Kate SofisPresident

Kate Sofis’ 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. Throughout her career, she has worked with companies who design, manufacture, and distribute products in a wide range of industries, including ceramics, tile and stone, cement, wood and metal furniture, fabric and sewn products, and glass products. Kate has worked in numerous capacities across the manufacturing sector. She was COO of VIDA, a local artisan manufacturer of wood-based commercial casegoods, and is the founder of CRAFTMAKE, a small supply chain management company for ceramic tile manufacturers. Kate began her manufacturing career in computer manufacturing, as a production manager at Teradyne, and later playing a lead role in Ernst and Young’s West Coast supply chain practice. Kate’s background in economic development includes serving as Statewide Director of Business Advising at San Francisco-based Pacific Community Ventures. Internationally, Kate created a small business development strategy for the industrial East End of London, UK, and led a World Bank-funded project to create Algeria’s first high technology business park and small business incubator. Kate volunteers as Project Director for the establishment of the San Francisco “Production, Artisanal, and Creative Enterprises” Community Benefit District (PACE-SF), a business improvement district centered in the light industrial/mixed-use neighborhoods of the City. She also serves on the Board of Directors of City Carshare and as a member of the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizens Advisory Committee. 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.

Abbie WertheimProject Manager

Abbie Wertheim serves as a Project Manager where she coordinates PlaceMade’s role on multiple and diverse real estate projects.

Abbie has wide range of experience in real estate economics, public policy and urban planning. For five years, she worked at Seifel Consulting Inc., a San Francisco-based real estate economics consulting firm where she managed complex urban land use revitalization projects, such as the Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment plan. She has experience assessing project feasibility for mixed-use projects, advising on public-private partnerships and developing economic development strategies including working on the San Francisco Economic Strategy. Recently, she served as Director of Programs for a growing international organization.

Abbie holds a BBA in International Finance from Texas A&M University and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in San Francisco.

Noah SnyderReal Estate Specialist

A licensed real estate agent (LIC #0189776), Noah is a 4th generation member of an industrial property management, leasing, and development family with deep roots and experience in real estate management in the Bay Area. Noah lives and works in San Francisco and understands both the challenges and exciting opportunities that are faced by manufacturers in the City. Noah’s intimate knowledge of zoning, the building and permitting process, and lease negotiation helps SFMade companies make the most of one of their most valuable assets, their space. Noah enjoys surfing, golfing, and working with creative minded people. Noah holds a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from San Diego State University.

Steve KuklinConsultant

Steve Kuklin brings over thirty years of real estate development, construction, planning and design experience to the PlaceMade team, having worked on numerous complex, mixed-use, urban projects requiring his expertise in acquisitions, financial analysis, design, entitlements, leasing, marketing and construction management. He has been involved in the development of residential, commercial and industrial properties representing over $1 billion in real estate asset value at completion.

Steve holds a MBA with specializations in Real Estate Finance and Urban Land Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and served as President of the Haas School Real Estate Club. He also holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Steve is a long-standing member of SPUR, San Francisco Heritage, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a founding member of the non-profit San Francisco Community Land Trust.