Denise Pinkston has over 30 years of experience in real estate and including acquisitions, asset and construction management, marketing, leasing, planning/entitlements, transit and green building program development, housing policy, and public affairs. Ms. Pinkston was named one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2012, 2013, 2016 and was named to their Forever Influential Honor Roll in 2014.
Ms. Pinkston serves in a number of volunteer leadership roles where she has directed major infill housing and alternative transportation policy and program initiatives including: CEO and Founding Board Chair for Mountain View shared shuttle MVGO ; Board Chair of the Emeryville TMA and the EmeryGoRound shuttle; Chair of the Bay Area Council Housing and Sustainable Development Committee where she wrote and lobbied SB1069 to allow Accessory Dwelling Units by building permit which led to major growth of ADUs in California; serves on the Oakland Chamber of Commerce Board and the SPUR Housing Committee, and moderates the Housing Production sub-committee of the MTC Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA).
Ms. Pinkston has also served as a planning commissioner, chamber of commerce board member, Chair and Vice Chair of a local zoning board and teacher at San Francisco State University and the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. She previously directed Current Planning, Code Enforcement, Housing, and Redevelopment for Marin County.
Ms. Pinkston attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a B.A. in History, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning.