Lydia Tan

Chief Real Estate Officer, Oakland Roots and Oakland Soul

Lydia Tan is a real estate professional with 4 decades of experience in the industry, with leadership roles at for-profit, non-profit and institutional platforms. Her project experience has been focused on the development of and investment in high impact development and public- private partnerships, involving more than $6 billion in mixed income, mixed-use and affordable communities.

Currently, Ms. Tan is consulting on a variety of assignments, including transformational urban redevelopment efforts, entitlement strategy, affordable housing and infrastructure finance, and housing for at-risk college students. In addition, she serves as the Chief Real Estate Officer for the Oakland Roots and Oakland Soul, a purpose-based professional soccer club. Before opening her advisory practice, she was Managing Director of Real Estate for the Oakland A’s, where she led efforts to create a new ballpark district at Howard Terminal and redevelopment of the Oakland Coliseum. Prior to this she was SVP, Head of U.S. Development at Bentall Kennedy, overseeing real estate development investment activity for the company. Other experience includes EVP, Director of Northern California Operations at Related California where Ms. Tan launched the company’s Northern California office and spearheaded the development of a portfolio of mixed income, mixed use projects.

Prior to that, she was EVP in charge of Real Estate Development and Finance at BRIDGE Housing Corporation, where she oversaw the production of several affordable and mixed income communities, participated as part of the executive management team, and co-led an investment partnership with CalPERS. Lydia holds an AB Architecture degree from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University, and is a registered Architect in California. She is lecturer at UC Berkeley, a member of the Stanford Real Estate Council and ULI, and serves on the board of directors of Thoits Brothers Inc., San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund and the S.H. Cowell Foundation. She also serves as a Resident Fellow at Stanford University, fostering learning and community at a 250-student dorm complex on campus.