About

Our principals have a combined 50+ years of experience brokering, developing, owning, and operating real estate across all major product types – apartments, office, retail and industrial.

We are problem solvers. Whether advising a developer on the retail component of a downtown highrise or as the lead developer on a historic preservation project, we realize that real estate is a “micro” business. One half block in either direction often means the difference between a restaurant flourishing or failing. With this in mind, we prioritize boots on the ground, and our roots run deep in the markets in which we work. Our investment in these communities goes beyond real estate. We invest in people and ideas that allow our urban environments to flourish, never losing sight of what gives our cities their soul.

Team

Jerry Smith
Principal

Jerry is the Co-Founder and President of Citrine Advisors, where he oversees all aspects of property acquisition, development, financing, management, investor relations, capital formation, and brokerage. Prior to launching the company, Jerry spent a decade working for a major, national investment brokerage firm in a handful of the company’s offices along the West Coast.

Jerry is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute, where he sits on the Small Scale Development Council. Jerry holds a broker’s license (#01321958) in the state of California.

Richard Weinstein
Principal

As Co-Founder of Citrine Advisors, Richard Weinstein brings over 25 years of experience in independent brokerage, investment, redevelopment, and property management to the firm.

In addition to his work at Citrine Advisors, Richard serves as President of Weinstein Local, a family real estate investment company launched in 1986 and focused primarily on the repositioning of distressed assets in the East Bay.

Having owned and operated several small restaurants early in his career, Richard is currently an active partner in a handful of critically acclaimed Oakland culinary establishments including Boot & Shoe Service, Penrose, and Pizzaioli. Richard holds a B.A. in Political Science from Whittier College and a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Will Githens

Will Githens specializes in investment brokerage as well as portfolio and project management. He has significant experience navigating Oakland rent control laws and has in-depth knowledge of the leasing market. Prior to joining Citrine Advisors, Will began his career with a premier national commercial real estate investment services firm.

Will is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and currently holds a salesperson’s license (#01872566) in the state of California.

Ben Weinstein

Ben Weinstein specializes in both investment brokerage and commercial leasing in the Bay Area. He is well-versed in project management, having completed the rehabilitation of several vintage buildings in the Bay Area. Ben also serves as the Manager of Weinstein Local, where he currently oversees a portfolio of approximately 50 assets.

Ben is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and currently holds a salesperson’s license (#01895575) in the state of California.

Tamara Spokane

Tamara has worked as a real estate professional in San Francisco and the East Bay for over a decade. She began her real estate career in appraisal, earning an MAI designation and having completed post-graduate education from the Appraisal Institute.

Tamara teamed up with Citrine Advisors in 2010 in order to offer her clients a full spectrum of real estate services in both residential and commercial markets. She currently acts as Citrine Advisors’ residential specialist, though she has expertise in a variety of property types including residential, mixed-use, live/work, and small income properties.

Tamara received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a broker’s license (#01476674) in the state of California.

Kevin Labar

Prior to joining Citrine Advisors, Kevin was a mortgage banker with the income property mortgage banking subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank.  At Wells Fargo, he was the top producer, a director on the subsidiary’s board, and the corporation’s broker of record with the California Bureau of Real Estate. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was a corporate banker with Bank of America.

During his career, Mr. LaBar has been a mortgage correspondent for over a dozen lenders including Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association, Massachusetts Mutual Life, Nationwide Life, The Principal Financial Group, The Prudential, Aegon and others. He has closed transactions totaling over $1.5 billion. As an underwriter for institutional b-piece buyers of commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS), he has underwritten over a thousand loans totaling over $10 billion dollars originated by Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, The Prudential, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, and others.

Kevin holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany. Early in his career, Kevin served as an officer in the U.S. Army.