OAKLAND, Calif., Mar. 10, 2017 – R. Zachary Wasserman, a Real Estate and Land Use Partner with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the region, has been elected chair of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC). Wasserman will serve a one-year term, effective Feb. 17. Wasserman is currently chair of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

BARC is a 20-member collaboration that helps coordinate the regional planning and implementation efforts of four regional agencies of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area to better integrate transportation, land use and air quality efforts. The four agencies include the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

“It’s an honor to serve as chair of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative,” said Wasserman. “BARC has played a pivotal role in the continued economic and environmental development of the Bay Area, and we will remain steadfast in working to strengthen the efforts of BARC to address both mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Wasserman focuses his practice 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 has played an active role with the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, serving as General Counsel since 2003 and as chair of the Leadership Oakland Committee since 1998. Wasserman has also serves as General Counsel and sits on the Executive Committee for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.  Wasserman received his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law (1972) and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1969)

About Wendel Rosen

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP serves a diverse clientele of business, public and individual clients located throughout California and the United States. With offices in Oakland and Modesto, California, the 108-year-old firm advises clients on transactional and civil litigation matters in several related fields of law, including business/corporate; construction; eminent domain; employment; environmental; estate planning, trusts and probate; green business; insolvency, restructuring and creditor rights; insurance; intellectual property; land use; real estate; taxation; and technology. In 2003, the firm became the first law firm in the country to gain third-party certification as a green business and has won numerous recognitions for its leadership in the green economy. The firm was recognized by The National Law Journal on its “Midsize Hot List” in 2009 and 2014. Additional information about the firm and its attorneys may be found at www.wendel.com.

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