Member Spotlight - Jody Knight

September 1, 2020
Written by: Jody Knight
Jody Knight
Partner, Reuben, Junius & Rose LLC
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Professional Background:
As a partner at Reuben, Junius & Rose, I counsel clients in all facets of land use, zoning, and environmental law, as well as real estate transactions. I conduct regular public hearings before the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals and Board of Supervisors of San Francisco and other Bay Area municipalities. I pride myself on my ability to effectively manage the planning process, coordinating clients, architects, consultants and city planners to move projects towards successful environmental review, entitlement, permitting and construction. My approved projects range from large residential, office, hotel, retail, and mixed-use buildings to smaller projects on behalf of homeowners, technology firms, corporate clients and nonprofits. I am skilled at counseling clients regarding project risk management and achieving quick resolution of challenges and appeals. My best day at work is when I can take a frustrating problem from a client and hand back a solution. I also love to see my projects get built.
CREW SF Background:
I have been a member of CREW SF for 6 years and have been on the Programs Committee for all that time. I was Project Director for leadership luncheons for a year and Project Director for real estate luncheons for two years. For the past two years, I have served as Advisor to the Programs Committee.
How did you move up in your career and what advice do you have for women who wish to advance in their jobs? 
Everyone has a unique skill set, and the key to career development and satisfaction is to remain authentic to what you are interested in and enjoy. I have always liked building personal relationships, both within my firm and with clients, so that has been one of my primary strengths as I have developed my career.
My advice for women at a junior level is to start building your professional connections early. Your network is your power and it takes years to develop. My advice for women at all levels (including myself) is that you will not get what you want unless you ask for it.
What do you like most about your job and/or industry? 
In my real estate/land use practice, every project and problem is unique and the rules and politics are constantly changing. In a world with pressure towards legal specialization, I love having the chance to learn and solve new problems every day.
What advice do you want to give a new CREW SF member? 
Try out different roles, committees and events. Just show up, you will be welcomed.  If you are more comfortable going to events or meetings with someone else, ask any of the long-term members to bring you along, or participate in one of the formal mentoring programs. We all love to share CREW SF with new members.
What has been the highlight during your membership with CREW SF? 
The highlight of CREW SF, which I think would be echoed by everyone active in the organization, is the ability to build close relationships with others in the real estate industry. Committee meetings have always felt more like lunch or happy hour with friends than an obligation. 
How has CREW SF benefitted you personally and/or professionally? 
CREW SF has been incredibly helpful in allowing me to expand my network and has been a valuable source of referrals.  My work on the Programs Committee has also helped me to develop increasing comfort with public speaking and has provided me the opportunity to organize numerous events and speakers. Reuben, Junius & Rose has been very supportive of my CREW SF involvement, and the firm became a Platinum Sponsor in 2020.
What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I am a travel junkie – from scuba diving in Asia to trekking in Peru, if it requires a passport and contains an element of adventure, I am in!