Eric Morley, Principal
Eric Morley is a co-founder and principal of The Morley Bros. With more than 25 years of experience in real estate development, public policy, and politics, he brings a unique perspective to the company which he co-manages with his brother, Sean. He specializes in large scale, high profile, and complex land entitlement projects in Silicon Valley.
Morley’s real estate and land use experience includes the successful entitlement of millions of square feet of commercial and retail development as well as thousands of single family and multi-family homes. His public policy and political background spans local, state and federal government.
Prior to forming The Morley Bros., he founded and led Morley Hunter Group, Inc., one of Silicon Valley’s leading real estate advisory firms. Morley began his career as Public Affairs Director for the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, a 3,000-member real estate trade association. He managed local government policy issues, a political action committee and charitable foundation as well as media and communications on behalf of the organization.
Morley received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations from UC Santa Barbara.
Sean Morley, Principal
Sean Morley is a co-founder and principal with The Morley Bros. Morley was a public servant and an attorney for 15 years before starting the real estate business. He started his career in Washington, D.C. as a policy aide to Congressman Don Edwards (CA).
He served as a Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to the former Mayor of San Jose, Susan Hammer, during the 1990’s. Morley was responsible for establishing many land use, development and environmental policies which continue to guide the city’s growth like the Greenline Initiative. He also oversaw major economic development projects, including bringing Cisco Systems to San Jose and master planning for Santana Row.
Morley then practiced real estate and land use law at one of California largest law firms, representing homebuilders, high tech corporations, developers, lending institutions and investors prior to starting The Morley Bros. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College, a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law, and remains a member of the California State Bar.
Leatha Clark, Director of Planning
As Director of Planning for The Morley Bros., Leatha Clark is responsible for the planning and project management affairs of each of the projects the company undertakes. She is responsible for developing and implementing project budgets and timelines, coordinating due diligence, managing project entitlements, overseeing project team and consultant work product for land planning, product type, architecture and engineering. She also prepares project applications, analyzes public policy, and manages community outreach programs.
Clark has worked with The Morley Bros. since the company’s inception. She also completed work at the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency where she worked on downtown matters including creation and management of an innovative GIS system.
Leatha is a member of The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning Association’s professional institute for professional planners. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Planning from San Jose State University.
John Schwarz, Senior Advisor
John Schwarz serves as Senior Advisor for CEQA Strategy and Project Implementation. Schwarz is the founder and President of JHS Consulting and affiliates with the Morley Bros on real estate development projects in Silicon Valley. Prior to founding JHS Consulting, Schwarz spent over 19 years with David J. Powers & Associates, one of the leading environmental planning and CEQA consulting firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a co-owner and principal at David J. Powers & Associates, Schwarz managed environmental consulting services for the company and countless real estate development and infrastructure projects throughout the Bay Area and California.
Schwarz has extensive experience with project management as well as the land use entitlement and planning process, particularly with navigating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the regulatory agency permitting processes. Schwarz is responsible for CEQA strategy, as well as developing and implementing project budgets and timelines, coordinating due diligence, preparing project applications and managing entitlements. He also oversees project teams during the land planning, design and increasingly complex and critical environmental review process. Schwarz earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.
Wolfgang Wagener, Senior Advisor
Wolfgang Wagener serves as Senior for Architectural Design & Real Estate Development. He is principal of WOWA WEST and affiliates with The Morley Bros. on development projects throughout Silicon Valley. Wagener’s international experience as architect, corporate real estate executive and thought leader places him in the unique position to combine the creative and innovative insights of design with the pragmatic, systemic, and strategic skills required for the development and management of architecture, real estate, and smart cities.
Prior to WOWA WEST, Wagener joined Foster + Partners as initial California practice lead and Partner for Apple Campus 2 in Silicon Valley. For Cisco at Silicon Valley headquarters, he co-directed the global Smart Cities program as Director of Sustainable Cities. Wagener was also a member of Cisco’s global corporate real estate group in San Jose and Munich. He helped to shape the rapid physical expansion across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa through strategic planning, campus design, workplace effectiveness, and real estate development.
In Berlin, he worked on the transformation of the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin from a vacated cold war reminder of a divided city into a vibrant, unified, and sustainable city center as an architect for Richard Rogers Partnership alongside Renzo Piano Building Workshop for client Daimler-Benz.
Wagener graduated with a PhD in Architecture and Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He also obtained an Advanced Management Degree in Real Estate from Harvard University.
Melissa Wagener, Assistant, Administration and Finance
Melissa Wagener serves as Administration and Finance Assistant and manages all day-to-day office administration, activities, and finance for the Morley Bros, its affiliates and principals. Wagener directs all office communications, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, and other administrative and financial functions for the company. She served previously as Administrative Assistant at Advanced Micro Devices and Receptionist at the Law Firm of Hale and Hale.