Smitha Seshadri

Smitha Seshadri
EVP – Development
Bridge Housing

Smitha Seshadri leads BRIDGE’s real estate development activity in Northern California and the Portland Metro Area; she is also responsible for construction and design quality control standards, policies and procedures across the company’s development footprint from San Diego to Seattle. She rejoined BRIDGE in January 2017 from Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, where she served as Vice President of Real Estate and Construction. As part of the executive management team at Habitat, she was responsible for building the organization’s infrastructure to scale up production. She led the real estate development and construction teams and worked closely with the Board on planning for strategic growth.

Ms. Seshadri first joined BRIDGE in 2006 and was promoted from Senior Project Manager to Director of Development. Prior to BRIDGE, she led the real estate development team at the Santa Clara Housing Authority as Director of Development working on LIHTC and public housing projects. She has experience directing all aspects of real estate development and has managed a variety of complex urban infill new construction, acquisition, rehab/re-syndication, supportive housing and adaptive reuse projects, including the redevelopment and preservation of the historic St. Joseph’s Campus landmark in Oakland, which won a 2015 ULI Global Award for Excellence and the Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award in 2017.

Ms. Seshadri holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, a Master’s degree in Architecture from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Mangalore University. She served on the Board of Directors of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California and is currently on the Board of Satellite Affordable Housing Associates.