Our Team

Scott Sheldon


Professional Biography:

Terra Realty Advisors, Inc. Fairfield, CA

Founder & President 2008 – Present

Premier Commercial Inc., Fairfield, CA

Founding Principal 1995 – 2009

Solano Development, Inc. Fairfield, CA

Director of Real Estate Development 1991 – 1995

Wiseman Sheldon, Fairfield, CA

Founding Principal 1985 – 1990

August Financial Corp., Long Beach, CA

VP Real Estate Acquisitions 1981 – 1985

Consolidated Capital Companies, Emeryville, CA

VP Real Estate Acquisitions/Sales 1980 – 1981

Crown Realty Gallery of Homes, Napa, CA

Real Estate Broker 1977 – 1980



Pepperdine University Malibu, CA: MBA 1982 – 1985

Pacific Union College St. Helena, CA: BA Studies 1970 – 1974

Professional Organizations:

IRWA Chapter 2 San Francisco

CASH – California Coalition for Adequate School Housing

CASBO – California Association of School Business Officials

Chamber of Commerce – Fairfield-Suisun

Solano Economic Development Corporation, Executive Board of Directors

California Real Estate Broker, 1977


California School District Consulting: Land & Building Acquisitions & Negotiations, Dispositions, Property Exchanges & Negotiations, Title Review (forensics), Due Diligence Coordination, Building Lease Negotiations, Ground Lease Negotiations, Development & Entitlement Processing for all or portions of school sites including mixed-use projects, self-storage, memory care, office and residential developments.  Extensive Knowledge of the California Education Code. Private and Charter School Consulting. 1999 – Present.

California City, County & Special Agency Consulting: Land & Building Acquisition, Disposition & Development, Construction Oversight, Title Investigation, Due Diligence Coordination. 1996 – Present.

Billboard Consulting, Public Agencies: Extensive Experience with Digital Sign Site Identification, Sign Ordinance Updates, Development Agreement and Lease Negotiations. Extensive Knowledge of the California Outdoor Advertising Act Business & Professions Code.  Entitlement Coordination with the State of California.  1996 – Present.

Eminent Domain:  Expert Witness and Real Property Due Diligence Coordinator for Caltrans, LA Metro, Hi-Speed Rail, School Districts, Cities and other Public Agencies.  Forensic Title Review.  Assistance with Appraisal Matters. 2009 – Present.

Private Sector Consulting:  Real Property Acquisition, Disposition, Negotiations. Development, Entitlements, Tenant Negotiations, Construction Oversight. Due Diligence Coordination.  Lender & Appraiser Coordination. Title Review and Escrow Coordination.   1980 – Present.

Geographic Areas:  San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara Valley, Yolo County, Sacramento Area, Central Valley, Greater Los Angeles Area, San Bernardino, Orange County.

Michelle Hightower

Vice President

Professional Biography:


Vice President 2022 – Present


Senior Planner/Acting Planning Manager 2002-2021


Urban Economic Analyst 2002 – 2002

KUKULICA, INC. Livermore, CA

Zoning Project Manager 2000 – 2002


Assistant/Associate City Planner 1990 – 2000


Assistant Transportation Planner 1989 – 1990


California State University, Pomona CA: B.S. Urban and Regional Planning 1985 – 1988

City College of San Francisco:  A.A., Architecture 1980 – 1983

Recent Experience:

Private Developer Consulting: Strategic zoning and development analysis for a multi-family residential development project in Vallejo and a winery expansion in Solano County. 2022 – Present

Public Sector Consulting (Partial): City of Bell, City of El Monte, City of Pico Rivera, Solano County Water Agency, Cambrian School District (SD), Cupertino Union SD. 2015 – Present.

Zoning Project Management:  Managed a comprehensive update to the Vallejo Municipal Zoning Code to reflect current state law and development trends. 2019 – 2021

Development Project Manager:  Managed and processed land development permits verifying information to ensure compliance with local and state standards for residential, industrial, and commercial development projects; conducted project related environmental review analyses consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act. 2002 – 2021


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.

Kendra Bailey

Administrative Assistant

Kendra Bailey is our Administrative Assistant, our go-to person at the front desk or on the phone – she’s the friendly face and voice of our office. With a background in administrative work and customer service, Kendra ensures a warm welcome and smooth experience for everyone.



CBO – Chief Barking Officer

Elsie was brought into the world January 2019. She joined Terra Realty Advisors in March of 2020 and refuses to take a day off! Elsie “greets” every visitor with lots of barks followed by lots of licks and belly scratches. She is our office mascot, security guard, chief barking officer, and a joy for all of us in the office.

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.

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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