About Tableau Development


Tableau Development Company was formed in 2014 as a real estate development firm focused on assisting market rate and affordable developers in creating contemporary, smart living communities. Tableau’s principal has a wealth of development experience spanning many decades and metropolitan areas, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Miami, New York and Boston.


Tableau has extensive public and private sector development experience. This unique skill set enables Tableau to be an effective “diplomat” seeking project goals that satisfy both the municipalities priorities as well as the private developer’s bottom line. Tableau typically seeks to create projects that generate significant public benefits – transit-oriented housing, expanded parks, redevelopment of derelict and underutilized properties – while at the same time achieve value creation and profit for its developer clients.

A new paradigm has emerged, caused by a remote workforce, upending the lure of central city living in favor of suburban locations for many people. In this rapidly changing environment, Tableau recognizes the opportunity for 1) building new projects to enhance dense urban communities, and 2) delivering projects with urban-type vitality and amenities for those desiring to live outside the city. Over many years, Tableau’s principal has both reshaped inner city urban environments and transformed suburban communities into desirable new neighborhoods. Tableau is adept at working in partnership with cities and master developers so that, in the end, the built product provides great community benefits and achieves a profitable developer outcome.


Jack Robertson, President and Found of Tableau Development Company, brings over 35 years of experience in site acquisition, project financing and building communities throughout the United States. Jack’s background bridges both the public and private sector resulting from his work as both a private developer and former local redevelopment official. Jack specializes in identifying common ground amongst the competing and often divergent interests of neighborhood stakeholders, local officials and the developer – seeking a final product that is profitable and a long-term community asset.

Jack has developed or renovated over 5,000 homes and mixed-use commercial space totaling over $700 million. Since forming Tableau, Jack has helped developers entitle and/or implement over 6,500 additional homes and additional mixed-use space. Prior to forming Tableau, Jack spearheaded the design and construction of the first phase of the The Shipyard in San Francisco, building this urban master planned community’s first several hundred homes. He also oversaw the promulgation of design standards and guidelines for the Shipyard/Candlestick Point development as well as for the Treasure Island redevelopment (along with Lennar’s co-partner Wilson Meany). Prior to Lennar, Jack was President of AF Evans Development, Inc., where he managed the expansion of the firm’s mixed-use condominium products, initiated a successful apartment acquisition/repositioning program, completed numerous affordable multifamily developments and grew AF Evans’ presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Jack’s geographic experience includes developing properties in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Southwest regions of the country as the Housing Director for Telesis Corporation in Washington, DC. Prior to Telesis, Jack spent six years at the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency where he served as Housing Chief.

Jack served eight years on the San Rafael Planning Commission and his other volunteer activities have included coaching CYO girls basketball and Little League, and mentoring young professionals through the Urban Land Institute.