our team

Associate Capital is a team of real estate professionals passionate about capitalizing, entitling and developing real estate projects.  The team has decades of combined project experience with San Francisco’s most complex and largest developments. Our focus is on mixed use, in-fill projects that require a long-term vision and focus. 


Enrique Landa - partner

As a partner at Associate Capital, Enrique is responsible for complex entitlement and development projects, while supporting the firm's investment activities. He has a strong interest in adaptive reuse projects and was part of the team that restored and landmarked the Swedish American Hall. Prior to Associate Capital, Enrique was a partner in the Local Development Group and president of the Fritz Property Group. Enrique has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. He actively supports La Cocina and is a board member of the Cow Hollow School.


Charles Thornton - partneR

Before joining Associate Capital, Charlie was a partner at Paul Hastings LLP in San Francisco and Los Angeles where he represented owners and developers of commercial real estate. He has a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Michigan. He is a former Board Chair of the YMCA of San Francisco, is currently the Chair of its Emeritus Board and is active in fundraising for the University of Michigan Law School. 


Erin epperson - SVP of development

As Senior Vice President of Development at Associate Capital, Erin is responsible for project entitlements and implementation. Prior to Associate Capital, Erin served as SVP of Northern California for public homebuilder The New Home Company and had a hand in San Francisco's Hunters Point, Candlestick, and Treasure Island developments while working for Lennar Corporation. Early in her career she was a real estate consultant for a national company. Erin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate from San Diego State University. She enjoys camping, biking and spending time outdoors with her family.


Colin Ensley - Director of finance

As Director of Finance at Associate Capital, Colin is responsible for a variety of development finance, corporate finance, and capital markets related activities. Prior to Associate Capital, Colin served as Director of Finance for Catellus Development Corporation where he oversaw the firm’s debt capital markets function and was principally involved in the development of a 500,000-square foot retail and industrial development in Teterboro, NJ. He also served as an Associate at W3 Partners and as an Analyst at Broadreach Capital Partners, both private real estate investment platforms. Colin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia.


Tina Chang - Director of project management

As Director of Project Management at Associate Capital, Tina is responsible for strategic planning and project coordination. Prior to Associate Capital, Tina spent nearly a decade in the public sector, master planning for the US Navy and managing entitlements of large-scale projects for the San Francisco Planning Department. She earned a Bachelor's degree in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Tina enjoys traveling, yoga, scuba diving, and cycling.


Dave Hansell - facility manager

As Facility Manager at Associate Capital, Dave is responsible for maintenance and operational oversight of the retired Potrero Generating Station. This also includes owners oversight for PG&E remediation work and any interim demolition activities. Prior to Associate Capital, Dave served for nearly 35 years in a variety of plant engineering and plant management roles on the Potrero Generating Station. This has given Dave a strong understanding of the sites history, existing structures, existing active and inactive utilities and the plants past records management systems. All of these make Dave a great asset supporting redevelopment planning. Dave has a Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University and is a registered mechanical engineer. He is an avid sailor.


Matthew Kochman - special situations

As Special Situations lead for Associate Capital, Matthew is responsible for a multitude of tasks in support of the overall entitlement process. He has a strong interest in how the creation of space can facilitate community and connection. Prior to Associate Capital, Matthew served as founder of, or consultant to, a variety of transportation technology companies, with a keen interest in transit demand and logistics. Matthew has a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University where he studied Social Entrepreneurship and Landscape Architecture. He is an avid skier, traveler, and wearer of unflattering sweaters.


Gabrielle MeiRa Perez - Executive assistant

As Executive Assistant for Associate Capital, Gabi is responsible for the management of office operations and supporting in the entitlement process. She has a strong interest in creating personalized environments and services for team members and clients. Prior to Associate Capital, Gabi spent ten years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, followed by time with Wellington Management and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group in San Francisco. Gabi has a Bachelor's in Hotel & Tourism Management from NYU and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California. She is detail oriented with strong organizational skills, and capable of successfully delivering results on tight deadlines.  


Nellie & Jackson - Master Planners

As the Master Planners at Associate Capital, Nellie and Jackson are top dog. Their paw prints can be seen all over the proposed development. They have a strong interest in chasing skunks and maintaining a vegan lifestyle. Prior to Associate Capital, Nellie was a product manager at Google, while Jackson was a surfer in Venice Beach. When not in the office, Nellie and Jackson can be found at Burning Dog or attending events in Dogpatch, naturally.