Our core strategy is simple: We focus on repositioning underutilized California real estate into residential housing to add desirable residential in both constrained costal urban infill and high-demand suburban communities. Based here in San Francisco and Irvine, City Ventures works to supply California with a leading inventory of solar-powered and ecologically responsible townhomes, condominiums, lofts, mixed use, live/work and single family detached homes.
City Ventures has assembled a proven roster of collaborative, innovative, and adaptive professionals to help build the sustainable communities California deserves.
Craig Atkins has been passionately involved in real estate development for over 25 years. His involvement in hundreds of transactions has provided him incredible insight into future opportunities. Mr. Atkins is chairman and co-founder of City Ventures, a real estate development company that focuses on urban housing in California.
Prior to starting City Ventures, Mr. Atkins was Chairman, CEO and founder of O'Donnell/Atkins, California's largest land brokerage firm, averaging over $1 billion in annual land transactions. Mr. Atkins co-founded O'Donnell/Atkins in 1992 to capitalize on the need for advanced land brokerage services, focusing solely on development projects. Mr. Atkins has personally been involved with over $3 billion worth of real estate transactions. O'Donnell/Atkins had six offices spread throughout California, thus providing Mr. Atkins with a depth of knowledge in every major real estate market in the state.
Mr. Atkins was also co-founder and president of O/A homes. During its operation, O/A homes built golf course frontage homes in La Quinta, CA. Prior to founding O'Donnell/Atkins, Mr. Atkins was a project manager for the Warmington Company. His projects ranged in size up to 13,000 lots and included ancillary uses such as hospitals, retail shopping centers, golf courses, K-12 schools and community colleges.
Mr. Atkins is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He graduated cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with two degrees; Architecture and a B.S. in Business Administration
For more than 30 years, Mark Buckland has made urban housing development his driving concern. In recognition of this passion, Professional Builder magazine named him America's Builder of the Year in 2000, while various governmental agencies have awarded him commendations for his ongoing contributions to homebuilding. Today he is widely recognized as a leading industry authority on urban housing issues.
Mr. Buckland is President and co-founder of City Ventures, which focuses on urban housing opportunities in California. Prior to forming City Ventures, in 1988, he co-founded The Olson Company, a leading developer of for-sale urban housing. Mr. Buckland held the position of President and COO of The Olson Company. Under his leadership the company worked with more than 80 of California's leading cities and redevelopment agencies, including the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Long Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Pasadena, Brea, Garden Grove, Ventura, Oxnard, Hayward, Richmond, Pittsburg, Fullerton, and Compton. The Company successfully entitled more than 150 communities, totaling more than 10,000 homes valued at $4.5 billion.
Prior to co-founding the Olson Company, Mr. Buckland held a variety of real estate-related posts. He was Development Manager for the Bixby Ranch Company, responsible for both residential and commercial projects. Mr. Buckland also served as a Project Manager for the Office of Planning at the University of California at Irvine where he worked closely on the University's master plan and housing developments.
After graduating cum laude from the University of California at Irvine with Bachelors Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mr. Buckland received his Masters of Science in Construction Management from Stanford University. Recently, Buckland completed the Owner President Management program at Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, an alumni member of University California Irvine, Stanford University and Harvard Business School.
Scott Homan is Chief Financial Officer of City Ventures. He joined the company in 2009. Before City Ventures Mr. Homan was Chief Financial Officer for The Olson Company. Mr. Homan is responsible for the company’s capital markets, corporate finance, financial reporting, accounting, taxes, legal, risk management, information systems and project finance.
Prior to joining City Ventures, Mr. Homan was the Chief Financial Officer of The Olson Company since 1998. Previously, Mr. Homan was the Vice President of Finance for Greystone - Orange County Division of the publicly traded homebuilder, Lennar. Mr. Homan joined Greystone at the initial formation of the company in 1992, and managed the financial challenges in growing the company to $150 Million.
His business experience of enhancing systems and financial infrastructure in a rapidly growing company adds great value to City Ventures. Prior to joining Greystone, Mr. Homan's career started as a CPA with Fox and Company. Scott has also held several financial positions with Arnel Development, Kaufman & Broad, and Birtcher Real Estate, Inc.
Mr. Homan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton.
Mr. Kerr has a successful track record of leading the development process for residential and mixed use developments in Bay Area communities. Mr. Kerr actively works with land owners, communities, agencies and cities to develop high quality multi-family infill communities. He was in charge of acquisition, design, entitlement, and construction for the bay area townhome and mid-rise division of Intracorp. Prior to Intracorp, Mr. Kerr was with The Olson Company where he managed the development team for the East and South Bay markets and was responsible for all entitlement and development projects in those markets.
