2019 ULI Fall Meeting

When

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
to Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Where

Walter E. Washington Convention Center Will open in a new window 801 Mount Vernon Pl NW Washington, DC 20001-3614 UNITED STATES
Join leaders from every sector of real estate September 18-21 in Washington, D.C. for this premier industry event. Register now.

Agenda

September 16

8:30am - 5:00pm

The Basic Real Estate Development Process

September 16

8:30am - 5:00pm

Pro Forma Modeling with Excel

September 17

12:00pm - 4:00pm

ULI Foundation Board of Directors

September 17

2:00pm - 6:30pm

Asia Pacific Forum: Innovative City-Building in Asia's Mega Cities - What's Next

September 17

4:00pm - 6:30pm

New Global Governing Trustees Orientation

September 17

6:00pm - 9:00pm

District Council Staff Dinner

September 17

8:30am - 5:00pm

Pro Forma Modeling with Excel

September 17

8:30am - 4:30pm

UrbanPlan

September 17

8:30am - 5:00pm

The Basic Real Estate Development Process

September 18

1:00pm - 1:30pm

ULI Global Governing Trustees Networking

September 18

1:30pm - 3:30pm

ULI Global Governing Trustees Meeting

September 18

10:30am - 2:00pm

How an Alley Became D.C.’s Premiere Dining Destination

September 18

11:00am - 1:30pm

ULI Americas Executive Committee

September 18

11:15am - 1:30pm

ULI Key Leaders Real Estate Tour

September 18

11:30am - 1:00pm

District Council Chairs Lunch

September 18

11:30am - 1:00pm

Lunch & Conversation with WLI

September 18

2:00pm - 3:00pm

District Council Governance Chairs Meeting

September 18

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Pathways to Inclusion Networking Event

September 18

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Networking Break

September 18

4:30pm - 6:00pm

WLI Content Before Cocktails

September 18

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Opening Reception at The Wharf

September 18

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Institutional Capital Providers Forum

September 18

6:00pm - 8:00pm

ULI Atlanta Fall Meeting Reception

September 18

6:00pm - 7:00pm

ULI Foundation Governors Reception

September 18

6:30pm - 8:30pm

ULI Colorado, ULI Nashville & HDR: Fall meeting reception

September 18

6:30pm - 8:30pm

UrbanPlan Social

September 18

6:30pm - 8:30pm

ULI Hines Student Competition Mix and Mingle

September 18

7:00am - 5:30pm

Complimentary Portrait Photos and Personal Interactive Demonstrations

September 18

7:00pm - 9:00pm

California Reception

September 18

7:00pm - 9:30pm

ULI Global Governing Trustees and Leadership Dinner

September 18

7:30am - 11:00am

ULI Global Board of Directors

September 18

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Northeast Corridor Reception

September 18

7:30pm - 11:30pm

Center for Sustainability Reception

September 18

8:00am - 5:00pm

Greenland Glacier Photo & Film Project – a nod to climate change and ULI Greenprint’s origination in Greenland

September 18

8:00am - 3:00pm

Coffee Connections

September 18

8:30am - 2:30pm

Washington, D.C.’s Sports Venues: Vital Economic Catalyst or Field of Schemes?

September 18

8:30am - 2:00pm

First-Ring Suburb, Urban Vibe: Experience the Continued Resurgence in Downtown Bethesda, Maryland

September 18

8:30am - 1:30pm

Washington Drama: Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Theaters Changed the Nation’s Capital

September 18

8:30am - 2:30pm

Around the World: A Day of Cultural Exploration

September 18

8:30am - 1:00pm

Inside the Beltway: Talent Attracts the Country’s Most Wanted Company

September 18

8:30am - 4:30pm

Resilience Summit

September 18

8:45am - 12:00pm

The Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor: A Walking Tour of a Great Street

September 18

8:45am - 2:00pm

Bethesda Row: A Vital Mixed-Use Community Asset Shaped by Decades of Public/Private Investment and Design Innovation

September 18

8:45am - 12:45pm

Beat the Streetcar Walking Tour: H Street’s Post Riots Revival

September 18

9:00am - 1:00pm

Behind the Scenes at the National Building Museum

September 18

9:00am - 2:00pm

Tysons, an Edge City: A Transformation from Suburban to Urban

September 18

9:00am - 12:30pm

The Rebirth of the Kennedy Center and the Watergate

September 18

9:00am - 1:00pm

A New Waterfront Destination: National Harbor and the MGM Casino

September 18

9:00am - 2:00pm

The Yards and The Capitol Riverfront: D.C.'s Fastest Growing Neighborhood

September 18

9:00am - 1:00pm

Expanding the Mixed-Use Paradigm: Incorporating Public Uses in New Projects

September 18

9:15am - 1:30pm

The District Wharf: Bringing the City Back to the Water’s Edge

September 18

9:45am - 2:00pm

NMAAHC: “The Building Will Sing for All of Us”

September 18 - September 18

1:00pm - 3:30pm

Kick-off Your Learning at the Fall Meeting!

