A's hire experienced real estate professional Lydia Tan as Managing Director – Real Estate
March 27, 2019
College of Environmental Design (CED) alumna and member of CED’s Advisory Council Lydia Tan (B.Arch ‘83) joined the Oakland A’s baseball team as Managing Director – Real Estate March 27, 2019. In conjunction with the team’s president, Dave Kaval, Tan plans to build the A’s Howard Terminal ballpark at Jack London Square and redevelop the Oakland Coliseum site. Tan will act as the engineer and vision to any future architectural developments with the team and the ballpark. Tan’s first day with the Club will be April 16.
“We are committed to building a world-class real estate team, one that reflects Oakland and the A’s values of diversity and inclusion,” said Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval. “Lydia is a real estate veteran with extensive residential, mixed use, and affordable housing experience. Her vast knowledge of development, acquisition, architecture, and planning makes her the ideal person to lead our development activities at Howard Terminal and the Oakland Coliseum.”
“I am thrilled by this opportunity to be back in Oakland, where I first started my career as a fledgling architect, and have since been involved in its transformation over the span of my career,” said Tan. “Oakland and the A’s have such a rich history together, and I am moved by the A’s commitment to be a partner in building toward Oakland’s bright future. I look forward to working with the team and community to create truly amazing places at the Coliseum and Howard Terminal – places that embody the best practices of today and celebrate Oakland’s unique place in the Bay Area.”
Before joining the A’s, Tan spent nearly five years as Senior Vice President and U.S. Head of Development at Bentall Kennedy. During her tenure, Tan oversaw real estate development for the company. Her responsibilities included ensuring the completion of commercial/multifamily developments as well as locating and structuring the terms of new sources of development investments. Bentall Kennedy invested in the development of more than $3 billion of mixed-use commercial, multifamily, and logistics projects throughout Tan’s career.
As Executive Vice President and Director of Northern California Operations at Related California, Tan opened the office and built up a $2 billion pipeline of affordable and mixed-income, mixed-use developments throughout the Bay Area. Her work included successful partnerships with Oakland-based nonprofit EBALDC, the Oakland Housing Authority, and Acts Full Gospel Church on community redevelopment projects in East Oakland.
While serving as Executive Vice President at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, Tan oversaw the development and financing of mixed-income and affordable housing communities as well as large-scale redevelopment efforts throughout California including Chestnut Linden, Mandela Gateway, and Central Station in West Oakland, MacArthur BART, and St. Josephs in East Oakland. During her tenure at BRIDGE, Tan coordinated the development of $3.5 billion of housing and community projects.
Tan is a member of the board of directors of the S.H. Cowell Foundation, SPUR, and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. She is a former longtime volunteer at EBALDC, serving on its board of directors and its real estate committee. Throughout her professional and volunteer life, Tan has collaborated with nonprofits and organizations to create positive change for the local community increasing quality of life and building opportunity for lower income demographics.