James A. Chatfield

VP Construction

Bachelor’s Degree – Mathematics
U.S. Naval Academy

Master’s Degree, Business Administration
San Diego State University

Master’s Degree, Mechanical Engineering
Naval Postgraduate School

  • American Society of
    Military Engineers
  • American Heart Association
  • Armed Services YMCA
  • Board Member – Cathedral
    Arms Senior Citizen Residences

Jim Chatfield fulfills two significant roles for the company:  Managing Director of the San Diego office and Vice President of Construction, responsible for planning, design and construction activities.

Chatfield is currently overseeing several active JMI Realty Projects including the master planning of Ballpark Village, a 3.2-million-square-foot development effort; master planning of the 35-acre Fullerton Transportation Center in Fullerton, California, that involves a mix of transit-oriented residential, office, retail and hospitality projects; and Hotel Van Zandt, a 322-room Kimpton managed hotel in Austin, Texas.

Chatfield played a key role in the transformation of the Ballpark District surround PETCO Park, including the construction of the Omni San Diego Hotel, The Metropolitan Condominiums, East Village District Plant, and the retrofit of the Candy Factory and Schiefer & Sons historic buildings, both Orchid Award recipients.  He also was responsible for the development of Paseo del Mar, a 232,000-square-foot, Class A office campus in Del Mar heights, and the acquisition and repositioning of the Phoenix Inns and Suites Hotels, a limited service hotel portfolio with 10 locations in the Oregon area.

Prior to joining JMI Realty, Chatfield worked for five years with the United States Navy’s Civil Engineering Corps (CEC). While in the CEC, he specialized in government construction contracting, facilities planning and maintenance, and base realignment and closure actions. Chatfield served as staff civil engineer, and later as a project manager for over $300 million of construction at NAS/MCAS Miramar. His experience with the Navy varied from residential development on remote islands, to piers, refueling facilities and high-tech aircraft simulator construction.