September 18 - September 18

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Redeveloping Surplus Federal Properties

September 18 - September 18

2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Life and Times of an Emergency Manager: Detroit Revisited-Lessons Learned

September 18 - September 18

3:00pm - 3:30pm

WLI-An Impact-Driven Initiative

September 18 - September 18

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Opening General Session: Drivers of Development in the D.C. Region: Amazon and Virginia Tech

September 19

1:00pm - 2:30pm

WLI Steering Committee Meeting

September 19

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2020

September 19

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Americas Young Leader/NEXT Executive Committee Meeting

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

WLI Executive Committee Meeting

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

Project Analysis Session- WLI

September 19

10:00am - 10:30am

Networking Break

September 19

10:00am - 10:30am

ULI Member Book Signing: The World by Design with Author Gene Kohn

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

PAS- Gentrification Fishbowl

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

PAS - Addison, TX

September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

Greenprint Innovation Roundtable

September 19

11:00am - 12:00pm

Press and Media Brunch

September 19

11:00am - 4:30pm

Large Landowners Forum

September 19

11:00am - 12:00pm

ULI Audit Committee

September 19

11:30am - 12:30pm

Networking Lunch

September 19

11:30am - 12:00pm

ULI Member Book Signing: Real Estate Market Analysis, Third Edition with Author Deborah Brett

September 19

11:30am - 1:30pm

Center for Sustainability Open House

September 19

11:30am - 1:00pm

District Councils Best Practices Over Lunch: TAPs, Sponsorship, Membership, & Local Product Councils

September 19

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Real Estate Research Forum

September 19

12:00pm - 1:30pm

ULI Foundation Lunch

September 19

2:00pm - 4:00pm

PAS- DC Housing Advisory Services Panel

September 19

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break

September 19

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Americas Young Leader/NEXT Steering Committee Meeting

September 19

2:30pm - 4:30pm

District Council Task Forces for Health and Equity

September 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm

ULI Past Global Chairs Meeting

September 19

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Coastal Forum

September 19

3:30pm - 5:00pm

District Council Chairs for Mission Advancement Meeting

September 19

4:00pm - 5:00pm

District Council Chairs Meeting

September 19

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Networking Break

September 19

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Capital Market Roundtable Discussions - Allen Matkins

September 19

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Product Council Chairs Meeting and Cocktail Reception

September 19

5:30pm - 6:00pm

ULI Member Book Signing: Building a Multimodal Future with Author Justin Schor

September 19

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Cookies & Climate Change: Celebrate ULI Greenprint's 10 Year Anniversary

September 19

5:45pm - 9:00pm

Scene and Be Seen: A Walking Tour of 14th Street, D.C.’s Hottest Neighborhood

September 19

6:00pm - 7:30pm

WLI Speakeasy: An Evening of Curated Conversations

September 19

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Council Dinners

September 19

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Full Member Reception

September 19

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Battle of the Boutiques: An Evening Enjoying D.C.’s Two Hippest Hotels

September 19

6:15am - 7:30am

Fun Run at the Fall Meeting

September 19

6:30am - 6:30pm

Complimentary Portrait Photos and Personal Interactive Demonstrations

September 19

7:00am - 8:30am

ULI Key Leaders Breakfast with José Andrés

September 19

7:00am - 11:00am

Terwilliger Center National Advisory Board

September 19

7:30am - 8:45am

District Council Treasurers Meeting

September 19

7:30am - 9:00am

Greenprint Performance Committee Meeting

September 19

8:00am - 12:00pm

Coffee Connections

September 19

8:00am - 9:00am

Networking Break

September 19

8:00am - 9:30am

WLI Prologis Achievement Award Breakfast

September 19

8:00am - 9:30am

YLG/NEXT Chairs Breakfast

September 19

8:00am - 7:00pm

Greenland Glacier Photo & Film Project – a nod to climate change and ULI Greenprint’s origination in Greenland

September 19

9:00am - 10:30am

Networking and Thought Leadership for District Council, Product Council, and Affinity Group Leaders

September 19 - September 20

9:00pm - 12:00am

Young Leaders Group Reception

September 19

9:00pm - 11:30pm

NEXT Reception

September 19 - September 19

9:00am - 10:00am

Chipping Away at the Housing Attainability Crisis

September 19 - September 19

9:00am - 10:00am

The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion: Concept, Practice, and Actionable Insights

September 19 - September 19

9:00am - 10:00am

ULI's Changing World Speaker Series: Migration Trends and Industry Impacts

September 19 - September 19

9:00am - 10:00am

Making It Big: Real Estate's Road to Riches

September 19 - September 19

9:00am - 10:00am

In Conversation with 2019 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize Laureate Alejandro Aravena

September 19 - September 19

9:00am - 10:00am

Mobilizing the Private Sector for Public Good

September 19 - September 19

10:00am - 10:30am

Housing First: ULI Member Innovations in Housing the Homeless

September 19 - September 19

10:00am - 10:30am

Making Sustainability Work for Hotels and Resorts

September 19 - September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

Constructive Economic Development-The Intersection of Higher Education, Workforce Development, and Job Growth/Economic Development

September 19 - September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

The First Opportunity Zone Projects: From Regulations to Reality

September 19 - September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

How Data Is Transforming Commercial Real Estate

September 19 - September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

Reinventing Social Nodes in the City

September 19 - September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

ULI's Changing World Speaker Series: Just Food-Mitigating Inequalities

September 19 - September 19

2:30pm - 3:00pm

How Buildings Can Achieve D.C.'s New Aggressive Sustainability Goals AND Create Real Estate Value in D.C.

September 19 - September 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Entertainment Is the New Black

September 19 - September 19

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Shark Tank

September 19 - September 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Story of Washington's Waterfront Transformation

September 19 - September 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm

FRAN & Ollie-AuthenTECH Connections in the Smart City

September 19 - September 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm

ULI's Changing World Speaker Series: Trust in Today's Economies

September 19 - September 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm

WLI View from the Top

September 19 - September 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm

UrbanPlan Lightning Round

September 19 - September 19

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Leveraging ULI's Home Affordability Index to Educate and Advocate

September 19 - September 19

4:30pm - 5:30pm

The Lifecycle of Retail-How D.C.'s Retail Districts Are Evolving in Real Time

September 19 - September 19

4:30pm - 5:30pm

$25 Million or Less: Small Deals, Big Impact.

September 19 - September 19

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Deal or No Deal: Multifamily Housing and Short-Term Rental Platforms and Regulations

September 19 - September 19

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Global Awards for Excellence Winners Share Their Stories

September 19 - September 19

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Building a Multimodal Future: A ULI Playbook to Increase Density and Reduce Parking with TDM

September 19 - September 19

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Future of Work: Creating a Great Experience to Optimize Performance

September 19 - September 19

4:30pm - 5:30pm

ULI's Changing World Speaker Series: Striving for Balance: Land-Use and Land Conservation

September 20

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Adaptive Reuse and Future Proofing in Urban Development: Understanding Trends, Drivers, and Impacts

September 20

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Adapting Real Estate and Unlocking Value by Designing Human Experience

September 20

10:00am - 10:30am

Networking Break

September 20

10:00am - 10:30am

Meeting the Unique Housing and Equity Needs of Neuro-Diverse Populations

September 20

10:30am - 11:30am

The Huge Potential in Industrial Spaces for Sustainability, Social Equity, and Workforce Development

September 20

10:30am - 11:30am

Views from the Mayor's Office: Home Affordability and Social Equity in the District of Columbia

September 20

11:30am - 12:00pm

ULI Member Book Signing: Real Estate Titans with Author Erez Cohen

September 20

11:30am - 12:30pm

Networking Lunch

September 20

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break

September 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Reducing Conflicts through Collaborative Land Use Easements (CLUEs)

September 20

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Networking Break

September 20

6:15pm - 9:15pm

Friday Night Networking at La Cosecha at Union Market

September 20

6:30am - 5:30pm

Complimentary Portrait Photos and Personal Interactive Demonstrations

September 20

7:30am - 4:00pm

Council Day

September 20

7:30am - 9:00am

New Member Breakfast

September 20

8:00am - 9:00am

Networking Break

September 20

8:00am - 10:00am

ULI Global and Regional Chairs/C-Suite

September 20

8:00am - 12:00pm

Coffee Connections

September 20

8:00am - 6:00pm

Greenland Glacier Photo & Film Project – a nod to climate change and ULI Greenprint’s origination in Greenland

September 20

9:00am - 10:00am

The Power of Wood: The Future Is Mass Timber

September 20

9:00am - 10:00am

High-IQ Workspaces: How Intelligent-Building Technologies Can Enhance Workplace Outcomes

September 20 - September 20

9:00am - 10:00am

P3 for Climate: The Real Estate Sector and Cities Collaborating to Address Climate Change

September 20 - September 20

9:00am - 10:00am

An Undervalued Asset: Revealing the Role of Retail in Mixed-Use Environments

September 20 - September 20

9:00am - 10:00am

Gentrification Fishbowl: The Clash of Responsible Economic Development and Gentrification in Gateway Cities

September 20 - September 20

10:00am - 10:30am

Meeting the Unique Housing and Equity Needs of Neuro-Diverse Populations

September 20 - September 20

10:00am - 10:30am

Beating the Heat-How Developers and Cities Are Mitigating Heat Island Impacts

September 20 - September 20

10:30am - 11:30am

Learning in Real Time: Experts Share Their Forecasts for Real Estate in '19, '20, and '21

September 20 - September 20

10:30am - 11:30am

Innovative Property Financing Tools and Methods

September 20 - September 20

10:30am - 11:30am

Remembrance Design: Culture and History as Catalysts for Urban Regeneration

September 20 - September 20

10:30am - 11:30am

Urban Innovators and Smart Cities

September 20 - September 20

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Designing for Micro-Mobility: Beyond Bike Lanes

September 20 - September 20

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Seizing Opportunity: What's Next for Opportunity Zones?

September 20 - September 20

1:30pm - 2:30pm

View from the Asia Pacific Region: Finding Value in the Shifting Tides of Geopolitics, Demographics, and User Demand

September 20 - September 20

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Taking Advantage of Real Estate Transactions to Embed Sustainability in (and Add Value to) the Deal

September 20 - September 20

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Smart Buildings 101

September 20 - September 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Future of Real Estate Technology: How to Use What You Know and Stay Ahead of the Flow

September 20 - September 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Experience and Investment Strategies in Mexico

September 20 - September 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Pop-Up District: A Guide to Returning the Public Realm to the Public

September 20 - September 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Future Proofing the Suburbs: Lessons Learned from Three Smart Suburbs

September 20 - September 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Value of Social Equity and Health in Real Estate: Numbers and Examples from the Market

September 20 - September 20

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Innovations in Parks and Open Spaces

September 20 - September 20

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Zero-Energy Districts: The Future of High-Performance Developments

September 20 - September 20

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Closing General Session: Nikki R. Haley

September 21

10:00am - 3:00pm

The Grand Sites of Washington and the Most Current Neighborhood Developments—by Bike

September 21

10:00am - 3:00pm

Bike D.C.: From Historic Georgetown to New Developments in Bethesda, with Exploration of the Capital Crescent Trail and the Hidden Gem of Rock Creek Park

September 21

10:00am - 3:00pm

Experience Waterfront Invigoration in the D.C. Region

September 21

8:00am - 3:00pm

A Rare Opportunity: Glenstone Museum

September 21

8:30am - 2:00pm

Paddle the Potomac River through the Eyes of George Washington

September 21

9:00am - 3:00pm

The Districts inside the District: Union Market and the NoMa Neighborhood

September 21

9:30am - 2:30pm

New Fruit Meets Old Steel: Apple Store and the D.C. History Center co-locate in the historic Carnegie Library

Meet the people making the most important development deals of the year. Learn from deal-makers who are on the forefront of transforming D.C. from government town to innovation hub. Build valuable professional relationships with partners and clients. Tour groundbreaking projects with the visionaries who created them.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Pl NW Washington, DC 20001-3614 UNITED STATES

