We're on a mission to be the easiest, fastest,
and most cost-efficient way to build homes.
Villa is building America’s leading next-generation homebuilding platform. With a mission to be the easiest, fastest, and most cost-efficient way to build homes, Villa is a highly scalable new approach to offsite homebuilding and is playing a critical role in solving the many problems facing the U.S. housing market.
Villa provides end-to-end services for clients that span feasibility, design, permitting, and construction of high-quality homes built using modern offsite construction. Villa is currently the largest ADU builder in California and is growing rapidly into other housing products and geographies.
Meet the leadership team
Sean Roberts is Villa’s CEO. Prior to Villa, he served as both COO and CFO at Orchard, a proptech company with vertically-integrated real estate brokerage, title/escrow, and mortgage offerings and innovative capital-enabled consumer offerings. Prior to Orchard, Sean was an investor at TPG, a leading global private equity firm, where he focused primarily on investments in operationally-intensive real estate oriented businesses. He began his career as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs. He has served on corporate boards in the past. Sean holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.
James Connolly is the Founder and President of Villa Homes. James is passionate about solving the housing shortage through the development of affordable housing at scale. Since founding Villa in 2019 James has built over 200 homes across hundreds of cities in CA. Prior to founding Villa, James worked for Coatue as a private equity investor after graduating from UC Berkeley’s Haas. He is a Bay Area native and when he’s not working he can be found doing crossfit, DJing or biking.
President and Co-Founder
Ran Wei is Villa’s CFO. Before joining Villa, Ran was the Head of Strategic Finance at Atomic, where was the first finance leader of companies including Found and Replicant. Before that he was a Vice President at Qatalyst, a leading technology investment bank. As a student of scalable business models and the power of technological disruption, he focuses on realizing Villa’s opportunity to bend the curve of cost and speed in homebuilding, and in doing so restore housing’s role in building joyful families, healthy communities, and vital economic opportunity. Ran holds dual degrees in finance and computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.
VP of Operations
Marly Carlisle is Villa’s Head of Product. After completing her Bachelors in Political Science at Stanford, she joined the board of a major homeless services provider in Los Angeles. She was introduced to the concept of prefab housing, and quickly recognized its potential as a quick and cost-effective housing solution. She joined Villa as its sixth employee, and wore many hats until taking over the Product team. She focuses on scaling Villa’s prefab production across the nation, and building products that work for all income levels. She enjoys taking her lab to the dog park, rock climbing and trying to solve the Thursday NYTimes Crossword.
Head of Product
Erik leads business development at Villa, focusing on strategic partnerships, consumer financing, and institutional sales. He also heads up any high impact cross functional projects, such as market launches or new product releases. Erik is passionate about Villa’s mission, after having worked in proptech for the last decade or so, and seeing the nation’s housing crisis first hand. Erik grew up in CA, attended UCLA, and lived abroad in Buenos Aires, before building several proptech startups. Most recently, Erik led new product ops at Opendoor before leaving to help build Villa.
Head of Business Development
Jeremy Pearman is the Head of Strategic Operations at Villa, focusing on growth channels, institutional relationships, and development opportunities. He is passionate about the company’s mission to become the easiest, fastest, and most cost-efficient way to build homes, in California and beyond. Jeremy brings 20+ years of experience to Villa as a General Contractor and has worked on thousands of projects in both residential and commercial construction. He holds the following degrees: a BS and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, a JD from the Boston University School of Law, and a LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a licensed General Contractor with CSLB and also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association. On Friday nights in the fall, you will find him with his wife at a football field somewhere in the Bay Area watching his 3 sons play high school football. He also enjoys playing golf and is a diehard University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Head of Strategic Operations
Christina Roman is the Director of Accounting at Villa where she manages Villa’s finance department. Christina has chosen to work within prefab construction because of its environmental, economic, and efficiency benefits, and joined Villa to learn more about the ADU space, help the housing crisis, and be at the forefront of merging construction and technology. Christina has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Accountancy from Sacramento State University. She has worked in the prefab industry for over a decade as an accounts payable coordinator, staff accountant, senior accountant, accounting manager, and controller.
