Suzanne is a Bay Area native born in Berkeley. She has an MA in Art History from UC Berkeley. Her early working years were spent as a theatre costumer for Bay Area Shakespeare festivals and 9 years in the textile industry working for a local textile manufacturer.
She moved to KQED where her love of project management began. She organized the first “green” pledge drive in the nation and helped KQED down a carbon neutral path.
Following her interest in climate change awareness and social responsibility, Suzanne became a Project Manger for Celery Design Collaborative and Free Range Studios, local creative agencies specializing in social justice, corporate responsibility and animal rights. Over the last six years she had led many sustainability, branding/marketing campaigns and web development projects for clients from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. She is certified as a PMP (Project Management Professional) and a SCM (Certified Scrum Master).
Suzanne’s past volunteer experiences include audience development for Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive, committee leads for Association of Moving Image Archivists, Silent Film Database Project, a summer at the Venice Biennale with the Australian Pavilion, an intern at the Wollongong City Gallery, Australia, and as a board member for Project Tango. She’s currently a member of CERT (Community’s Emergency Response Team) Pleasant Hill, and a volunteer with the Contra Costa Humane Society.
In her free time, she squeezes in as much gardening, camping, ice skating, hiking, cycling, textiles, tango dancing and Pilates as she can.
A native of New York’s beautiful Hudson River Valley, Rachel now considers herself a Californian, having resided in the Bay Area since 1999.
Prior to joining The Gunderman Group, Rachel spent nearly ten years running her world-famous artisan jam company, Blue Chair Fruit, which she dissolved in 2017 to launch her next chapter. A sustainable food pioneer and flavor maven, Rachel is the author of three bestselling cookbooks, one of which was nominated for a James Beard award, and she has taught jam and marmalade classes in Europe and across the US. She also offers an online class and continues to teach classes in the Bay Area and Seattle as a side passion. Rachel brings her wide-ranging experiences as an author, small business owner, manager, mentor, art director and editor, and face of her business to real estate. She is thrilled to be working with The Gunderman Group.
In her early days, Rachel studied art through Pratt Institute in Tuscany, worked as an HIV test counsellor in San Francisco, conducted musicology research at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and spent a year studying French literature at the Sorbonne. She holds a degree in French Studies from Smith College. Nowadays, when not working on her next house, Rachel can be found cooking or mixing craft cocktails, biking, doing Pilates, or snuggling with her two dogs. An avid film, theatre, and concert goer, Rachel is a San Francisco Symphony subscriber and San Francisco Zen Center member. She lives with her husband in Oakland.
Meghan is a native of Vermont, where she grew up on a farm. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Journalism from UC Berkeley.
Prior to joining The Gunderman Group, Meghan worked in content marketing in tech and as a web producer and project manager in public broadcasting. Earlier in her career, she worked in fundraising for nonprofits and as a grant writer for cities and counties around the country. She began her career at the National Endowment for the Humanities, where she shepherded proposals in art history, archaeology, anthropology, and literature through the grant-making process.
She’s also the author of The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages, a book of nonfiction that was hailed by critics and readers as quirky, informative, and funny; her work has been published by Salon.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Greater Good. She takes pride in her dry wit and roast chicken.
Meghan’s life experiences include living and traveling extensively in Southeast Asia, and she is looking forward to one day returning to Nepal, her favorite overseas destination.
A resident of Oakland, Meghan enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors with her son.
Ivy is an experienced social media and PR professional originally from Southern California. She has developed successful social media campaigns for broadcast media, software, clean tech, networking, and events organizations. Ivy brings deep knowledge of social media, promotions, and community engagement across a wide range of platforms. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in media studies, and studied economics at the Institute for Humane Studies, Cato University, and the Foundation for Economic Education.
In addition to social media marketing, Ivy is experienced in managing PR for several different companies. She spearheaded the PR campaign for a solar desalination company as they launched a $10 million investment crowdfunding campaign. Ivy has helped clients secure press with National Geographic, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg, and more.
Ivy previously lived in Washington, DC, where she served as copy editor and reporter for the NOVA Fortnightly newspaper while writing for Savvy Biz Women and Oatmeal Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, performing standup comedy, gardening, and blogging.
