Welcome to the
3rd Annual Gala 

for the
Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association 

honoring Bill Falik
 
We are delighted that you can
join us this evening!

Program Schedule

6:00pm - 7:00pm | Cocktail Hour

7:00pm | Program Begins

  • Introduction

  • President's Remarks

  • Speaker Remarks - Evan Schwimmer

  • Speaker Remarks - Ken Rosen

    -- Program Breaks for Dinner--
     

  • Honoree Introduction

  • Fireside Chat - Abby Franklin and Bill Falik

  • Closing Remarks

10:00pm | Event Concludes

Table Sponsors

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Trey Clark & Ty Chi

Mary Corley

Bar Sponsors

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Zach Chan

Allie Stein

Joe South

Joe South

Jan Smidek

Briana Harney

Evan Schwimmer

Brian Chadwick

Joe Mannina

Will Hu

Tom Wight

Bill Doyle

Featured Honoree

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Bill Falik

Thank you for joining us to celebrate and honor Bill Falik, recipient of the 2022 BREAA Real Estate Impact Award, for his long-standing commitment and contributions to the UC Berkeley real estate community.  Over the better part of two decades, Bill has dedicated his time and resources to teaching, mentoring and sponsoring countless UC Berkeley students.  

For over fourteen years, Bill served as an Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business and Berkeley Law School where he developed and taught the interdisciplinary graduate course, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Land Development and Investment, to law, business, planning, public policy, and design students.  He remains an active co-coach to the UC Berkeley Golden Shovel and UT Austin Real Estate Challenge teams.  Bill also currently serves on the Policy Advisory Board and Executive Committee for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. 

 

Over many years, Bill has provided generous contributions to a range of scholarship and fellowship programs that have made meaningful impacts in UC Berkeley students' lives. These programs include: 

 

  • Goldman School of Public Policy
    Falik Family Graduate Fellowship in Housing Policy and Affordable Housing
     

  • College of Environmental Design
    Falik Family Graduate Fellowship in Housing Policy and Affordable Housing
     

  • Berkeley Law School
    Harry Falik Public Interest Scholarship
     

  • Haas School of Business
    Falik Family Real Estate Fellowship

 

Over the past over four decades, Bill has practiced land use, real estate, mediation, and environmental law in Northern California and has been active as attorney, mediator, expert witness, real estate developer, and professor in all aspects of land-use planning and real estate acquisition, finance, negotiation, and development.  Bill has been the managing partner of numerous land development partnerships involving entitling, planning, and developing master planned communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and the greater Sacramento region. Currently, Bill serves as Managing Partner of Westpark Community Builders, which successfully developed the 1,483-acre master planned Westpark community in the City of Roseville, among other projects.  

 

Bill graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1968 and from Harvard Law School in 1971, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. 

Meet the  Speakers

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Abby Franklin

After a nearly 15 year career as an investment banker, Abby has worked at Haas since 2011 and happily assists the real estate focused MBA students with their career searches.  A highlight of her job is co-coaching the UT Austin and Golden Shovel case competition teams with Bill.  She also teaches a class on real estate career functions in the spring semester.  She was an undergraduate at Princeton University and did her graduate work at Harvard University.

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Evan Schwimmer

Evan Schwimmer is the Managing Partner of Ventana Management, a real estate investment and advisory firm. Prior to Ventana, Evan served as Managing Director of Longfellow Real Estate Partners’ Northern California region and head of the San Francisco office for The John Buck Company, responsible for West Coast investment and development activities. Evan graduated from the Haas School of Business in 2010 with an MBA and a Real Estate Certificate.

Evan proudly served as President and Board Member of BREAA in 2018 and 2019, and he resides in Alameda with his wife and two adorable children. 

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Ken Rosen

Ken Rosen is Chairman of Rosen-Andersen Consulting Group, a real estate market research firm, Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics,

and Professor Emeritus and California State Chair of Real Estate and Urban Economics

at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  Mr. Rosen is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is a member of the board of directors of several non-profit and for-profit entities that deal with real estate finance and development. Also,

Mr. Rosen 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.

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Ashley Weinstein-Carnes

Ashley Weinstein-Carnes is a land use attorney at the San Francisco firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass LLP, where she represents developers and project sponsors to obtain entitlements for a range of project types across the state.  Ashley regularly speaks and writes on changes in the regulatory landscape impacting development in California.

 

Ashley earned her J.D. from Berkeley Law with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate.  She is an active member of the Cal community, recently serving as a BREAA Board Member where she lead development of the BREAA Student Fellowship program. Last year, Ashley joined the Haas School of Business as an instructor, co-teaching An Interdisciplinary Approach to Land Development and Investment – the course designed and taught by Bill Falik for many years.

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Joe South

Joe South is Director of Development for Cold Summit Development, a national platform for state-of-the-art cold chain real estate. Joe’s focus is the acquisition, entitlement, and development of cold industrial projects across multiple states. He has previously developed multi-family, mixed-use, and infrastructure projects in the Bay Area.

 

Joe earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate. He is an active member of the Cal community, serving as a former BREAA Board Member. Last year, Joe joined the Haas School of Business as an instructor, co-teaching An Interdisciplinary Approach to Land Development and Investment – the course designed and taught by Bill Falik for many years.