Curt Johansen, President
Mr. Johansen is the Managing General Partner of Sustainable Community Partners, LLC an innovative company that envisions, entitles, designs, finances, constructs, and markets sustainable conservation communities. His current work is the culmination of a career spanning 30 years in mixed use development, with the last ten exclusively in pursuit of sustainable communities. His projects seek to locally source food, energy, education, green building, and transit. Mr. Johansen is a recognized leader in the pursuit of development reform; his philosophy adheres to principle-based practices of linking jobs with housing; preserving priority agricultural, habitat, and open spaces; designing institutional systems for reclamation and re-use of renewable resources; creating place-based communities that include culturally diverse, affordable housing; and integrating small neighborhood schools with an eco-literate curriculum.
Kirstie Franceschi, Secretary-Treasurer
Ms. Franceschi joined Codding in 2007 and is responsible for assisting the company’s transition into deeply sustainable development projects like Sonoma Mountain Village, a planned 200 acre, mixed-use, solar powered, zero waste community internationally recognized as the first One Planet Community in North America and one of the worlds greenest neighborhoods. She manages the redevelopment of Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa and in addition to her role as Development Manager for Codding Enterprises she also oversees Property Management for all Coddings Sonoma County properties. Prior to Joining Codding, Ms. Franceschi spent the last 15 years in the Residential Home Building Industry where she most recently held the position of Regional Vice President of Risk Management for Richmond American Homes, one of the Country’s largest Builders. At Richmond American Homes she took the lead in the introduction of the Customer Experience Program, the best practice building procedures and represented the company in all homeowner disputes litigation and settlements.
Mott Smith, Board Chair
Mott Smith is co-founder of Civic Enterprise, an L.A. firm that builds innovative, socially-conscious projects in emerging neighborhoods and provides innovative parking and economic development solutions for cities and communities. He is very active in local, regional and state legislative issues. His built work has been honored by the Urban Land Institute, the L.A. Conservancy, and Architectural Record Magazine. He is a founding board member of the California Infill Builders Federation, teaches in USC’s Master of Real Estate Development Program and Planning Program in the USC Price School of Public Policy. Earlier, he was as Acting Director of Planning for the L.A. Unified School District after serving as founding Executive Director of New Schools-Better Neighborhoods. He also worked as editor/business manager of The Planning Report. Mott is past president the Westside Urban Forum. He received a Master of Real Estate Development from USC and a BA in Linguistics from UCLA.
Will Cipes, Director
Will is a Los Angeles native dedicated to enhancing the built environment to create a more livable, sustainable Southern California. He currently leads Southern California Development for Carmel Partners, a vertically integrated multifamily and mixed-use developer focused on urban infill projects in the region’s most job rich and supply constrained neighborhoods. Will’s background includes more than 15 years in urban planning and real estate development, including work with the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, New Economics for Women, and Thomas Safran & Associates. Will earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Pitzer College and a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.
Jonathan Fearn, Director
Jonathan is Senior Director of Development for Greystar, overseeing development activities for all Greystar projects in Redwood City and Santa Clara. In addition to obtaining discretionary approvals and entitlements, his primary responsibilities include due diligence, forecasting and budgeting, initial land and site planning, architecture and design, government relations and community outreach. Prior to joining Greystar, Jonathan served as Vice President of Development at SummerHill Housing Group where he was responsible for entitlements for multifamily, single-family and mixed-use projects in the SF Peninsula and South Bay. Prior to SummerHill, Jonathan worked as Development Manager for Em Johnson Interest, a real estate development firm specializing primarily in affordable housing and economic development projects within low income communities. He is also a member of the Oakland Planning Commission and co-chair of the AllHome Regional Impact Council RIC. He is a former Technical Committee member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA), a board member of Housing Trust Silicon Valley and a founding member of the Casita Coalition, an advocacy group created to advocate for small building forms throughout California. Jonathan holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from the University of California – Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Edith (Eydie) Gibson, Director
After many years working as a Realtor, Eydie’s projects became integrated with real estate sales, construction, and consulting work. As a founding board member for Bakersfield Southwest Little League, she coordinated the effort to construct a 13-acre baseball park on land owned by Cal State Bakersfield. She is a licensed general contractor and formed Gaskill & Co., custom home builder. Her Downtown Bakersfield redevelopment projects include the converted abandoned Bakersfield Hospital to Garden Living and The Gardens at Mill Creek, an outdoor event venue; and the 1612 City Lofts building, originally built in 1893, converted to retail on first and second floors and loft units on third floor. She is a board member of the Downtown Business Association in Bakersfield and launched First Fridays to rejuvenate downtown activities, drawing people to downtown restaurants and shops. In 2015 Eydie began doing consulting work for developers and property owners, gaining Bakersfield City Council approval for a 29-unit, 4-story infill project in the downtown Bakersfield residential neighborhood of Westchester and consulted as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Tarina Homes. Currently Eydie resides in the Bay Area and continues to work on projects in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and the Bay Area.
Meea Kang, Director
Ms. Kang is Senior Vice President for Related California, where she is responsible for business development, strategic planning and creative financing mechanisms for Related’s affordable residential developments. She comes to Related with over 20 years experience in affordable housing finance and development and has entitled and constructed more than 2,500 affordable multi-family housing units in California worth over $500 million. Prior to joining Related, Ms. Kang was President and Co-Founder of Domus Development, LLC, where she led the company’s development activities for fifteen years. Ms. Kang’s projects have received national accolades from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, and the 2014 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, California’s highest environmental honor. Ms. Kang serves as a Commissioner on the California Commission on Aging, appointed by Governor Brown in 2016, is a member of Lambda Alpha International and serves as a director on the boards of the California Housing Consortium, Rail~Volution, and the California Museum. She earned a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University.
Keith McCoy, Director
Keith is President and a Founding Partner of UrbanMix Development, LLC. With more than 30 years in the real estate development industry, Keith has a broad range of experience including land acquisition, community planning, entitlements, product development, financial analysis, asset management and property disposition. Keith has held senior management positions with international development companies and has established new development operations in Northern California. Prior to forming UrbanMix Development, Keith Co-founded Urban Community Partners to focus on creating Smart Growth, mixed income, mixed use communities. As a Co-Developer and Partner, Keith successfully directed the entitlements for East Garrison, a $500+ million – 244 acre, 1,400 home, mixed use, public/private partnership on the former Fort Ord Army Base in Monterey County, CA. Keith recently obtained the entitlements for a 15 acre 400 unit senior oriented, infill, mixed use town center with 30,000 sf of retail space in Foster City, a 1.5 acre senior oriented “Pocket Neighborhood” in Novato, CA (now under construction) and is currently working on a 7 acre redevelopment site in Santa Rosa, CA which will include affordable and market rate apartments, a 1 acre public plaza, retail/Mercado and a civic building. Keith is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine, with a degree in Social Ecology and Urban Planning.
David Mogavero, Director
David Mogavero is the Senior Principal of Mogavero Architects. He began his career designing naturally heated and cooled buildings thirty years ago. David’s practice embraces the full range of progressive community design, such as high density mixed-use infill and holistic building systems, including daylighting, natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, solar shading, water recycling, on-site energy generation and agriculture. David’s roles as developer and environmental advocate help him conceive projects that are economically viable and sensitive to the community and the environment. Through his professional practice, writings and lectures, service as past president and board member of the Environmental Council of Sacramento and the Planning and Conservation League, and current board member of the Council of Infill Builders, David has promoted the widespread adoption of sustainable building and smart growth practices and policies.