Green Festival Speakers

Jack Sylvan


Jack Sylvan is the Director of Joint Development in the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development. In addition to overseeing several public/private real estate development projects, for the past 6 years Jack has managed the redevelopment of former Naval Station Treasure Island. During this time, the Treasure Island project plans have targeted the creation of the most sustainable large development project in the United States, and the project was recently selected as one of 16 initiatives worldwide to partner with the Clinton Foundation and U.S. Green Building Council as part of their Climate Positive Development Program. Jack manages all aspects of the redevelopment project including property conveyance activities, the public planning process and negotiations with private and nonprofit development entities. Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Jack managed Sylvan Urban Economics Consulting and was a Director at the Sedway Group/CB Richard Ellis, a real estate and urban economics consulting firm in San Francisco, where he provided services for public agencies, private development companies and nonprofit organizations. Jack won a national award for his evaluation of the economic impact of sports franchises on California cities and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain, where he conducted research on the economic impact of the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. His experience also includes work for the City of Emeryville Community and Economic Development Agency and a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Berkeley. Jack holds a dual B.A./B.S. from UC Davis and a master's in City Planning from UC Berkeley.