Suzanne is a Bay Area native born in Berkeley. She has an MA in Art History from UC Berkeley. Her early working years were spent as a theatre costumer for Bay Area Shakespeare festivals and 9 years in the textile industry working for a local textile manufacturer.
She moved to KQED where her love of project management began. She organized the first “green” pledge drive in the nation and helped KQED down a carbon neutral path.
Following her interest in climate change awareness and social responsibility, Suzanne became a Project Manger for Celery Design Collaborative and Free Range Studios, local creative agencies specializing in social justice, corporate responsibility and animal rights. Over the last six years she had led many sustainability, branding/marketing campaigns and web development projects for clients from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. She is certified as a PMP (Project Management Professional) and a SCM (Certified Scrum Master).
Suzanne’s past volunteer experiences include audience development for Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive, committee leads for Association of Moving Image Archivists, Silent Film Database Project, a summer at the Venice Biennale with the Australian Pavilion, an intern at the Wollongong City Gallery, Australia, and as a board member for Project Tango. She’s currently a member of CERT (Community’s Emergency Response Team) Pleasant Hill, and a volunteer with the Contra Costa Humane Society.
In her free time, she squeezes in as much gardening, camping, ice skating, hiking, cycling, textiles, tango dancing and Pilates as she can.
Chris has lived on both coasts but his roots began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lived in Wisconsin through college and earned his BFA in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Shortly after college, he moved to the Washington D.C. where he began his professional career as website manager for U.S. Airways. In that role he oversaw the development of the website for U.S. Airways – and his illustrious sales and marketing career took off. Literally.
Chris developed his talent and passion for marketing over many years and carried it on to ultimately becoming the Vice President of Marketing for the San Francisco Travel Association, San Francisco’s official destination marketing organization. Selling a luxury destination such as San Francisco paved the way for his real estate career where he now sells destinations in a much more personal and intimate setting. He brings a high value of customer service and a high attention to detail to everything he touches.
Chris lives in the Oakland Hills with his partner Derek and their dog Sara.
Alison grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until her family moved to Michigan for her high school years. She then earned her BFA in Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. She moved to New York City to seek fame and fortune, and instead met David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf…which was very good fortune indeed.
Alison followed her passions into various professional ventures including acting in New York City, singing in a big band in Austin, Texas, and writing a screenplay. She fused her creativity and business savvy on the development side in the world of advertising, both at J. Walter Thompson, New York, and BBDO West, in San Francisco. Ali joined the “dot com bubble” in 1999 and worked on the sales team at The Industry Standard. Most recently, Ali owned her own business – a children’s clothing store in Berkeley.
Alison has always had a fascination for real estate. She joins the team as a Buyer’s Concierge – bringing fresh energy and focused attention to the specific needs of each buyer. Ali loves the Bay Area, and lives in Albany with her husband and three children.
Jodie grew up in Connecticut and has been living in California for almost twenty years. She attended college in Virginia, but left school to start a family. Introduced to California by her then husband, she’s lived in Sacramento and Berkeley, and happily moved to Alameda five years ago.
Jodie has been working as a Transaction Coordinator since 2009. Prior to that, she was an Executive Assistant to a top level manager at World Savings Bank. When WSB was sold, her manager went into real estate. Jodie was asked her to join him and his partner, opening a small real estate company. Jodie was their Office Manager, Executive Assistant, Project Manager and Transaction Coordinator.
Being a single mother to a 14-year-old doesn’t leave much in the way of free time, but when she can manage it, she likes to read, garden, kayak, and most of all, spend time with her son.
Ivy is an experienced social media and PR professional originally from Southern California. She has developed successful social media campaigns for broadcast media, software, clean tech, networking, and events organizations. Ivy brings deep knowledge of social media, promotions, and community engagement across a wide range of platforms. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in media studies, and studied economics at the Institute for Humane Studies, Cato University, and the Foundation for Economic Education.
In addition to social media marketing, Ivy is experienced in managing PR for several different companies. She spearheaded the PR campaign for a solar desalination company as they launched a $10 million investment crowdfunding campaign. Ivy has helped clients secure press with National Geographic, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg, and more.
Ivy briefly lived in Washington, DC, where she served as copy editor and reporter for the NOVA Fortnightly newspaper while writing for Savvy Biz Women and Oatmeal Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, performing standup comedy, gardening, and blogging.