Our Team

Scott Sheldon


Scott Sheldon is the founding Principal and President of Terra Realty Advisors, Inc. He has over 40 years experience in the development, construction and ownership of Class “A” office buildings in California, Colorado and Washington. Scott has also developed and acquired schools (public and private), retail shopping centers, industrial “tilt-up” warehouses, apartment buildings, single-family home subdivisions, billboard signs and corporation facilities throughout the Western United States with a combined value well over $1 billion dollars.

Scott is active in the community, serves on the Solano Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, and is the founder and past Chairman and President of the Fairfield Community Services Foundation, and past President of the Solano Community Symphony. He is also a member of California Association of Business School Officials (CASBO), California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H) and is active in Chapter 2 of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA).

Michelle Hightower

Vice President

Michelle Hightower joined Terra Realty Advisors, Inc. in August 2022 bringing over 30 years in City Planning experience, including nineteen years with the City of Vallejo, ten years with the City of Oakland and four years as a planning consultant.   Her experience includes regulatory processes, development entitlements, subdivisions, transportation planning, environmental review, and historic preservation.  Michelle has managed multiple residential, commercial, and industrial development projects as well as long-range studies such as general plan updates, zoning ordinance and specific plan amendments, along with corridor, transportation, policy, and community plans.  She also served as Secretary to the Planning Commission and Design Review Board, represented local jurisdictions for regional transportation related studies, and managed community based advisory groups for various projects.

Key projects include the following:

  • Comprehensive Update to the Vallejo Municipal Code
  • Mare Island Specific Plan, Amended and Restated
  • City of Oakland General Plan Land Use and Transportation Element Update
  • Solano360 Specific Plan
  • Oakland Airport Roadway Project
  • The Lodge at Glen Cove Assisted Living Facility
  • Anchor Self-Storage Facility
  • Farragut and Coral Sea Village Residential Projects, Mare Island

Angelica Jimenez

Director of Due Diligence and Research

Angelica Jimenez is the Director of Research & Due Diligence. She joined the Terra team in August 2022. Angelica started in the real estate industry in 2017 as an assistant coordinator  with a real estate brokerage firm to gain experience, earned her degree in business at Solano Community College in 2020, and passed her California real estate license exam in November 2021. She also has accounting experience.  Angelica is passionate about all things real estate related and brings her skills and knowledge to Terra Realty Advisors, Inc. to assist their public and private sector clients.

Michelle Aas


Michelle Aas joined Terra Realty Advisors, Inc. in 2017. She has over 20 years of accounting experience working with many different types of companies including: construction, manufacturing, service, and non-profit organizations. Michelle is responsible for all accounting functions including: billing clients, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and project financial tracking. Michelle works diligently to process work efficiently and effectively. Her prior experience helps support the team at Terra Realty Advisors.

Ashley Harvey

Office Administrator

Ashley Harvey joined the Terra team January 2020 as Administrative Assistant. She is the first point of contact when our clients call or visit the office. Her duties include organizing all administrative functions for the office, coordinating and supporting our entire staff to ensure they have all the tools and information they need, scheduling, and constantly updating our computer records and data bases. All this to ensure the office runs efficiently, and all staff have access to the most current information available to best assist our clients.

Resource Consultants

Dr. Barry Schimmel

Senior Project Manager

Dr. Barry Schimmel is a certified construction manager with more than 20 years experience in school construction and administration. His accomplishments include purchasing and selling district property valued over $75 million dollars, writing and developing facility master plans for five California school districts, as well as managing and implementing the construction of seven new schools. Dr. Schimmel is extremely knowledgeable about state requirements, being a leader in obtaining state funds for both modernization and new school construction, working to pass over $800 million in district bond funding.

Dr. Schimmel is a member of the Eastside Union High School District Bond Oversight Committee and Region Ambassador for the Association of California School Administrators. Currently, he serves as a member of Common Wealth Credit Union

Katy Schardt

Senior Project Manager

Katy Schardt has over 25 years experience in real estate development and project management. She has the background and experience to represent our client’s economic interests, by thoroughly understanding their needs and carefully coordinating the efforts of all project professionals including architects, engineers, lenders and other consultants. Katy oversees all aspects of development to ensure it is entitled, constructed and delivered to meet the client’s expectation. Her philosophy of complete project management oversight and ability to effectively lead the team are evidenced by her many past successful results.

Katy is active in her local community and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Previously, she was the President of Live Oak Waldorf Board of Trustees and an advisor for iStreet Solutions.

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