Porchlight Bay Area Team
PorchLight Bay Area is a top performing real estate team located in the San Francisco Bay Area with a proven track record of getting results quickly. Having a team of agents located throughout the Bay Area means we have experts in your neighborhood. In order to support a team of highly successful agents, PorchLight Bay Area also has support staff who ensure seamless transactions from A to Z with open lines of communication at all times. This support allows the agents on the team to focus completely on you and your goals, making sure that you don’t miss any opportunities in this competitive market. Our promise to you is to outwork and outhustle anyone else in the industry in order to help you achieve your real estate goals!
Danny Burgess, CalDRE# 01963964 – CEO/Team Leader
Danny Burgess grew up surrounded by the world of real estate. His father, an architect contractor, introduced him to the business at age 15. Two decades later, he has made a name for himself as a Realtor and go-getter with PorchLight Bay Area in the heart of Silicon Valley. He and the PorchLight Bay Area team now work side by side and produce a stress-free, highly efficient environment in which they serve Bay Area buyers, sellers and investors. They possess the energy, enthusiasm, and drive to provide top-notch service to their clients. Danny thrives in competitive settings and wakes up every morning with the goal of winning big for his clients. As a Bay Area native, Danny has the local expertise to assist buyers, sellers, and investors achieve their real estate goals.
Amanda Burgess – Solutions Manager
Amanda has spent her entire working life in the service industry and thrives when helping others achieve their goals. With a background in education and real estate sales and a degree in Psychology, her focus is on providing support for Porchlight Bay Area sales partners and ensuring A+ service to all clients. Amanda knows that real estate transactions are much more than transactions and works hard to make sure each team member and client feels as though they are a part of our real estate family.
Linnea Lico – Transaction/Listing Coordinator
Linnea grew up in a real estate family and was born and raised in the Bay Area. She has turned that passion towards supporting PorchLight Bay Area working behind the scenes as the lead transaction and listing coordinator. Linnea is the go to girl for keeping all the paperwork executed perfectly for each transaction and communication setting up the team listings. She has a degree in Communication from Santa Clara University along with experience in the service and tech industry. She is here to help the team support their goals.
Alexander is an astute real estate entrepreneur, born and raised in the Bay Area. With deep roots and ties to communities in and around Palo Alto, CA, his knowledge of the Silicon Valley markets is superb. In over 4 years of real estate sales, his experiences helping buyers, sellers, and investors has taken him around the entire Bay Area, expanding his knowledge of Bay Area real estate trends. Alexander and his team at Porchlight Bay Area have great respect for the needs of their clients and place honesty, integrity and transparency as priorities. Alexander provides as high a level of service possible, while still offering a lasting personal relationship to assist in all aspects of home ownership. Looking at real estate as relational rather than transactionally, has created an atmosphere within his business of going above and beyond. Coming from a place of giving and striving for a better community, will remain paramount. In an ever changing real estate industry, his team has adopted state of the art tools and digital forms of marketing which have had great effect.
Working in the real estate industry since 2006, Katya brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each client she works with. Throughout her extensive experience, Katya has especially enjoyed working with first-time home buyers. She uses her knowledge of the home buying process to educate clients so they can make the most informed decisions. Katya’s experiences in real estate also include working with short sales and bank owned properties. These processes can be complicated and Katya prides herself on being able to help clients navigate each transaction seamlessly. Some of Katya’s greatest strengths include her go-getter attitude and high-level negotiation skills. Katya is bilingual and delighted to offer her services to both Spanish and English speaking clients. When she is not helping clients achieve their goals in real estate, Katya enjoys taking hikes, visiting the beach, and playing soccer.
Charlene Browne, CalDRE# 02093218 – Sales Partner
Charlene is originally from Missouri, studied community health and massage therapy in Kansas, and eventually decided to move to the Bay Area looking for new adventures and greater opportunities. She has been working in the real estate industry since 2018 after being inspired by her parents who purchased their first home in 2015. Charlene’s greatest strengths are her incredible empathy and relationship building skills. They allow her to connect with clients and build rapport with other agents and parties in a transaction. Charlene believes that all involved parties are one big family working towards the same goal! When she is not helping buyers and sellers, Charlene enjoys cooking at home and exploring hiking trails all around the Bay Area.
