Wayne Jordan is the founder, President, and CEO of Jordan Real Estate Investments, an Oakland-based real estate investment and development firm founded in 1998. The firm takes a long-term approach to investing, and its portfolio includes commercial, residential, mixed-use, and industrial investments and development projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Washington, D.C.
In addition to his work in real estate, Wayne is very active in local, state, and national politics. He has been involved in many high-profile campaigns and has hosted fundraisers for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara Boxer, and President Barack Obama. He serves on the boards of SPUR, the Jobs and Housing Coalition, and the advisory board of the UC Berkeley Fisher Center For Real Estate and Urban Economics, and is a member of Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society.
An active volunteer in the community, Wayne also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Color of Change, Rock the Vote, ACLU Investment Committee, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
While President Obama's fundraiser at Oakland's Fox Theater will be the marquee event during his East Bay fundraising swing July 2012, the big financial players will be at the Piedmont home of Wayne Jordan and Quinn Delaney, who have quietly become two of California's major campaign donors.
Jordan, an Oakland real estate developer, is one of Obama's top national fundraisers. In the past year, he has contributed $200,000 to Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting Obama, and the same amount to American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal super PAC.
In the past 10 years, Jordan, 58, has contributed more than $155,600 to the campaigns of House and Senate Democrats, according to an analysis of campaign finance data for The Chronicle by MapLight, a nonpartisan organization that analyzes money in politics. He has given $420,650 to Democratic candidates in state politics over that same period, MapLight found.
Delaney, 57, is a former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and San Francisco's liberal Tides Foundation. She just became the second-largest contributor to the campaign for Proposition 34, a measure on California's November ballot that would repeal the state's death penalty law and replace it with life without parole. She donated $250,000 in support of the measure, as much as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gave.
April 2016 Democracy Alliance Santa Monica meeting
April 2016 Some of the biggest donors on the left huddled behind closed doors with liberal politicians including Nancy Pelosi to strategize about electing Democrats and confirming Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, but they also discussed ways to use Hollywood to advance their causes.
The occasion was the annual spring investment conference of the Democracy Alliance, which officially kicks off at the tony Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica, California.
The agenda also showed a particular focus on the California liberal donor community’s efforts to prepare for an impending upheaval in their state.
“As we approach the end of the Senator Boxer, Governor Brown, and Democratic Party Chair Burton era of California politics, a number of progressive policy, labor, and donor leaders have been strategizing together on how to win targeted candidate and initiative elections in 2016 and beyond, as well as policy battles in Sacramento,” read the description of a Saturday session called the California Donor Summit. It is sponsored by some of the biggest names in California progressive donor circles, including San Francisco real estate developer Wayne Jordan and his wife Quinn Delaney, Cookie Parker and Democracy Alliance board member Susan Sandler and her husband Steve Phillips.
Supporting Stacey Abrams
From the San Francisco Chronicle;
- There’s a major Bay Area connection behind the success of Stacey Abrams, who won the Democratic primary for governor in Georgia this week and would be the first African American woman to lead a state in the nation’s history if she prevails in November.
- Long before liberal pundits and MSNBC jumped on Abrams’ bandwagon, she was getting strategic help and money from a small crew of Bay Area political operatives and wealthy donors. She’s about to get $10 million more for the general election from that group, headed by San Franciscans Steve Phillips and his wife, Susan Sandler.
- To them, Abrams represents what the Democratic Party should be doing to win back red states like Georgia as a way to take control of Congress and the presidency.
- The plan: Forget chasing working-class white voters who backed Donald Trump in 2016. Instead, appeal to a coalition that includes people of color, young voters and progressive whites.
- “This is a seminal moment,” said Phillips, a former San Francisco school board member and author of “Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority.” “That’s why we’re so heavily involved. We see winning 2020 in winning 2018. This is the down payment.”
- Abrams’ strategy won’t change in the general election, Phillips said. The key is turning out the potential voters they know — not convincing the ones they don’t.
- To win in November, Phillips says Abrams must increase turnout among nonwhites by 230,000 — about the margin by which Georgia Democrats have lost statewide races to Republicans in recent years. There are 1.2 million eligible nonwhites who aren’t registered to vote in the state, Phillips said. His organization, PowerPAC Georgia, plans to spend $10 million in the general election to move them.
- It won’t be easy. Georgia hasn’t elected a Democratic governor since 1998. While its demographics are changing — the state is poised to become majority-minority in 2025 — it is still a red state, where President Trump beat Hillary Clinton by five points in 2016.
- To aid Abrams in the primary, Phillips raised $1.5 million from Bay Area donors including his wife, daughter of billionaire Golden West savings and loan founders Herb Sandler and Marion Sandler; Atherton’s Liz Simons (daughter of hedge fund billionaire James Simons); and Oakland attorney Quinn Delaney and her real estate developer husband, Wayne Jordan.
- That money helped Abrams match her wealthier opponent’s TV ad spending. Much of it was used in areas outside Atlanta where Democrats have run especially poorly because they’ve been unable to turn out African American and other nonwhite voters in large numbers. PowerPAC’s strategy will be the same in November.
- SF gate, Obama's Piedmont backers an emerging force campaign 2012 By Joe Garofoli Updated 11:19 pm PDT, Sunday, July 22, 2012
- Politico, Donors seek to harness Hollywood to boost liberal causes By KENNETH P. VOGEL 04/09/2016
- [https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/These-Bay-Area-activists-helped-Stacey-Abrams-win-12938715.phpThese Bay Area activists helped Stacey Abrams win Georgia’s Democratic primary Photo of Joe Garofoli Joe Garofoli May 23, 2018 Updated: May 23, 2018 5:48 p.m.]