Michael Yarne is Board Chair and Strategic Advisor of Place Lab.  He and his partners at Build Inc. founded the nonprofit to innovate public place-making finance, development, stewardship and policy.  Yarne brings multiple perspectives to bear on innovating new models of public space development and stewardship,  having advised developers and cities on complex land use, real estate, and project finance issues as an attorney, served on the boards of numerous non-profit livable city organizations, including San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Urban Ecology, managed the development of large-scale mixed-use urban residential projects as a real estate developer and implemented innovative public-private partnerships and policies to fund open space and neighborhood infrastructure as an advisor to San Francisco's Mayor Newsom.