid, Principal at HP Investors, Kirby Sack, CEO of Sack Properties and Sam Isaacson, Managing Director at JCR Capital. This event, which was the first of a 2-part debt/equity series hosted every year by … Read More

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