2018 Summit Program

Below is the schedule and session descriptions for our upcoming Housing the Bay Summit on March 23rd, 2018.

2018 Summit Program

Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Hotel Nikko, San Francisco CA



Welcoming/Opening Remarks
Michelle Frey, Executive Director, ULI San Francisco
Kim Diamond, Senior Vice President, Trumark Urban (Chair, ULI San Francisco)

Why Bay Area Housing Costs so Much

Denise Pinkston, Partner, TMG Partners

Can Impact Fees and Housing Live in Harmony?

We all know that impact fees are part of every development project in the Bay Area. Cities often depend on these fees for much needed revenue – but these extra costs can also make it harder to make a project pencil out. Using Oakland as a case study, this session will focus on how the City has implemented impact fees and how developers are responding. The panel will dive into the details through the lenses of a market-rate developer, an affordable housing advocate, and the City. Learn about what we can do to make impact fees more transparent moving forward and next steps in balancing the production of homes with community benefits.

Adhi Nagraj, San Francisco Director, SPUR (Moderator)
Gloria Bruce, Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations
David Garcia, Policy Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley
Michael Ghielmetti, Founder and President, Signature Development Group

Coffee/Networking Break

Civic Discourse: What Makes People Change Their Mind

Ms Granowitz weaves her life experience and the skills she gleamed as a social worker into a presentation that explores how she lead her community through a community plan update. An update that was recently approved by the San Diego City Council with the highest densities anywhere in the region ot

Vicki Granowitz, City of San Diego Planning Commission

Developing Housing for the “Missing Middle” – New Financing Tools and Strategies

The high cost of housing in the Bay Area is making it increasingly difficult for Bay Area businesses to attract and retain workers. Yet, most affordable housing is focused on the lower wage portion of the workforce who qualify for subsidy programs, and very little housing is being produced or preserved for the “missing middle” of workers. The Bay Area is famous for our groundbreaking innovations, so what better place to develop new solutions to address this challenge head-on. This session will put forward new financing tools that can move the needle in raising capital alongside complementary strategies to lower costs. Hear from one of nation’s largest developers, a start-up fund raising money for workforce housing in Texas, and an established investor in low and moderate income housing across America, all of whom have innovative products and provocative ideas about how to address this challenge.

Rich Gross,Vice President and Northern CA Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
David Steinwedell, CEO, Affordable Central Texas
Eric Tao, President and CEO, AGI
Bill Witte, CEO & Chairman, Related California

Designing for Equity

Antwi Akom, Professor & Founding Director UCSF & SFSU, Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab

Lunch/Networking/Expo Room

Lightning Talks: Breaking Through the Housing Deadlock

This interactive session invites you engage with out-of-the-box, provocative ideas for addressing the barriers in housing delivery and getting more people into homes. From citizen activists and community collaborators to finance start-ups and tech housing innovators, a diverse group of leaders will present their solutions and ideas to overcoming obstacles in the development process – in 3-minutes or less!

Alex Clemens, Founding Partner and Managing Member, Lighthouse Public Affairs (Moderator)
Jonathan Asmis, Co-Founder, Landed
Catherine Bracy, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Tech Equity Collaborative
Kim-Mai Cutler, Operating Partner, Initialized Capital
Laura Foote Clark, Executive Director, YIMBY Action
Laura Fingal-Surma, Co-Founder and Community Organizer, Progress Noe Valley
Rebecca Foster, Executive Director, San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund

Afternoon Break

The Vancouver Success Story – Or is it?

Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Council

The Way Forward for Housing

This capstone session will bring together housing mavericks to reflect on the Summit outcomes and the proposed paths forward. Drawing on their decades of collective experience working in California’s tough development and legislative environment, they will focus on actions we can take together to ensure there are enough homes in the Bay Area for people of all income levels. They will share their visions for how we can work together to move the needle in order to support the long-term livability and prosperity of our region.

Kofi Bonner, Regional President Northern California, FivePoint
David Chiu, California State Assembly
Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing
Stockton Williams, Executive Director, ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing

Closing Remarks