Mr. Kerr got involved with urban development as a means to preserve open space with smarter more dense infill growth. At City Ventures, Mr. Kerr is responsible for land acquisition, asset management, project design and entitlement for new infill communities throughout Northern California.
Mr. Kerr has an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.
Miss Zabaneh brings over 10 years of infill residential and mixed-use development experience to the City Ventures team. She joined City Ventures in 2009 and is involved in management of all aspects of the sales and marketing process, from neighborhood launches to closeouts. Miss Zabaneh is responsible for the ongoing sales and marketing efforts of an average of 20 active neighborhoods at any given time. She’s also involved with strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting and neighborhood development of new infill communities throughout the state of California. Miss Zabaneh has worked on developments in over 35 cities in 10 different counties across California.
Prior to her work at City Ventures, Miss Zabaneh worked for a smaller, private builder handling the management of all aspects of the escrow process, financing, marketing and selling of new home developments. She also coordinated community development for projects spanning the entire state of California.
Miss Zabaneh graduated from the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University with an M.B.A in Business Administration, Marketing and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton with a B.A in Business Administration, Finance.
Michelle brings nearly 20 years of residential and mixed-use development and homebuilding experience to the City Ventures team. At a very early age, she discovered her passion for architecture, urban design, and real estate development and has been pursuing land development opportunities for residential homebuilding and mixed-use projects since the very start of her career.
Joining City Ventures in 2011, Michelle leads the Southern California development team and is responsible for managing the team’s development pipeline. In her role, Michelle and her team are focused on both identifying underutilized infill properties in supply constrained urban markets throughout California and the value-add entitlement strategy for those property acquisitions.
Working closely with landowners, city officials, community stakeholders, the brokerage community, and project and design consultants, Michelle manages all aspects of site acquisition including identifying the development opportunity, analyzing the financial viability of the potential project, structuring the deal, negotiating the contract, analyzing the feasibility of the future community, overseeing project entitlements and permitting, and consummating the transaction through build-out. She has worked in several counties and cities throughout California and has successfully acquired over 3,500 lots for the company.
Prior to City Ventures, Michelle was an Acquisitions and Development Associate with Province Group, a private entrepreneurial real estate development and investment company. She began her career with Newhall Land and Farming Company as a development associate before joining Richmond American Homes, a publicly traded homebuilder, where her focus was on land acquisition and market analysis.
Michelle serves on two non-profit Boards: HomeAid Orange County and the Irvine Campus Housing Authority. For HomeAid Orange County, Michelle is the current Vice President of Board Development and is the immediate past President serving in that role in 2021 and 2022. Michelle is a former Board Member for the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association (BIA) and previously served as the Chair of the Next Gen Group. She has been an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Member since 2005 and has been actively involved in the ULI Orange County Young Leaders Group (YLG), Multi-Housing Local Product Council (MHLPC), Housing (For Sale) Local Product Council, and NEXT Local Product Council.
Michelle received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and spent a semester studying international business at the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark.
For over 20 years Ryan’s efforts has led to the development over 3,500 homes in Southern California’s supply constrained coastal infill markets. Ryan is responsible for land acquisition, asset management, project design, entitlement, and permitting. Ryan and his team work closely with local public agencies and private landowners to transform underutilized sites into vibrant new home and mixed-use communities.
Ryan is a graduate from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy with a Bachelor of Science in Planning and Development, and he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the USC Alumni Association and is an Executive Committee Member for the USC Luck Center for Real Estate.
Ryan also serves as a Board member for local non-profits such the Irvine Community Land Trust, an organization dedicated to creating permanently affordable housing in Orange County and People for Housing Orange County, an advocacy group for the production of workforce housing and first-time homebuyer opportunities.
In 2019 Ryan was promoted to Partner at City Ventures and was named “40 Under 40” in Orange County by the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Hendry oversees the company's Northern California Division which includes 25 diverse coastal and inland markets throughout the Greater Bay Area, Central Coast and the Greater Sacramento area and is responsible for P/L and a current pipeline of 3,000+ homes.
Prior to City Ventures, Mr. Hendry worked in New York City in an acquisitions role for Madison Realty Capital, an institutionally-backed real estate private equity firm with over $11 billion in firm assets. Mr. Hendry began his career at Pacer Communities where he managed the entitlement and development of large-scale residential communities across Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.
Mr. Hendry received a Master of Science of Real Estate Development (M.Sc.) from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from University of San Francisco, and a B.A. from UCLA.
Mr. Jansen has over 25 years of experience in the home-building industry. During that time, he’s been involved with the development and completion of over 90 infill communities across California. He has extensive experience in both land development and vertical construction in communities ranging from large lot single family detached homes to high density podium communities.
