OVERVIEW

Our core focus is the syndication and development of multifamily workforce, senior and student housing, inclusive of affordable housing components, in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay Regions of California.  Our developments are structured to provide strong investment returns  for our investing partners, while creating inviting places where our residents can afford to call home.

Leadership

Eric McGrew, CCIM

Managing Director, Co-Founder

Eric’s 30+ years of being deeply entrenched in real estate investment & development, entrepreneurship and corporate development all play into the leadership he brings to Envision Housing.  His creative abilities drive the new development opportunity selections, syndications and execution.  His passion for creating housing choices for all is what drives him.

Eric is a real estate investor, real estate development syndicator and an entrepreneur with broad skill sets. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member, a pinnacle credential held by less than 6% of commercial real estate practitioners nationwide. He has brokered, partnered and syndicated land and resort real estate development projects ranging from $5 million to >$50 million per transaction with various private and institutional partners, including Starwood Capital Group. In addition to his career in real estate, Eric built insurance brokerages while representing Lloyds of London and 12 Best’s A+ rated US insurance companies, has built and sold financial planning firms, and has represented numerous types of investors in real estate, financial and insurance transactions.

With a top secret clearance, Eric served in the US Navy Submarine Service. As a licensed private pilot he enjoys flying, as well as tennis, sailing, scuba diving, snow skiing and walks on the beach. He is a member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member organization, Mensa Society and Toastmasters International. His professional licenses include CA Real Estate Broker License # 00983779 and FL Real Estate Broker License # BK575152.

Eric is a supporter of the Innocence Projects, Second Harvest Food Banks, Homeless Shelters and golden retriever rescues.

Sibley Simon

Managing Director, Co-Founder

Sibley is a social entrepreneur working to solve the biggest social equity challenges we face in the Monterey Bay Region.  He is currently the President of New Way Homes, a non-profit that operates an impact investment fund to spur new workforce and affordable housing development.   He co-founded the 180/2020 Initiative in 2012 that has housed over 500 chronic and veteran homeless individuals, is the current Treasurer of the Homeless Services Center, and leads the renovation of the historic Evergreen Cemetery.  Previously, Sibley was a founder of two technology companies, StreamSage and The Electric Sheep Company, which were repeatedly recognized as highly innovative, including by two Technical Emmy Awards, the MIT Technology Review, and R&D grants and contracts from six different federal agencies.

Alyssa Willett

Chief Financial Analyst

At Envision Housing, Alyssa is focused on project financial analysis, initial project management, and compliance and financial management.  Alyssa is a finance, administrative and operations professional who has dedicated her professional energy supporting local nonprofit efforts for the last several years.  She focused on creating opportunities for clients and employees, managing budgets to maintain sustainable services, and working towards ending homelessness.  As a member of the executive team at Homeless Services Center, Alyssa served as the Director of Operations, during a time of extreme growth and change.  Alyssa is the current Interim Treasurer for The Diversity Center and has a passion for impacting real change in our community.

Advisory Board & Strategic Alliances

David Gazek

Principal – David Gazek Consulting

David Gazek has over 25 years of experience in the acquisition, development and management of over 20 million square feet of corporate facilities and office, hotel, residential, retail and mixed-use assets and over 4 million square feet of public private partnerships. He specializes in asset and portfolio optimization involving land development, redevelopment, urban infill, repositioning and master planned communities and in leading large, multi-disciplinary teams through the design and implementation of organizational and process changes. David is an accomplished team leader, negotiator, consensus builder and creative problem solver and an exceptional communicator with strong strategic, financial, and analytical skills, business acumen and a client/customer focus.

He has served on multiple Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Services Panels in Florida, Colorado and Arizona, and has been a moderator and panelist at ULI, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and CA Preservation meetings and conferences. He has also been an instructor of urban design and planning at the University of Southern California and the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Mr. Gazek has an MBA in real estate and organizational development from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a Masters in Architecture and Planning with a concentration in urban design from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College.

Matt Slatter

Vice President – Slatter Construction

Sid Slatter

President – Slatter Construction

Slatter Construction is a licensed engineering and general building contractor.  Slatter Construction is a family business run by Sid and Matt Slatter, who are continuing to build the business from solid foundations laid by Vann and Christine Slatter in 1984. The company was founded on simple principles: maintain open, honest communication, hire good people and pay attention to the details. Their references and reputation from countless clients in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay Regions are impeccable.

