Michele Vives
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In her role as President, Ms. Vives runs the overall operations of the firm. Ms. Vives also provides fiduciary, real estate development and advisory services for DWC and its clients. Her advisory services clients look to her for confidential, strategic counsel in the advancement of complex, high-value projects. For DWC’s principal development opportunities, she is responsible for development, procurement, and management of these projects.

Ms. Vives also works extensively with DWC’s fiduciary and problem-resolution clients. She is currently the appointed receiver on a $1.2-billion United States Securities and Exchange Commission Ponzi scheme receivership, leading the DWC team in forensic analysis, claims process, and mediation settlements related to the Ponzi scheme. Ms. Vives is directly involved in the vast majority of projects under the DWC umbrella to ensure proper oversight and strategic advisement to problem resolution clients.

In her career, Ms. Vives has been directly involved in the development of more than 5 million square feet of master planned communities, office, retail, hotel, specialty assets, and senior living projects with a combined value of over $1 billion. Her experience includes project feasibility analysis and due diligence, land procurement, community outreach, entitlement processing, contract negotiations, and contract management. She is known for her ability to problem-solve and reach consensus when working with government and regulatory staff. Her command of budgets, timelines, and stakeholder relationships extends across all market segments.

Prior to joining DWC, Ms. Vives acted as Development Manager for a venerable San Diego architectural firm where she managed all aspects of predevelopment activity. In this role, she oversaw procurement, proposal management, project feasibility and due diligence, community outreach, entitlement processing, and contract negotiations. During her tenure as Development Manager for a major developer across the Western United States, she authored over 40 developer-led P3 real estate proposals that led to the construction of 1.8 million square feet of office, research, residential, and retail projects.

Ms. Vives earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology from Illinois State University and her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Project Highlights

Otay Ranch Senior Living

A 111 unit assisted living and memory care facility valued at $31,000,000. Ms. Vives is responsible for the land procurement,
entitlement, project financing and construction management. The project will be completed in
Fall 2018.

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI)

JCNI has a goal to sustainably redevelop 50 acres in southeast San Diego, while providing essential services, housing, and commercial and service enterprises to the communities it serves. Ms. Vives heads the DWC team that is currently acting as a third-party real estate advisor for the foundation. This role includes land and real estate valuation, development of a Master Plan, project feasibility, identifying market opportunities, working with the City of San Diego to create developer incentives, and the development of related real estate deployment strategies.

Wyndham Bayfront Hotel

A 600 room hotel and retail redevelopment valued at $92,000,000. Ms. Vives works with the Project Owner to facilitate lease negotiations, community outreach and public support through the Port of San Diego.

USS Midway Museum

A 5.7 acre elevated community park project with parking at grade valued at $75,000,000. Ms. Vives worked with the USS Midway, the Port of San Diego and the community moving the project forward through a public-private entitlement process.

Broadway 655

A 650,000 square foot office development valued at $215,000,000 that focused on iconic design, integration of parking and transit, and novel green-building technologies. Ms. Vives worked with the development group at the final stages of completion and upon sale of the building.


Professional Affiliations

Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP),  Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee

San Diego Policy Forum (SPF)

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Lambda Alpha International (LAI), President, San Diego Chapter

Attended CRF/Loyola III

Circulate San Diego – Committee Member

Community Outreach

Habitat for Humanity

    Douglas Wilson Companies was founded in 1989 to provide a wide range of specialized business, workout, and real estate services to law firms, state and federal courts, corporations, partnerships, pension funds, REITs, financial institutions, and property owners throughout the United States.


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