About Us

Culdesac designs,
builds, and manages
walkable communities.

Culdesac is a real estate developer and property manager. We build neighborhoods that embrace community, open space, and mobility. We offer residential units at a variety of price points integrated with local retail, commercial uses, and open space for nature and public plazas.

Our communities prioritize biking, walking, and transit over cars and parking. We partner with leading mobility companies to deliver convenient and affordable transportation services. This creates a vibrant urban lifestyle without the need for a private vehicle.

Partners

Lyft
Bird
Envoy
Lectric eBikes
Valley Metro
Lugg
Cocina Chiwas
Archer's Bikes

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Meet the Team

Ryan Johnson
Co-Founder & CEO

Ryan was on the founding team of Opendoor. Ryan has worked with Bain Capital, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and with the government in Chile on its urban planning initiatives. Ryan has been a real estate investor and operator for 18 years.

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Caroline Lerner Perel
Chief Investment Officer

Caroline is an experienced real estate professional who has developed and financed commercial, hospitality, and residential projects totaling over $4.5 billion. Caroline was previously the Chief Development Officer at Newcrest Image and a Managing Director at Civitas Capital.

Favorite ebike:
Specialized Vado SL
Jerry Flemons
Development

Jerry is a senior development and design/construction expert with over $1.5 billion of completed development projects and over $700 million of industrial construction under direct management. His background combines architectural, real estate, and lodging expertise across hospitality, multi-family and mixed-use assets.

Favorite ebike:
Cowboy 4
Jen Ho
Neighborhood Services & Operations

Jen leads a team to build operating systems that contribute to a top-notch experience at Culdesac. Jen's love for operations and systems stemmed from her experiences with the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council as well as with Teach for America (TFA). While at TFA, Jen led national training programs, community partnerships, and classroom preparation for incoming teachers.

Favorite ebike:
Lectric XP Step-Thru
Tom Quiroz
Investments

Tom is an investment associate at Culdesac where he primarily concentrates on structuring and legal work. Prior to Culdesac, Tom was a financial analyst at Catellus with a focus on public and private real estate investment and development. Previously, Tom served as a U.S. Marine Corps Team Leader for five years.

Favorite ebike:
Cyrusher XF800
Sarah Zou
Business Development

Sarah leads acquisitions and development at Culdesac. With a background in real estate finance, urban planning, environmental sustainability, and asset management, Sarah brings a holistic lens to Culdesac. Sarah previously held positions with Ernst & Young's Transaction Real Estate group, The World Bank, and Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing.

Favorite ebike:
RadCity 3 Step-Thru
Erin Boyd
Government Relations & External Affairs

Erin builds cross-sector coalitions for better bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and community and retail activation. Erin brings economic and community development experience from Ashoka, a leading foundation for global social impact.

Favorite ebike:
RadCity Step-Thru
Phil
Design & Construction

Phil has been a construction project manager for the last 16 years, overseeing a portfolio of real estate projects, including the construction of the FoundRE Hotel and managing construction of 150 units of the Portland on the Park Condos in Phoenix. Previous experience includes managing a millwork shop, including the management of production, staffing and financials.

Favorite ebike:
QuietKat Lynx
Danni El Tayeb
Business Operations & Marketing

Danni leads Business Operations and Marketing for Culdesac. Prior to joining Culdesac, Danni worked at McKinsey & Company, advising clients across the sales and marketing, operations, and private equity practices. Before McKinsey, he held various positions in sales, marketing, and partnerships with Apple, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), and Manhattan Associates.

Favorite ebike:
Rad Wagon
Adi Kotecha
Finance

Adi leads strategy and finance for Culdesac, spearheading forecasting, investor relations, reporting, and special projects. Prior to Culdesac, he worked at Doordash, where he managed the P&L of a $1B GMV business line. In addition, Adi also worked as an investment banker at RBC Capital Markets.

Favorite ebike:
Citi Bike shared ebikes
Kelsey Simon
People

Kelsey leads people operations at Culdesac. Prior to Culdesac, she worked on people strategy and analytics at Carvana. Her passion to make work better and drive decisions with data stems from her previous experience at Google in various roles within People Operations, including Human Resources Business Partner, Compensation Design, and Talent Development.

Favorite ebike:
Lectric XPedition
Tom Barta
Engineering

Tom leads engineering at Culdesac. He works across the stack to ship digital products for our customers. Before Culdesac, Tom worked at Opendoor where he built the software foundation for Opendoor Home Loans and led its integration into every facet of Opendoor's customer products and tooling.

Favorite ebike:
Lectric XP
Jeff Berens
Co-Founder

Jeff worked at McKinsey & Company’s Public & Social Sector Practice advising on strategy and economic development. Previously, Jeff spent 5 years in East Africa on Nobel Prize-winning economics research and created a drinking water treatment system now serving nearly 5 million people.

Favorite ebike:
Tern GSD
Vanessa Valenzuela Erickson
Founding Team & Advisor

Vanessa previously worked at Opendoor, where she was the top rated manager at the company. While at Opendoor, Vanessa worked across multiple business units. Prior to Opendoor, Vanessa also worked for Teach For America and Salt River Project.

Favorite ebike:
Lectric XPedition

Meet the Board

John Zimmer
Co-Founder & President of Lyft

John is the co-founder and president of Lyft, which is one of the fastest growing on-demand transportation services in the U.S. Lyft facilitates over one million rides a day and operates in over 200 cities.

Megan Meyer Toolson
President, Sell Direct & Services at Opendoor

Megan is the President of Sell Direct & Services at Opendoor, a residential real estate company that enables consumers to buy and sell their home online. Megan is responsible for go-to-market including marketing, sales, and market operations.

Evan Moore
Partner at Khosla Ventures

Evan is a Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he works closely with entrepreneurs to build impactful, enduring companies. Previously, he served as VP of Product at Opendoor. Prior to Opendoor, he co-founded and operated as COO at DoorDash.

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