TEAM

We take pride in our team’s extensive knowledge of the architecture, design and construction management industry. Meet our family and get to know us.

Interested in joining our family? We continually seek top talent to contribute to our success. View available positions here.

Rachel Walls
Principal + Owner

Rachel is a Project Manager with over 15 years of experience partnering with companies building new locations. Her management skills include build outs of office locations and campus work for technology companies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and financial services firms.

She discovered her passion for project management while assisting a construction project manager at the beginning of her career. Since then, Rachel has honed her leadership and project management skills and discovered her love of seeing the delight on client’s faces upon first walking into their new space.

Her recent projects include managing buildouts of collaborative workspaces for several technology companies including RocketSpace, Redbubble, Beats Music and a prominent social media company in Los Angeles. This work has expanded her thought around how employees work together in public spaces and provided her with additional insight into the needs of diverse workforces.

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Utah. In her personal time, she enjoys hiking, skiing and spending time with her family.

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Stephanie Hamilton
Senior Project Manager

Stephanie is a seasoned project manager with over 18 years of experience focusing on Hi Tech headquarters and campus work, property management, tenant improvements, decommissions and large relocations for Fortune 100 clients.

In her early career, Stephanie worked in tech and was exposed to project management through her work with an architecture firm. Once she started managing projects, building teams and achieving client goals, she never looked back. She still maintains close, positive relationships with vendors who recognize her commitment to partnering with tried and true teams.

Her most memorable moment as a project manager happened while she was managing a relocation for a client in the Bay Area. Unbeknownst to her team, the filming of the Matrix was happening during her project. After months of planning, she and her teams had to negotiate space with the movie crews, juggle schedules while catching glimpses of Keanu Reeves from the 5th floor window while the movie was being filmed.

Stephanie enjoys volunteering in her community with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Downtown Pleasanton Association. In her spare time, you can find her cooking for friends and family, DIYing, perusing flea markets and attending horse shows with her daughters.

Nick Suarez
Senior Project Manager

Nick possesses over 25 years of experience with Fortune 100 companies working in real estate, facilities, and information technology. His areas of expertise include strategic and tactical planning, forecasting, budgeting, purchasing, space utilization, software training, project management, program management, workplace development, design and mentoring. He has a proven track record of streamlining processes and procedures to enhance the productivity of individuals and departments. Nick has created and implemented multimillion-dollar budgets while reducing costs and saving time. He is a highly effective communicator, negotiator, facilitator, evaluator, and presenter.

As part of the United States Air Force Reserve with 25 years in service, he’s held several positions including Senior Air Reserve Technician, Air Transportation Manager and Chief of Logistics Readiness as a Chief Master Sergeant. He managed the day-to-day operations for the squadron to maintain training and readiness.

Nick enjoys handcrafting his own writing instruments and has been around the world in 14 days on a USO tour that included 9 countries.

Tamara Kitka Loud
Director of Operations

Tamara is a multi-faceted relationship-focused professional with a passion for collaboration, problem-solving and team building. She has spent the last 15 years working for small companies requiring a range of responsibilities including human resources, marketing, sales and supplier management. She thrives on the challenges associated with growth, diversity, and multi-tasking. Her organizational skills, adaptability and overall curiosity have enabled her to work in a variety of fields including entertainment, law, global mobility and project management.

Tamara will be handling all aspects of people operations, recruiting, vendor management, supporting government contracting efforts and corporate workshop planning.

Tamara graduated from Mills College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and spent a year living abroad in Paris. When she isn’t traveling and exploring new places with her husband, she can usually be found on her yoga mat. She loves the outdoors, being with friends and hanging out with her daughters.

Bill Ladley
Sustainability Project Manager

Bill has over 20 years of experience as an Architect, managing a wide variety of projects including commercial, residential, cultural, industrial, and transportation buildings. His projects include historic and existing buildings, such as Grand Central Terminal and the Empire State Building, and new developments, with a focus on design for environmental context and sustainability.  In his career, he has led firm-wide teams to develop and implement sustainability goals for projects and the overall practice, as well as working groups and staff education programs.

