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Build Public is a non-profit venture dedicated to innovating the public place-making process through creative institutional, physical, and policy design.  Originally founded as UP Urban Inc. in 2012 by business partners Loring Sagan, Lou Vasquez, and Michael Yarne of Build Inc., UP's stated mission was to, "forge vibrant communities from impaired urban land through creative public private partnerships."  Our mission has evolved over the years into the three program areas described on this website, but the underlying ethos remains the same. 

From 2012 through 2014, UP Urban Inc. operated as a fiscally sponsored non-profit under the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR), and in November 2014 was recognized by the IRS as an independent 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.  In 2015 UP Urban Inc. began doing business as (DBA) Build Public, and in September 2015 we finalized our registered non-profit corporation name as Build Public Inc. Please contact us here, we love hearing from you.


Brooke Ray Rivera
Executive Director

Toral Patel
Stewardship Program Manager

Cristina Bejarano
Project Associate

Jared Press
Place Program Manager

Michael Yarne
Board Chair + Strategic Advisor

Celia Dattels


Non-Profit Partners

Community Partners

Consulting Partners

Government Partners

Build Public Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit California Corporation registered at the federal, state and local levels. We are a certified locally-owned San Francisco business.

Financial Statements

Board Members

Matt Brezina - Co-founder & CEO at Sincerely, bio coming soon

Ari Daman - Landscape and Urban Designer, bio coming soon

Michelle Frey - Executive Director, ULI San Francisco, bio coming soon

Peter Hirshberg - Peter has led emerging media and technology companies at the center of disruptive change for more than 20 years. During a nine year tenure at Apple Computer, Hirshberg headed Enterprise Marketing, where he grew Apple’s large business and government revenue to $1 billion annually. He also led the company’s entry into the online service arena, online banking and financial services. Peter is now CEO of The Re:imagine Group, a fast growing agency helping brands with strategy and marketing in a world of empowered connected audiences. He is also Chair of the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Chair of the City Innovation Foundation, which recently launched an exciting new government-industry innovation lab called SuperPublic, and is Director of Venturing Unlimited. Among other roles, Peter is a Trustee of The Computer History Museum and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, serves as a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, and is a frequent technology and media industry speaker, having presented at TED, the World Economic Forum and many other events.

Rick Hutchinson (Treasurer) - Rick is former CEO of City CarShare, the largest not-for-profit car sharing organization in the country. During Rick’s decade-long tenure, City CarShare membership quadrupled and an estimated 16,000 fewer privately-owned vehicles were purchased. Prior to joining City CarShare, Rick ran his own strategic planning and interim management consultancy. Working with both start-ups and established companies, Rick helped senior executives accelerate the success of their marketing, new venture or business initiatives. Previously, Rick was President and Chief Executive Officer of StockPower, Inc. during their formation and market launch stages. From 1993 to 1998, Rick was President and Chief Operating Officer for BankLink Inc. He established the company as the market leader in outsourced treasury management and commercial e-banking technology services.

Louise Mozingo - Professor & Chair of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Department, UC Berkeley

Jeanne Myerson (Secretary) - Jeanne served as President and CEO of The Swig Company from 1997 through 2014. Ms. Myerson was previously president and chief executive officer of the Bailard, Biehl & Kaiser Real Estate Investment Trust, a private REIT with a diversified national real estate portfolio. Prior to that she worked for NeXT Computer, Inc., of Redwood City, California. Ms. Myerson joined NeXT from Metropolitan Life Real Estate Investments, holding positions in Boston, New York City and Northern California where she managed all aspects of real estate investment and finance. Ms. Myerson is on the Board of Directors of Boston-based Berkshire Group, chairing the Compensation Committee. Ms. Myerson retired from the Board of Directors of NYSE-listed BRE Properties, Inc. in 2014 after 12 years of service and following the successful merger of BRE with Essex Property Trust (ESS). Among numerous honors, Ms. Myerson was recognized in 2009 by the San Francisco Business Times as the Most Admired Private Company CEO in the Bay Area. She has also been annually recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in San Francisco and the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and was subsequently named “Forever Influential” in 2012. In 2011, Ms. Myerson was named to the Women of Influence in Real Estate’s Hall of Fame, and the Real Estate Forum named Ms. Myerson to its Hall of Fame in 2014.

Dan Parham - Dan co-founded and is CEO of Neighborland, a platform that empowers civic organizations to collaborate with their stakeholders in an accessible, participatory, and equitable way. As a social enterprise, Neighborland has worked with over 200 city agencies, universities, foundations, and non-profits across the U.S. Over 1,000,000 U.S. residents have participated on Neighborland, and these projects have yielded over $500m in social and economic impact. Before founding Neighborland, Dan was a Director of User Experience at Yahoo. He led user research and design for products in the Marketplaces and Advertising Platform divisions. Previously, Dan was an Associate Creative Director at Time Warner where he crafted online experiences for the entertainment division of Aol and helped build a design studio of 50 researchers, architects, and designers for the company in New York. He led the platform redesign of Aol in 2007 which served over 250m people daily. Dan’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities, Venice Biennale of Architecture, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Brooke Ray Rivera - Executive Director and voting Board member

Libby Seifel - Owner, Seifel Consulting

Michael Yarne (Chair) - Michael and the BUILD partners founded Build Public to innovate public place-making finance, development, stewardship and policy. Yarne brings multiple perspectives to bear on innovating new models of public space development and stewardship, having advised developers and cities on complex land use, real estate, and project finance issues as an attorney, served on the boards of numerous non-profit livable city organizations, including San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Urban Ecology, managed the development of large-scale mixed-use urban residential projects as a real estate developer and implemented innovative public-private partnerships and policies to fund open space and neighborhood infrastructure as an advisor to San Francisco’s Mayor Newsom.