Alex Zaragoza, CalDRE# 02137660- Sales Partner
Alex is born and raised in the Bay Area. He studied and lived in San Diego for 10 years where he found his passion for real estate. He puts his all into everything he does. Before he found real estate, he worked in the food industry for 13 years where he went from bussing tables in a fine dining restaurant to managing a brewery. He has taken his people skills and thriving in the chaos of the hospitality industry into doing whatever it takes to get the job done. He enjoys that every client is different and so is their journey into finding the right home. What sets Alex apart is his attentiveness to his clients needs and making the home buying process fast and fun.
Bryan Cruz, CalDRE# 02113249 – Sales Partner
Bryan was born in the Philippines and moved to the Bay Area at the age of 3. He brings to PorchLight Bay Area his 10+ years of customer service experience from the retail industry. Bryan is looking to use this experience to create genuine relationships with his clients. Bryan is a problem solver and loves a good challenge. Bryan’s goal is always to educate, communicate, and advise in the best interest of his clients. Outside of work Bryan is a family man who spends his days with his fiancé Maria, son Riley, and son Zion.
Born and raised in Oxnard, CA. Jaqui always knew relationships with people were her forte. A Basketball Scholarship and Performing Arts major at the Academy of Arts University brought her to San Francisco where she grew roots and developed her love for the Bay Area. As a principal actor in the hit show Beach Blanket Babylon for 10 years, Jacqui cultivated relationships with numerous contracts in the region. On or off stage or basketball court, she’s maintained her credo; “Loyalty is everything”. She is ecstatic to join the PorchLight Bay Area Team and will work tirelessly to help you achieve your Real Estate Dreams.
Yanira Cortez, CalDRE#02136310 – Sales Partner
Yanira was born in Oakland, CA and raised among commerce, in her mother’s event. With a background in real estate, business consulting and leadership development, her focus is to provide the highest level of customized service to anyone with real estate goals. Joining the PorchLight Bay Area team solidifies community and collaboration where partners work together by sharing expertise, resources, and responsibility for achieving our client’s goal. This combined with her great love of negotiation, communication and organization makes for creative real estate, where nothing is impossible! If she is not on the phone building relationships she is traveling to eat, play and make new friends with her partner and two daughters.
Rita Tang, CalDRE#02126368- Sales Partner
Rita Tang is a Home Service Owner Since 2017. She brings the same professional and personal values to her work as a real estate agent: working well with people and being kind, caring, and organized in her efforts to serve her clients’ best interests. Rita also brings a highly valued ability to communicate, being fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Her natural talents are augmented by her energetic desire to learn and to meet new challenges. She works with many Chinese-speaking clients, of course, and also with first-time buyers, retirees, and investors. In her spare time, Rita likes volunteering in her community and spending time with her two kids. She also wants to continue traveling the world and seeing faraway places.
Jasmine is originally from Singapore, and is fluent in English and Mandarin. She pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography in London, UK, and then worked in the Singapore government in education and training. Since moving to the Bay Area, Jasmine has been active in her community. She is passionate about helping her clients and friends achieve their real estate and life goals. Her experience has provided her with valuable skills that she uses in real estate negotiations, educating homebuyers and sellers, and effectively marketing home listings. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys spending time in nature and exploring new places.
I’ve been a competitor my whole life – in school, in sports, and to this day, winning is a top priority. After graduating from Washington State University, I moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in advertising, but I eventually found success in management in the fitness industry. Wanting to be closer to home, I was fortunate to find a position as the Personal Training Director at Meta in Menlo Park. I met my wife here and we settled down in her hometown of Redwood City to raise our family. As I thought about my love of competition and passion for helping people, I knew that real estate was the perfect “home” for my future. In 2019, I become a Realtor and joined a brokerage in San Carlos. Recently, I made the move to eXp with the Porchlight Bay Area team. I love my team as we are all committed to excellence in being of service to others and building our communities. Over the past two years, I’ve partnered with some amazing buyers to purchase their dream homes in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Sacramento counties. Every buyer is unique and every transaction has various hurdles to jump over. I love anticipating the needs of all my clients and overcoming potential obstacles to help us cross the finish line successfully. Being a part of an amazing team and building valuable relationships have been two big keys to accomplishing mutual goals. eXp has the tools, technology, and reach to ensure your trust in my team. I also have a strong network of lenders, title & escrow resources, vendors, and other Realtors. My teamwork will make your dream home realistic. I look forward to doing whatever it takes to help you win your perfect home.
