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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Sam Ferguson
Assistant Project Manager

Sam is an Assistant Project Manager with over 7 years of experience working in corporate property management at LEED certified Class A office buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sam is passionate about physical spaces and building a connection between occupants and the places where they spend much of their time.

His responsibilities in previous roles include vendor and contract management, budget creation and implementation, projects ranging from building repairs to TI construction and capital improvements, material procurement and management of all project-related tracking, coordination and documentation.

Sam graduated from California State University, Chico in 2012 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. His free time is often spent with family, playing guitar, or spending time outdoors and he is passionate about films, music, and books.

Alyssa Dolata
Assistant Project Manager

Alyssa is an Assistant Project Manager with over 4 years of experience working in the construction project management industry in the Bay Area. Her expertise includes commercial tenant improvements for a variety of clients including Fin-tech, High-tech, Automotive, Investment firms among others. She began her career in 2018 as a Project Coordinator working alongside a team to learn the ropes of all things project management including budgets, schedules, contract administration, client & vendor coordination, and furniture management to name a few.

While she loves the design aspect of aesthetically pleasing spaces, her love for the process and seeing a space transition from the conceptual phase through to fruition drove her to pursue a career in project management. She is passionate about her work and loves getting to play a part alongside the project team to breathe life into her clients’ needs, goals and vision for their project.

Alyssa earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from San Diego State University. When she’s not behind the screen, Alyssa enjoys unwinding with her family & friends, doing Pilates, going to farmer’s markets, trying new restaurants, a glass of wine & catching up on shows.

Elizabeth Cisneros
Senior Project Manager

Elizabeth has 12 years of experience in Project Management and Strategic Planning having executed complex projects of all types including office, financial services, healthcare, and life sciences both domestically and internationally.

Elizabeth has worked on projects with Capital One, Bank of America, GluMobile, Xerox, Northrup Grumman and many others.  Her most recent experience was working with UCSF and Gilead Sciences doing small lab buildouts, lab and personnel relocations, and assisting with equipment asset management.  She brings a wealth of specialized knowledge and expertise to each client project.  She understands the long-term impact important decisions have on cross-functional teams while also understanding a client’s goals and objectives. She establishes strong, trusted relationships with clients and partners throughout the process.

Elizabeth was inspired to pursue a Corporate Real Estate career when she secured a Project Management job with Devry Education Group in their Real Estate and Facilities Department in Downers Grove, IL.  After living in Chicago for 15 years, she recently moved back home to the Bay Area in late 2018 to continue her career.

When not working, Elizabeth likes to spend time with her kids attending sporting events, amusement parks, trying new restaurants and enjoying small weekend getaways.  She also enjoys her personal time relaxing, watching movies, and having dinners with friends.

Evelyn Gonzalez
Move Manager

Evelyn has over 8 years in the facilities industry with a focus on Moves, Adds, and Changes (MAC). She has broad experience in building space management including workplace move relocation and vendor management for building upkeep. She credits her passion, dedication, and attention to detail for making her the Move Manager she is today.

She began her career as an Operational Coordinator overseeing janitorial operations. Later in her career, she came across the MAC department where she found her passion for coordination, space planning, and interior design. Successful projects include the relocation of 300+ people along with reconfiguring the workspace, the launching of new buildings, and bringing new buildings online.

Evelyn grew up in the Bay Area. When not at work, her time is spent with her family and taking family vacations. She is always willing to try new food, likes watching football games, and enjoys the fall season!

Annie Kutsuris
Assistant Project Manager

Annie has worked in the commercial construction industry since 2016. She began her career in General Contracting in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed a sharp eye for detail and craftsmanship working on a variety of high-design technology based office spaces. From there, Annie shifted her focus to ground-up construction in the education market and spent several years building K-12 educational facilities in San Joaquin and Alameda County. Annie gained experience in civil and structural improvements and an appreciation for the impact educational facilities have on the communities they serve.

Most recently, Annie has worked in Construction Management, managing contractors on large scale projects. Through her experience as General Contractor and Construction Manager, Annie has developed a keen understanding of the challenges both contractors and Owners face and is able to work effectively with all stakeholders to ensure a timely and successful project delivery.

Annie holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from San Jose State University. She enjoys fitness, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two young sons.

Sheideh Shanahan
Senior Project Manager

Sheideh is a seasoned Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry.  Her career has included managing the design and construction of commercial buildings as well as civil infrastructure.  She has a proven ability to lead multi-disciplined teams that are committed to safety, quality, and cost effectiveness through Project Management processes.  She has a track record of moving projects forward, making swift decisions, and managing costs.

With a degree in Civil Engineering, and having worked for a General Contractor, she understands the intricacies of and complexities of Construction.  For over seven years, she managed projects in the Tech Industry.  Projects consisted of office spaces, cafes, anechoic chambers, high tech labs, and cleanrooms.  She has also worked as an Operations Manager. That role included creating standardized processes, reviewing $500MM budgets (consisting of ~50 different projects) as well as Project Support. She is a team player, driven, and works well with people.

Sheideh enjoys baking for her family, hosting dinner parties, interior decorating, and spending time with her husband and two young children.