Bruce N. Dorfman, Principal
Bruce Dorfman co-founded Thompson | Dorfman Partners, LLC, a Mill Valley, California-based developer of urban multi-family projects in 1999. He manages the firm’s development and financing activities. He is also a co-founder of Education Housing Partners, Inc. (EHP), a California non-profit, public-benefit corporation that focuses exclusively on the development of workforce housing for public school districts and agencies. EHP has been at the forefront of building workforce housing since being selected by the Santa Clara Unified School District in 2000 as the design/build developer of the award-winning Casa del Maestro community.
From 2015 through 2019, Mr. Dorfman also served as Senior Managing Director of the Northern California Division of Trammell Crow Residential (TCR). He co-managed development efforts on over $1 billion of multi-family, mixed-use developments in core Bay Area locations. These projects include the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, which will be converted into a master-planned, waterfront community with over 800 units of housing, 500,000 square feet of commercial space, a hotel, and a new ferry terminal and service linking the island to Downtown San Francisco. In addition, he led the entitlement efforts for a 42-story residential tower in the City of San Francisco’s Transbay District, the development of a 185-unit mid-rise apartment building in the San Francisco Design District, and an infill, mixed-income housing development in a public/private partnership with the City of Oakland. Mr. Dorfman was also with TCR from 1992 through 1995, responsible for project management and development financing.
From 1996 until 1999, Mr. Dorfman was a Senior Vice President with Irvine Apartment Communities where he directed site acquisition and development activities for the apartment REIT’s California Division, creating a portfolio of 5,000 apartment homes in San Diego, West Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Previously, Mr. Dorfman was with Piedmont Realty Advisors, a pension fund and institutional advisor and also worked for Wells Fargo Bank and Bechtel Power Corporation.
Mr. Dorfman obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and received his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently serves on the board of directors of several local non-profits and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land use economics society.