Revolutionizing Real Estate and Development

Pillar Capital Group is a real estate investment and development firm with over 27 years of experience. Through our range of expertise and intimate understanding of market environments and trends, Pillar Capital Group is able to maximize value and outperform competitors. From research to land acquisition, entitlement to architectural review, construction management to marketing, Pillar Capital Group services the management and execution of those projects while maximizing return of investment. It is the long-term business relationships that are testaments to Pillar Capital’s portfolio, as well as our results-driven focus and ability to exceed expectation. In short, our tailored experiences increase the bottom line profits for our investors and partners.

Angela Cheung has led Pillar Capital Group rapidly into the development and real estate industry by teaming up with some of the most prominent local U.S. consultants throughout the country, with a concentration in San Francisco. Pillar Capital Group caters to both local as well as international investors and partners.

Pillar Capital Group’s offices are located in San Francisco, Boston and Hong Kong.

  • Investment
  • Development
  • Sales
  • Strategy
  • Entitlements
  • President – Angela Cheung
  • Senior Advisor – William (Bill) Lee
  • General Manager – Ivy Lui
  • Development/Real Estate Advisor – George McNabb
  • Chief Legal Officer – Kristian Brand

Leadership Team

Angela Cheung – President

Pillar Capital Group’s President and Founder, Angela Cheung, with over 2​7​ years of experience in real estate development and project management. She has led the company into the global marketplace by forming significant partnerships locally and internationally. She is currently providing development consulting services and managing over approximately $250 million in value of the real estate development projects in San Francisco.

William (Bill) Lee – Senior Advisor

Former San Francisco City Administrator William (Bill) Lee has over 40 years of business and government experience, having been appointed to the Planning Commission by three different Mayors, and serving on San Francisco’s first Commission on the Environment. He has also served on the Bay Area Economic Institute Board, and San Francisco Travel, working on bringing in international business, government and students to the Bay Area and developing international ties to San Francisco. Recently, he served as Director of International Economic and Tourism Development at the San Francisco Airport.

George McNabb – Development/Real Estate Advisor

George is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, holds a law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law where he served on the California Law Review and is a member of the California State Bar.   After a brief stint practicing real estate law, George embarked on a real estate career.  His 35+ year real estate career is distinguished by repeated, stellar performances at TRI/Prudential Real Estate, Coldwell Banker, Pacific Union/GMAC where he managed both residential and commercial agents. George has overseen in excess of 10,000 real estate transactions during his career.  George has extensive experience developing, selling and managing new home subdivisions, condominium conversions, commercial properties and mixed use residential and commercial developments, and has successfully developed multiple projects in both San Francisco and San Mateo. As an owner of Paragon Real Estate Group, George oversaw the company’s operations, served as Chief Legal Counsel and contributed his expertise on property development to Paragon’s New Homes division.

Kristian Brand – Chief Legal Officer

Kristian Brand is originally from the Pacific Northwest and has lived in San Francisco since 2006. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Political Science, then went on to pursue his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economic Law. He earned a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School of Business, with a concentration in real estate finance and development.

Kristian is currently the President of Compass Commercial real estate brokerage.  Previous to his current position, he was the President of Paragon Commercial Brokerage, and also a practicing transactional attorney. His focus during his legal career has primarily been on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financings, structuring joint ventures, leasing, and developments of commercial, mixed-use and multifamily projects. During the course of his career, he has represented some of the nation’s leading real estate lenders, national and international real estate developers and hospitality companies, and several preeminent telecommunication and technology companies.

Jonathan Ng – Vice President

Jonathan was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jonathan successfully brokered and closed aggregate transactions of over $150M+ of resales and new home sales for his valued clients, specializing in new home development to marketing and sales management. His experience also includes leading an asset management division, servicing over 115 rental income properties on behalf of clients and investors.

Development and Project Management

Pillar Capital Group utilizes a hands-on project management approach, with a primary focus on residential, retail and mixed-use projects within the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is inspired by the power of strategic design, sustainability and innovation to provide exceptional outcomes in any given construction project. In each of our developments, regardless of scale or complexity, we’re devoted to quality structures that will serve and inspire our communities and clients. Pillar Capital Group prioritizes working with local authorities, politicians and community organizations in a collaborative approach to create conscientiously designed projects that relate to the context and needs of the neighborhoods, without compromising the needs of our partners and investors. In particular, our residential development strategy incorporates a thorough understanding and appreciation of modern urban living and the need for convenience. We understand the environmental benefits of high-density construction which embraces and a modern, spacious architectural design.

Pillar Capital Group only focuses on investments with dependable returns by evaluating strategies that foster value through development and design, construction management, branding and repositioning, and other potential property enhancements. Our overall aim is to help acquire and create investments with strong inherent value and opportunities which favor long-term growth.

Cultivating Value
and Growth