Director of Accounting
Cameron Corwin is the Director of Property Acquisitions, where he leverages prefab construction to source investment opportunities for Villa. His passion for real estate is matched by his commitment to providing affordable housing and driving innovation in homebuilding. Prior to Villa, Cam previously worked at Newmark on the NorCal multifamily sales team and Santa Monica debt/structured financing team. He also has over 10 years of experience in owning and managing multifamily assets in the Bay Area and Texas. Outside of work, Cam enjoys golfing, skiing, fishing, participating in Ironman triathlons, and trekking around the world.
Director of Property Acquisitions
Lynley joins Villa as the VP of People focused on making work better for our team. As the first member of the People teams at companies like Glossier and Chord Commerce, she’s had a key role in defining the work-life experience for fast-scaling teams. She brings over a decade of experience in culture, compensation and benefits, recruitment, learning and development, HR business partnership, and high growth tech to Villa. After twelve years in New York, she boomeranged back to her native California where she’s currently navigating the state’s tough housing market. Villa’s mission and novel approach to home construction resonated with her immediately. She hopes to live in a Villa home one day!
VP of People
Peter is Head of Sales for Villa. The prospect of making new construction faster and easier to obtain resonates strongly with Peter after having spent 10+ years in residential real estate sales. Having helped launch two other companies at the start-up stage, his passion is building and growing sales teams with a distinct mission to make positive change within an industry. He has 23 years of selling and leadership experience across the fintech, payments and proptech industries.
Head of Sales
Kate is the Head of Preconstruction and Project Management. She came to Villa with extensive project management experience in multiple industries. She joined Villa to be part of the solution to the housing crisis. With multiple years working both as a project manager in litigation and project manager and designer in home renovations, Kate decided to make the switch to construction full time. She joined Zillow Offers and worked both as an estimator and superintendent and then came to Villa.
Head of Preconstruction and Project Management
Thomas Jacintho is the Director of Estimating at Villa, leading the production of construction estimates, feasibility assessments, and overseeing the Vendor Management team. Born and raised in Brazil, he relocated to the US to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!), and after venturing in commercial construction found his calling at Villa in 2020. He is driven by the transformative potential prefabrication will have on the construction industry by minimizing waste of time and materials, while delivering a product with higher levels of QC and predictability. He aims to continue to support crucial housing solutions long term, in alignment with Villa’s goals and values.
Director of Estimating
Jessica Brown is the Marketing Manager at Villa. She has pursued a career in Marketing for the past ten years working with small businesses, agencies, startups and corporations. She also has a background in Real Estate, holding her license in Colorado. She moved to San Diego in 2021 where she worked with one of the largest Real Estate firms in the nation. She came to Villa in 2022 with a passion for community and found Villa’s mission to solve the housing crisis and bring families together to be the perfect fit. On the weekends you can find her at the ocean or hiking in the mountains!
Tess Lombardo Walsh is the Director of Operations. She joined Villa after working in the commercial construction industry for 7 years in various roles ranging from owner representation to project management. Tess is motivated to prove that clients can have a positive construction experience and believes prefab is the way to do it! She started as a construction manager in the field at Villa but quickly learned she could make the greatest impact to Villa by focusing on internal processes and systems as the company grows and evolves to be the number one home builder in the country. In her spare time, Tess teaches yoga and is training to teach pilates as a balance for her love of food and trying all the new places San Francisco has to offer.
Director of Operations
Jaime Moreno is the Director of Site Operations. His extensive experience in both the Prefab Home industry and ADU space make him a great fit with Villa. Jaime started his career in the Prefab Home industry back in 1998 working at a Fleetwood Homes factory. Then after many years working as a contractor installing manufactured homes as well as a traditional home builder, he ventured as a partner in an ADU design/build firm. His passion for the purpose and housing solutions that ADUs serve, plus his belief that prefab is the most practical and innovative method of building is what brought him to Villa.
Director of Site Operations