Linda Herman Consulting/Cohousing Development

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Take a look at Linda Herman's presentation at the Aging Better Together Cohousing Conference May 2016: "When the Developer Leads the Way"

Linda Herman Consulting (LHC) brings a fresh perspective to cohousing. An extensive background in a varied array of projects allows LHC to support cohousing communities that reflect the unique qualities of each group. We are differentiated by an aptitude for establishing and leading a positive and efficient collaborative process in which the whole team can thrive; the community members as well as the professionals.

Trust, open communications, and early team-building are key components of our firm’s approach. This results in knowledge-based decision-making, maximized efficiencies in all project phases, and a more meaningful level of participation and investment by all stakeholders.

Linda Herman Consulting manages design and construction projects in the North Bay and the greater San Francisco Bay Area with special emphasis on non-profits and cohousing groups. LHC has led a wide range of projects to successful completion; she recently completed a 41-unit senior cohousing project in the SF Bay Area.

Hallmarks of our services:
• Honesty and integrity
• Teambuilding through highly skilled group facilitation and support
• Establishing, monitoring, and delivering goals
• Modeling forthright, clear communications
• Process management expertise
• Leveraging design experience as a team resource.

Project Development
• Strategic planning and visioning
• Site search
• Due Diligence and feasibility studies
• Develop the Project Plan including goal-setting for design, budget and schedule
• Project programming: identify the needs and wants of the community
• Establish decision-making process
• Facilitate community meetings and outreach

Design and Approvals
• Select and hire team consultants
• Design guidance to develop community attributes unique to each project
• Coordinate and manage the design process
• Coordinate and manage planning approval and building permit process
• Represent project to regulatory agencies

Project Financing and Membership Agreements
• (Assistance with) securing project financing
• Assistance with development of legal agreements
• Cohousing membership agreements and policies customized for each project.

Project Management
• Establish clear milestones for each phase of project development
• Development of project budget and financial management
• Oversee project schedule
• Assist with community decision-making
• Construction management


Linda Herman
Linda is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a consulting firm that offers exceptional outcome-oriented project management services, providing the expertise to plan, coordinate and manage the design and construction process for a variety of clients. She works with community groups, non-profit organizations, developers, and has completed projects as varied as an award-winning synagogue in San Francisco, a $100M wholesale product market, a local food bank, and is currently completing a 41 unit co-housing project for active adults in Oakland, CA.

Linda was born and raised in the Bronx, NYC, where she knew her neighbors, played “around the corner”, and knew the local vendors. This experience is at the heart of her professional goals: to develop innovative models for affordable and sustainable living for the senior community. Her mission is to create co-housing developments: scalable, walkable, healthy neighborhoods where seniors can live in community and age gracefully in place.

Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator, a LEED Accredited Professional and an Allied member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She has completed the USC Ross Program in Real Estate offered by the Bay Area Council. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Academy of Art University.

Jayni Allsep
Jayni provides strategic planning, project management, community development, and environmental planning services to a variety of public and private-sector clients. She has managed a wide range of projects including residential master plans, civic buildings, campuses, mixed use developments, and conservation management plans.
Throughout her 30-year career as a land use and environmental planner, Jayni has been committed to creating great places for people to live and work in the built environment while respecting the natural environment. Jayni became interested in cohousing while exploring housing options that would allow her parents to maintain their independence and age in place gracefully. Jayni truly believes that the boomer generation will want better and different options for aging in place. Creating great places for older adults is now a focus of her work.

Jayni is a member of the American Planning Association and the Association of Environmental Professionals. She is active in her community and currently serves on the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) Citizen Oversight Committee, representing the southern Marin Planning Area. Jayni is also a volunteer and steering committee member of the Tiburon Peninsula Village, a non-profit, volunteer-supported, membership organization that strives to help seniors age in place safely, confidently and independently.

Phoenix Commons
LHC managed the extensive permitting, design and construction phases for this 41-unit senior cohousing project in Oakland, CA. LHC also facilitated the interior design process for the community spaces and individual units. Completed in March 2016, the members are moved in and are loving it!

Redwood Empire Food Bank
LHC managed the team selection, planning, permitting, design and construction process for the renovation of an existing 60,000 square foot industrial warehouse, resulting in the innovative new facility for the Redwood Empire Food Bank which serves 78,000 Sonoma County residents a month.

Congregation Beth Sholom
LHC provided Owner’s representation during the construction phase of the 21,000 square foot synagogue. Though underway for many years, many functional issues had not been addressed. LHC implemented a process for owner meetings, re-engaged the various building committees and established a design process for decision-making among multiple committees.

San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market
Master Plan and Feasibility Study for the redevelopment of the 500,000 square foot San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market. LHC selected and coordinated efforts of the multi-discipline consultant team, liaised among various City departments and agencies, two legal teams and two Boards of Directors and the merchants


Linda Herman

linda [at] lindahermanconsulting [dot] com