Co-Owner & Principal
Jessica, co-owner and principal of UPholdings has 19 years of affordable development experience and has created hundreds of affordable housing units and developed a pipeline of thousands more. Jessica specializes in creating community partnerships with service providers and non-profit organizations and is dedicated to creating opportunities for special needs individuals to live in affordable and supportive housing. She facilitates the UPholdings development process including site acquisitions, local entitlements, financing strategy and project design, closings and program compliance. Ms. Hoff Berzac is well-versed in the process of community engagement and knows the importance of building a project and team with a broad network of support.
After receiving a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College, Jessica lived in Chicago for 15 years and dabbled in the arts before finding her own professional home in affordable housing development. She now lives in her hometown of Fresno, CA with her husband, a high school theatre and film teacher, their three young sons, and their dog Sammy.