John Swift,

Planner – Swift Consulting Services

John has more than 27 years’ experience as a land use planner and developer.  Swift Consulting Services is a land use planning and real estate development consulting firm.  John was previously the president of Hamilton Swift & Associates, Inc., and specializes in securing permits and entitlements for a wide range of real estate developments. The firm serves as project managers, coordinating and managing the pre-construction side of development. John has an extensive network of professionals including biologists, botanists, soils engineers, geologists, architects, civil engineers, contractors, lawyers, real estate agents, appraisers, title co., etc. Swift are experts at putting together a development team to facilitate securing permits in an efficient manner that minimizes risk and creates a project that will compliment the community and environment.

Robin Murphy, AIA

Principal – Jackson | Main Architecture

Robin has over 25 years’ experience in architecture and management.  Robin served on the Seattle SW design review board for four years, and in 2012 as chairperson. He is effective in working with large and small groups to gain consensus. Robin has worked primarily in the multifamily mixed use and storage market sectors.  Robin has a tremendous depth of experience in design of multifamily modular residential and mixed use developments. With a staff of more than 40 professionals, Jackson|Main Architecture’s goal is to emerge as an effective mid-sized architectural practice by combining established project expertise, bringing together talented staff, and striving to exceed client expectations with an eye on the future potential such as expanding interior design services, modular construction, and construction management.

PJ Humphrey

Owner – Bent Level Construction Inc.
Onsite Modular Installation

PJ has been an onsite modular installation contractor since 1977.   He formed Bent Level Construction Inc. in 1989.  BLC sets and installs modular boxes for single family homes, multifamily multistory units, commercial units & can provide transportation of the modular boxes from the factory to the job site.  BLC has done installations of five modular levels above two stories of retail and parking.  BLC works throughout the entire Northwestern US, and has performed a number of jobs in the San Francisco Bay area including in Los Gatos, comprised of 288 boxes; another in Oakland, comprised 60 boxes; and others.  BLC installs more than 500 modular boxes each year. PJ engages with the customer from the very beginning of each project.  While onsite, PJ personally manages his crews on every installation from start to finish.

Monica Martinez

Chief Executive Officer

Encompass Community Services

Monica Martinez leads Santa Cruz County’s largest community-based not-for-profit organization, Encompass Community Services, where she provides vision for large-scale change at the local level. Martinez is a community champion with a reputation of using evidence-based, outcome-driven strategies to achieve results. She believes our most basic human right to live healthy lives is intrinsically tied to dignity, equity and opportunity for all people.

As CEO at Encompass Monica oversees a budget of $30 million, 40 programs and 500+ employees, all working together to support the community with services centered on family and social well-being, early childhood development, integrated behavioral health and housing.

Today, Monica has a bold goal to transform Encompass from a collection of fragmented social services to one integrated organization with a person-centered approach to seamless, high-quality services.
Martinez’s earlier experience includes leadership roles at a consulting management firm and large nonprofits focused on social justice issues. As Executive Director at the Homeless Services Center she led the county’s largest homeless services agency to move beyond the shelter model to a “housing first” model. Her work influenced county-wide change around homelessness resulting in the Smart Solutions to Homelessness coalition and the founding of the 180/2020 initiative. The 180/2020 initiative has successfully housed over 500 of the county’s most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals in Santa Cruz County.

Monica is currently an appointed member of the Santa Cruz County Human Services Commission, sits on the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, and is Board Chair of FoodWhat, a youth empowerment and food justice nonprofit.

She has completed the Women’s Policy Institute Fellowship, has a Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Edward W. Newman, Esq.

Principal – Newman & Marcus, a Law Corporation

Edward W. Newman founded Newman & Marcus in 1973.  Previously he served as a staff attorney for Community Legal Services of Santa Clara County after receiving his J.D. from Stanford University in 1969. He practices in the areas of real estate and real estate litigation throughout California and beyond. Specific areas of emphasis in his practice include: real estate purchase and sale agreements; lease negotiations; lease disputes; subdivisions and subdivision management documents and budgets; real estate broker support; easement disputes; adverse possession claims; title insurance; construction contracts and construction disputes; mechanic’s liens; and real estate finance.