About Us

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Our Story

Providence Development is a privately held company that has been in business in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. We love building homes and have been creating family gathering places in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1984. We strive to create homes that we ourselves are proud to live in. Over the past 30 years, we have successfully completed many communities ranging from 4 to 35 homes, located mostly in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. We have also completed custom home communities and build-to-suits with homes up to 6,500 square feet. We build to high quality standards and stand behind all of our homes to offer you peace of mind for your new home.

Our Values

Honesty, integrity and quality are the core values of our company. We want to give our homeowners more than they expect: a better structure unseen behind the walls, more reliable systems to stand the test of time. We design for function and flexibility; we deliver what we promise; and we make every effort to do our best. We build quality by bringing together a quality team. Our team members are all long term associates and our building partners share our values. Our relationships are based on honesty and our mutual goal is to provide the best homes we know how.

Our Management Team

Corliss Lee, President and Co-Founder

Corliss started her career in the building industry in 1974 where she acquired a wealth of knowledge about the industry by working with several major builders. She has received many awards for her outstanding dedication and untiring efforts toward the improvement of the industry. Corliss has served on the Board of the East Bay Chapter of the Building Industry Association and became its first woman President in 1997. In addition, she has served as Vice-Chair and Commissioner on the California State Seismic Safety Commission; was a member of the Board of Directors of The Battered Women’s Alternative Center and raised $600,000 in cash and in-kind donations for the construction of the center; and raised funds for and managed the construction of Habitat for Humanity’s first project in Contra Costa County.

Corliss is a licensed General Contractor in good standing.

Kenneth Wu, Vice President and Co-Founder

Ken is responsible for land acquisition and planning, subdivision entitlement, and construction management. A trained civil engineer, Ken has been instrumental in working with local and state agencies to negotiate solutions to complex development issues.

Prior to co-founding Providence, Ken served as Forward Planner and Project Manager for The Meads Group, a developer/builder in San Jose, California, and was involved in project analysis, land acquisition, financing, civil engineering and governmental interfacing for single-family and multi-family developments. Prior to joining The Meads Group, Ken was an engineer with Montreal Engineering Pacific Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia where he worked on large-scale structural engineering projects.

Ken was raised and educated in Hong Kong and Vancouver, Canada and maintains strong ties to both areas. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis in structural and construction engineering.


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