Lynn Sedway Receives Lambda Alpha International Member Of The Year Award

San Francisco,—Lambda Alpha, the honorary land economics society, today recognized Lynn M. Sedway, CRE, as its International Member of the Year. This award is given annually based on achievements in research, consulting or education in real estate, land use or development in the private, nonprofit or public sectors. Also being recognized locally by Lambda Alpha this year are Jesse Smith, Public Official of the Year, and John King, Journalist of the Year.

“Lynn is being recognized for her steadfast leadership in urban development throughout the Bay Area,” said Neil Sekhri, local Lambda Alpha Chair. “She has helped to guide some of the most important projects in the Bay Area to fruition and we’re proud to recognize Lynn.”

Sedway’s imprint on the urban landscape in the Bay Area is evident by her body of work and her forward thinking approach to urban development. As a Principal at Sedway Group and later at Sedway Consulting, she played a key role in some of the highest profile projects in the Bay Area during the past 40 years. Among them, she advised UCSF on its critical decision to locate at Mission Bay. Today, Mission Bay is both a biotechnology hub for research and the home of the first new hospital built in San Francisco in 30 years. Sedway also facilitated the LucasFilm development on the former Letterman site in the Presidio, consulted on the Westfield Centre, and worked on the unique conversion of the AAA Building on Van Ness Avenue into affordable housing.

These projects are just a few highlights of Lynn’s career. She has gone from being one of only three women in her UC Berkeley Haas School of Business MBA program (while raising three children under eight years of age) to being recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area for six consecutive years and, ultimately, being named a ‘Forever Influential Woman’. As founder of Sedway Group, she sold the firm to CB Richard Ellis in 1999, where she remained for ten years as Executive Managing Director before resuming her independent consulting practice.  

She lives in San Francisco, with her husband, Paul. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Awards and Recognition

  • 100 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, 2005-2009
  • ‘Forever Influential Woman’, San Francisco Business Times
  • Legal Momentum Woman of Achievement,
  • Silver SPUR Honoree, 2008Who’s Who in America (30 consecutive years)
  • Member of the Year, Lambda Alpha Golden Gate Chapter


  • Counselors of Real Estate
  • Urban Land Institute Governor, Trustee, Executive Committee
  • Council of Real Estate Women
  • Fisher Center at UC Berkeley: Real Estate Policy Advisory Board Member
  • Hoyt Fellow
  • Mayor’s Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee
  • BRIDGE Housing Board of Directors
  • AMB Alliance Fund III Board of Directors
  • HG Capital Board of Directors
  • Lambda Alpha Board of Directors
  • Advisory Council of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association(SPUR)
  • UCSF Real Estate Committee (subcommittee of the UCSF Foundation)
  • CFIA Board of Directors
  • Trust for Public Land Real Estate Advisory Committee
  • Previous board memberships include: AMB Property, Alexander & Baldwin, Matson Shipping, The Swig Company, CORO Foundation, International House at the University of California Berkeley, and the San Francisco and Marin County Chambers of Commerce

About Lambda Alpha International
LAI is an honorary society that provides a forum for the study and advancement of land economics. It has 40 chapters, and 3,600 members internationally. Its goal is to foster interaction of members who have distinguished themselves in their professions, their communities, and through academic achievement.

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