Ryan Altoon

Ryan Altoon



Ryan Altoon serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Cities and sets the development vision for the firm.  He has over 20 years of experience in real estate development, finance and strategic planning, and has developed over $500MM in new construction in CA.  Projects include: “Shoreline Gateway”, a 315 unit, 35-story luxury residential tower; “The Current”, a 223 unit, 17- story luxury multifamily project; and “Hercules Bayfront”, an 18-city block waterfront TOD with 1,500 units, 200,000 commercial and an intermodal transit center (ferry/train/bus) as one of the Nation’s first LEED-ND Gold projects.

Prior to forming Sustainable Cities, he served as Executive Vice President with AndersonPacific, LLC, a real estate development company focused on investment, entitlement and development of mixed-use infill projects in California.  All projects were sustainable, transit-oriented and created walkable communities. His responsibilities included overseeing all entitlement and development projects for the firm, debt and equity capital raising, investor relations, and asset management.  He entitled over 2,700 residential units, 150,000 sf of commercial office/retail, hotel, transit and civic uses, and over 20 acres of public open space in California, totaling over $1 Billion in value.

Prior to joining AP he worked at George Smith Partners, Inc., a real estate investment bank and financing company, responsible for underwriting debt/equity packages for acquisitions, entitlement, development and refinancing myriad product types. Prior to GSP he was Managing Director of GFX Center, a design and graphic reproduction firm he founded, with offices in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, serving the international real estate clientele of a professional services firm. Mr. Altoon also served as a Business Manager for Altoon + Porter Architects, LP.

Mr. Altoon serves on the Management Committee and Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles District Council.  He is the co-Chair of the ULI Membership Committee, former Co-Chair of the ULI Leadership Council, and former co-Chair of the Technical Assistance Panel Committee. Since 2009 he has led and managed a multidisciplinary team of real estate experts on TAP projects, from the Long Beach Waterfront and Community Hospital Long Beach, to the LA Convention Center and 360 acres for Cal Poly Pomona, to Wellness Districts and corridor revitalizations.

He serves as Chair of the Long Beach Economic Partnership, the economic development corporation for the City of Long Beach, overseeing a 40-member board, five steering committees and working in partnership with the City of Long Beach, CSULB, myriad industries representing Trade & Logistics, Space and Aerospace, Healthcare and Real Estate Development. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Linc Housing Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing developer based in Long Beach, and serves as Chair of the Project Review Committee.

As a former Chair of the Downtown Long Beach Alliance, he served with the organization in myriad capacities – Secretary of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Public Realm Committee and Capital Improvement Task Force Committee, and facilitated two iterations of the organization’s Strategic Plan, Property Based Improvement District (PBID) renewal, and led a P3 with the City of Long Beach to redevelop Pine Avenue Streetscape.  He also serves as Chair of Toluca Lake Beautification Partners, a nonprofit that he founded in 2014 to develop sustainable public realm improvements in partnership with civic and community groups.  He is also former President of the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council (10 years), and former Long Beach Commissioner on the Mayor’s Queen Mary Task Force.

Mr. Altoon received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, a Certificate of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Business/Economics & Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.