Michael Yarne

Development Director

michael@bldsf.com :: 415 551 7612

Michael Yarne manages and directs project development teams.

Michael brings more than 17 years of expertise in entitlements, project management and public-private partnerships to his management role. Prior to joining BUILD in 2012, Michael served four years as development advisor in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, where he negotiated and secured approval of the 152-acre $7 billion 30-year Parkmerced Development Agreement, encompassing more than 5,600 new units and $200 million in transportation improvements. At the Martin Building Company, he managed the development of a variety of mixed-use historic rehabilitation residential projects, totaling more than 300 units. He also led the development of Mint Plaza, the first privately funded conversion of a downtown street into a public plaza, financed through a novel combination of a community facility district and a business improvement district. Prior to Martin, Michael was an attorney at Farella Braun + Martel, focusing on land use, CEQA and historic tax credits.

Michael has helped launch and manage several local non-profits, including Build Public and City CarShare, North America’s largest nonprofit carsharing company. His passion for public service began in the Peace Corps, where he started several micro-credit banks and trained local farmers to combat desertification at the edge of the Sahara.


  • Parkmerced Development Agreement (San Francisco): 30-year, $7 billion agreement to add 5,600 housing units, 200,000-square-foot transit-oriented commercial and light rail extension. Approved in 2011.
  • Moscone Center Master Plan (San Francisco): 20-year, $500 million-plus public-private partnership to finance and expand convention facilities. Ongoing, started in 2011.
  • Rincon Hill IFD (San Francisco): $42 million 20-year tax increment finance district funding public realm and park improvements. Approved in 2010.
  • Mint Plaza (San Francisco): 18,000-square-foot public plaza. Completed 2007.
  • Potrero Launch (2235 Third St., San Francisco): 196-unit mixed-use and historic preservation rental project, 2008.
  • Arc Light Co. (178 Townsend St., San Francisco): 94-unit mixed-use historic preservation rental project, 2007.
  • Ritz-Carlton Residences/Chronicle Building (690 Market St., San Francisco): rehabilitation and conversion of a San Francisco Designated Landmark office building into 110-unit luxury condominium project, 2006.
  • The Montgomery (74 New Montgomery St., San Francisco): 100-unit condominium conversion of historic office building, 2005.


  • Member, California Bar (Inactive)
  • Member, Lambda Alpha Real Estate Economic Society
  • Member, ULI Residential Local Product Council
  • Board member, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (2012-14)
  • Founding board member and chair, City CarShare (2002-11)
  • Founding board member and chair, Central Market CBD (2007-08)
  • Board member, Friends of City Planning (2006-10)
  • Board member and president, Urban Ecology (1999-2003)
  • Recipient of the 2011 San Francisco Housing Hero Award


  • J.D., Boalt School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of City Planning, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., Political Science and Environmental Studies, Williams College