Newmark Knight Frank Raises the Bar on CRE Diversity in NorCal

Liz Hart Promoted to Vice Chairman

San Francisco, CA (April 4, 2019) – Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) has promoted top producing and longtime CRE veteran Liz Hart to the position of Vice Chairman.

Ms. Hart is the fifth female vice chairman in the company and NKF’s first female vice chairman in the San Francisco Bay Area. The promotion of Ms. Hart further strengthens NKF’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and reinforces the mission of NKF’s Network of Women (NOW) organization, which represents the firm’s commitment to the recruitment, development and retention of women across the organization.

Ms. Hart joined NKF in 2005 as a broker assistant, where her first real estate transaction was 937 square feet. Through hard work and dedication, her roles and responsibilities at NKF have grown and resulted in eight levels of promotion. She has been one of the region’s top performers over the past ten years. Her specialty is collaborating with prominent technology tenants on headquarters strategy and landlords on complex ground up and redevelopment projects.

In the last several years, she has brokered several of the top office headquarters transactions in San Francisco and Oakland. Some of her notable transactions include Uber’s Mission Bay Headquarters for 1 million-square-feet, representing Alexandria Real Estate in 1.4 million-square-feet of transactions, including the Stripe and Pinterest headquarters, and representing CIM in their 355,000 squarefeet Uptown Station deal with Square.

According to NKF President, Northwest Region Chuck Seufferlein, “Liz is and has always been a formidable talent with unique abilities and extremely high standards. She deserves this promotion; our company and clients are indeed fortunate to benefit from her consistent productivity, dedication and exemplary work ethic.”

NKF Executive Vice President, Regional Managing Director Bryan Courson added, “Liz embodies all the positive, professional qualities that one can possibly fathom. She is a driven top performer, a great communicator, a proven team leader and a consummate task manager. She’s clearly an asset to our brand and mentors many young brokers and staff in our region.” Courson also believes that among the top 10 CRE brands, Hart is among a relatively small percentage of female vice chairman in the Bay Area’s CRE history.

Ms. Hart is on the board of 1 Brush Initiative, a nonprofit focused on public art projects and art education in San Francisco. She also co-produced Last Glimpse, a travel and adventure show that visited places on Earth impacted by complex environmental issues

Ms. Hart earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Awards: Top Five Producers in Newmark Knight Frank’s San Francisco office in 2007 and from 2010 to 2018. She ranked among the Top 20 Producers in 2011 and Top 10 Producers from 2013 to 2018. In November 2015, she was named one of the Top 20 US Office Leasing Brokers by Real Estate Forum. In March 2016, she was named San Francisco’s Broker of the Year by The San Francisco Business Times.

Partial List of Lease Transactions Uber Technologies:

  • 1 million SF+ 88 Bluxome: 490,000 SF 510 Towsnend/Alexandria :
  • 300,000 SF Uptown Station/CIM: 355,000 SF Twtich:
  • 180,000 SF 505 Brannan/Alexandria: 150,000 SF Zendesk:
  • 130,662 SF Open DNS: 121,042 SF BitTorrent:
  • 60,181 SF Box, Inc.: 49,502 SF
About Newmark Knight Frank

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