2018 Leadership San Jose: Jessie O’Malley Solis

Jessie O’Malley Solis

Name: Jessie O’Malley Solis

Company: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Jessie O’Malley Solis, Senior Real Estate Agent at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is a real estate executive with 18 years of commercial real estate development and financial closing experience.

At VTA she is leading the Joint Development (JD) Program to create mixed use and mixed income Transit Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities throughout the county.  The Joint Development Program is made up of 25 sites and spans from Gilroy to Mountain View touching most cities in between The JD Affordable Housing Policy allows Jessie to focus on solutions to the current bay area wide affordable housing crisis.  

Jessie’s career highlights include leading solar land acquisition of over 1000 sites equating to potential solar build locations for over 750 MegaWatts, assisted and closed on 1603 grants, construction financing, vendor financing and equity partnerships with total transaction values north of 350M. Jessie has entitled over 2,000 multifamily units and has developed, built and managed over 200 multifamily units.  Vendome Place one of the multifamily TOD projects she worked on received a Best of the Bay Award.

Jessie’s career has often taken a circuitous path from starting out as a Park Ranger, spending over a decade as a private Real Estate Developer, gaining small business ownership experience as Co-Owner and Designer at Three Little Ladies Floral Design, and most recently (prior to VTA) serving as the Chief Risk Officer for a solar developer.  The one thing the majority of these transitions all have in common is they have allowed Jessie to develop her passion for the sustainable harvesting of one of world’s greatest resources: land.

Jessie is a proud Slug graduating from University of California, Santa Cruz with a Degree in Environmental Studies in 2000.  In 2012, she earned a Paralegal Certificate from the American Bar Association accredited by De Anza College. She is a lifelong learner and has recently taken course work through the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State in Transportation Management. She is excited about Leadership San Jose 2018 coursework that will allow her to connect with and serve alongside other passionate community leaders.

Jessie is an avid hiker and outdoors person. She enjoys serving her community by giving back through service with the Downtown Rotary of San Jose.  Her highest honor is to serve as wife and mother of a beautiful blended family of 8 children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys adventure and exploration, and adamantly believes that “anything is possible”.


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