Marian F. Wolfe, Ph.D., Principal, is a real estate
economist and housing planner with over twenty years of experience
in financial feasibility analysis, housing program planning and evaluation,
land use and economic impact studies, and survey research for policy
and public policy. Dr. Wolfe has worked on a number of housing projects
in 2002, including Housing Element Updates for the Cities of Sebastopol,
Menlo Park and Oakland, additional projects in Menlo Park (downtown
work force housing project and a corridor revitalization project),
and housing mitigation fee studies for Sunnyvale, Elk Grove and Sebastopol.
Finally, on an ongoing basis, Dr. Wolfe provides consulting services
to the Oakland Housing Authority for its mixed-income, HOPE VI developments.
On many of these projects, Dr. Wolfe works closely with agency staff
in conducting meetings with committees, commissions, and in making
presentations before City Councils. A good example of this participatory
process was the Affordable Housing Action Plan assignment for the
City of Menlo Park. Dr. Wolfe met monthly or even more frequently
with the City's Housing Commission and periodically with the City
Prior to forming VWA with Ms. Vernazza, Dr. Wolfe worked as an urban
economist at Hausrath Economics Group, an Oakland economics firm,
and as a housing consultant at a social science research firm, Abt
Associates, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. Wolfe was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin
at Madison, where she held a joint appointment with the School of
Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Real Estate, School
of Business. She has also taught as a lecturer at the University of
California at Berkeley. Undergraduate and graduate courses taught
by Dr. Wolfe include housing policies and markets, real estate economics,
urban economics, and real estate market analysis.
Dr. Wolfe frequently participates in panels at the annual conferences
convened by the California Chapter of the APA and has presented papers
on the impact of continuing immigration on existing California neighborhoods,
public/private partnerships, and issues in housing policy. At the
CAL-APA Conference in October 2001, she chaired a panel on Housing
Elements. In addition, she has published articles in both the APA
Northern News and California Planner. Finally, in 2000, Dr. Wolfe
participated in the City of Santa Monica's Technical Symposium designed
to assess alternative approaches to set in-lieu fees on market rate
Dr. Wolfe holds a B.A. in History from the University of California
at Berkeley, an M.A. in History from the University of California
at Los Angeles, and the MCP and Ph.D. degrees in City and Regional
Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Lucina Vernazza, Principal, has worked
as a consultant in the areas of financial feasibility, real estate
market analysis, and housing policy for over twenty-five years. She
has a wide range of experience, working with clients to design inclusionary
housing programs, update housing elements, prepare redevelopment implementation
and financing plans, obtain funding for proposed affordable housing
projects, prepare housing market studies, and assess fiscal impacts
of proposed projects.
During the past two years, Ms. Vernazza has assisted several cities
in preparing their Housing Elements (Union City, Folsom, Clayton,
Woodland, South San Francisco, Madera and Lake County) as part of
a team with Mintier & Associates. She has also been working a
part of a team on the South Lake Tahoe Housing Element update. She
assisted the City of Union City in developing its inclusionary housing
ordinance and in-lieu fee recommendation, which was adopted. She also
analyzed the provisions of the proposed South San Francisco inclusionary
housing program and prepared the program guidelines for the City of
Woodland’s inclusionary housing program.
Ms. Vernazza completed two senior housing development proposals with
ABHOW in San Luis Obispo and San Leandro, both of which were selected
by HUD for Section 202 funding and are currently under development.
She worked with Monterey County staff to prepare housing funding allocation
procedures. She is currently a member of the board of directors of
SHELTER, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing organization in Contra