Jonathan Scharfman

Board Member

Jonathan Scharfman has over 25 years of experience in planning, design, financing, marketing, construction and operations of office, mixed use, institutional and residential real estate in the Western US and Mexico. He served as Development Director for Universal Paragon Corporation and was responsible for over $ 5 billion of complex brownfield and urban infill projects in and around San Francisco, CA from 2005-2019. 


These projects included the 650 acre Brisbane Baylands, located on former railyards midway between San Francisco’s airport and downtown. Currently under Environmental Review, over 12 million square feet of mixed-use development are planned around a Technology Campus cluster, housing, retail and a regional transit hub.


Jonathan has spent several years working closely with community leaders, City and State officials towards the $950 million redevelopment of the former the Schlage Lock factory site in Visitacion Valley. The 20-acre site adjoins both Caltrain commuter rail and SF MUNI Central Subway stations and includes 1,679 residential units, as well as three parks, and a supermarket anchored neighborhood retail center.


Jonathan is also leading the development of a new gateway neighborhood at Candlestick Point on the waterfront in southeast San Francisco. The $800 million Executive Park project will include 1,100 residential units and a neighborhood retail center in a bayside setting linking existing neighborhoods to the waterfront at Candlestick State Park.


He is an active member of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, Bay Area Council, San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is also active in the ULI Urban Plan Program, a hands on high school curriculum addressing development issues from a multi-stakeholder perspective. Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors for SAMCEDA.
Jonathan is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council and holds a Masters in Real Estate and
Urban Development from Harvard University.