Wenda Guan CalDRE#02141193 – Sales Partner
Starting as a young actress and performing on stages at the age of 7, Wenda cultivated her interpersonal skills at an early age. After graduating from University of Minnesota with a major in Economics, Wenda moved to San Francisco where she began a successful career in the media industry, including being a TV host, radio personality and news anchor for the San Francisco Bay Area local broadcasting company and radio station. She also features in commercials for many organizations. Wenda is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, she continuously bridges gaps between international buyers and the real estate sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her professional character allows her to build and maintain solid friendships, long-term clients, and a wealth of business relationships within the community. Wenda always truly caring for all her clients, she prides herself on always putting her clients’ best interests as her priority. With a background of Economics, and working in the media industry, she is known for her analytical and exceptional negotiation skills. Client satisfaction is of the utmost importance to Wenda
Qiuxiang “Leah” Wu CalDRE#02128682 – Sales Partner
Qiuxiang “Leah” Wu was born and raised in the Szechuan province of China .After completing her degree in German studies at University of Jinan in Shandong, China, Leah immigrated to New York in 2013. Once in America Leah found her passion for helping others. Leah has worked as a Home Service provider, Caretaker, Dental assistant, as well as a licensed massage therapist, before dipping her toes into the Real Estate world. Fluent in Mandarin and English Leah looks forward to helping both buyers and sellers achieve their dreams in real estate. In her free time Leah enjoys spending time with her two boys.
KayLa Drake CalDRE#02178430 – Sales Partner
KayLa is a natural-born leader, competitor, and sales professional. KayLa grew up in South-Central Texas riding horses and competing in rodeo. At six years old, after being told, “No!” when she asked for candy money to spend at the rodeo concession stand, KayLa created her own business plan of making coloring books and selling them to her peers and audience. Her execution was a success, and that experience fueled her passion and ignited her drive to overcome the barrier “no” ever since. It also solidified her affinity for not simply the science of sales but the fine art of delivering truly desired value to her customers. KayLa went on to graduate from Texas A&M University with a degree in Agriculture Leadership and Development with an emphasis in Sales and Marketing. KayLa has sales experience in a wide range of industries which makes her not only relatable but rather knowledgeable.
Following her husband’s career, KayLa and her family have had the opportunity of living in multiple states. She has empathy for anyone who may be relocating, especially for those who may be coming to or going far away from the Bay Area. KayLa has bought and sold her own properties, recently closing escrow in October of 2021.Her experience made her realize just how much of an asset and guide she can be to California home buyers. So, she decided to add real estate agent to her repertoire of skills. Moreover, she views herself not just as a realtor but as a trusted adviser, helping clients not only to buy or sell but to strategize toward long-term wealth building with real estate. As a mother herself, she is especially in tune with the needs of families with children.
When she’s not showing homes, you can find KayLa around town with her four girls in tow, shuttling between school, play dates, extracurriculars and community service. KayLa is an active member of her local church, an avid DIYer, thrift store junkie, and furniture flipper. KayLa always aims to please and won’t settle for less than a completely satisfied client.
Ryan Neil McGill CalDRE#02189714 – Sales Partner
Ryan, born and raised in Menlo Park CA, is a life long resident of the Bay Area. After graduating from the California Maritime Academy, and sailing as a Navigational Officer throughout the Pacific Ocean, Ryan returned to the Bay Area where he worked in the residential construction industry. Most recently Ryan worked in high end custom cabinetry, where he designed, fabricated, and installed custom kitchen and bathrooms for clients in high end homes throughout the Bay Area. Ryan prides himself on communication, dedication, and transparency, and looks forward to using those qualities helping people achieve their real estate goals.