Cheryl R. Lee
CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL
Cheryl’s focus is expanding Bay Vista’s community-based affordable housing while improving the lives of families. She holds the positions of Chief Legal Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Broker and Chief Executive Officer at Bay Vista Methodist Heights, Inc., a nonprofit corporation focused on senior and multifamily affordable housing in the Southern California area. As a member of the Senior Management team, Cheryl helped Bay Vista enter into a $14.7M Trust Agreement with the U.S. Housing & Urban Development LA Multifamily Hub office in February 2008. She and the Bay Vista Team accomplished the acquisition of 377 Units of multifamily and senior housing in less than 2 years, by converting conventional market housing units into affordable housing. While Bay Vista as the parent company, a faith-based nonprofit corporation continues to lead their efforts, Cheryl has created several subsidiary corporations to protect and manage the company’s properties, acquire additional multifamily and vacant land sites, and create related opportunities, such as the new community-based coworking operations in Escondido and Encanto, CA. Cheryl’s association with affordable housing has been consistent throughout her years as an attorney. She spent several years as Assistant Corporate Counsel at a Southern California Savings Bank, working in mergers, acquisitions, corporate finance bond offerings, and was trained in commercial lending & appraisals, credit analysis and authored the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act Annual Statement. She is now a member of the Board of Directors of Bay Vista, but has served on the Board of Directors of North County Housing Foundation; Esperanza Housing Association, and the San Diego Delta Foundation. Cheryl has spent 34 years teaching, 14 years teaching Banking Law, Securities Regulation, Contracts, Corporations, Agency & Partnership, Secured Transactions, Commercial Law-Sales & Leases, Employment Law, and Equity & Remedies at several American Bar Accredited law schools around the country. She continues to teach in several community colleges in San Diego county. She authored several law review articles published in the California Western Law Review (and cited by the Harvard Journal on Legislation), the University of Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and the Rutgers Computer and Law Technology Journal. She served on the Michigan Task Force on Race & Gender, was honored as the Golden Gate University School of Law Professor of the Year in 2006. Prof Lee is also a member of the California Bar, Michigan Bar, United States District Courts for the Central and Southern District of California, The National Association of Realtors, San Diego Association of Realtors, and has been active in the National Association of Urban Bankers, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Assoc, Jack & Jill of America, Lawyers Club of San Diego, the National Bar Assoc, San Diego County Bar Assoc, Homer S. Brown Bar Assoc, Ingham County Bar Assoc, various Michigan, California and American Bar Association Committees, as well as many Law School Faculty Committees. Cheryl received a B.S. in Journalism & Communications at Northeastern University in Boston, MA; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA. Cheryl has a grown son and has lived in the community of Rancho Santa Fe, California for the past 18 years.
Please feel free to contacther at Bay Vista at email@example.com or 760-781-1393.