2021 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Small Change (Timber 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.

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.