I was born and raised in Berkeley to a father who was a concert pianist and taught at UC and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. My mother was an opera singer of Icelandic heritage who sang all over the world with the San Francisco Opera. When she wasn’t singing opera, my mother was in musicals. Frequently she got my sister and I into the shows (like “The Sound of Music”) and we toured the whole country. We moved to Manhattan where I attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the New Lincoln School, the High School of Performing Arts (PA) and the New School for Social Research. I later returned to California to attend UCSB. Ultimately, after traveling the world and studying abroad, I wound up finishing my Master’s Degree in Theatre Direction at San Francisco State University.
I founded Tour De Force Theater Company in San Francisco, and directed productions across the country. I taught theater at many universities including New College, St. Mary’s College, UCSB, and Suisun Valley College, among others – always as a lecturer, never getting tenure. (I like to joke that in the United States you have to wait for someone to die before you get a tenured position in the humanities). My last “job” in theater was as Co-Artistic Director of the Eureka Theatre, along with Lane Nishikawa and Benny Sato Ambush. I still direct occasionally and write scripts, but enjoy “real reality” more than fiction. I also like to make sure all my “drama” is on the stage and not in my work!
I became a Realtor in 1998 and worked extensively in San Francisco, being a top producer for Century 21, and have been placed in the Grand Centurion Honor Society for my successes at that company. My company was bought by Alain Pinel, and I moved at that point to Red Oak Realty for a spell, and then came to Coldwell Banker where I was the Top Producer there for 6 years. Before I left I was ranked #8 for Coldwell Banker in Northern California, and was among the top 1,000 Realtors for NRT (Coldwell Banker’s Parent Company which also owns Century 21, ERA, BHG and others), which is quite an accomplishment. I was also named Realtor of the Year in 2015 by the Oakland Berkeley Association of Realtors, and my production in 2015-2017 has made me the #1 companywide agent at Red Oak Realty.
I am married and live in the Claremont Knolls in Berkeley behind the Claremont Hotel. We have 4 terrier mixes, 2 cats and 2 parrots. My husband makes me laugh all the time and we are very much in love with each other. After almost 19 years of being a Realtor, I can truly say it is really a great profession and I am proud to participate in one of the most important parts of people’s financial lives. Being a Realtor has taught me so much about life and people, and I am always surprised by the kindness, generosity of spirit and great intelligence I meet along the way. Every day is very interesting for me. I love what I do!
SHAWNA JONES: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Shawna joined Red Oak Realty in July 2017 as the Executive Assistant to Red Oak's top-producing agent, Andrea Gordon. She primarily assists with Andrea's buy-side clients, marketing and accounting, in addition to various other needs for the team. Shawna spent the last four years managing a local nonprofit, and has a great deal of experience in operational/business management, bookkeeping, human resources and strategic planning.
Shawna is committed to serving Andrea's clients with the utmost care, while also being a licensed agent herself. She has lived in Oakland since 2005, and loves calling the Bay Area home. In her free time, Shawna enjoys working on her photography, traveling with her partner John, cooking meals for her loved ones, and spending time with her two cats Chuck and Suzie.