OUR TEAM

Our staff consists of a diverse group of individuals committed to creating social equity through playing a strategic role in real estate development and community transformation.  All of our team members have had many years of experience in affordable housing development and government technical assistance to create and preserve housing opportunities and strengthen communities.

 

Mosaic is incorporated as an LLC and staffed by a small group of employees and independent contractors, who collaborate to deliver our services and are supervised by the principal. 

 

The Mosaic team for each project are selected in order to leverage their unique combination of strengths and expertise.  Specific technical needs of a given work assignment are matched to the respective qualifications of individual staff members and their workload capacities.

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LIHBIN SHIAO,
Principal

Lihbin founded Mosaic fourteen years ago.  She has twenty years of professional experience in real estate development and ten years in financial consulting of affordable and mixed income multi-family rental housing, affordable homeownership and mixed-use projects.  She has provided project management or financial consulting services for completion of more than 10,000 units of affordable multifamily and mixed income housing in multiple jurisdictions in California. 

Her experience includes providing real estate development and strategic planning consulting to local and national housing non-profits for portfolio restructuring, housing strategy, and community master planning and providing technical assistance to government agencies around affordable and workforce housing development and financing, HUD regulatory requirements, and program revision and creation.  She was the northern California HUD specialist for CHPC for several years and was the originator of the financing structure that enabled the portfolio refinance and rehabilitation of HUD 202 projects nationwide. 

Prior to founding Mosaic, Lihbin served in a number of capacities with BRIDGE Housing, PolicyLink, EBALDC, the Chinese Progressive Association, and the Asian American Resource Workshop.  She led BRIDGE's first HOPE VI project as well as many other projects and launched BRIDGE's first Mission Bay development and the Potrero Terrace Master Plan.

Lihbin holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors in Arts from Brown University.  She was a 1998 HUD Fellow.  In her free time, Lihbin explores hiking trails, waterways, and botanical gardens, works on a never-ending list of home improvement projects, and makes art or something tasty with her daughters and cat.

DAVID SCHNUR,
Senior Project Manager & Financial Consultant

David brings to this work twenty years of professional experience in real estate development of affordable and supportive multi-family housing projects.  He has completed development of nearly 1600 units of affordable housing for homeless and low-income families, seniors and single adults in multiple jurisdictions. 

Since joining Mosaic, David has lead a number of development projects including new construction senior and supportive housing and portfolio acquisition and rehabilitation development projects.  He has provided financial and technical assistance to government clients including creating new proforma workbooks and advising on new policy creation.  David was a prime researcher and writer for HCD Transition Reserve policy assessment and recommendation report and was one of the leads for both the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing and Santa Clara Housing Authority contracts.

Prior to joining Mosaic in early 2018, David served for twelve years as Director of Housing Development for Community Housing Partnership, where he was responsible for all aspects of the affordable housing development process for a provider of deeply service-enriched supportive housing for formerly homeless households.  David contributes expertise and a deep understanding of the implementation considerations and challenges in building for the most vulnerable supportive housing communities.  Prior to moving into real estate development, David worked in the policy realm and brings research methodology and fact-finding skills to the team.

David holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Bachelors in Arts from Rice University.  In his spare time, David enjoys travel, camping, motorcycling and cooking, and together with sixteen of his friends he is a member of the nation’s only collectively-owned nightclub.

JAMES COLES, 
Senior Project Manager & Financial Consultant

James brings to this work twenty years of professional experience in real estate development of affordable and supportive multi-family housing projects, and local government housing administration.  James also serves as principal of Housing Tools, a consulting firm that assists local governments plan and implement housing and community development programs. 