He is passionate about sustainability, wellness, and the health of building occupants.  He is continually learning and seeking knowledge to understand new technologies and concepts to achieve higher levels of sustainability. Bill believes that successful projects are built on strong communication and collaboration of team members.  He is skilled at communicating and collaborating and focused on achieving project goals from initial design through construction.

He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology, is a Registered Architect in New York State, and holds LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, and TRUE Advisor credentials.  In his free time, Bill enjoys running and biking outdoors, cooking, nature, arts and culture, and travel.

Beatriz Esquivel-Bockman
Senior Project Manager

Beatriz is a seasoned project manager with over 25 years of experience in property management, construction management and workspace planning. She prides herself on having a keen eye for opportunities to improve workflows, operational processes to make them happen without upsetting staff and business.

Over the course of her career, Beatriz has worked with large companies, city and county governments, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. She’s managed multi-site portfolios requiring critical budget oversight, contract negotiations, purchasing agreements, staff leadership, vendor relations, safety compliance and developed excellent business continuity plans.

One aspect of project management Beatriz enjoys the most is working with teams that engage and challenge her to influence project success through high levels of creativity and efficiency.  Some of her favorite projects are those where she was able to improve space efficiencies and significantly reduce energy consumption and waste.

When not working Beatriz participates in a variety of community service and fundraising activities.

Amy Nasser
Operations Program Manager

Amy has spent the last 10 years in the hospitality area. She started her career in hotels as a catering sales manager working her way up to corporate sales manager. During her time in the hotel industry, she negotiated, planned, serviced, and executed both social and corporate events from start to finish. Her attention to detail, and the close relationships she maintained with her clients, set her apart.

Over the course of her career, Amy has worked on many large conferences for a variety of companies. She has put together unique meeting configurations, menus, and themed parties.

One aspect Amy enjoys the most is working with a team and contributing to its success. She believes that being a team player is the most beneficial part of any organization.

In her spare time, Amy is busy with her two children, Amelia age 3 and AJ who is 1. She enjoys spending all her free time with her husband and two children.

Euan Watson
Technical Planner

Euan is a Technical Design Manager with over 15 years of experience working on a wide range of design and construction projects across different scales and typologies in Architecture and Design studios in Edinburgh, London and New York.

Euan has been working in New York since 2017, with a focus on workplace design for clients including government and financial institutions. Key to Euan’s experience is his collaborative approach to working with large multi-disciplinary design and construction teams, alongside client and end-users, to successfully deliver beautiful and functional spaces.

Prior to relocating to New York, Euan spent a number of years working in London, where he worked as a key team member on The Bower, an award-winning commercial office development incorporating the refurbishment of a series of existing 1960’s buildings, new-build and public realm.

Originally from Edinburgh, Euan studied as an undergraduate at University College London and completed his Master’s in Architecture and Interiors at the Royal College of Art, also in London. Euan is an ARB-registered Architect in the UK.

Euan regularly plays soccer in Brooklyn, runs throughout the City of New York, and takes every opportunity to combine his love of sports and architecture, notably participating in the Empire State Run-up race in 2019 (86 flights, 1,576 stairs).

Julia Dobroff
Project Manager

Julia has over 12 years of experience in the architectural and interior design industry. She has extensive project management experience, having coordinated large-scale efforts from design development through construction documentation and construction administration phases. She has worked on complex signage and wayfinding projects, conducted detailed site analysis, and managed signage fabricators.

Julia began her career as a junior interior designer. Shortly after, she went into the signage and wayfinding industry, managing CAD and Revit files, and programming signage for various hospital and civic projects. She coordinated with design team members, which led to client interfacing and project management.

Her signage and wayfinding project experience includes California Pacific Medical Center, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, Laguna Honda Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, McKesson Irving, Punahou, San Francisco International Airport, Stanford Healthcare, Stanford University, Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, UCSF Medical Center, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Julia graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Interior Design. She enjoys spending time with her family and walking and running around the Bay Trail in her new neighborhood. She’s completed a half marathon and hopes one day to run a full marathon!

Adrianna Cai
Project Manager

Adrianna has over 9 years of industry experience managing the successful design and build-out of environmental graphic design and signage programs. She helped establish wayfinding strategy and implementation in workplaces, corporate campuses, data centers, airports, and hospitals. These projects ranged from 20,000 to over 1 million square feet – covering building renovation and ground up construction.

 

Adrianna provides clients with truly integrative solutions through a deep understanding of the fundamental and technical production of signage and how it relates to architecture and interior design. She marries design aesthetic with function, creating an overall agile user experience to shape the way people interact with their surroundings, help solve communication challenges, and effectively roll out scalable systems globally. Her dedication and hands on project management approach through close collaboration with architects, designers, artists, fabricators, and the end-user is imperative to her process. 

 

Adrianna holds a double B.A. in Design and Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She is a San Francisco native and still loves exploring the Bay Area. You will most likely find her at the newest restaurants, taking notes to recreate her favorite dishes at home for friends and family.

Clare Friel
Senior Project Manager

Clare comes to The Bridge Group with 16 years of project management experience in the construction industry. Her area of focus includes commercial tenant improvement projects in downtown San Francisco for an expansive variety of clients from nonprofits to Fintech. Recent projects also include an automotive maintenance and operations facility, capital improvement projects, and specialty retail.

Clare’s introduction to project management came while working as an admin at a startup. She was tasked with managing their new office buildout. It was this experience, and a visit to her father’s residential construction project, that inspired her to intentionally pursue the career. The satisfaction of successfully delivering a tangible project, and the teamwork and collaboration it takes to do so, are what Clare finds most rewarding.

Outside of the office, Clare enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with family and friends. She enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and camping. For her, the mountains and ocean are always calling.

Nicolle Cortorreal
Assistant Project Manager

Nicolle is an Assistant Project Manager with over 6 years of experience working in the construction project management, architecture, and planning industries in the New York City and San Francisco Bay Area. She is energetic, friendly, and a strong team player with a passion to build innovative projects.

Nicolle began her career as a Junior Architect in New York City developing skills in AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Suite and other technology programs. She later moved to San Francisco and worked in general contracting forming strong bonds with clients and consultants. Her responsibilities included management of all project documentation and distributions as required for permitting, construction, coordination, pricing, and closeout purposes. In addition, she managed material procurement and subcontractor performance in conjunction with the Field Department, as well as taking action to resolve performance issues.

Nicolle holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. She enjoys traveling, exploring museums and spending time with family and friends.

Yvonne Nguyen
Project Coordinator

Yvonne is a newcomer to the AEC industry. Since graduating from San Jose State University in 2017, she has been honing her skills as an executive admin. She is particularly adept at multi-tasking, scheduling, preparing presentations, managing multiple calendars, conference coordination and team collaboration. Her ability to juggle a multitude of tasks for a variety of executives simultaneously led her to the conclusion that project management was her next challenge.

Yvonne adores her 3-year-old orange tabby cat named Simba. She enjoys working out in the gym believing that mental and physical health should be of equal importance.  She strives to maintain a healthy work/life balance which directly translates to her commitment to spend time with friends and family. And yes, this includes her beloved Simba!

Genevieve Meza
Operations Program Manager

With over a decade of experience in the contract furniture and service industry, Genevieve understands the importance of creating a workplace environment that is both efficient and effective. Working alongside construction, planning and architectural teams, Genevieve believes that teamwork is essential to ensure a well-executed and successful project.

Before coming to the Bridge Group, Genevieve worked as a Project Designer for a furniture dealership in the Bay Area. One of Genevieve’s most memorable projects was a 1.1 million square foot space that consisted of over 3500 unique pieces of furniture! She worked closely with the Account Manager, design team, and various trade groups to maintain project budgets, partner with new and existing vendors, and assisted in product and finish selections.

When she is not at her desk, you will most likely find Genevieve outdoors – she loves to take long road trips with family and friends and is an avid hiker. When she is not on the road or hitting the trails, she loves to hang out at home and do a different kind of work – artwork! She enjoys spending time painting, hand knitting and tackling home renovation projects.

Tom Smith
Operations Program Manager

With over 7 years of experience in Interior Design and Furniture, Tom understands the importance of creating a space that is both functional and pleasing to the eye. Working alongside the construction, architecture and furniture teams, Tom believes that teamwork and good communication are crucial to the success of any project.

Tom began his career as an Interior Designer for an architecture firm in San Jose, developing skills in space planning and design. He later joined a furniture dealership in Santa Clara exploring design through furniture. He worked closely with clients, account managers, and his design team to manage project budgets, design direction and client expectations, and worked with different vendors and contractors to bring projects to fruition. In addition, he helped create new software standards, on boarding processes, and improved on existing standards as needs arose.

Outside of work, he likes to relax in nature, hangout with family and friends and keep busy being a dad to his dog. When he has some free time, he likes to catch up on his sleep, read a good book, watch a good movie, or plan his next travel destination.

Gina Toscano
Senior Project Manager

Gina has over 15 years of experience in architecture and project management. She began the first phase of her career working in architecture, with an emphasis on workplace interiors. From the start of her career, Gina quickly rose into a leadership role, managing teams and interfacing with clients as an architectural project manager. Through dedication and a hands-on approach to project management, Gina built a strong reputation in her industry and strong relationships with her clients.

Her passion for building client relationships and proficiency in the tenant buildout process led to the second phase of her career: owner’s rep project management. Gina’s most recent experience was working with Savills Studley in their project management division, managing a wide array of project types and clients, including technology companies, law firms and financial services firms.

Gina was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a B.Arch. in Architecture with a minor in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley. Although she enjoyed many years of living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, she was excited to move to New York in 2020. In her personal time, Gina enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring the East Coast with her family.

Chaitali Gandhi
Project Manager

Chaitali is an Architect with over 4 years of experience. She has worked on diverse projects ranging from change management for a big retail company, to landscape design for both residential buildings and public spaces. Her passion, however, is for sustainability which resulted in a pivot towards green consulting where she has helped certify over 10  structures.

Having been in consulting roles over the years, Chaitali has worked with clients of all sizes in a variety of industries. She has gained knowledge in working and collaborating with big and small teams. She believes that communication and the ability to adapt are vital when working on different projects and teams.

Chaitali earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho and holds LEED AP BD+C credentials. She is currently pursuing a course in UX design to understand the human interaction with its surroundings. In her free time, she enjoys nature, travel, food and working on DIY projects. Her current and favorite project is making Mandala designs and Macrame art.

Danny White
Project Manager

Danny has over 10 years of experience in the facilities, operations, and construction industries. He has broad experience in managing the built environment, including managing the workforce and vendors responsible for its upkeep. His focus in Facilities was on operational efficiency, green initiatives, and sustainability efforts. He managed LEED certified facilities working toward continual improvement in waste management, utilities, and energy consumption.

Danny began his career as a Director of Facilities in Palo Alto, overseeing maintenance, janitorial, and events set-ups, as well as project and move management. His penchant for seeking out green building efforts included implementing a campus-wide LED retrofitting program, zero-waste compost/recycling initiative, and succeeding in his efforts to procure what was the 2nd largest solar panel array installation in Palo Alto. His Project Management experience came while working as a contractor for Google. Danny has built strong and lasting relationships working closely and effectively with those around him. His most recent project experience has been in the Commercial construction industry working for a General Contractor on a wide array of project types and clients, including Google, Stanford Medicine, Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, and Aloft Hotels.

Danny grew up and went to school in Indiana, graduating from Purdue University with a B.A. in Building Construction & Management. When not at work, his time is largely spent playing softball, swimming, biking, hiking, and going camping/off-road excursions throughout CA with his family.

Laura Schafer
Project Manager

Laura has more than 3 years of practice in interior architecture, FF&E specification, standards and guidelines work, and client relations. She is a naturally inquisitive and a relentless optimizer, Laura’s drive to iterate and improve is essential to her process.