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Speakers

Speaker

Mitch Roschelle

Partner and Business Development Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mitch is a Partner at PwC, and currently serves as one of the firm’s Business Development Leaders. He was a founder of PwC’s Real Estate Advisory practice, and has over 35 years of experience serving a wide array of real estate investors, foreign and domestic. Mitch is a widely-recognized commentator on real estate, housing, business trends, capital markets, the retail industry and the economy. He is a frequent public speaker, and a regular guest and panel member on Fox Business Network, and Bloomberg TV and Radio. He is the co-publisher of Emerging Trends in Real Estate, a widely-circulated global annual market forecast. An active proponent of corporate social responsibility, Mitch serves as a trustee of the PwC Charitable Foundation, where he leads its grant-making efforts in youth education and financial literacy. Additionally, Mitch is a member of the Board of Directors of PENCIL. He resides in Armonk, New York, with his wife Debbie and their college-age twin sons, and their golden retriever Charlie.

Speaker

Debby Ratner Salzberg

Chairman, Brookfield Properties

Deborah Ratner Salzberg is Washington DC Region Chairman for Brookfield Properties, a global real estate development and operating company with 300 million square feet of prime office and retail space under management, 59,000 apartments and 9 million square feet of commercial space in development. Brookfield is one of the most prominent commercial property owners in the greater DC metro area, with 28 office properties totaling 10.1 million square feet and several major mixed-use sites both active and in development, including The Yards in Washington D.C. and Halley Rise in Reston, Virginia. Prior to joining Brookfield Properties, Ms. Ratner Salzberg worked for over 30 years at Forest City Realty Trust. Most recently, Deborah served as president of Forest City Washington, responsible for development in the company’s DC region, Philadelphia, Boston, and New Jersey markets. During her career with Forest City, Ms. Ratner Salzberg’s responsibilities included development, leasing, construction, financing, and management, beginning with individual projects and progressing to executive supervision of multiple large-scale developments in the DC Region including The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront district, Waterfront Station in Southwest DC, and the redevelopment of Ballston Quarter in Arlington, Virginia. Ms. Ratner Salzberg previously worked as a trial attorney in the civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco, and is a member of the California Bar. Deborah is active with numerous professional, community and professional organizations including the Federal City Council, DCBIA, Washington Housing Conservancy, the Urban Land Institute, the Meyer Foundation, and Kenyon College.

Speaker

Dan Mathews

U.S. Public Buildings Commissioner, General Services Administration

Daniel Mathews was sworn in as Commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS) on Thursday, August 3, 2017. As PBS Commissioner, he manages the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management and disposal of approximately 371 million square feet of government-owned and leased space across the United States and six territories. Prior to joining GSA, Mathews served as the Republican Staff Director of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. This committee has jurisdiction over federal buildings and courthouses, the General Services Administration, the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, and numerous other federal facilities. Prior to serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Mathews worked for the House Rules Committee and several California Members of Congress. Mathews holds a bachelor’s in government and philosophy from Georgetown University.

Speaker

Jay Valgora

Design Principal, Studio V

Jay Valgora, AIA, AICP, LEED AP Principal, STUDIO V Architecture Jay Valgora’s Manhattan based practice, STUDIO V Architecture, is dedicated to the reinvention mof the contemporary city. The Studio addresses multiple themes in its designs including creating a new architecture of transformative edges and sustainable communities, radical adaptive reuse, and experiments in innovative structures and fabrication. STUDIO V has designed an extraordinary range of work advancing these issues. The Studio’s work encompasses reimagining New York City's waterfront in all five boroughs including Astoria, Inwood, Flushing, DUMBO, Gravesend, Sunset Park, and Staten Island. Innovative designs for the Empire Stores and Bronx Post Office combine historic and contemporary architecture. The exploration of radical structures and fabrication includes Yonkers Raceway, MOBI pavilion, and Morimoto Asia. Mr. Valgora has thirty years of experience in multiple disciplines including architecture, urban design, and industrial design. Mr. Valgora earned a Master of Architecture from Harvard, a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and was a Fulbright Fellow to the United Kingdom where he began his studies of reinventing former industrial waterfronts. Mr. Valgora was born in Buffalo where he was inspired to become an architect by the grain elevators and steel mills where his father worked and the loss inflicted by industrial decay. He lived and practiced in London, Boston, San Francisco, and Toronto, and considers these great cities as practice for his eventual embrace of New York City, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Speaker

Ben Myers

Sustainability Director, Boston Properties

Ben Myers is the Director of Sustainability at Boston Properties, one of the largest owners, managers and developers of first-class office and mixed-use properties in the United States. He is an engineer and non-routine project manager with a passion for resource efficiency, healthy workspaces and urban ecosystems. His primary responsibilities include enterprise energy and water management, green building development strategy, distributed generation and storage, energy conservation measure implementation, resiliency planning, sustainability education, communication and public reporting. Prior to joining Boston Properties, Ben was a green building services coordinator at Harvard University and construction project manager. He is a LEED AP BD+C and a Certified Energy Manager. He holds an M.A. in Urban Environmental Leadership from Lesley University and a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

Speaker

Christopher Bledsoe

Co-Founder & CEO, Ollie

Chris is Co-founder and CEO of Ollie (www.ollie.co), a leading coliving operator whose mission is to "humanize housing." Chris' prior experience as both an institutional investor and an angel investor in the consumer sector fuel his perspective of insight-driven segmentation strategies, and in turn, his determination to re-imagine the multi-family housing sector. Before making the entrepreneurial leap into coliving, Chris was a consumer staples analyst with Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel Investment Group, which he joined in 2009 following six years in New York as a sell-side equity research analyst initially covering the packaged food industry for JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers, then as the Senior Agribusiness Analyst for Barclays Capital. Chris was an initial seed investor in the organic baby food manufacturer Happy Family, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for healthy snacks startup Ruby's Naturals. He is also an active member of ULI and a graduate of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

