Co-Chairs of the P3 Summit
We are honored to announce that the P3 Summit is Co-Chaired by Paula R. Collins, Board Member of the Presidio Trust, and Bob Lalanne, the UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Real Estate.
Paula R. Collins is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of WDG Ventures Inc., a real estate development and investment firm formed in 1988. WDG Ventures Inc. is engaged in residential and commercial real estate development in Northern California, with a portfolio of completed properties and projects under development representing more than 1.7 million square feet valued in excess of $500 million. Most recently completed in San Francisco are the Sony Metreon project and the Four Seasons Residences and Hotel, developed in joint venture with Millennium Partners of New York. WDG Ventures’ corporate emphasis is on mixed-use entertainment retail projects, and community and economic development in urban areas.
Since 1975, Ms. Collins’ professional involvement in the industry has included economic and fiscal impact analysis, land use processing and management responsibility for large-scale commercial, industrial, medical, and residential developments. She has served as General Manager for Daon Corporation’s Northern California regional office. She has worked in the Property and Facilities division of United Airlines. In the public sector, Ms. Collins was part of the original project development team for the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
Ms. Collins is Vice-Chair of the Board of the California State Automobile Association and Inter-Insurance Bureau. She is a Director of BayView Bank and BayView Capital Corporation is She is Co-Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and has served on the Board of Directors of BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Collins is also a Trustee of the Studio Museum in Harlem and a member of the Advisory Council on Small Business and Agriculture for the Federal Reserve Bank.
In March of 2000 Ms. Collins was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. She is one of the recipients of the 1999 Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in the Urban Environment. Ms. Collins was featured in KGO-TV’s “Profiles in Excellence” broadcast for Black History Month 2001.
A cum laude graduate in urban studies from Mount Holyoke College in 1971, Ms. Collins received her Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975.
Bob Lalanne, is the UC Berkeley vice chancellor for real estate. He oversees all of Cal’s construction projects and is responsible for seeking “innovative financing” for new buildings. He is the point person for facilities and manages 500 employees. He donates his salary back to the university, according to a university press release.
Bob Lalanne, the president of The Lalanne Group, a UC Berkeley alum, is a third-generation San Franciscan. Over the course of its history of operation, The Lalanne Group has completed over 1300 units of housing in San Francisco, as well as Novato, Oakland, San Rafael, Santa Cruz, Pacifica, and Berkeley, including ground floor mixed use retail anchored by Safeway, Whole Foods and Falletti Foods. Notable projects include the Portside condominiums along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, The Potrero Center Shopping Center, and Falletti Plaza, a 5 story mixed-use residential and retail project on Fell Street near Golden Gate Park. An active civic leader, Bob is a Trustee of the University of California Berkeley Foundation, sits on its Executive Committee, was immediate past Chair of the Finance Committee and is current Chair of the Real Estate Advisory Board. He is the first head of the College of Environmental Design (CED) Advisory Council. Bob also holds many other Advisory, Trustee and Chair positions for Bay Area organizations.
Bob and his wife Millicent, who is active in day to day operations and marketing as a partner and principal owner at The Lalanne Group, have been longstanding benefactors to UC Berkeley and have established an endowed faculty chair as part of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation challenge grant at the U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design, The Robert J. and Millicent C. Lalanne Chair in Real Estate Development, Architecture and Urbanism. Steadfast supporters of Cal Athletics in addition to CED, the couple also created the Lalanne Family Scholarship for Men's and Women's Athletics. Millicent and Bob are Builders of Berkeley.