Build Public Board of Advisors

Warren Cormier - Warren is the CEO of Boston Research Technologies, a research and strategy firm founded by industry thought leaders that combines business strategy, market research, behavioral finance and analytics to address all stages of business growth. BRT is a leading provider of data management, data reporting and online survey research services to many of the Fortune 100 clients across industries. A merger of three successful research and strategy firms - Boston Research Group, Research Data Technology and Revelo Group – BRT drives ROI and market share for its clients through turnkey research software products, market research driven ROI and research outsourcing. Warren also serves as Board President of Z Space, a performance art studio that commissions, develops, and produces works from a variety of disciplines, including theater, dance, visual art, music, and performance art. In addition, he co-founded the RAND Behavioral Finance Forum

Alicia John-Baptiste - Deputy director of SPUR.  She is responsible for running the organization day-to-day, ensuring a high degree of coordination across SPUR’s three city offices and overseeing SPUR’s policy work and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining SPUR, Alicia spent 16 years in senior public administration and public policy roles for the City and County of San Francisco, including chief of staff positions at both the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  She holds a Masters Degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.  

Michael Lander - CEO, Lander Group. Michael Lander is a real estate developer and broker, urban planner, speaker, new urbanism advocate, and expert on Smart Growth and transportation policy. Michael is nationally recognized as an expert in creating thriving urban spaces which incorporate new urbanist principles with high-quality design and construction and a commitment to the public realm. Lander Group was awarded the prestigious Multi-Family Developer of the Year Award from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and has received multiple awards from BUILDER Magazine Builder’s Choice, Professional Builder Magazine Best in American Living, Minneapolis Historic Preservation Commission, Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Committee on Urban Environment. Michael’s work has also garnered recognition from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has held lead planning roles for many major new urban developments over the last two decades. In the Twin Cities, he helped create the award-winning plan for Excelsior & Grand, St. Louis Park’s new town center, the Sears redevelopment, and led an acclaimed design charrette for Minneapolis’ Uptown district.

Tomiquia Moss - Tomiquia brings a robust career in community planning and social justice to her new position as Chief of Staff for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Moss served as the Executive Director of HOPE SF, a $2.6 billion public housing and neighborhood revitalization plan to rebuild the San Francisco’s most dilapidated public housing developments. Moss also served as the Community Planning Policy Director of SPUR, coordinating legislative and regulatory advocacy, public education work, and coalition building locally and regionally. In 2008 she was instrumental in establishing the SF Community Justice Center, of which she served as the Program Director. Tomiquia holds BA in Political Science and Social Work from Ohio Wesleyan University and MA in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. 

Kim Polese - Kim is an entreprenuer and tech executive. In addition to serving on numerous Boards, including Technorati Inc., the Silicon Valley Leadership GroupTechNet, the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the Long Now Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California and the Global Security Institute, Kim is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and an advisor and investor in several early stage technology companies. Kim is currently Chairwoman of ClearStreet Inc., a social finance startup focused on helping people eliminate debt and achieve long-term financial health. In 2011 Kim was named to President Obama’s Innovation Advisory Board, which guided the Commerce Department’s study of US economic competitiveness, delivering a report with recommendations to Congress in January 2012. In May 2012, Polese was named to the San Francisco Business Journal’s list of “Most Influential Women.” Kim is the recipient of the 2010 National Center for Women & Information Technology Innovator Award. Early in her career, in 1997, she made Time Magazine’s list of “The 25 Most Influential Americans.”

Loring Sagan - Principal & Director of Investments, Build Inc.

Leah Shahum - Founder & Executive Director, Vision Zero Network. Leah brings nearly two decades of proven success championing movements to advance active transportation. Leah served as the longtime Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, leading significant change on the streets and in the policies of this leading city. She also served as a policy maker on the Boards of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District and the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, and the national Alliance for Biking and Walking.

Kate Sofis - CEO, SFMade

Brian Strong - Chief Resilience Officer & Director, Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, City and County of San Francisco. Brian leads resilience policy, programs, and initiatives under Mayor Edwin Lee and City Administrator Naomi Kelly, and oversees the development of the 10-year capital plan, capital budget, and associated projects and programs to identify, fund, and address infrastructure needs.

Audrey Tendell - Audrey Tendell looks for innovative solutions to complex social, environmental and design challenges in San Francisco’s real estate sector. As Development Director for Forest City’s 5M Project, she has managed the entitlements and environmental review process for the 4-acre downtown development of office, housing, public spaces, retail, and arts and event spaces. Prior to 5M, she was project manager for five years with Lennar Urban on the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point Development projects, facilitating economic growth in the Bayview District and citywide. Audrey has a master's degree in urban planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Lou Vasquez - Founding Partner & Managing Director, Build Inc. 

Kate White - Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination, CA State Transportation Agency


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