Speaker

Jeff Spiritos

Principal, Spiritos Properties LLC

Jeff Spiritos is the principal of Spiritos Properties, LLC, a commercial and residential developer and development manager that participates in ground-up development projects in New York and the Northeast. Spiritos worked for 25 years with Hines before starting his firm in 2004 and for the past few years has focused on projects that will utilize mass timber as their structural system, with three projects currently in design. Mass timber buildings have the characteristics to reduce carbon emissions, build more efficiently, safely and less expensively and to improve the quality of the living experience for their users and inhabitants. Spiritos presented as part of a mass timber panel at the ULI Washington DC Trends Conference in 2017

Speaker

Bob Batting

Managing Director, Black Creek Group

Mr. Batting is a Managing Director of Black Creek Group, with primary responsibilities for overseeing Black Creek's Mexico platform companies and investments. Mr. Batting joined the Black Creek Group in 2005 and has in various roles participated in multiple Black Creek Group affiliated real estate acquisition, development, financing and disposition transactions throughout the US and Mexico. From its inception until 2018, Mr. Batting was the Chief Executive Officer of Gran Ciudad, Black Creek's Mexican multifamily developer, owner, operator platform. From 2008 until 2014, Mr. Batting was the Chief Investment Officer of MIRA, Black Creek's Mexican urban mixed-use community development platform. Prior to joining the Black Creek Group, Mr. Batting was a Naval Architect for Northrup Grumman where he contributed to the development of large-scale ship building programs. Mr. Batting holds a B.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Speaker

Matt Walker

Lowe

Mr. Walker is Executive Vice President of Lowe and is responsible for overseeing the Company’s hotel and resort development and value add investment.  In addition to providing general strategic direction for Lowe and implementation on key projects, Mr. Walker is responsible for the company’s hospitality business development efforts as well as oversight of its real estate sales and marketing activities.  Mr. Walker joined Lowe in 2000 and is a shareholder with the firm. 

Mr. Walker currently oversees several hospitality projects for Lowe:

  • Ivy Station – 148 room ground-up lifestyle hotel as part of a $300 million mixed-use hotel/office/residential/retail development at existing Culver City Metro Station; under construction
  • Town and Country – Redevelopment of an existing 954 room hotel in Mission Valley, San Diego which includes a 680 unit multifamily development; under construction 
  • Wild Dunes Expansion – 153 room ground-up hotel within resort core of oceanfront resort in Isle of Palms, SC; under construction
  • Charleston Waterfront Hotel – 225 room ground-up luxury waterfront hotel in historic Downtown Charleston, SC; breaks ground late 2019
  • Gorsuch Haus – 70 room ground-up ski-in/ski-out hotel at foot of Aspen Mountain; in planning
  • Ka’anapali – Redevelopment of a portion of 36 hole Ka’anapali Golf Courses into hotel, residential and retail; in planning

Mr. Walker received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and his MBA from UCLA.  He has taught an MBA real estate development course at UCLA and is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute as the past Chair of the Recreation Development Council Blue Flight.  Mr. Walker is a resident of Pacific Palisades, California where he lives with his wife and four children.

Speaker

Ilana Preuss

Founder & CEO, Recast City

Ilana Preuss is the Founder of Recast City LLC, a boutique consulting firm that works with real estate developers, city and other civic leaders to integrate space for small-scale manufacturing into redevelopment projects and place-based economic development. She is passionate about making great places and sees that small-scale manufacturers are a missing piece in today's mixed-use development and commercial property repositioning. Ms. Preuss co-authored, Made in PLACE: Small-scale manufacturing and placemaking, in partnership with Smart Growth America and funded by a grant from U.S. EDA, and Discovering Your City's Maker Economy, for National League of Cities, in partnership with Etsy and UMA, and a featured TEDx speaker with, "The Economic Power of Great Places." Previously, Ilana was Vice President & Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America, and worked in the US EPA Smart Growth Division.

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Marta Schantz

Senior Vice President, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance , Urban Land Institute

Marta Schantz is the Senior Vice President for the Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the Urban Land Institute, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Through measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation of best practices, Marta leads Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2030. Marta brings deep experience in the real estate sustainability market to lead and collaborate across organizations and stakeholders to achieve program goals and successes. Prior to her time at the Urban Land Institute, Marta worked at Waypoint Energy providing energy efficiency consulting and program management services to utilities and real estate, and before that worked at Booz Allen Hamilton on the federal energy consulting team on projects ranging from commercial building efficiency to nuclear energy finance. Her early career started as a cost analyst with the US Department of Energy. Marta is a LEED Green Associate and a Fitwel Ambassador. She holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering with a minor in Science Technology and Society from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Marta Schantz

Senior Vice President, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance , Urban Land Institute

Marta Schantz is the Senior Vice President for the Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the Urban Land Institute, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Through measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation of best practices, Marta leads Greenprint and its members strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2030. Marta brings deep experience in the real estate sustainability market to lead and collaborate across organizations and stakeholders to achieve program goals and successes. Prior to her time at the Urban Land Institute, Marta worked at Waypoint Energy providing energy efficiency consulting and program management services to utilities and real estate, and before that worked at Booz Allen Hamilton on the federal energy consulting team on projects ranging from commercial building efficiency to nuclear energy finance. Her early career started as a cost analyst with the US Department of Energy. Marta is a LEED Green Associate and a Fitwel Ambassador. She holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering with a minor in Science Technology and Society from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Melina Cordero