By providing thoughtful feedback about project direction early on, she helps teams assay and resolve potential pitfalls at early project stages. While others are asking ‘How?’, Laura is focused on the ‘Why’, considering products from the standpoint of the user, and pushing the project towards consistency and functionality.

Laura enjoys contemplative and calming activities in her spare time, watching movies, reading, game nights with friends and a good cup of coffee.

Katie Chan
Operations Program Manager

Katie has over 10 years of experience in interior architecture, commercial furniture, and facility operations. She began her career as a Technical Project Manager/ Interior Designer for JCA Architect in New York, focusing on retail design and workplace interiors for major clients on the East Coast and worldwide. By taking a wide range of responsibilities from design development to construction documentation, Katie quickly earned the principal’s trust and led a number of key design projects including Ray-Ban Flagship in NYC, Mediamath at 4 WTC, and Detroit Red Wings Preview Center.

After relocating to the Bay Area, Katie joined Pivot Interiors, a commercial furniture dealership, as a Senior Project Account Designer to provide workplace solutions and project management for many commercial clients of different company scales. Working closely with clients, account managers, manufacturers, architects, construction teams and end users, Katie has developed a strong sense of visual and communication skills that play a big part in meeting client expectations and bringing successful and cost-effective projects to life.

With her solutions-oriented mindset, expertise in design and workplace solutions, Katie has effectively taken projects from design and implementation by coordinating with different cross functional teams to develop new programs/tools, RTO process, and office/lab projects. She believes that relationships and collaborations are the key elements for any successful project.

Apart from work, Katie is passionate about cooking and food styling. Cooking is a natural way for her to relieve stress and food styling boosts creativity. She loves to explore ingredients that she has never used before and discover new ways to prepare them.

Prasert Wiwatyukhan
Project Manager

Born and raised in both Thailand and Boston, MA, Prasert has continuously striven to cultivate and integrate a multicultural background and sensitivity into his practice. Following a semester in Rome, Italy, the experience deeply influenced his work, approach to design-thinking, and lifestyle. His time spent abroad allowed him to evolve as a design professional, and understand from an international perspective, the various ways architecture is integrated into the social fabric of our urban centers.

Through critical design thinking, sketching, and BIM management, Prasert honed his skills and ability to address project challenges through the unique lens of each individual client. In his professional career spanning over 10 years, he has been fortunate enough to work on projects in a number of practice areas including technology, financial services, professional services, biotechnology, and health & wellness. Prasert’s broad range of experience includes efficiency and skill navigating projects from design conception through to construction administration. In his spare time, Prasert enjoys exploring different types of cooking, hiking with his dog, and biking throughout Bay Area.

Edwin Camerino
Administrative Coordinator

Edwin possesses 20+ years of experience in a wide variety of industries: retail, food distribution, and convention management specializing in client relationship management and retention.

He has also assisted with, and help fundraise for, many non-profit organizations including the American Cancer Society, Aids Walk SF, and the Sacramento Food Bank. In addition, he managed a PTA program as President for 2 years affording him the ability to provide extracurricular programs and assemblies for students and new technology for teachers.

In his spare time, Edwin stays active by volunteering in his community, travelling, watching sports, and collecting sports memorabilia.

Katie Jones
Project Manager

Katie is a NCIDQ certified interior designer with over 6 years of experience in the commercial architecture world. Her career has focused on tenant improvements for major clients in the Bay Area and worldwide, with broad responsibilities through all phases of design and construction.

Katie’s approach to design strives to marry beauty and functionality, never sacrificing one for the other. The goal is always to understand projects holistically in order to achieve the best end result. Coming from a polytechnic background allows her to be agile while organized and her solutions-oriented mindset helps create unique and effective deliverables. She believes collaboration to be a key tenet of her success and her relentless planning instincts lend themselves well to good project management.

Katie’s interior architecture experience includes projects with Credit Karma, One Medical, Google, Facebook, Autodesk, Pagerduty, Workday, and Cruise.

Katie earned a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State Institute, San Luis Obispo. She is a professional member of IIDA. Outside of work she can be found exploring wine country, developing her yoga practice, or catching up on reality tv.