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Alicia Esterkamp Allbin

Alicia Esterkamp Allbin is the founder and Principal of AEA Development, LLC, a Bay Area focused real estate development firm focused on lifestyle projects in the areas of hospitality, restaurants, retail and historic rehabilitation. Alicia is a Partner in The Barlow, a 200,000 square foot manufacturing complex and marketplace, home to 40 artisans, manufacturers and restaurateurs in Sonoma County.

Most recently, Alicia was Principal and Partner with Pacific Waterfront Partners and was responsible for the historic renovation and redevelopment of Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5 on San Francisco’s waterfront. The Piers have been awarded with the 2006 San Francisco Business Times Deal of the Year for Best Historic Renovation, the 2007 California Preservation Foundation Preservation Design Award and the 2009 San Francisco Beautiful Award.

Alicia has her M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco and serves on the Board of Directors for SFMade, PlaceMade, Greenbelt Alliance and the San Francisco Heritage. She also serves as the Co-Chair for the Embarcadero Business Improvement District. Alicia was named one of the Business Time’s Forever Influential Women of the Bay Area and is a member of Lambda Alpha International, SPUR, the Housing Action Coalition, the Bay Area Council, the SF Chamber of Commerce, ULI and BOMA.


Corinne Ingrassia

Corinne Ingrassia is a Community Development and Banking Professional specializing in New Markets Tax Credits and financing community development projects.

Corinne is Vice President of Community Development Tax Credits at JP Morgan Chase where she sources, structures and closes NMTC transactions throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to her role at Chase, Corinne was Director of NMTC Financing at Volunteers of America, where she managed the origination and oversaw the accounting and asset management of all NMTC activity. Previously Corinne was Director of NMTC Compliance at National Trust Community Investment Corporation in Washington DC and Director of Education at California Preservation Foundation. She is also an Advisory Board Member of Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Corinne has a Bachelor degree in Economics from California State University, Sacramento and a Master degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Sydney in Australia.


Jon Knorpp

Jon Knorpp currently serves as the Managing Director of Giants Development Services where he oversees entitlement and development of Seawall Lot 337/Pier 48 (Mission Rock), a 27 acre mixed-use master plan at the northern end of Mission Bay as well the San Francisco Giants South American facility improvements. Jon has over 35 years of real estate investment and development experience with urban residential, mixed-use and master plan properties nationwide. Prior to joining the Giants, Jon was a founding/senior partner with Wilson Meany Sullivan (WMS) where he oversaw design, development and construction for several of the firm’s signature assets as well as third party asset repositioning for some of the Nation’s foremost banking institutions and private equity clients.

A full member of the Urban Land Institute, SPUR, Lambda Alpha, and active board member for SFMade, Place Made, Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy and Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board, Jon contributes much time to bettering the San Francisco and Larkspur communities. Knorpp attended University of Nevada, Reno and resides in Larkspur with his wife Carol and two sons Jack and Griffin.


Byron Rhett

Byron A. Rhett, a former veteran of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, is the Deputy Director of Planning & Development for the Port of San Francisco.

Mr. Rhett is responsible for overseeing all planning and development activities at the Port, including the implementation of large scale, mixed-use commercial, recreational and industrial projects. He manages implementation of the Port's estimated $1 billion waterfront projects, including the James R. Herman International Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, restoration of the historic Ferry Building and Exploratorium at Piers 15-17 to name a few.

Prior to joining the Port, Mr. Rhett was a senior project manager for the Redevelopment Agency managing the Hunters Point Shipyard project and nearby Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood development projects. Previously, he worked as a planner for the City of Newark, New Jersey, the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation and Special Assistant in the City Manager's Office in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mr. Rhett holds a Bachelor Degree in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Cincinnati and is a National Urban Fellow at Occidental College. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and their two sons.


Greg Sheppard

Greg is Team Lead and Senior Project Architect for Forge SF (formerly FME Architecture). He has over 20 years of experience in the design of educational, multi-family, commercial, and renovation projects. As a Senior Project Architect, Greg initiates the project design process and typically manages the entire project team. He is responsible for planning, coordinating and administering projects through all phases of development. Greg leads design and detailing efforts, and oversees the production of design and construction documents.


Kate Sofis

Kate Sofis is the CEO of SFMade and PlaceMade. Her experience integrates a rich background in entrepreneurship, business management, operations and supply chain strategy, and urban economic development with a specialty in artisan/craft manufacturing industries. She is a co-founder and Governing Board member of the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, a national initiative which currently engages U.S. cities working on developing their local manufacturing economies. Kate holds an M.S. in City Design and Social Policy from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University.