Managing Director, Retail, Capital Markets, CBRE

As leader of CBRE's retail capital markets business for the Americas, Melina Cordero leads a team of more than 130 retail professionals who specialize in the sale, debt and structured finance placement assistance, and recapitalization of retail properties. This team has completed more retail property sales transactions in terms of total dollar volume than any other firm in the United States and has been named the top-ranked brokerage for retail investment activity by Real Capital Analytics for three consecutive years. Melina most recently held the position of global head of Retail Research at CBRE, working closely with retail professionals and business-line leaders to generate in-depth analysis on the latest trends and influences shaping the retail and shopping-center industries. Prior to joining CBRE in 2016, Melina's retail experience spanned three continents, including serving as director of Analytics for Path Intelligence, a UK-based data and customer-analytics technology firm. In this role, she oversaw the creation of the company's North American division, working with a large portfolio of retail clients across the continent. Prior to this, she worked as a global industry analyst tracking the retail and consumer-goods industries at Euromonitor International in London and worked in urban planning and business policy research at the UK Parliament. Melina holds a dual Master of Science degrees in Urban Planning and International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Sciences-Po Paris. She also holds a B.A. from Yale University. Melina was recently named among the Washington Business Journal's "40 Under 40" that celebrates the next generation of Greater Washington's business elite.

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Tom Murphy

Senior Resident Fellow, Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development, Urban Land Institute

Tom Murphy Senior Resident Fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development ULI – the Urban Land Institute Washington, DC Tom Murphy is a senior resident fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for urban development. Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, joins other ULI senior resident fellows who specialize in public policy, retail/urban entertainment, transportation/infrastructure, housing, real estate finance and environmental issues. His extensive experience in urban revitalization-what drives investment, what ensures long-lasting commitment-is a key addition to the senior resident fellows' areas of expertise. Prior to his appointment as senior resident fellow, Murphy had served as ULI's Gulf Coast liaison, helping to coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans and the public to advance the implementation of rebuilding recommendations made by ULI's advisory services panel last fall. In addition, he worked with the Louisiana state leadership, as well as with leadership in hurricane-impacted areas in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to identify areas appropriate for ULI involvement. Prior to his service as the ULI Gulf Coast liaison, Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space. From 1979 through 1993, Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania State General Assembly House of Representatives. He focused legislative activities on changing Western Pennsylvania's economy from industrial to entrepreneurial, and authored legislation requiring the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pension fund to invest in venture capital. In addition, he authored legislation created the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, which is dedicated to advancing Pennsylvania's focus on technology in the economy; and he authored legislation to encourage industrial land reuse and to transform abandoned rail right-of-ways into trails and green space. Murphy served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1970 through 1972. He is a 1993 graduate of the New Mayors Program offered by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He holds a masters of science degree in urban studies from Hunter College, and a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from John Carroll University. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities; and a board member of the National Rails to Trails Conservancy. He received the 2002 Outstanding Achievement of City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was selected as the 2001 Pittsburgh Man of the Year Award by Vectors Pittsburgh. Updated March 2014

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Nick Egelanian

Founder and President, Siteworks, LLC

Nick A Egelanian BIO February 15, 2019 Considered a leading expert on retail and the shopping center industry, Nick A. Egelanian pioneered the segmentation of retail into Commodity & Specialty sub-groups as the author of the retail chapter of the Urban Land Institute's Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business, 3rd Edition in 2012. Mr. Egelanian served as VP of Real Estate & New Store Development for Crown Books and FAO Inc/Zany Brainy before forming SiteWorks Retail Real Estate Services in 1992. As President of SiteWorks, Nick has worked with a wide array of retail clients including Stuart Weitzman, Balducci's, Jos. A. Bank, Starbucks, Justice, Lane Bryant, & Zoës Kitchen. He also advises owners & developers throughout North America, including Vornado Realty Trust, Cadillac Fairview, Madison Marquette, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust & Bayer Properties, with whom he partnered in the development of two shopping center totaling nearly 1.5 Million SF of retail space. In 2018, he completed a 2 ½ year assignment as chief retail advisor (with master planning firm Elkus Manfreddi) to Sagamore Development, the developer of Port Covington, a nearly 250 acres of waterfront property in Baltimore, MD planned to house Under Armour's future 4 Million sq ft headquarters facility & up to 1.5M sq ft of retail in a 10 Million sq ft mixed-use development. He also developed a comprehensive new merchandising plan (with Gensler as chief architect) for Amtrak's Philadelphia 30th Street Station and its planned West Underground Extension in 2018. Mr. Egelanian is an active speaker & writer on retail trends & the evolution of the retail industry, & has coined the phrases "Post-Department Store Era", "Department Store Deconstruction" and "Convergence Era" in his numerous articles & editorials in publications including Retail Dive, Globe Street, Shopping Centers Today, Chain Store Age, Shopping Center Business & the ULI's Urban Land Magazine. He was recently retained by the Urban Land Institute to update the retail chapter of its Harvard Professor Richard Peisor's Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business, 4th Edition, scheduled for release in 2022. In 2019, Nick began his fifth year as Adjunct Professor in the Colvin Real Estate Development graduate program within the UMD's School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation in College Park, MD teaching retail and shopping center development. He also serves as a faculty member at the ICSC's John T Riordon School. He earned a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree at the George Washington University National Law Center in 1982 & a BS degree in Finance from the University of Maryland in 1979.

