TEAM

Kevin J Chen

Chairman/President

Well recognized for his visionary expertise and business accomplishments, Mr. Chen has 20 years experience in real estate investment and development. He also has 30 years experience in creative fashion and arts. Mr. Chen is currently a participant in the Real Estate Advanced Management Development Program (AMDP) at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Mr. Chen is a member of Central City Association of Los Angeles and Advisory board member of California Fashion Association. He is a supporter of Inner–City Arts organization, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), California Fashion Scholarship Foundation, FIDM Museum of the Helen Larson Historic Fashion foundation, Red Cross, City of Hope, Methodist Hospital foundation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul non-profit organization, and Arts District Los Angeles.

Tom Hsieh

Chief Architect

Mr. Hsieh is the President of TSM. He overviews the firm and participates directly on all projects. During his career, Mr. Hsieh has been critically involved in design, development and construction of projects ranging from high-rise buildings to complicated projects involving building codes or program. Tom brings a sensitive balance of design and budget which stems his passion for problem solving.

Anne Williams

Senior Project Manager

Ms. Williams joins Psomas as a Senior Project Manager on the firm’s Los Angeles Planning and Entitlements Team. Williams brings to the firm her strong relationships with elected and appointed officials at City Hall and far-reaching connections to all stakeholders in Downtown Los Angeles, combined with her deep knowledge of the needs of the development community. With an emphasis on urban infill projects, she is responsible for guiding zoning and subdivision entitlement applications for developers as well as representing them before public agencies.

Most recently Williams was Vice President of Legislative & Legal Affairs for the Central City Association of Los Angeles (CCA) where she was the business organization’s chief lobbyist, managing the CCA Political Action Committee (PAC) and organizing various industry sectors around emerging policy issues in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Previously, as CCA’s Director of Public Policy, she specialized in land use and economic development issues. Her achievements include drafting a comprehensive citywide housing production policy as well as a visionary development plan for the continuing evolution of Downtown Los Angeles. Building on her experience as a lobbyist in Sacramento and Los Angeles, she advises industry groups and businesses on political strategy, including support of specific candidates and policy measures.

Anne holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California and a BA from Claremont McKenna College. She was a founding Member and Vice President of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, and served on its Planning and Land Use Committee.
Specialties: Housing and Commercial Development; Inclusionary Zoning; Banking; Transportation; Hotel/Hospitality; Community Outreach; Neighborhood Councils; Urban Revitalization; Adaptive Reuse; Downtown Los Angeles.

Joel Miller

Entitlement Consultant

Mr. Miller, AICP, is a professional planner and vice president with 43 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. A principal of the firm, he has extensive experience in providing land use and entitlement assistance to major residential, commercial and industrial clients including residential/golf course subdivisions, master-planned communities, high-rise office developments, luxury hotels, regional shopping centers, and cultural and educational facilities.

As director of Psomas’ Planning and Entitlements service group, Mr. Miller manages professional planners and oversees land use applications for private development proposals and the preparation of zoning and subdivision ordinances, environmental guidelines, and specific and general plan documents for government agencies. Prior to joining Psomas, he served five years as City Planner for the City of Glendale and nine years as Principal Planner for the City of Carson.

Tom Geer

Architect

Tom possesses creative design experience in all phases of architecture, master and specific planning, 3D visualization, graphic design and marketing. Throughout his 30 year career, he has been a strong client liaison and project team leader on complex multi-family, mixed-use and urban infill developments. With his proven project management and leadership skills, Tom is highly attuned to the client’s needs as he orchestrates the TSM team to capture their vision.

Douglas Wance

Project Development Consular

Douglas Wance is a Shareholder, Chair of Firm’s Land Use Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Mr. Wance represents both private and public entities in the land use and entitlements, environmental compliance, water resources and eminent domain matters throughout California.

Togawa Smith Martin

Architecture

Founded 40 years ago, Togawa & Smith merged with AC Martin Partners in 2005 and became part of the oldest continuously operating architectural group in Los Angeles. The merging of the two companies brought together high quality residential design expertise with over 100 years of noteworthy commercial architectural experience. TSM offers the personalized, hands-on and specialized service of a medium-sized office with the depth of professional, technical, and political resources of a longstanding major architectural firm.

Psomas

Entitlement Consultant

Continually ranked by ENR as one of the top engineering firms in the nation, Psomas serves public and private sector clients in the transportation, water, site development and energy markets. Founded in 1946, we are a full-service consulting firm with offices in California, Arizona and Utah.

Glaser Weil

Legal Conselor

As one of California’s most experienced and savvy real estate, corporate, mergers & acquisitions lawyers, Glaser Weil  specializes in finding strategic solutions to complex  business and real estate transaction issues.

Fehr Peers

Traffic Consultant

Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants specializes in providing transportation planning and engineering services to public and private sector clients since 1985.

CAJA Environmental Services

Environmental Services

The CAJA team has provided environmental planning services to the public and private sectors for over 25 years. Throughout those years, the company and staff have earned a reputation for consistent and conscientious performance in guiding projects through the environmental clearance process. The company’s status as a well-known and respected leader in the environmental planning field is largely based on the personalized, accessible, and honest service that CAJA guarantees to each and every client.

CAJA staff members are fully prepared to identify and address a wide array of environmental issues. CAJA’s project experience includes environmental clearance documentation and third party review for all types of projects and programs, including:

Industrial
Commercial
Institutional
Residential
Mixed-Use
Entertainment/Events
Public Sector
Subdivisions
Coastal Development
Urban Infill
Led by its reputable project management staff, CAJA’s commitment to high quality, efficient, and individualized service is carried through to every project.

Buchalter Nemer

Law Firm

Buchalter Nemer is a full-service business law firm that has been teaming with clients for six decades, providing legal counsel at all stages of their growth and evolution, and helping them meet the many legal challenges and decisions they face. Our clients are engaged in a diverse global economy governed by complex laws and regulations, and they trust us as advisers and business partners because we are involved in their world. They rely on our forward-thinking to help them resolve problems before they arise.

EPT Design

Landscape Design

Now in his fourth decade of practice, Nord Eriksson, a partner and principal, has distinguished himself through his deep love of design and his shepherding of the firm’s growth. Early exposure to the profession (his father co-founded the firm) gave Nord a close up view of the myriad ways landscape architecture enriches the lives of others. Trained in offices in California, Florida and Texas before joining EPTDESIGN, Nord developed a strong design voice and approach steeped in the interrelated connections of site, history, art, and architecture. His work spans the detailed craftsmanship of high-end estate gardens to resilient and efficient commercial and campus environments. Recent work includes the West Hollywood Library expansion and park project with Johnson Favaro and a new creative office complex for The Ratkovich Company on the historic Playa Vista site where Howard Hughes built the Spruce Goose. While stylistically wide-ranging, each garden is characterized by clarity, soulfulness, and a passion for making beautiful and enduring places. Nord’s projects earn design awards and national exposure in publications such as Veranda, Garden Design, Hospitality, and Martha Steward Living. His greatest reward is work that leads to lasting friendships and the creation of enduring places designed to inspire and elevate the spirit.