I have had the pleasure of working with Marcela for 15 years on a wide variety of assignments. Marcela is a problem solver. She understands the political realities of land development. She is an excellent organizer, has superior communication skills, and is a team player. And most of all, she achieves results.
John Leppert (President, Leppert Engineering Corporation)
I met Marcela as chair of a planning group; she represented a challenging project. Her ability to balance the applicant’s needs with the community’s concerns resulted in positive outcome. She is an eloquent speaker, has an encyclopedic command of the regulations and knows how to navigate government processes.
Joe LaCava (Owner, Avetterra)
Kathi Riser is a smart, talented professional who knows how to navigate land use issues and entitlements. She is the first person I called when we had questions about historic review, and she responded with critical information that saved us time and money. She is well regarded and well connected.
Megan Graulich (Former Director of Comm., McMillin)
Over the last 20 years, I've worked with Marcela in many different capacities. She is a strategic thinker extraordinaire. Marcela truly understands the system of project design and entitlements; she is exceptionally capable of developing a strategy to see a development project from inception to fruition.
Kathy Garcia (Former Principal, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC)
I was involved in 2 lengthy and tricky land use negotiations with the City of San Diego where I worked closely with Tyler. His knowledge of the workings of City government, and his relationships with City staff, were extraordinarily useful in bringing both of them to a successful conclusion.
Robert Schulz (University Architect, Assoc VP at San Diego State University)
Marcela is an extraordinarily talented person, a straight shooter and a person I would hire in a heartbeat. You can't go wrong working with Marcela.
John Kern ( Former Mayor's Chief of Staff, City of San Diego)
I have known and worked with Ted for a long time. We share the goal of quickly and efficiently preparing project plans and documents, then processing them through local jurisdictions. I depend upon Ted’s honesty, local knowledge, and work ethic to successfully complete the entitlement of our projects.
Jimmy Ayala (Pardee Homes)
Marcela is a great advocate for her clients. She is very knowledgeable, detail oriented and her recommendations are always in her client's best interest. I have observed her work at the City of San Diego and as a private consultant. She is professional and always maintains a standard of excellence.
Barry Schultz (CEO, San Diego Capital Collaborative)
Not many people are adept at navigating the public sector, the private sector and the intersections of the two. Marcela is one of those people and she is remarkably adept. Highly insightful, dedicated to the task at hand, yet always aware of the bigger picture, she brings a great deal to the table.
Peter MacCracken (Principal, Strategic Communications)
Kathi is one of the brightest people I know when it comes to land use and development. She has a firm grasp on the technical, logistical and political aspects of very complex projects. And she has the ability to explain those concepts in very simple terms.
Greg Block (Communications Manager, McMillin)
Almost 30 years of land use planning experience, including as Director of Development Services for the City of San Diego.
35 years experience in project management including Carmel Mountain Ranch.
More than 30 years of serving clients as their entitlement and land planning expert.