Amanda Bates is a real estate professional who loves seeing developments come to life. She is Vice President of Investments at Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC), the renowned West Coast office and mixed use developer, owner and operator. Bates is responsible for sourcing new investment ideas across the Bay Area and quarterbacking ground-up development projects from land acquisition, to construction budgeting to lease up and analysis. “Because I am involved in all aspect of projects, I get to work across departments internally,” she said. “I enjoy that collaboration immensely and it has given me a literal ‘ground up’ education in real estate development.”
One of her most fulfilling accomplishments at Kilroy has been working as a key member of the team that recently received entitlements for the Flower Mart mixed-use development project in Central SoMa. The approval included an initial office allocation of approximately 1.4 million square feet under San Francisco’s Office Development Annual Limit Program (Prop. M), as well as priority for a future phases. This was the largest single allocation of Prop. M in San Francisco history. “It has been extremely exciting to be involved with this project from land acquisition to entitlement over the past five years” she said.
Bates credits NAIOP SFBA and especially the Young Professionals Group (YPG) with helping her grow a strong network and for accelerating her career advancement. After completing the YPG program as part of the class of 2015-16, she served on the YPG Alumni’s Behind the Scenes events committee. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Sponsorship Committee and is a member of the Chapter Board. She recently presented at the NAIOP Best of the Bay Awards Dinner for Bay Area Lease of the Year and took home the trophy on behalf of her team in both 2020 and 2019. “NAIOP is an incredible resource for commercial real estate professionals of all levels and all backgrounds to gain exposure and connections to deals and people far beyond their individual companies” said Amanda. “In addition to attending events, it is definitely a ‘get what you give organization’ and the more you participate, the more you get out of it.”
Bates advises emerging professionals to both keep their heads down in order to become experts in their exact jobs and to seek mentorship from those in senior positions in their companies and in the broader industry. Being in acquisitions, she believes that connections are part of her currency. “More often than not it is your contacts and the information they help your gather that can set you apart from the pack,” she said. “Building your network is essential to your success.”
Prior to her time at Kilroy, Amanda worked in office investment sales at HFF in Washington, DC and in Private Banking at J.P. Morgan in New York. She studied Finance, International Business and Spanish and graduated with her Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) from Emory University in Atlanta. She now resides in Marin with her husband and her newborn son. “I cherish downtime with my family,” she said, and “I especially love getting away to wine country!”