VWA Principals


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 Council.

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 housing development.

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 Costa County.