Smitha Seshadri Returns to BRIDGE Housing

In her new role as vice president, Seshadri will oversee the nonprofit developer’s construction and design standards, policies and procedures.

San Francisco—Smitha Seshadri will rejoin BRIDGE Housing in a new role as vice president, effective mid-January 2017. Seshadri will oversee construction and design standards, policies and procedures across BRIDGE’s real estate development footprint from San Diego to Seattle; she will also take on a number of development projects. BRIDGE is a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing.

Smitha Seshadri

Smitha Seshadri

Seshadri comes to BRIDGE from Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, where she has served as vice president of real estate since April 2015. At Habitat, she was deeply involved in building the organization’s infrastructure, leading real estate development and construction teams, planning for strategic growth, and implementing processes and procedures to track increasingly complex budgets and managing financial risk.

Prior to Habitat, Seshadri worked for BRIDGE for nine years, as a senior project manager and then director of development. During her tenure, she delivered $175 million worth of projects, including the resyndication of the Carquinez Apartments, Ironhorse at Central Station, 474 Natoma and St. Joseph’s in Oakland, which won a 2015 ULI Global Award for Excellence. At BRIDGE, she supervised a team of project managers, guided feasibility analysis for projects in predevelopment, and negotiated with market-rate partners on structuring a $360 million joint venture development with inclusionary housing.

Her earlier experience includes positions with the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara, the Emergency Housing Consortium, Bent Severin and Associates International Architects, and Corlett, Skaer and Devoto Architects. Seshadri holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Architecture from Kansas State University and a B.A. in Architecture from Mangalore University.

“I’m delighted to welcome Smitha back to BRIDGE,” Cynthia Parker, BRIDGE Housing president & CEO, said in prepared remarks. “She brings a great deal of talent to the table, with depth and breadth of experience that will help us deliver high-quality and much-needed affordability to people and neighborhoods.”

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