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Janet Pogue McLaurin

Principal, Global Workplace Sector Leader, Gensler

Janet Pogue McLaurin is a global leader of Gensler’s Workplace Sector, with a particular focus on corporate headquarters projects. During her time at Gensler, Janet has been instrumental in leading Gensler’s workplace research including the 2006, 2008, 2013, 2016, and 2019 U.S. Workplace Survey, and developing Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index tool, which measures workplace effectiveness for Gensler projects. Janet takes an active role on key projects across the firm. She is responsible for developing workplace strategy, conducting mobility studies, and designing innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients in both government and private sector industries, including energy, financial, consulting and technology. Clients include the IMF, GSA, Capital One, CEB, Caterpillar, Gallup, and 3M. Janet, a Principal at Gensler, has spent over 30 years in both the Denver and Washington, DC offices. Janet is a sought after media spokesperson and frequent speaker. She has shared her workplace expertise and research with top media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, BBC, Entrepreneur, NPR, Business Talk radio and many global architecture and design trade publications. Janet has spoken at many premier conferences and/or industry meetings, including CoreNet Global, IFMA World Workplace, NAIOP, ULI, Harvard LILA, and SXSW.

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Dan Kinkead

SmithGroup

As an architect and co-leader for SmithGroup's national urban design practice, Dan brings 20 years of experience in urban design, including all scales of mixed-use development, adaptive reuse and strategic planning. Before joining SmithGroup, Dan was the founding director for Detroit Future City, a non-profit think tank formed in 2013 after the release of the seminal Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan, for which Dan was the technical leader. Dan's work includes ongoing design and strategy development with cities, institutions, and private developers. His work is informed by his contributions to international advisory roles with the US State Department, participation with the German Marshall Fund, and contributing chapter authorship in research books including Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe, published by Carnegie Mellon and Routledge, UK (2016), as well as Why Detroit Matters: Decline, renewal and hope in a divided city, published by Policy Press (2017). Dan is a member ULI and the ULI Michigan Small Scale Development Council.

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Alfonso Costa

Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Alfonso Costa Jr. currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Ben Carson at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In his role, Mr. Costa is responsible for advising the Secretary and overseeing all policy (including regarding Opportunity Zones) carried out by the Department. Mr. Costa represents and leads HUD on the Federal government's Opportunity Zone Council ("White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council") chaired by Secretary Carson. The Council focuses on inter-agency collaboration, targeting of existing resources and programs, and external stakeholder engagement. 

Prior to his time at HUD, Mr. Costa served as Senior Vice President for a private real estate investment firm, Director of Policy for the USA First Political Action Committee, and Teach for America (TFA) corps member. Mr. Costa earned his juris doctor from Harvard Law School, master's degree from the University of Oxford, and bachelor's degree from Yale University.

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Denis Leontev

CEO, co-founder , Strelka KB

Born in 1979, Denis Leontev graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. In 2002, he founded Ludi Architects, a firm that specialized in exhibition design and public sector concepts. In 2004, he was selected as one of 15 emerging architects of Russia. Since 2006, he has collaborated with international architects on development projects in St. Petersburg. In 2009, he studied at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, in the Preservation course led by Rem Koolhaas. His research project was entitled World Heritage as an Economic Value. From 2011-2012, he worked at the Coop Himmelb(l)au architecture firm in Vienna on the STUDY 2050 project. In 2013, in partnership with the Strelka Institute, he co-founded Strelka KB, an urban consulting company in Moscow. Their first projects introduced a new way of managing international architectural competitions on a national level, such as Zaryadye Park in Moscow. Under his leadership, a small architectural competition management bureau developed into a 250-person multidisciplinary consulting company in just 4 years, providing holistic urban development solutions in the spatial planning, economic development and people engagement spheres for more than 50 cities across Russia. Among the recent projects led by Mr. Leontev are the 3-year-long “Moscow Street” regeneration program, the transformation of state standards on social housing and urban development in accordance with OECD guidelines, and the introduction of a nationwide liveability index for cities. Since 2018, Strelka KB's projects have started receiving international recognition: in 2018, the redesign of Garden Ring as a part of “Moscow Street” program, became a finalist of the European Prize for Urban Public Spaces, while whole “Moscow Street” received ISOCARP and Qatar Sustainability Awards. Strelka KB earned a special mention at the LILA Awards for progressive practice. Nike Box MSK in Moscow’s Gorky Park was shortlisted for ArchDaily's Building of the Year 2019, while Hussein bin Talal Park in Grozny was among the finalists for the Gulf Sustainability Awards 2019.

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Don Edwards

CEO, Principal, Justice and Sustainability Associates

Mencer Donahue "Don" Edwards is the founding CEO and a principal of Justice and Sustainability Associates, LLC (JSA). JSA is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Engagement firm founded in Washington, DC in 1999. Don is considered one of the most deft process designers, facilitator-mediators and engagement strategists in practice today.

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Martin Zurauskas

Managing Director, nFusion

Martin Zurauskas is the Managing Director for nFusion (formerly Nassal ACM), where he leads the project management services group with vision and focus into new markets and is responsible for its global efforts. With over 30 years of experience, Martin provides leadership to nFusion’s entertainment and leisure destination project teams, implementing innovative project delivery solutions with the ‘big picture’ in mind, and his finger on the pulse of each project. Formally trained as an architect, Martin brings a strategic and uniquely qualified approach to nFusion worldwide program management offerings, notably as the former VP of Development at LEGOLAND Global Family Attractions. His stellar portfolio of attractions development spans over thirteen countries. Martin is an active member of ULI (also serving on ULI’s Entertainment Development Council), the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), and the International Society of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture (with honors) from University of Adelaide in Australia.

