Michael Yarne



Michael Yarne is a strategic advisor to BUILD. He is currently one of the co-founders of Social Construct, a San Francisco-based start-up that is developing a productized interior system to radically reduce construction costs in the urban, multi-family housing sector.

Michael has more than 17 years of expertise in entitlements, project management and public-private partnerships. He was a principal at BUILD from 2012 to 2017, during which he specialized in entitlement strategy, project design, and project management. Prior to working with BUILD, Michael spent three-and-a-half years serving as an adviser to former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and four years practicing law at Farella Braun + Martel, where he focused on land use, real estate and historic tax credits.

In addition to his for-profit work, Michael has helped launch, manage and grow several innovative Bay Area non-profits, including Place Lab (formerly Build Public) and City CarShare. His passion for public service began in the Peace Corps, where he helped start several micro-credit banks and trained local farmers to combat desertification in Niger, West Africa.