Fred Maas

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Fredric J. Maas
Rochester, New York, United States
Alma materSyracuse University College of Law, J.D Cum Laude
Hobart College, B.A.
OccupationFounder, Pacific EcoCompanies LLC
Chairman, Centre City Development Corporation (San Diego, CA)

Fred Maas (born 1957) is the Founder and CEO of Pacific EcoCompanies LLC, which specializes in investments in and development of sustainable buildings, communities and clean technologies. Also a San Diego resident, Maas works in the San Diego political, business and non-profit communities. Fred Maas graduated from Hobart College in 1979 where he majored in Political Science. Later, he graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1982. For over 30 years, Fred Maas has participated in national, state and local politics, and worked for prominent political figures such as, John McCain, Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Pete du Pont, Richard Lugar and Mitch Daniels.

Environmental stewardship[edit]

From 2003 to 2009, Fred Maas served as President and CEO of Black Mountain Ranch LLC, Del Sur [1] and Pacific Golf Communities LLC. His involvement in Black Mountain Ranch and The Ranch House at Del Sur, one of the highest rated Platinum LEED [2] buildings in the nation, led both properties to be recognized as some of the most sustainable communities and facilities in the United States.

His environmental work has been honored with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2007,[3] the National Association of Home Builder's Green Development of the Year Award in 2008,[4] Urban Land Institute's (San Diego/Tijuana Chapter) Smart Growth Champion Award in 2008,[5][6] the San Diego Excellence in Energy (SANDEE) award from the California Center for Sustainable Energy in 2007,[7] San Diego Gas & Electric's Sustainable Communities Champion Award in 2007 [8] and the California Integrated Waste Management Board's Waste Reduction Award.[9]

Civic activities in San Diego[edit]

Over the past 20 years, Fred Maas has been involved with numerous civic activities in San Diego, CA, including currently serving as the Chairman of the Board[10] of the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), which oversees all redevelopment activities for the 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) of downtown San Diego. Maas also served as the interim CEO until 2010. In addition, he currently serves on the Joint Powers Authority for North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, was the member of the City of San Diego's Task Force for the Location of a Permanent Homeless Shelter and the Mayor's task force for the Expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, and chaired the Candidate Selection Committee for the Redevelopment of the San Diego Civic Center and City Hall.

Additionally, Maas sits on two non-profit boards: CleanTech San Diego,[11] which promotes and fosters the development of sustainable businesses and practices in San Diego and Tijuana, and MOVE SAN DIEGO, which promotes transit alternatives in the region (formerly the San Diego Coalition for Transportation Choices, formed with the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club).

Other civic activities[edit]

Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1983, Maas served on the Litigation Advisory Board of the Washington Legal Foundation and the Board of Zoning Appeals for the Village of Roslyn, New York. In addition, Maas served on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Public Policy for B'nai B'rith International.

Developer for the PGA TOUR, Inc.[edit]

For 10 years, Maas worked as a principal in the firm Potomac Sports Properties, Inc., which developed residential and resort communities involving the PGA TOUR, Inc., including the Tournament Players Club ("TPC") at Avenel, TPC at Cheval, TPC at Virginia Beach and the Four Seasons Hualalai.

During the 1980s, Fred Maas also led the real estate consulting practice for the National Strategies and Marketing Group (NS&MG), a firm that specialized in public affairs, grassroots lobbying, strategic planning, community relations and crisis management. NS&MG represented the PGA TOUR, Inc. on federal regulatory, legislative and tax matters and oversaw marketing efforts for the TPC at Avenel.

Political activities[edit]

Fred Maas has worked in Republican politics for over 30 years and continues to serve as a consultant and advisor to numerous campaigns in federal, state and local offices.

In 1983, Maas worked in the Office of the General Counsel and Research Director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Maas served as Assistant Counsel to the Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly as well as Campaign Manager during the race for the U.S. Senate in Delaware in 1984. In 1988, Maas was New Hampshire Campaign Director for Governor Pete du Pont's presidential campaign[12]

In 2008, Maas was a member of the National Finance Committee of Senator John McCain's presidential bid. In addition, Maas was a Senior Advisor for Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign and was Deputy Campaign Director for Vice-Presidential Candidate, Jack Kemp.

2012 San Diego mayor race[edit]

Prior to the 2012 San Diego mayoral election, Maas and others spent more than $33,000 in an opposition research effort regarding then-candidate Carl DeMaio, a potential violation of campaign laws. The research was widely distributed to reporters, but went largely ignored, with the exception of the LGBT Weekly of San Diego.[13][14]

These allegations were reviewed by both state and local election authorities who dismissed these claims with no finding of any wrongdoing, violations [15] or political activity.[16] DeMaio was defeated.[17]

San Diego Chargers special advisor[edit]

On February 8, 2016, Maas was hired by the NFL's San Diego Chargers to be the special advisor to Dean Spanos (Chargers chairman) as advisor he will advise Spanos and the Chargers on the Citizen's Initiative process, explore possible stadium financing plans, the drafting of an initiative document, and the creation of the campaign infrastructure. Maas will also work closely with an established team of legal, financial, and land use advisors.

Personal achievements[edit]

  • 2009 - Named Public Official of the Year by BOMA San Diego[16]
  • 2008 - Received Chairman's Award from the Downtown San Diego Partnership[17]
  • 2008 - Received the President's Award from the San Diego Building Industry Association
  • 2008 - Named Smart Growth Champion of the Year by Urban Land Institute San Diego/Tijuana[5][6]
  • 2007 - Named one of 120 Top Influentials by the San Diego Daily Transcript[18]
  • 2007 - San Diego City Council named September 27, 2007 "Fredric J. Maas" Day
  • 2006 - Named one of 50 People to Watch by San Diego Magazine[19]
  • 2006 - Named one of 20 Movers and Shakers by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine

Project achievements[edit]


  1. ^ Biberman, T.K. (2006, August 31). Black Mountain Ranch Opens Second and Final Subdivision. The Daily Transcript. Retrieved on June 11, 2010
  2. ^ a b (2007, July 10). Ranch House at Del Sur Named One of the World’s ‘Greenest’: Scores Platinum LEED rating from U.S. Green Building Council. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  3. ^ a b (2007, November 20). San Diego’s Del Sur Community Earns State’s Highest Award for Leadership in... Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Crocker, R. (May 2008). NAHB Honors Top Green Builders. Eco Home Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  5. ^ Waits, D. (2008, July 13). Del Sur Community Developer Named “Smart Growth Champion of the Year.” Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  6. ^ Visionary Spotlight: Fred Maas. Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine Urban Lands Institute. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  7. ^ a b 4th Annual SANDEE Award Winners Archived 2010-04-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  8. ^ a b SDG& Completed Projects for Sustainable Communities Archived 2010-02-05 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  9. ^ a b Wast Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) Winners. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  10. ^ Center City Development Corporation. Board of Directors Archived 2012-07-07 at Retrieved June 14, 2010.
  11. ^ Cleantech Spotlight on San Diego. 2udh Independent Journalism. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  12. ^ Farnsworth, M. (2005, April). The Long Climb to Black Mountain Ranch Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. San Diego Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
  14. ^ "Why the background of the mayor's partner is relevant". LGBT Weekly. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  15. ^ "City of San Diego Ethics Commission". Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  16. ^ "Fair Political Practices Commission" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  17. ^ Perry, Tony. "Carl DeMaio concedes defeat to Filner in San Diego mayor's race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-06-14.

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