UCLA Anderson 110 Westwood Plaza Crown Auditorium Los Angeles, CA 90095

Date and Time

Wednesday, February 26 2020 - 6 PM

Event Details

SPIRE co-sponsored the UCLA REAG Speaker Series event featuring an interview with Bill Witte, Chairman and CEO, Related California. SPIRE and UCLA REAG members gathered at UCLA's newly constructed Marion Anderson Hall for an informative discussion with this inspirational leader of one of the country's largest, fully-integrated real estate firms.

Related California has a 30-year track record for undertaking a range of transformational developments across California from the redevelopment of obsolete public housing to best-in-class high rise residential and large scale mixed-use affordable and mixed-income developments. The company has completed 16,000 residences and has a pipeline of more than 1,750 affordable and 4,000 market rate units in pre-development. Related California is backed by Related Companies, one of the largest privately-held real estate firms in the nation with a portfolio of $60 billion in developments.

The interview was moderated by Daniel Dokhanian, Principal of The Mulholland Drive Company, a real estate investment and development firm based in Los Angeles and with interests in assets across geographies and product types. Daniel has been in real estate since he was a teenager and has transacted on over $1B worth of real estate projects across tenures at New York-based real estate investment banks and development companies in California.


6:00 pm Check-in

6:30-7:30 pm Discussion

Price - $15

More about Bill Witte

For the past 30 years, and since the founding of Related California, Mr. Witte has been responsible for the strategic direction of the company, overall management of the firm, pursuit of new development opportunities, and oversight of planning, financing and construction of a development portfolio of 16,000 residential units, completed or under construction, totaling more than $6 billion in assets.

Prior to founding Related California in 1989, Mr. Witte served as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Neighborhoods under Mayor Art Agnos where he oversaw all housing, development and redevelopment activities for the City of San Francisco. He was Director of Housing and Economic Development under Mayor Dianne Feinstein and served as an appointed Commissioner of the San Francisco Housing Authority.

Mr. Witte previously served as Executive Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner Lawrence B. Simons at HUD in Washington, as Legislative Director for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and with the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development.

Mr. Witte graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and a Master in City Planning. He is Vice-Chairman of the Lusk Center for Real Estate Advisory Board at University of Southern California and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Design at University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Witte serves on the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics Policy at the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley and the Orange County Human Relations Community Partners. In addition, Mr. Witte sits on the boards of the homebuilder, The New Home Company in Orange County and the Shelter Partnership in Los Angeles.​