Kathe Head


Kathleen Head is the President of KMA and the Managing Principal of the Los Angeles office.  She joined KMA in 1983 and has assisted over 100 public sector clients during her tenure.

Areas of Specialization

Real Estate Advisory

Assists clients on disposition strategies for properties that are subject to the Surplus Land Act including interacting with HCD; preparing developer solicitation documents; evaluating proposals; participating in the interview process and assisting in the transaction negotiations.

Assists public sector clients throughout Southern California in the analysis and implementation of commercial, office, industrial, hotel and mixed-use projects. Disposition services include project planning; preparing requests for qualifications and proposals; developer selection; and transaction structuring.

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Policies

Participated in the creation of over 35 inclusionary housing programs, including recommending the requirements to be applied, the accompanying economic burden analysis and in-lieu fees studies. These programs are designed to assist the jurisdiction in fulfilling the unmet need for affordable housing as defined in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

Assisted in the creation of home buyer programs, rehabilitation loan programs and programs targeting specific neighborhoods for a variety of affordable housing activities.

Assisted in creating major affordable housing legislation enacted by the State of California and assisted several cities in developing comprehensive strategies for fulfilling both the legal requirements and the client’s policy goals and objectives.

Transaction Services

Assists clients in structuring a wide variety of affordable housing projects, with transactions ranging from the complex leveraging and layering of multiple funding sources for multi-phased mixed-use projects, to the simple acquisition and rehabilitation of single buildings. Assistance ranges from the initial creation of RFQ/P’s for developer solicitation, to the negotiation and implementation of the Affordable Housing Agreement that will guide the development.

Land Use Economics

Assists clients in the creation of specific plans, downtown plans, and incentive zoning programs. This includes assisting jurisdictions in preparing value enhancement analyses to be used as one metric in the imposition of community benefits requirements on properties being considered for zoning modifications.

Professional Credentials

  • MBA – University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA in Urban Planning – University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA in History – University of California, Los Angeles
  • UCLA, Anderson School of Business – Guest Lecturer
  • Ziman Center for Real Estate – Guest Lecturer
  • USC, Sol Price School of Public Policy – Guest Lecturer
  • Cal State Long Beach, Graduate Center for Public Policy & Administration – Guest Lecturer