Just got this press release from the Warriors. If anything, it’s a public message that they’re serious about continuing with plans for a new arena at Piers 30/32 in San Francisco. Also, unless I’m mistaken, the franchise’s newest employee steps in as the second female with a prominent role in the organization (Kellie Vugrincic serves as V.P. of Human Resources).
Accomplished Architect & Project Manager Will Oversee Planning, Design & Construction Of Team’s New Arena
OAKLAND, CA – The Golden State Warriors have hired Ellen Warner as Vice President of Development, it was announced today. In this role, she will serve as the development manager for the team’s proposed privately financed sports and entertainment complex on Piers 30-32 and Seawall Lot 330 in San Francisco and will oversee planning, design and construction of the project.
“We are thrilled to add Ellen to the Warriors organization in this critical role,” said Joe Lacob, the team’s Co-Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Her skills and experience make her a perfect choice to lead our project.”
A San Francisco resident, Warner has more than three decades of experience successfully managing large and complex real estate projects, with budgets totaling $1 billion, including public buildings, hospitals, medical campuses, and office buildings.
“Joining the Warriors organization at this pivotal time is incredibly exciting,” said Warner. “I look forward to helping the organization bring a new world-class sports and entertainment complex to San Francisco.”
Prior to joining the Warriors, Warner was a partner at David S. Taylor Interests, Inc. in Sacramento, where she was directly responsible for the development of several of Sacramento’s most prominent buildings. Her portfolio includes Sacramento City Hall, which was named “Best Public Project” in 2005 by the Sacramento Business Journal, and US Bank Tower at 621 Capitol Mall, which the SBJ named “Best Office Project” in 2009.
Warner is a licensed architect and a licensed general contractor, with LEED accreditation. Her experience in the real estate development industry also includes nine years as the Assistant Manager of Facilities Design and Construction at the University of California Davis Medical Center, where she and her staff of architects, engineers and construction inspectors managed a $500 million capital improvement program for the hospital campus. Warner also previously served as the Regional Project Director for National Medical Enterprises, an international health care company. She began her career in various architecture offices, including the San Francisco firm Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz.
In 2007, the SBJ honored Warner with their “Women Who Mean Business” award, which recognizes Sacramento-area women for their exemplary career achievements and entrepreneurial accomplishments. From 2008-2012, Warner served on the Board of Directors for WEAVE, a non-profit agency in Sacramento with a mission to end domestic violence. Warner attended Cornell University and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.