Our Team

The dedicated, experienced professionals building our community.

Leadership

Kambiz “Kam” Babaoff

Co-Chair, Development Committee

Kambiz “Kam” Babaoff is co-chair of the development committee and currently serves as ETTA’s board president. For more than three decades, Kam and his team have reshaped the nation’s skyline with a range of healthcare, hospitality, mixed-use, and multifamily projects. He has earned a national reputation as a real estate pioneer, conceiving cutting-edge projects, and guiding them from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting.

Kam’s achievements in real estate development, operations, and management are matched only by his efforts to make the world a better place. His leadership with ETTA spans decades and gives him a unique perspective and understanding of the needs of adults with developmental differences and their families.

Jonathan M. Glaser

Co-Chair, Development Committee

Jonathan M. Glaser will leverage his extensive experience in finance to support capital development for this project as the co-chair of the development committee.

A graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, he is the founder and chief investment officer of JMG Capital Partners, L.P., which has been investing in various capital markets and financing strategies since 1992. Prior to founding JMG, Mr. Glaser was a member floor trader on both the American Stock Exchange and Pacific Stock Exchange.

Always seeking avenues to give back to the community, Mr. Glaser serves as a trustee of the Max Factor Family Foundation, the L.A. ’84 Foundation, and the UC Berkeley Foundation.

Scott Krieger

Secretary

Scott Krieger is the COO of The Arba Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based real estate development company that specializes in commercial real estate development. He oversees land acquisition, project financing, leasing, accounting, and day-to-day operations. Mr. Krieger received his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1987 and has worked in real estate development and management since 1988, starting at The Arba Group in 1992.

Mr. Krieger is also a dedicated communal leader who serves as the president of the West Coast Orthodox Union, board member of the Yeshiva University High School for Girls, member of the Beverlywood Homes Association Board of Directors, and member of the ETTA Board of Directors. He has previously served on the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council and on several schools and synagogue boards.

Eric Schwartz

Treasurer

Eric Schwartz is a vice president in the legal department of Coty, Inc., a large multi-national beauty products manufacturer. His previous experience includes serving as the chief operating officer of OPI Products, Inc., the global leader in salon nail care products, for fifteen years; as general counsel of two NYSE companies; and as a member of the board of directors of an NYSE company. Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Maryland. He and his wife, Hendel, have three children, the youngest of which, Daniel, has been a client of, and connected to, ETTA for many years.

Dr. Michael Held

Senior AdvisOr

Dr. Michael Held is the driving force behind ETTA, which he helped to establish in 1993. Dr. Held has led ETTA’s board and staff in growing the organization from a start-up into the largest agency of its kind in Southern California. Today, ETTA offers a multitude of programs that serve upwards of 700 youth and adults with developmental differences each month.

A trained psychotherapist, Dr. Held recognized two decades ago that the special needs community increasingly desired independent living options. Under his leadership, ETTA created the Housing and Supportive Living Division, which offers a wide range of housing opportunities. ETTA has earned a national reputation for excellence in its housing programs, with a 97% group home retention rate.

A dream 27 years in the making, our new community reflects Dr. Held’s inspired leadership to create a world where individuals with developmental differences live fully enriched, inclusive, and independent lives.

Cathy Gott

Board Member

Cathy Gott has devoted her professional life to finding solutions for the special needs community. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, senior consultant for government relations at ETTA, and board member of The Spectrum Works.

 

She is the president of Education Spectrum, Inc., a center-based educational and social skills training center for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Education Spectrum serves more than 400 families per year in and around the San Gabriel Valley.

 

The founders of Danny’s Farm, which employs and serves persons with special needs, Ms. Gott and her husband Jim are proud parents of two sons, both of whom are diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Industry Partners

Richard Solares

Principal / Founder, Urban Architecture Lab

Richard Solares has over 20 years of experience in design, construction and development of myriad projects encompassing: commercial, mixed-use, single and multi-family residential, hospitality, and institutional. Having expertise on both the ownership and consultant sides, Solares takes the lead in managing the process from entitlements through completion on: redevelopment, urban infill, and adaptive reuse projects, working closely with developers, community groups, the City of Los Angeles, the Mayor’s office, the Central Redevelopment Agency, and multiple council offices.

Dana Sayles

Planning and Zoning Consultant

Dana is the founder and owner of three6ixty. She envisioned the company as a full-service land use and entitlement firm that combined her experience with fast-paced project and construction management with her education and knowledge of urban planning and regulatory processes. After working as a Director of Development at Urban Pacific Builders and Vice President of Development at John Laing Homes, Dana started working independently in 2007 and founded three6ixty in 2012. Dana’s 25 years of project management experience, extensive knowledge of zoning code and land use policy, and an intuitive strategic approach ensures that three6ixty clients have the best guidance with their development projects internally, with cities and with local communities. 

 

Dana has a broad network of relationships with city staff and elected officials, and she frequently participates with policy working groups and advisory committees. Dana holds an undergraduate degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, a Master of Urban Planning from USC, and is a licensed member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She serves on the Culver City Planning Commission as well as on the boards of the Jewish Federation and the Hollywood Central Park.

Robin Zimbler

Affordable Housing and Financial Consultant

Robin Zimbler is the founder of Freebird Development Company, LLC. As a development director at L+M Development Partners, Inc. and a senior vice president for Related California, an affiliate of The Related Companies, LP., she oversaw the development of over 2,000 housing units totaling $1 billion. For more than 15 years, she has helped develop quality affordable, mixed-income, and market rate housing in cities across the country.

Ms. Zimbler began her career working in the public sector, working for New York City government as director of multifamily initiatives and for Baltimore Housing as director of strategic planning, policy, and programs.

David Frymer

Contractor

David Frymer is the founder of Frymer Construction and will oversee the construction of The Village. He is a second-generation builder who is well-known and respected in the greater Los Angeles area for the construction of high-quality mixed-use and multi-family projects, with over 1,500 apartment units built to date.

Mr. Frymer has extensive experience in development, including pre-construction services and analysis, value engineering, and project management services. His firm has been the overseer, operator, design builder, and general contractor for apartment projects throughout Southern California, specializing in type I, III, and V construction.