William A. Witte

Chairman and CEO

Related California


I am proud to say that we have done some of the most creative and ambitious mixed-income housing developments in the country. We always operate under the assumption that if you don’t do something special you won’t get invited back.

Mr. Witte is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Related California. For the past 25 years, and since the founding of Related California, he has been responsible for the strategic direction of the company, overall management of the firm, pursuit of new development opportunities, and oversight of planning, financing and construction of a development portfolio of over 9,800 residential units totaling more than $2.5 billion in assets.

Prior to joining Related Companies in 1989, Mr. Witte served as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Neighborhoods under Mayor Art Agnos where he oversaw all housing,development and redevelopment activities for the City of San Francisco. He was Director of Housing and Economic Development under Mayor Dianne Feinstein and served as an appointed Commissioner of the San Francisco Housing Authority.

Mr. Witte previously served as Executive Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner Lawrence B. Simons at HUD in Washington, and as Legislative Director for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and with the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development.

Mr. Witte graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and a master’s degree in City Planning. Mr. Witte is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Home Company. He is a member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate Policy Advisory Board at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, as well as the Center for Real Estate at the Merage School of Business at University California Irvine, the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California, and the Community Partners Advisory Board of the Orange County Human Relations Commission. In addition, Mr. Witte sits on the boards of the Center for Creative Land Recycling in San Francisco, Shelter Partnership in Los Angeles, and the Foundation for the Great Park in Orange County.

William A. Witte

Chairman and CEO

Related California


quote left I am proud to say that we have done some of the most creative and ambitious mixed-income housing developments in the country. We always operate under the assumption that if you don’t do something special you won’t get invited back.quote right

Mr. Witte is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Related California. For the past 25 years, and since the founding of Related California, he has been responsible for the strategic direction of the company, overall management of the firm, pursuit of new development opportunities, and oversight of planning, financing and construction of a development portfolio of over 9,800 residential units totaling more than $2.5 billion in assets.

Prior to joining Related Companies in 1989, Mr. Witte served as Deputy Mayor for Housing and Neighborhoods under Mayor Art Agnos where he oversaw all housing,development and redevelopment activities for the City of San Francisco. He was Director of Housing and Economic Development under Mayor Dianne Feinstein and served as an appointed Commissioner of the San Francisco Housing Authority.

Mr. Witte previously served as Executive Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner Lawrence B. Simons at HUD in Washington, and as Legislative Director for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and with the Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development.

Mr. Witte graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and a master’s degree in City Planning. Mr. Witte is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Home Company. He is a member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate Policy Advisory Board at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, as well as the Center for Real Estate at the Merage School of Business at University California Irvine, the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California, and the Community Partners Advisory Board of the Orange County Human Relations Commission. In addition, Mr. Witte sits on the boards of the Center for Creative Land Recycling in San Francisco, Shelter Partnership in Los Angeles, and the Foundation for the Great Park in Orange County.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Lifetime Achievement in Affordable Housing
  • Developer of the Year
  • California Housing Hall of Fame

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