Prior to joining City Ventures, Mr. Jansen worked for The Olson Company, where he served as Vice President of Purchasing while managing the state-wide purchasing operation. Mr. Jansen also worked with The Irvine Company (California Pacific Homes and Irvine Apartment Communities division) as a Project Manager.
Mr. Jansen received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from San Diego State University.
Mr. White joined CV in November 2010 as Vice President in charge of project management. He generally oversees the entitlement process, participates in land acquisition due diligence, and manages the project management team. Mr. White brings 27 years of entitlement and development experience to CV Communities.
Prior City Ventures, Mr. White joined Standard Pacific Homes in April 1990 as a young Project Manager with the company's Orange County Division. In late 1999, he teamed with August Belmont to start the Inland Empire Division and help it become the largest and most profitable division in the company. As Vice President of Project Management for the division, he oversaw the project management team and personally managed the development of Heritage Lake, a 2,600 unit master planned community in Menifee.
During his twenty year history with Standard Pacific, Mr. White accumulated an immense entitlement and development experience, especially with large-scale and complex projects in the Inland Empire. He started his career with T&B Planning, a Southern California based land planning firm. Mr. White earned his M.B.A. from the University of Redlands in 2009 and his B.A. in Geography from the University of Northern Iowa in 1986.
Ms. Prijatel joined the City Ventures in August 2012 and is responsible for all aspects of the design and entitlement process for new infill communities across Orange and LA Counties. She has over twenty seven years of real estate experience specializing in entitlements for complex residential and mixed-use developments throughout Southern California.
Previously, she served as Vice President of Development for The Olson Company and successfully entitled more than 15 complex infill projects which accounted for thousands of new residential units. Her experience includes single family, multi-family, mixed-use, public-private partnerships and affordable housing developments. Ms. Prijatel earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Ms. Hauser joined City Ventures in April 2014 and heads the Northern California Development Team. She is responsible for all aspects of the development process, from pre-acquisition through construction and sales for new infill communities across the San Francisco Bay Area. She also evaluates feasibility of development projects by analyzing physical, financial, and political issues for each community. Ms. Hauser has worked on developments in over 30 cities in 10 different counties across California. She specializes in entitlements for complex mixed-use and residential developments throughout Northern California.
Her experience includes mixed-use, multi-family, single family, public-private partnerships, and healthcare development. Ms. Hauser graduated from Columbia University with a Kings Crown Award for leadership. She earned a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. She has served on the City of Pacifica's Economic Development Committee, and in 2020 she was appointed by City Council to the Pacifica City Planning Commission, which she currently chairs.
Ms. Alves brings over 20 years of experience in residential homebuilding, multifamily apartment, and commercial development to City Ventures where she is currently responsible for all aspects of project entitlements, design development, and project management for infill communities throughout Southern California. She has a passion and commitment for creating attainable communities that people are inspired to call home.
Prior to joining City Ventures, Ms. Alves was the Director of Development for MBK Rental Living where she was responsible for overseeing the project management of all multifamily apartment communities. She was instrumental in transitioning the company’s business operations from homebuilding to multifamily development. Ms. Alves has also held positions at Bixby Land Company, Fieldstone Communities, and Ranchwood Homes.
Ms. Alves has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and currently serves on the ULI Orange County/Inland Empire Women’s Leadership Initiative Council as Vice Chair of Operations.
Mr. Robinson joined the City Ventures team in August 2023 and brings nearly twenty years of residential development and home building experience. He has worked on master planned communities, active adult golf course & resort style communities, as well as infill communities in Northern and Southern California. He has a unique way of understanding the real estate process from land sourcing to handing a homeowner the keys to their new home. The integration of new communities into the existing urban and suburban settings has always been part of what drives his continuing passion to create places for people to call home.
At an early age, he realized his deep passion for architecture, urban planning, and real estate development. Mr. Robinson understood the importance of mixed-use communities and was part of the planning and development of a specific plan in his hometown at the age of 18. He has a deep passion and understanding of historic preservation as it relates to towns and cities and has worked to integrate historic preservation into the character of new communities. His passion extends to his home town where he has been a board member to one of the largest and oldest homes associations in California established in 1945 with nearly 6,000 homes.
Mr. Robinson graduated from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona where he obtained a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Ms. Mosich has over 30 years of experience in managing and directing accounting teams in the real estate environment. Ms. Mosich joined City Ventures in 2010 as our Corporate Controller and oversees a department of 6+. Ms. Mosich is primarily responsible for cash management, financial accuracy of all financial statements, and day to day operations of the Accounting Department.
