Wayne Jordan

Honorary Degrees

California State University, East Bay

Wayne Jordan is the president and chief executive officer of Jordan Real Estate Investments, an Oakland-based real estate investment and development firm. Since the company’s founding he has led the firm’s real estate investment, financing, asset management and development projects. The company’s portfolio includes commercial, residential, mixed-use and industrial investment and development projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Washington, D.C.

In addition to his real estate work, Mr. Jordan co-founded Akonadi Foundation with his wife, Quinn Delaney, in 2000. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the foundation’s Board of Directors. The foundation strives to support programs and projects that eliminate structural racism. Its efforts focus primarily on building community-based supports for young people of color.

Mr. Jordan 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 the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), the Jobs and Housing Coalition, the advisory board of the University of California Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and he is a member of Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society. An active volunteer in the community, Mr. Jordan 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.

In recognition of his significant contributions and civic impact, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State University, East Bay are proud to confer upon Wayne Jordan the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.