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Elizabeth Peterson-Gower

Elizabeth Peterson-Gower

Founder/CEO

As the founder and CEO of EPG, Elizabeth Peterson-Gower has facilitated the development of over 1600 restaurants, bars, theaters, and mixed-use buildings in historic and complex urban environments.

Elizabeth began her foray into Downtown Los Angeles in the Old Bank District, now a bustling community developed by Tom Gilmore. Gilmore, whom she had met in Hollywood while refurbishing the Equitable Building, brought her on to help secure the entitlements for a collection of three buildings and an anchor restaurant, Pete’s Café, while simultaneously entitling The Standard, Downtown LA. Since then, Elizabeth’s client roster at EPG has swelled to include the KOR Group, CIM Group, Kennedy Wilson, Palisades Development, as well as such iconic projects as the Los Angeles Ace Hotel, Freehand Hotel, The Nomad Hotel, The Globe Theater, The Edison, Wiltern Theater, Chateau Marmont, and The Standard, Hollywood.

In addition to her land use expertise, Elizabeth is also an experienced lobbyist and hospitality professional. Her career in the hospitality industry spans from booking agent to club manager to restaurant and bar owner. Her experience as an operator and owner provides her with deep insight into the challenges faced by owners/operators and provides her with a unique advantage as she moves to solve challenging entitlement and permitting issues.

Passionate about community development in historic and urban neighborhoods, Elizabeth is devoted to creating positive live/work/play environments by returning historic buildings to their full vitality and reactivating street life through captivating hospitality, retail, and commercial development. She has consulted internationally on the economic and social benefits of responsible nightlife and has helped cities Toronto, Norfolk, VA, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Jose, CA transform their urban cores into vibrant centers of community entertainment and economic vitality. Elizabeth is the LA chair for RADD, a non-profit organization offering designated driver programs, a member of The Friends of Park 101, founder and chair of the Northeast Hospitality Alliance, a leader of the Downtown Hospitality Forum in Los Angeles, and a vocal supporter of local Community Police Activity Boards.

Christine Rivera

Christine Rivera

Planner

Elizabeth Optholt

Elizabeth Optholt

Project Manager, Planning

Kaytie Lee

Kaytie Lee

Project Manager, Construction & Development

Nick Leathers

Nick Leathers

Planner

Samantha Silcott

Samantha Silcott

Director of New Business

Samira Squires

Samira Squires

Planner

Services

Specializing in mixed-use, adaptive reuse, and hospitality developments, we offer a plethora of services ranging from the inception of a project to its operational stage.

Projects

Over the past 15 years, we’ve helped to facilitate hundreds of projects, including residential & office buildings, hotels, theaters, restaurants, and retail spaces. See a selection of projects to learn more.

Contact us

Get in touch to learn more about our urban land-use and development services. Call us at 213.620.1904 or send us a message.