The Oryx team has extensive skills and deep experience in real estate investment, development, entitlement, re-positioning and operations.

In addition, for its high net worth clients, Oryx applies multi-generational estate planning expertise coupled with its superior real estate investment execution capabilities, honed over several cycles, which represents a unique and powerful long-term wealth generation vehicle for Oryx’s partners.

Juan Carlos ("JC") Wallace

JC is a founding principal of Oryx Partners. JC was previously Vice President of Acquisitions with SKS Partners, a leading San Francisco Bay Area developer, where his primary responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, and closing new real estate opportunities, including multiple deals totaling over 3 million square feet of existing or planned office, life science, medical office or mixed-use properties. JC was previously a relationship manager with Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Group, where he was responsible for origination, underwriting, due diligence and asset management for a $300 million portfolio of construction and short-term real estate loans. Earlier in his career, JC was an associate with Blumberg Capital, a private equity investment firm, and an analyst with Arthur D. Little’s management consulting group.

JC serves on the Board of City Youth Now, an organization focused on serving the needs of children and youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system in San Francisco, and on the Board of SF Moderates, a moderate political advocacy organization in San Francisco, and previously served as President of the Board of the Downtown Oakland Association from 2008-2013. He is a member of ULI and SPUR and the SF Housing Action Coalition.

JC holds a BA degree in Economics from the U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA degree with a Real Estate Certificate from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. JC has lived in San Francisco since 1995.

John Ramsbacher

John is a founding principal of Oryx Partners. He is a successful real-estate investor and developer in San Francisco and other areas. His experience includes sourcing, entitling, and investing in numerous development projects, including the acquisition of property with long-term redevelopment potential.

John is a nationally recognized attorney who started his legal career in 1990. During his legal career, he has advised high net worth families in the areas of real estate, tax and estate matters. John is an ACTEC Fellow and is included in Best Lawyers of America, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. He is also a director of Republic Bank, Inc., a Utah chartered bank, which he co-founded in 1999. The bank is one of the top performing banks in the country among its peer group.

John has lived in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco since 1997. John is involved in philanthropy personally and on behalf of his clients, including causes that benefit the Tenderloin community and MMG Foundation, which has brought critical thinking programs to San Francisco public schools.

Laura Billings

Laura is the Director of Development for Oryx Partners. Laura has over 15 years’ experience in all facets of real estate development, including acquisitions, due diligence, leasing/marketing, financing, entitlements and project/construction management. Laura is also the founder and Principal at Sage Green Development. Most recently, Laura spearheaded the firm’s execution of the public-private partnership Central Shops project for the City of San Francisco. Prior to joining Oryx, Laura completed the design, financing and entitlements of a new construction, core-and-shell, 87,000 SF Class-A office building in Stanford Research Park and a 35,000 SF office high-end tenant improvement in a Class A historic resource building San Francisco as well as other project in Berkeley, Alameda, and the South Bay. From 2003 to 2008, Laura was a Development Manager at SRM Associates in Oakland, CA. While at SRM, she spent her first three years on leasing, tenant improvements and the disposition of University Circle, a 460,000 SF Class-A office campus in E. Palo Alto, CA.

Laura holds her MBA with a certificate in Real Estate from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with degrees in Political and Social Thought and Urban Planning. Laura has a passion for green building. She served on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and has worked on many LEED Gold and Platinum projects. Laura resides in Oakland.

Ruwan Punchihewa

Ruwan is the Director of Investments at Oryx with a focus on finance and operations. Prior to joining Oryx, Ruwan was a founding principal of RJR Capital Management LLC and prior to that, Director of Investments at JP DiNapoli Companies Inc. Ruwan started his career in real estate as controller at Essex Property Corporation, which at the time managed 6,000 apartment units.

Ruwan has both an accounting and a legal background and over 20 years experience in commercial real estate investment analysis, capitalization, financing, deal structures and transactions. Ruwan’s expertise include negotiating, documenting and executing all aspects of real estate transactions including purchases, sales, leases, joint ventures, construction financing and permanent financing as well as comprehensive investment analysis.

Ruwan serves on the board of directors of Notre Dame High School, San Jose, CA. He has a BS in Economics with Honors from the London School of Economics, London, England. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (equivalent of a CPA) and a Barrister at Law (equivalent of an Attorney-at-Law). Ruwan commenced his professional career in England where he trained as an accountant at Deloitte & Touche.

Sindy Crisostomo

Sindy is an Assistant Project Manager at Oryx Partners. Her responsibilities include supporting in the execution of Oryx’s development and value added projects. In addition, Sindy supports Oryx professionals on due diligence, market research and strategy, and organizational and administrative tasks related to the pursuit of new Oryx projects or opportunities. After graduating from UCLA in 2013 with a BA in International Relations, Sindy moved back to San Francisco and began her Real Estate career in commercial Property and Project Management working for CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield.

Oryx team members are all Bay Area residents with long-standing backgrounds in real estate investing, acquisitions, development, operations, and finance, and with an active interest and stake in the community they live in.