Denise attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a B.A. in History, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning. She has over 30 years of experience in real estate including acquisitions, asset and construction management, marketing, leasing, planning/entitlements, transit and green building program development, and public affairs. She has been involved in infill housing and alternative transportation innovations in the Bay Area including: Founding and serving as Chief Executive and Board Chair for Mountain View’s first privately funded shared shuttle MVGO; Serving as Board Chair of the Emeryville TMA operator of the EmeryGoRound shuttle; Chairing the Bay Area Council Housing and Sustainable Development Committee where she wrote and lobbied SB1069 to expand second units as an affordable housing source in California. 

She is the Chair and Vice Chair of the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board; a member of the SPUR Housing Committee; a member of the Technical Committee ABAG/MTC Committee to House the Bay Area (CASA), and a recipient of the Jobs and Housing Coalition’s Legacy Award for  2018. She has received personal recognition from the State of California Assembly and Senate, Oakland City Council, Alameda County Board of Supervisors and for leadership in the Bay Area and California. 

Denise was named one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2012, 2013, 2016 and was named to their Forever Influential Honor Roll in 2014.