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The State of San Francisco Planning, Housing and Development: City Leaders to Discuss Housing Supply, Community Benefits, and Major Construction

00:37:00

May 19, 2020 02:59 PM

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Anne Taupier
Director of Development, SF Office of Economic & Workforce Development
Before being appointed by Mayor Breed, Anne worked as a senior project manager on the joint development team since 2009. In this role she worked collaboratively with every City agency overseeing the coordination, management, and entitlement of large, mixed-use development projects as they navigated the City’s entitlement, legislative and political processes, while simultaneously negotiating with developers to provide community benefits packages that reflect and enhance the City’s housing, affordability, sustainability, jobs, open space, equity and transportation policy objectives. Anne worked on The Hunter’s Point Shipyard, America’s Cup, 5M, The Plumber’s Union Mixed-Use project, The Conservatory of Music student housing project, India Basin mixed-use project, and the Flower Mart. Her belief that scarce and unaffordable housing is a global crisis aligned with what she sees as the Mayor’s unabashed confrontation of this crisis in San Francisco.
Rich Hillis
Planning Director, City and County of San Francisco
Rich Hillis is the Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco. Mr. Hillis is responsible for overseeing long range city planning, development review, and environmental review for most physical development in San Francisco. He served on the San Francisco Planning Commission for eight years before becoming Director of the Planning Department. Prior to joining San Francisco Planning , Mr. Hillis served as the Executive Director for the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture where he led its reinvigoration, investing over $60 million into the historic campus and providing a stable and vibrant home to dozens of arts organizations and events.
Michael Cohen (Moderator)
Co-founder & Principal, Strada Investment Group
Michael is a co-founder and Principal of Strada, a member of the Investment Committee, and has direct oversight of Strada’s redevelopment, entitlement and construction projects. Prior to founding Strada, Michael served as the Director of the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, overseeing economic and real estate development. He was the City of San Francisco’s primary negotiator on many of the largest development projects over the last decade, including Naval Station Treasure Island, the Hunters Point Shipyard and the Transbay Terminal. Previously, Michael was head of the Real Estate and Public Finance Group of the SF City Attorney’s Office. He served as lead transaction counsel on a number of complex public-private development deals in SF, including the new de Young Museum, the development of the Hotel Vitale, and the renovation of Harding Park Golf Course, and has structured over $3B in public and private real estate transactions.