William A. Witte

Chairman & CEO

Related California

Mr. Witte is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Related California.  For the past 30 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 16,000 residential units, completed or under construction, totaling more than $6 billion in assets.

Prior to founding Related California 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, 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 in City Planning.  He is Vice-Chairman of the Lusk Center for Real Estate Advisory Board at University of Southern California and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Design at University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Witte serves on the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics Policy at the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley and the Orange County Human Relations Community Partners.  In addition, Mr. Witte sits on the boards of the homebuilder, The New Home Company in Orange County and the Shelter Partnership in Los Angeles.​

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Residential Architect Design Award, Affordable Housing
  • AIA/HUD Secretary's Housing and Community Design Award for Excellence
  • Grand Award, Best Affordable Housing Community (100 du/acre or more)
  • Merit Award + Social Responsibility Commendation
  • 2015 Honoree, A Community of Friends

IN THE NEWS

Historic Affordable Housing Development Reopens in San Francisco
GlobeSt
2/26/2019
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The Grand Officially Breaks Ground
Los Angeles Times
2/11/2019
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Fullerton City Officials Open First Affordable Transit-Oriented Community
Fullerton Observer
2/7/2019
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Lion Creek Crossings, the Catalyst for Indelible Community Renewal
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
1/8/2019
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Witte Named on Commercial Observer's LA's Power List
Commercial Observer
11/5/2018
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Related and City Officials Celebrate the Completion of First Affordable Development in National City
San Diego Union Tribune
9/25/2018
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Related Pipeline Second Largest in Greater Bay Area
San Francisco Business Times
7/27/2018
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Related and City Officials Break Ground on Affordable Senior Community in South LA
NBC 4 Los Angeles
6/29/2018
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Public-Private Partnership Opens Affordable Development in Fontana
NBC 4 Los Angeles
5/24/2018
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San Francisco City Officials Break Ground on New Mixed-Income Neighborhood
San Francisco Business Times
2/27/2018
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Related California and Deutsche Bank Announce Closing of $458.5 Million Construction Financing for 1500 Mission Street
The Registry
12/19/2017
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Grand Opening of New Affordable Housing in East Oakland
Affordable Housing Finance
12/5/2017
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The First 100% Affordable Family Developments Open in Irvine
OC Register
10/28/2017
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Largest Affordable Housing Development in San Francisco Grand Opens
KTVU Channel 2
9/22/2017
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Lion Creek Crossings in East Oakland
FHL Bank San Francisco Newsletter
9/1/2017
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Related Pipeline Second Largest in Bay Area
San Francisco Business Times
7/26/2017
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The Closing: Bill Witte
The Real Deal
7/14/2017
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Bill Witte Assumes Leadership of USC Lusk Center Advisory Board
Los Angeles Business Journal
6/1/2017
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Public-Private Partnership Celebrates Opening of Paradise Creek
KPBS
4/18/2017
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Affordable and Luxury Housing Nears Completion in Mission Bay
San Francisco Business Times
2/23/2017
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Mayor Lee Signs HOPE SF Initiative Launching Historic Rebuild in Sunnydale
The Registry
2/7/2017
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Related Wins Development Rights For Affordable Housing in Southern San Francisco
San Francisco Business Times
10/4/2016
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Related's Purchase of Goodwill Headquarters Stabilizes Nonprofit
San Francisco Business Times
9/21/2016
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Related California's Broad Range
Orange County Business Journal
7/4/2016
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Related California Building the Only Affordable Development in Palo Alto
SF Business Times
7/1/2016
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New Construction Means Rising Expectations For Transbay
San Francisco Chronicle
1/25/2016
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Bill Witte Talks Housing in the LA Area
Los Angeles Business Journal
12/14/2015
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Solaira at Pavilion Park in Irvine Celebrates Grand Opening
Orange County Register
11/15/2015
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Mixed-Use Development in San Francisco Unanimously Approved
San Francisco Examiner
11/12/2015
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San Diego County Receives Grants for Affordable Housing
San Diego Union Tribune
7/1/2015
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SF Board of Supervisors Approves Development
San Francisco Business Times
6/26/2015
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Financing Secured for Development in East Oakland
San Francisco Business Times
6/23/2015
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Groundbreaking Held for New Apartments in Pomona
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
6/5/2015
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County Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing Development
The Press Enterprise
4/8/2015
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Lion Creek Crossings in East Oakland Celebrates Completion
Inside Bay Area
10/20/2014
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Related California Q & A: Why Transbay Won’t Be San Francisco’s New Downtown
San Francisco Business Times
8/5/2014
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