2018 Summit Program

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

2018 Summit Program

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


7:30am Registration/Coffee/Networking


8:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks

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

8:35am Keynote, Mayor Sam Liccardo

Mayor Liccardo Presentation Slides


8:50am Why Bay Area Housing Costs so Much

The Bay Area has some of the most expensive housing in the world. Why has the production of homes significantly decreased over the last 40 years, in an era of booming population and economic growth? Denise Pinkston, developer by day and housing policy maven around the clock, describes the lay of the land for this Summit: how a confluence of land use planning decisions, tax policies and fee increases, construction escalation and labor trends, and a growth backlash have left us short tens of thousands of homes.

Denise Pinkston, Partner, TMG Partners

Denise Pinkston Presentation Slides


9:10am 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
Laura Kaminski, Planner III, Strategic Planning, City of Oakland

Impact Fees Panel Presentation Slides


10:10am Coffee/Networking Break


10:40am 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 other than downtown San Diego.

Vicki Granowitz, City of San Diego Planning Commission

11:00am 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.

Diane Olmstead, Managing Partner, Haring Street Ventures (Moderator)
Heather Hood, Deputy Director Northern CA, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
David Steinwedell, CEO, Affordable Central Texas
Eric Tao, President and CEO, AGI
Bill Witte, CEO & Chairman, Related California

Finance Panel Presentation Slides


12:00pm Race, Power, and Housing: Designing for Equity in the 21st Century

At its core the presentation addresses two driving questions: What does designing for equity look like in the 21st century? And is it possible to make our communities immune from gentrification and displacement? Audacious ideas, innovative technology, and improving our equity lens, and compelling results will receive prominent attention in this timely discussion about race, power, privilege, and strategies for equitable community development for everyone.

Antwi Akom, Professor & Founding Director UCSF & SFSU, Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab, and CEO and Co-Founder of Streetwyze

Please contact Tessa Cruz at Streetwyze for more information on Dr. Antwi Akom’s presentation at ULI’s Housing the Bay Summit: tcruz@streetwyze.com

12:30pm Lunch/Networking/Pop-up Sessions

12:45pm Pop-up Sessions

Modular: How Does it Stack Up to the Rest?
Labor and development prospectives on the future of modular housing in the Bay Area.

The Power of Data to Accelerate Housing
Dynamic discussion with local experts and entrepreneurs on new data tools that are transforming development.

CASA: Building Political Consensus for Housing
CASA is building an actionable political consensus to increase housing production at all levels of affordability, preserve affordable housing, and prevent displacement.

1:30pm 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

Lightning Round Presentation Slides


2:30pm Director’s Cut: Shaping the Bay Area Cities Through a National Lens

Planning directors from San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose will share how they are drawing on their past experience across the United States to drive change and take on the Bay Area’s challenges. With national perspectives and localized expertise, these planning directors are each developing and implementing strategies to build and preserve more homes, increase housing affordability, and provide the needed infrastructure to make this happen. This session will be a rare opportunity for a behind the scenes look at what it takes to plan the Bay Area, all on one stage.

Elizabeth Libby Seifel, President, Seifel Consulting (Moderator)
William Gilchrist, Oakland Planning Director
Rosalynn Hughey, San Jose Acting Planning Director
John Rahaim, San Francisco Planning Director

Director’s Cut Presentation Slides

3:15pm Afternoon Break


3:35pm The Vancouver Success Story – Or is it?

Heralded as an example of how to unlock the supply of housing and how to do density right, Vancouver remains one of the most expensive cities in North America and has a startling rate of turnover in rental housing. Hear Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councilwoman and former Deputy Mayor, in conversation with Doug Abbey, Chairman at Swift Real Estate Partners, on what went right with Vancouver’s housing boom and what could have been done differently in our West Coast kindred city. Ms. Reimer will also speak about the new tools the City is launching to deal with global capital, including North America’s first empty homes tax.

Doug Abbey, Swift Real Estate Partners (Moderator)
Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Council

Vancouver Success Story Presentation Slides


4:05pm 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.

Amy Neches, TMG Partners (Moderator)
Kofi Bonner, Regional President Northern California, FivePoint
David Chiu, California State Assembly
Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing

4:55pm Closing Remarks


5:00pm Reception/Networking