OAKLAND, Calif., Mar. 1, 2012– Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP Partner R. Zachary Wasserman has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). 

BCDC is a state agency dedicated to the protection and development of the San Francisco Bay and the encouragement of its responsible use. BCDC’s 27-member Commission works with regional partners and other municipalities to ensure healthy, sustainable use of open water, marshes, salt ponds, mudflats and other wetlands. The Commission oversees permitting development near the Bay, including issues related to the America’s Cup, and addresses regulatory and adaptation strategies regarding rising sea levels.

Wasserman focuses his practice at Wendel Rosen on transportation issues, real estate and land use, and nonprofit organizations. He negotiates and drafts complex real estate and financial structures on behalf of private businesses and public agencies and works with state and local regulatory permitting agencies to carry out high-profile Bay Area real estate projects. 

Wasserman has a long history of involvement in civic and economic development issues in the East Bay. He served on the Port of Oakland’s Board of Commissioners in the late 1980s. More recently, Wasserman has become involved with BCDC through his representation of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, where he serves as General Counsel and sits on the Executive Committee. Wasserman also has an active role with the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, where he is General Counsel and serves as Chair of the Leadership Oakland Committee.

Wasserman received his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law (1972) and his B.A. in politics, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1969).

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