 

 

In his role with Mosaic, James has provided consulting services for government agencies and nonprofit affordable housing developers.  He has researched moderate income housing programs across Santa Clara County and developed financial models that inform the allocation of Santa Clara County affordable housing funds.  James has project managed small to large portfolios for acquisition and rehabilitation.  James has expertise in securing tax credits and tax-exempt bonds, utilizing the HUD RAD program, and working with local agencies to refinance older projects.  Projects have included public housing, Section 8 units, HUD 202, older Housing Assistance Payment contracts, and expiring tax credit projects. 

 

James started his housing career working as Project Manager and Development Director for Resources for Community Development, managing the development of urban infill multifamily projects.  He then worked for five years as the Housing Manager at the City of Chico. 

He brings an insider perspective to administrative considerations and challenges and process for government entities.  James has also worked with several housing authorities on PBV financing and in particular with CoCs in northern California to create PBV programs to assist homeless. 

 

James holds a Masters Degree in Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Utah.  In his spare time, James likes to make music, spend time outdoors, and gaze at all manner of maps.

KENNETH JONES, 
Senior Project Manager & Financial Consultant

Kenneth is an urban real estate developer, development consultant, and project management  professional with over 20 years of experience.  For the past 12 years Kenneth has been a Principal at Landis Development, LLC where he provided advisory and consulting services to a variety of public and private entities throughout California and several communities in the Southeast.  Prior to this Kenneth was the Director of Housing Development for Mission Housing Development Corporation. 

 

Kenneth is an expert in affordable housing, real estate finance, and public/private partnerships.  His leadership on a number of important initiatives surrounding affordable housing, urban infill, and transit-oriented and has impacted the lives of thousands of families, individuals, and seniors.  Kenneth has worked with a host of public agencies including the City of San Francisco, City of Oakland, City of Richmond, Alameda County, and the Vallejo Housing Authority.  Kenneth has also worked with number of service providers and for-profit and non-profit developers throughout northern and southern California.  Kenneth development experience includes a variety of project types including retail centers, office, tenant-improvements, student housing and several community wide-master plans.  Kenneth has either directly developed or has supported the development of more than 5,400 units and 100,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. 

 

Kenneth holds an Executive Masters Degree in Real Estate and the Built Environment from the University of Denver, School of Business, and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.  In his free time, Kenneth enjoys outdoor activities including golfing, biking, and hiking.   He loves spending time with his 12 year old son playing basketball, board games, and watching Avenger movies.  He also enjoys spending time with his extended family in the Bay Area and coordinates lunch with one extended family member every month. 

ED PARILLON, 
Senior Project Manager & Financial Consultant

Ed Parillion has sixteen years of experience in a range of roles and sectors in financial services, including work with lenders, government agencies, insurers, and real estate developers, covering property acquisition and development, loan and equity underwriting, capital modelling and adequacy, and training of staff in the public and private sectors and seven years of experience in the underwriting, acquisition, rehabilitation, and construction of commercial and multifamily residential real estate.

Ed has works with Mosaic on financial and technical assistance to government clients, most recently providing guidance to HCD on policy making around transition reserve requirements as part of their approach to affordable housing finance across California. 

He also currently works with affordable housers in the Bay Area on RFP responses, financing applications, pro forma modelling, and general project management. Prior to Mosaic, Ed worked on commercial and residential development and related projects at FivePoint, a California-based master planned development firm, and with

BRIDGE Housing, where he led the rehabilitation and refinancing of over 700 units of public housing as part of the San Francisco Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and led acquisition, financing, and predevelopment of a number of affordable tax credit housing projects in multiple Bay Area cities. 

Before shifting to real estate development, Ed worked as a Manager at Oliver Wyman, leading management consulting projects with a number of financial institutions, covering capital adequacy, credit risk management, and staff readiness and training in loan departments. 

Ed holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and a Bachelors in Science and Engineering from Princeton University.  Ed spends his free time exploring San Francisco with his two kids on their family bike, and thinking about new dishes to cook or breads to bake.

Mosaic Urban Development
287 - 17th St, Suite 208

Oakland, CA 94612

Tel: 510.808.7928

Email: info@mosaicurban.org

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