2021-2022 WDC Sponsors

Many thanks to our WDC sponsors!

Housing Opportunities Unlimited (Steel Sponsor)

Housing Opportunities Unlimited (HOU) works in a diverse range of affordable and mixed income public and subsidized housing and specializes in assisting tenants and residents that are in transition due to major redevelopment, renovation, or renovation-in-place construction projects in their communities. HOU’s Mission is to ensure that residents are treated fairly and experience minimum physical and emotional stress during the relocation process while ensuring that our clients’ projects are complete in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Pennington LLP (Brick Sponsor)

Pennington LLP is a boutique San Francisco real estate firm and was created to provide high-quality legal work and services to clients with real estate interests.  Our lawyers worked for many years at large international law firms, enabling them to bring sophisticated training and experience to Pennington LLP. Firm Partners Beth Pennington and Rachel Holloway represent a broad array of clients in real estate transactions, including developers, owners, lenders, real estate funds, life insurance companies, and commercial borrowers. They provide legal counsel on the development, acquisition, disposition, financing and deal structuring for a broad range of real estate developments, including mixed-use, multifamily residential, office, hotels, and retail.

Small Change (Brick Sponsor)

Small Change is an impact investing platform focused on transformational real estate projects. The platform matches everyday investors with real estate developers, including many women and minority owned development firms, providing opportunities for everyone who cares about cities and wants to make change. It’s like Kickstarter for real estate – but with a return.  Small Change provides a fluid and compliant technology platform that brings impact investment opportunities to everyone who cares about cities and wants to make change. Its founder, Eve Picker, was recognized as a “Global Urban Innovator” by New Cities Foundation and as a dean for HIVE 2017.

Excelerate Housing Group (Brick Sponsor)

Excelerate Housing Group is a real estate development company that adds value in communities across the U.S. by partnering with local nonprofits and public agencies to expand housing opportunities for low-income families, seniors, moderate income households, and people experiencing homelessness.  Founded by Dana Trujillo, Excelerate partners with local nonprofits who currently provide high-quality services to people in their communities but are in need of real estate development expertise and capacity building.

Omgivning (Brick Sponsor)

At Omgivning, our passion is to breathe new life into spaces, buildings and communities.

Since our founding in 2009, we have had a significant impact on the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles through the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and spaces. Coupled with our foundation in design, sustainability and adaptive reuse is a growing, varied portfolio of project types. Today, our design staff has touched over 400 projects, from small, local cafes to two-million square foot historic landmarks. From the design of workplaces, boutique hotels, multifamily housing to retail, dining and theaters, our projects emerge as warm and welcoming environments.

Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services (Brick Sponsor)

Since 1981, Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. has worked to strengthen low-income families and neighborhoods through the promotion of affordable housing by providing affordable rentals to families and financial literacy.

Founded by a dedicated group of low-income Richmond residents, RNHS was established to reverse the adverse effects of systemic segregation, redlining, disinvestment, and blight. Today, RNHS has grown to serve the needs of over 7,500 families across the East Bay. RNHS continues to work for a more just and equitable society. RNHS is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling agency.

Avison Young (Timber Sponsor)

Avison Young creates real economic, social and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, powered by people. As a private company, our clients collaborate with an empowered partner who is invested in their success. Our integrated talent realizes the full potential of real estate by using global intelligence platforms that provide clients with insights and advantage. Together, we can create healthy, productive workplaces for employees, cities that are centres for prosperity for their citizens, and built spaces and places that create a net benefit to the economy, the environment and the community.

HaydenTanner (Timber Sponsor)

HaydenTanner is a strategic advisory and development firm focused on accelerating impact investment & sustainability in the built environment. We firmly embed “triple bottom line” principles as a core part of any corporate and real estate investment strategy. Embedding climate risk, environmental, social and governance factors into strategic decision making is central to improving our clients’ long-term performance and risk reduction. What distinguishes us is a proactive intent to deploy capital that generates risk adjusted market rate returns while creating durable and measurable social and environmental value.

LUCE et studio (Timber Sponsor)

LUCE et studio is a collaborative studio practicing at the intersection of architecture, art and design. The studio’s work spans multiple scales from regional masterplans to custom furniture. Commissions include projects for museums, corporate design firms, boutique hotels, civic institutions, colleges, and private residential clients. Canadian-born architect Jennifer Luce established the Studio in 1990.

Each LUCE project speaks to the importance of collaboration, demonstrating that group efforts result in powerful, inspiring environments, in step with the individual spirit of our clients. The studio’s work is diverse in type and merges multiple design disciplines, encouraging a cross-fertilization of concepts and environments.

GE Johnson Construction Company (Timber Sponsor)

GE Johnson has been building for a while – from schools and offices, to healthcare, hospitality, and beyond. GE Johnson’s business units provide a family of companies to handle the large, complex projects and small, community-focused efforts with the same amount of expertise and passion.  Whether it’s a police department in Jackson, Wyoming or the U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we believe every project is a community project. We partner with you so that at the end of the day, your facility works!

SMMC (Timber Sponsor)

New York-based SMMC, which marks its 25th anniversary in 2019, is a boutique real estate marketing agency focused on residential and commercial real estate, placemaking and economic development. Its clients represent an industry who’s who and span the spectrum of real estate players from publicly-traded REITs (including the largest owners in NYC and Philadelphia), many of the country’s pre-eminent institutions, bi-coastal private equity funds, small, entrepreneurial owners, several of New York’s great real estate dynasties, and many major real estate brokerages. Recently it collaborated with one such family scion, Amy Rose of Rose Associates, on a ground-up 300-unit multifamily building, Hoyt & Horn, in Downtown Brooklyn. SMMC, which is proud to have designed and developed the WDC logo, is certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) and actively pursues opportunities where the designation lends value to clients and their partners.


Stewart Title National Commercial Services - Dallas Fort Worth (Timber Sponsor)

The woman-led office of Stewart NCS-DFW understands that commercial real estate transactions can be complex.  When dealing with sophisticated transactional structures and changing legal requirements, Stewart is the title company that can help simplify a multitude of intricate details. Our Dallas team can serve as your single point of contact to provide the customized title information, underwriting and settlement solutions you need

Urban Strategies (Timber Sponsor)

Urban Strategies is recognized internationally as a leader in strategic city building, having prepared successful master plans for large and small projects in city centres around the world. Founded in 1986, the firm has over 80 staff that take a design - based approach to seamlessly integrate new buildings, spaces and places into the existing urban fabric. Urban Strategies embraces and untangles the complex systems of cities through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to land - use planning and urban design. Connectivity is a theme in everything Urban Strategies does: linking many disciplines, diverse communities, fragmented places and strategic initiatives, all to create better urban environments.

Seifel Consulting (Founder Sponsor and WDC Coordinator)

Seifel Consulting (Seifel) is a strategic economic advisory firm that helps clients achieve their project goals, meet complex urban growth challenges, and create financially viable and sustainable developments. Seifel’s expertise in guiding the successful development of a broad range of land uses has been cultivated through its work for both public and private sector clients on real estate projects ranging in size from $10 million to $6 billion, many of which have been led by women. Firm principal, Libby Seifel, and founder of the Women’s Development Collaborative is dedicated to advancing women’s leadership in business, real estate and technology.