Straight Talk with Oz Erickson
Straight Talk – An Inside Perspective on Real Estate Success
The Straight Talk event series is an exclusive look at ULI Senior Real Estate Leaders, their projects and their path to success. These events are free to both members and nonmembers to allow industry professionals a glimpse of ULI and the members that carry forward our mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI San Francisco hosts the series on the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at the Holding Company. These ULI members and Bay Area executives speak candidly on their latest deals, outlook on the current market, and how ULI has played a crucial part in their road to success.
The Straight Talk featured speaker will begin speaking at 5:30 p.m. ULIsf provides appetizers from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and happy hour drink specials are available until 7:00 p.m. There is no need to pre-register for this event.
Join ULI San Francisco on Monday, July 1 at the Holding Company, to hear Oz Erickson, Chairman of Emerald Fund, Inc.
About the Speaker:
Born in the Bahamas, Oz Erickson grew up on the East Coast, where he attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College, graduating in 1971. He came to California to get his MBA at Stanford Business School (class of 1975), fell in love with the West Coast, and never left. Oz married Rina Alcalay, whom he met at Stanford where she was getting her PhD in communications. Oz and Rina have two children, Benjamin, 31, and Jessica, 24, and they live in Berkeley.
Oz is the Chairman of Emerald Fund, Inc., a San Francisco development firm that does commercial, retail, and residential projects, among them the 230,000 square foot Potrero Center, the 245-unit Bridgeview development on Rincon Hill, and the 378-unit Oceanview Village development in the Oceanview. Currently, Emerald is under construction with 333 Harrison Street, a 326-unit project on Rincon Hill and in July, 2012 received Planning Commission approval to convert the CAAA building at 100 Van Ness into 399 housing units. Over the years Emerald has built around 2200 housing units in San Francisco. In 2003, Emerald received the Excellence in Business Award as Community Developer for the Village at Petrini Place in San Francisco.
Oz has been active member of the Board of Directors of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) and served as Chairman for four years. Previously he was chair of SPUR’s Housing Committee. He was on the Advisory Council of the Fannie Mae Bay Area Partnership Office, and has worked on a housing advisory committee for then California State Treasurer Phil Angelides. He also served on Mayor Brown’s Committee 2000. In 2004, he served on Mayor Newsom’s San Francisco Housing Bond Working Group, and is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the San Francisco Planning Commission and is on the board of the Friends of City Planning. In 2012, he was heavily involved in the development of the Housing Trust Fund and is now working on the passage of Proposition C. He is a member of Lambda Alpha International and has served on that board. He has also been on the board of the East Bay’s Tehiyah Day School and was Vice President of Planned Parenthood (Alameda/San Francisco). He also served on the board of Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In 2002, he received the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Award and serves on their Advisory Board. In 2008, he was given a Silver Spur Award.