About United Dwelling
CALIFORNIA FACES A CRISIS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
In an effort to address this problem, the state legislature passed a series of bills designed to encourage the construction of new affordable housing–streamlining the regulatory approval process, providing more state funding and cracking down on local governments that fall short of their housing goals.
At United Dwelling, we looked at these new efforts and asked; “How can we make a difference?” The answer seemed obvious; the communities most in need of affordable housing were also in need of money to develop the housing and an organization that could efficiently manage the additional units… and an idea was born.
Convert underutilized detached garages into attractive housing and do it at a price low enough to be truly affordable while also providing homeowners with the same cash they would realize if they did this themselves. Efficient operations and economies of scale are the key to delivering on this promise.
We are early in this endeavor and our long term success depends on making our customers very happy. We look forward to working with homeowners to provide a great experience in converting and renting your garage while delivering a compelling housing experience to the tenants who select a United Dwelling home. Please join us on our journey.
STEVEN DIETZ, FOUNDER & CEO
Steven Dietz, previously co-founded Upfront Ventures and spent 30 years as a leading VC investor in Southern California financing and counseling some of the best entrepreneurial talent in the country. Dietz and his team team funded over 220 start-ups that now employ more than 530,000 people in the US, including 30,000 in LA County alone. Of those 220 companies multiple have become household names including Costco, Starbucks, Petsmart, Ulta Beauty, Bird, Mitu and Office Depot. Many of these companies rank among the most socially conscious and best places to work in the US.
Mr. Dietz has served on 30 corporate Boards with a reputation for analytical excellence, candor and strong leadership. He's also on the Board of Advisors of the USC Marshall School and co-teaches its capstone MBA class in Entrepreneurship.
BEN KESSLER, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Ben Kessler leads marketing, sales, and growth. Prior to joining United Dwelling, Kessler was a strategic marketing executive at several venture-backed companies including JUMP (acquired by Uber), WeWork, SeatGeek, and Crowdtap. He is passionate about housing, urban development, and mobility, and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
MONIQUE BRANDON, VP PUBLIC POLICY
Monique Brandon has spent over two decades working with various non-profit charities in Southern California. She served as Executive Director for two youth organizations: Boys & Girls Club of Venice and Kids in Sports. Notably, she launched the Los Angeles Dodgers Dream Foundation that led to the refurbishing of baseball fields and creation of a community job fair: these significant works continue today benefiting local youth and families. Monique has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UCLA, a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing from American Film Institute and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law.