Melissa Bach

Executive Director • United States

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Melissa Bach

Executive Director • United States


Melissa Bach, MAI, joined Cushman & Wakefield Western, Inc. in January 2013. Ms. Bach is a senior member with Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory group in the Dispute Analysis & Litigation Support (DALS) practice, providing real estate economics and valuation expertise. Previous to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Ms. Bach was with Carneghi-Blum & Partners Inc. from 1988-2012, where she was a Managing Partner in their San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices.

Ms. Bach has been a commercial real estate professional in appraisal, valuation and real estate economics since 1988. Her valuation and consulting assignments have included a wide variety of property types including residential projects (single and multi-family land, subdivisions and master-planned communities), industrial parks, small to large-scale industrial facilities, office buildings (all classes), retail centers, medical office, mixed-use properties and a wide variety of development sites. Clients include financial institutions, federal state, county and municipal agencies and governments, property owners, developers, REITs, law firms, domestic and foreign investment firms, and insurance companies.

She has specialized knowledge and experience having completed appraisals and provided consulting analyses on projects including affordable housing developments financed with bond financing and/or Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs), conservation easements, wetlands, submerged tidelands, airport facilities, highest and best use land analyses, and condemnation properties.

Ms. Bach has provided litigation support and been qualified as an expert witness in court, providing analyses for complex litigation, eminent domain, bankruptcy, and specialized projects. She has also acted as an arbitrator in resolving matters on issues of real estate values, ground rents, space lease renewals and related issues. She has been qualified as a real estate expert and provided testimony in various Superior Courts, United States Bankruptcy Courts, Superior Court of Justice (Canada), and before the American Arbitration Association.

  • Claudia B. Carleton, MAI, Legacy in Leadership Award – Northern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
  • Service Excellence Award – Cushman & Wakefield

  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Met Life
  • Prudential
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Credit Suisse
  • Credit Agricole
  • Helaba
  • Bank of America
  • Wells Fargo
  • Citibank
  • Union Bank
  • Paramount Group
  • Tishman-Speyer
  • RREEF
  • ProLogis
  • AMPORT
  • Nearon
  • Bayer
  • Tishman-Speyer
  • Trumark
  • Century Housing
  • EAH Housing
  • Mid-Peninsula Housing
  • Mission Housing
  • McCormack Baron Salazar
  • Hanson Bridgett
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Alden Torch
  • Perkins Coie
  • Jones Day
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • City/County of San Francisco
  • Port of Oakland
  • City of San Jose

Bachelor of Arts, Wellesley College

  • Designated Member, Appraisal Institute (MAI #11930). As of the current date, Melissa Bach, MAI has completed the requirements of the continuing education program of the Appraisal Institute.

  • Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in the following states:
    • California – AG017144
    • Oregon – C001324
    • Washington – 1102560
    • Nevada – A.0207892-CG
    • Kentucky – 5378
    • Indiana – CG41800044
  • Appraisal Institute Service
    • Advisor (2013-present)
    • California Government Relations Subcommittee (2014-present; Chair 2017-2018)
    • National Nominating Committee (2015)
    • President, Northern California Chapter, 2012
    • Member, Board of Directors, Northern California Chapter, 2006-2008
    • Region 1 Representative, 2008-2012

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