Jan was raised in Seattle, and when she tired of the rain eight years ago, she moved to the sunny East Bay. Her adult children and baby granddaughter all live within walking distance of her 1885 Victorian in Alameda, and she feels truly blessed!
Jan attended the University of Washington, earning separate degrees in English Literature, Painting, and Surface Design. She made a successful career as a full-time studio artist for 25 years, working with galleries worldwide, being represented by the Seattle Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery, and doing many private commissions and public works projects. Jan’s work hangs in many private collections. She was honored also to be on the Faculty of Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, teaching figure drawing and printmaking.
Locally, Jan shows her work at the Gray Loft Gallery in Oakland, which was just voted “The Best Fine Art Gallery in Oakland” by Oakland Magazine for the second year in a row.
As a byproduct of her art degrees and passion for design, Jan built four homes from start to finish in Seattle and on Camano Island. She is energized by the process: acquisition, financing, planning, design, and of course the “art part”. These experiences have given her a deep understanding of buying and selling and of how to succeed as a creative investor. Her goal is to impart her knowledge and expertise to her clients and to make every transaction as smooth and fun an experience as possible!
Jan held a real estate license in Washington State for 20 years and earned her California Brokers License seven years ago. She has listed and sold many homes in the Oakland, Claremont, Alameda and Piedmont markets, and has many happy clients and a long list of referrals. She loves her job and is very proud to work on David and Andrew’s team—the best of the best!
Alison grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until her family moved to Michigan for her high school years. She then earned her BFA in Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. She moved to New York City to seek fame and fortune, and instead met David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf…which was very good fortune indeed.
Alison followed her passions into various professional ventures including acting in New York City, singing in a big band in Austin, Texas, and writing a screenplay. She fused her creativity and business savvy on the development side in the world of advertising, both at J. Walter Thompson, New York, and BBDO West, in San Francisco. Ali joined the “dot com bubble” in 1999 and worked on the sales team at The Industry Standard. Most recently, Ali owned her own business – a children’s clothing store in Berkeley.
Alison has always had a fascination for real estate. She joins the team as a Buyer’s Concierge – bringing fresh energy and focused attention to the specific needs of each buyer. Ali loves the Bay Area, and lives in Albany with her husband and three children.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Margaret has spent much of her adult life on the East Coast. She earned her BA in political science at George Washington University before moving to New York City, where she lived for 12 years. There, she worked in the competitive and pressure-filled advertising industry, where she oversaw and managed campaign production rollouts for such clients as Rado Watches, Mont Blanc, Tommy Hilfiger, and Geox footwear.
In 2007, Margaret sold or stored most of what she owned, bought a car, a tent, and a National Parks pass, and spent the next five months sleeping under the stars. Her travels took her south to Mexico for six months and then to Central and South America for over a year. It was on this trip she met her now-husband. Once married, they settled in Colorado until work brought them to the Bay Area in 2013.
Margaret is a passionate advocate for gender equality and has devoted much time, resources, and energy to protecting and advancing women’s rights over the past 25 years. She has also volunteered at animal shelters and been involved in dog rescue for the last 15 years.
Besides laughing and dancing with her 4 year-old daughter, Margaret’s favorite things include downhill skiing, scuba diving, hiking, game nights with friends, reading old Calvin & Hobbes comics, listening to her extensive Modest Mouse collection, and watching old Ginger Rogers movies.
Margaret is thrilled and proud to be working with The Gunderman Group.
Jodie grew up in Connecticut and has been living in California for almost twenty years. She attended college in Virginia, but left school to start a family. Introduced to California by her then husband, she’s lived in Sacramento and Berkeley, and happily moved to Alameda five years ago.
Jodie has been working as a Transaction Coordinator since 2009. Prior to that, she was an Executive Assistant to a top level manager at World Savings Bank. When WSB was sold, her manager went into real estate. Jodie was asked her to join him and his partner, opening a small real estate company. Jodie was their Office Manager, Executive Assistant, Project Manager and Transaction Coordinator.
Being a single mother to a 14-year-old doesn’t leave much in the way of free time, but when she can manage it, she likes to read, garden, kayak, and most of all, spend time with her son.