The Terner Center’s work will be informed and guided by a nationally recognized and diverse group of academic, business, government, real estate, and policy leaders. Initial input has come from a small working group including:
William W. Wurster Dean of the College of Environmental Design, and Professor of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Wolch is a scholar of urban analysis and planning. Her past work focused on urban homelessness and the delivery of affordable housing and human services for poor people. She has also studied urban sprawl and alternative approaches to city-building such as smart growth and new urbanism. An early investigator of animal-society relations in cities, she has proposed strategies for human-animal co-existence in an urbanizing world. Her most recent work analyzes connections between city form, physical activity, and public health, and develops strategies to address environmental justice issues by improving access to urban parks and recreational resources. Wolch has authored or co-authored over 125 academic journal articles and book chapters. She was also a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study Center, and other prestigious honors.
Chairman, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Ken Rosen is Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and Chairman of Rosen Consulting Group, a real estate market research firm. Mr. Rosen is also a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the board of directors of several non-profit and for-profit entities that deal with real estate finance and development. He has authored over 100 articles and four books on real estate and real estate finance. He was formerly the Chairman and founder of Rosen Real Estate Securities LLC (RRES), and Chairman, founder and portfolio manager of Lend Lease Rosen Securities, both REIT money management firms. Also, Ken served as the special real estate advisor to The Davos World Economic Forum, and from 1985- 1990 he was Consultant/Managing Director of Salomon Brothers’ Real Estate Research Department. Mr. Rosen received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Connecticut in 1970. He was a Professor of Economics at Princeton University.
President, Holliday Development
Co-Founder and Chairman, BRIDGE Housing
Bay Area native Rick Holliday graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, earning both an undergraduate degree in urban policy, and a master's degree in city and regional planning. He went on to first launch Eden Housing and later BRIDGE Housing Corporation, two of the most successful affordable-housing corporations in the nation, before starting Holliday Development in 1988. Rick oversees the strategic, corporate, and political positioning of Holliday Development. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and a guest lecturer for the Urban Land Institute, the University of New Mexico's graduate program in Real Estate, and the Real Estate MBA Program at his alma mater. Married with two grown daughters, he currently resides in Berkeley.
Chairman and CEO, TMG Partners
Chairman, Bay Area Council
Michael Covarrubias oversees all of TMG's operations and has directed the company since 1995. Prior to TMG: Mr. Covarrubias’ professional background includes 17 years with Union Bank, including commercial and real estate lending as well as administrative management. In his last position, he served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Union Bank’s Silicon Valley Regional Real Estate Center. Mr. Covarrubias is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration.