Edwina Jean-Louis immigrated to Philadelphia from Haiti at 8 years old with her family. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University. After graduating, Edwina worked for a series of prestigious architecture firms in New York and San Francisco. She has worked on a variety of project types: educational, retail, senior living, multi-family, healthcare, and hospitality. She has had a varied career working as an architect and as an interior designer for two years. Currently, she is a project manager/project architect with over 13 years of experience. She is a licensed architect in New York and California, and LEED AP accredited.
Her interest in real estate development started relatively recently. Over the past three years, she has had the chance to work with affordable housing developers East Bay Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) and Resources for Community Development (RCD). These developers focus on providing homes for low-income residents and homeless veterans, with the objective of keeping these residents in their community while providing vital social and financial services. Edwina’s architecture background allows her to understand the built world; the MRED+D program will help her gain more in-depth knowledge of the business and financial side of the real estate development process. The goal is to learn how to balance design objectives while considering how the design will be modified by finance and land development. Edwina would like to learn how to incorporate design into communities, building healthy, vibrant, and safe neighborhoods that respond to and align with the socioeconomic, environmental and culture of that community.
Outside of school and work, Edwina enjoys spending time hiking--Point Reyes National Seashore is one of her favorite hiking spots--and heading to Ocean Beach to just listen to the waves. She enjoys trying new restaurants, breweries and going wine tasting. She volunteers at the SF SPCA and is beginning the process of fostering puppies in her home. Another passion of hers is the pottery wheel and hand building pottery at her local pottery studio.