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Emerging Developers Program

Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services is delighted to announce our first ever Emerging Developers Program (EDP) launching in Fall 2021. EDP is a 3-month long educational program designed to provide 15-20 professionals with the knowledge and technical skills to develop infill units and single-family homes. RNHS will coordinate and align resources between community-based technical assistance providers, the City of Oakland, and lenders to maximize the resources targeted directly at Black-led development and real estate-related firms. This project’s governance structure will center Black-led organizations while also still being flexible enough to grow as the project grows with success.

COVID-19 Notice: With the ongoing pandemic, classes will be delivered via remote learning technology

Applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. We encourage you to apply early to reserve your spot.

Fall 2021 application has closed. If you’re interested in learning more about the Spring 2022 cohort, please fill out the interest form below.

Class Schedule

Class Schedule


Teaching Instructors

James Branch JrJames Branch, Jr., P.E., (Land Development) a licensed Professional Engineer with Real Estate Project Development / Real Estate Production. Executive management level professional with an over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial /industrial /residential real estate development and management. Experienced and confident in managing multiple large-scale mixed-use projects, completing them within budget and on time. Collaborative management style. Develops strong alliances and effective communication with business partners. Resourceful, profit driven with an exceptional understanding of real estate finance. Directly involved in all aspects of operations from new investment formation through property / portfolio management. Prepared detailed financial analysis on rental and for sale developments including project pro formas that include land cost feasibility, soft costs, construction and financing costs, cost of sales and target sales projections. Interact with individual and corporate clients, local and state officials and inspectors, attorneys, contractors, public utilities, financial institutions, and marketing agencies for the planning, development, financing, and marketing of large-scale investments. Award of Excellence: NAHB’S National Commercial Builders Council, 2001.

Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering
University of Cal Polytechnic State

Harlan KellyHarlan L. Kelly, Jr., P.E., (Project Management) a licensed Professional Engineer and from 1984 until 2003, he was employed by the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Works, starting as a student trainee, and culminating in his appointment to City Engineer in 1996. In 2003, he joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), as Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure, then, in 2012, he became General Manager, a position he held until 2020 where he oversaw $10 billion in capital programs. He is active with the National Society of Black Engineers. He has been recognized for his accomplishments including the 2015 Silver SPUR Award for Excellence in Public Service; 2012 Good Government Award for Managerial Excellence; and he also co-founded the youth internship program Project Pull, which has been in continuous operation since 1995. During his tenure as General Manager he implemented the Contractors Assistance Center (CAC) to assist small and local businesses gain access to contract opportunities. The CAC offers a range of services, from technical assistance and classroom training to networking events and one-on-one counseling to support the local and regional business economy.

Education: B.S. Civil Engineering
University of California, Berkeley

Kim McGuire ReidKim McGuire Reid (Risk/Finance Management) a certified Professional Insurer with Real Estate / Real Estate Financing. Ms. McGuire-Reid professional experience includes Branch Manager for McGuire-Reid Insurance Agency/Farmers Insurance. She oversees insurance policies for, home, auto, business, workers comp, bonds group and individual health insurance, dental, vision and life insurance. She also acted as Branch Manager for C2 Financial Corporation. Consulted with clients to provide mortgage financing that fits her clients short term and long-term financial goals. She acted as President of the Women’s Council of Realtors East Bay Chapter. There she led a group of professional women and men as they provided valuable resources and tool to real estate professionals throughout SF Bay Area. At Jetstream Mortgage she worked as a Certified Mortgage Loan Consultant. She provided financing options to both residential and commercial real estate purchases, as well as refinancing existing mortgages to meet clients need to access needed cash or restructuring their current mortgage when presented with the opportunity to reduce their current interest rate.

Education: B.S. Business Management
University of Phoenix

Carla Y. TillmanCarla Y. Tillman, PhD., (Communication Management) a Certified Project Management Professional and an Information Technology expert. An authority in project management, authority in project management processes, procedures, training and software design. Advanced in document management and designing procedures document storage; a document expert in all phases of Microsoft applications including Access, SharePoint, Frontpage and MS Project. Experience serving as Proctor for PMP certification. Experience conducting instruction in classrooms, training facilities, virtual presentations for management professionals, corporate employees, small businesses, collage and high school students. Possesses strong organization, communication, and interpersonal skills. An award –winning Toastmaster in public speaking. Dr. Tillman organized and participated in a national economic campaign to promote Black Business awareness and enhancement.

Education: PhD. Management and Organization
Capella University Minneapolis, Minnesota

R Sinclair Group is an emerging African American-owned and operated professional consulting firm, offering a range of services including capital project management; construction management and claims resolution; mediation; fact finding; expert witness; contract compliance, and project management training.​

Who should attend?

EDP was created for general contractors or private investors to break into the real estate development field. Though designed to provide access to Black-led firms, we welcome all applicants with diverse backgrounds. By joining EDP, participants will also be matched with industry mentors that can answers any questions you might have.



Program Sponsors

JP Morgan Chase
Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (510) 237-6459
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