How did you get involved with affordable housing?
When I was an undergraduate, I became very interested in urban design and urban planning, really about how our built environment is socially constructed. When I was pursuing my Master’s in Urban Planning, I took an Affordable Housing studio which got me hooked. After my master’s, I worked on the finance side of affordable housing in Sacramento. Through that work, I was supporting project managers but wanted to transition to actual project management and become more involved in the design and construction process.
What’s your favorite part of being a Project Manager?
The variety! I like working directly with all the different players – the design team, the contractors, the lenders. It’s exciting to see all the pieces of the puzzle and then work on putting them together.
What are you most excited about for Maudelle and Sango?
I’ve been working on both developments since I started at RCD three years ago, so it’s been exciting to see both projects progress and get to the point of starting construction. For Maudelle, the project progressed very quickly by getting entitlements through SB 35, new state legislation that streamlines local planning approvals for affordable housing. This put us on a trajectory to get necessary funding and quickly move the project towards construction start.
Sango Court is RCD’s first modular project which means that the units are pre-fabricated and manufactured in a factory off-site. As our first modular project, it’s been interesting to learn about the different modular factories and to figure out how to find the right partner. I can’t wait to see how the technology all comes together.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love playing music and going to see live shows. I play guitar, bass and a little piano with bass being my main instrument.
What are some of your favorite places in the Bay Area?
Black Cat, a jazz club in San Francisco. Also, there’s really nothing better than biking to Lake Merritt on a sunny day.