Prior to joining City Ventures, Ms. Mosich was the Vice President of Finance for the Southern California Division of the UK publicly traded homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes (previously Taylor Woodrow Homes). Ms. Mosich's 12 year career with Taylor Morrison began in 1996 as an Assistant Controller; she was then promoted to Controller in 1997 and Vice President in 2001. Ms. Mosich managed the challenges of both a growing and contracting division during this time and navigated the division through numerous system conversions. Ms. Mosich was also strategically involved with the funding of over $65M of land-secured public financing districts during her tenure. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Ms. Mosich was a CPA with Deloitte & Touche, LLP and held several financial positions with The Lusk Company and R. L. Kautz & Company.
Ms. Mosich received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.
Tori Clive serves as the Director of Corporate Operations & HR for City Ventures. Ms. Clive joined City Ventures in 2009 as an Assistant Project Manager. Equipped with a wide variety of project management and real estate development skills, she assisted the team in the early years of the company with all aspects of development and corporate functions. As the company evolved, her role changed to oversee the day-to-day office operations, as well as Human Resources for City Ventures. Her duties include overseeing the HR department, travel program, benefits and payroll management, as well as the new hire program. Ms. Clive is proud of her long tenure at City Ventures, and the company culture that was created over the last 10+ years.
Prior to City Ventures, Ms. Clive was a Project Manager at LINC Housing Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. While at LINC, Ms. Clive was responsible for supervision and coordination of each development phase for rental affordable housing projects, from feasibility analysis through completion of construction. Her most significant accomplishment included securing a $7 million dollar loan from the San Diego Housing Commission. The loan was used to help create new affordable rental housing development in San Diego, CA.
Ms. Clive also served as a Forward Planner for Pacific Century Group. She handled a variety of functions, including entitlements, design, plan processing and DRE Coordination. Ms. Clive came to PCG after four years with The Olson Company, where she primarily focused on product & community design development, market research and entitlements.
Ms. Clive graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 1998 with a B.A. in Broadcasting Business Management and a minor in Marketing/Advertising. Before moving into the Homebuilding industry, she began her career with Clear Channel Communications in Los Angeles, specializing in National Advertising Sales for the Radio Industry.
Mr. Hendricks has over 22 years of experience in the home-building industry. During that time, he’s been involved with the development and completion of over 80 infill and master planned communities across California. He has extensive experience in vertical construction in communities ranging from large lot single family detached homes to high density multi-family communities.
Prior to joining City Ventures, Mr. Hendricks worked for Meritage Homes, where he served as Purchasing Manager and Area Construction Manager for the Southern California market. Mr. Hendricks also worked at Pulte Homes as a Senior Construction Manager/Area Manager.
Mr. Hendricks received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from DeVry University.
Tony Segal is Vice President of Purchasing for the Northern California division. He has over 20 years of experience in home building operations, Project Management, and negotiating contracts. Tony has home building field experience in both On and Offsite Construction and has work in the Purchasing department of a local government agency. Prior to coming to City Ventures in 2020, Tony worked for a regional home builder for over 15 years. Tony was part of the Senior Leadership Team where he oversaw the New Home Purchasing department, flip renovation operations, Accessory Dwelling Unit Project Management, and the company’s buy and hold single family rental portfolio.
Marty Lima is Vice President of Customer Relations for City Ventures. Mr. Lima has been in Residential Home Building for over 20 years. His passion today remains as it has been his entire career; providing homeowners a world-class buying experience with a quality built home where they can create new and wonderful memories.
Prior to City Ventures, Mr. Lima worked at ColRich Construction for a combination of 12 years. In his positions of Manager and Director of Customer Service, Mr. Lima worked on many product types including Single-Family Detached Homes, Multi-Family Homes, Mixed-Use Properties, Podium Community, and New Rental Properties all across Southern California.
Mr. Lima was also the VP of Customer Relations and Director of Operations for Pulte Homes in the Southern California Divisions. As Director of Operations, Mr. Lima led the Land and Operations Teams. These Teams expanded building operations into Imperial County, accounting for 41% of the division’s closings. In his first 11-months in Orange County/South Riverside, Mr. Lima vastly improved the division’s Customer Satisfaction scores. Under his leadership the division’s national rankings went from 43rd to 2nd place.
Mr. Lima graduated from National University with two Bachelor’s Degrees; BA in Business Administration and a BS in Hospitality and Casino Management.
Our Vision of sustainability realized.
"We've made a concerted effort to learn from every project we've developed, all to understand how adding soul can advance sustainability."
- Mark Buckland, Co-Chairman
Our Vision of sustainability realized.
"We've made a concerted effort to learn from every project we've developed, all to understand how adding soul can advance sustainability."
- Mark Buckland, Co-Chairman