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Allen Nichols

Director, Real Estate Development, Microsoft Corporation

Allen’s civilian career spans 23 years in the corporate real estate, architecture and construction industry with over $1B in completed projects and $700M in portfolio optimization savings. He has been with Microsoft’s Real Estate & Facilities team for 10 years working throughout the US and China. Currently Allen leads the Development Team for Microsoft’s headquarters campus in Redmond, WA, including campus Master Planning, Intelligent Workplace projects, and Construction Project Services. The team execute property acquisitions, land planning approvals, building renovations, and campus utility, road and infrastructure projects for the 15M square foot portfolio. Our team are currently focused on modernizing the Puget Sound campus which encompasses 518 acres supporting over 53,000 employees.

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Michael Chang

Director, Energy & Sustainability, Host Hotels & Resorts

Michael Chang is the Director of Energy & Sustainability at Host Hotels & Resorts, a S&P 500 company and the largest public lodging REIT and one of the largest owners of luxury and upper-upscale hotels. Michael leads Corporate Responsibility driving environmental and social performance with a focus on asset value enhancement. Under his leadership, the company has achieved recognition by investor driven frameworks and industry awards including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), CDP, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), NAREIT Leader in the Light and being the first lodging REIT to set a verified science-based carbon emissions target. Prior to joining Host, Michael was a leader in the sustainability consulting practice at Deloitte Consulting where he delivered sustainability strategy, resource and supply chain management, and reporting solutions to consumer product, retail, media, and real estate companies. He holds an MA in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from New York University.

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Evan Goldman

VP, Land Acquisition & Development, EYA

Evan is Executive Vice President of Acquisition and Development at EYA, LLC. He brings a decade of mixed-use and multi-family experience to the EYA development team and works on sourcing new deals as well as shepherding projects through the development process. Prior to joining EYA, Evan was Vice President of Development at Federal Realty Investment Trust, where he was primarily responsible for managing the development of Pike & Rose. Evan regularly guest lectures about real estate, planning, and development at local universities. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute Washington and is a Trustee of the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital. In 2012, Evan received the Livable Communities Leadership Award from the Washington, DC based Coalition for Smarter Growth. Evan earned a BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and a MBA in Real Estate and Finance from the Wharton Business School. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three young children. -

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Wes Guckert

President and CEO, The Traffic Group, Inc.

Wes Guckert is a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), a Fellow with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of the American Planning Association, and an Instructor in the Office of Executive Education at Harvard University. He served in a leadership position for a National Product Council with Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a member of the Texas A&M Transportation Technology Advisory Council, whose purpose is to advise Texas A&M Engineering on connected and automated transportation research; RELLIS Campus development for transportation technology research and testing; and Texas A&M Campus Transportation Technology Initiative deployment. Mr. Guckert is an expert in traffic engineering and transportation planning. He is a technical adviser in transit planning, traffic impact analysis, traffic signal design, and traffic circulation and access studies. He has played a major role in urban and suburban area projects in the Mid-Atlantic and has consulted on projects throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as overseas in China, Indonesia, South Africa, Istanbul, and Dubai. As the President and CEO of The Traffic Group, Inc. -- a traffic engineering and transportation planning specialty firm he founded in 1985, after five years working with the Maryland State Highway Administration's Traffic Division—Mr. Guckert has championed automated parking solutions in the United States. Working closely with system manufacturers, Wes and his team provide project pro forma, queuing analysis (to determine the number of bays and lifts needed for maximum efficiency, and conceptual plans. With nearly 8,000 projects under his belt, Wes has learned the value of patience, plainspoken explanations and precise questions in winning over skeptical citizens on even the most controversial projects. He has also spoken at numerous conferences and workshops about automated parking, and other traffic-related topics. Mr. Guckert is sought after to provide presentations to various community and government associations. He travels throughout the U.S. speaking on the topics of self-driving vehicles, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, traffic calming measures and automated/mechanical parking systems.

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George Casey

President & CEO, Stockbridge Associates

GEORGE E. CASEY, JR. is the Chief Executive Officer of Stockbridge Associates LLC; a consultancy based in Freeport, ME (www.stockbridgeassoc.com). Stockbridge helps residential builders, developers and investors to strategically position or reposition their company and/or assets for higher productivity and profitability. He additionally serves as the Chair of a Vistage CEO Private Peer Advisory Board for large company CEOs, owners, and senior executives in the Portland, ME area (www.vistage.com) and as the Chair of the Housing Innovation Alliance (www.housinginnovationalliance.com). An active member of the Urban Land Institute, he has twice served as the Chair of its Residential Neighborhood Development Council and as a Council Counselor. He is also a Governor of the Urban Land Foundation and is currently a member of the Community Development Council.

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Stefani Pashman

Chief Executive Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Before joining the Conference, Stefani served as CEO of Partner4Work and its predecessor, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, for seven years. She transformed the organization from a $1.5 million research-based group to a $20 million public-private system that educates the region on labor market dynamics, funds public and private workforce programs and connects local employers with qualified talent. Prior to Partner4Work, Stefani served in Governor Rendell’s Administration for nearly seven years at the PA Department of Human Services as Director of Policy and as Special Assistant to the Secretary. She also worked in private consulting at Avalere Health and Navigant and as an analyst in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Stefani holds an M.B.A. and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She is active in national and local organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. She resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband and three children.

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Jonathan Geanakos

JLL-Capital Markets

Jonathan Geanakos is President, Americas, of JLL Capital Markets. Based in New York, he has primary responsibility for leading the firm’s Capital Markets platform across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, including the growth of its Investment Sales and Finance functions. He also leads the firm's Office Capital Markets practice. Jonathan, in partnership with other senior leaders, also focuses on maintaining and enhancing major client relationships across JLL's entire global Capital Markets business. He is a member of JLL’s Global Capital Markets Executive Board which oversees the firm’s 2,000 employee Capital Markets staff. Jonathan is nationally recognized in the U.S. real estate industry with over 30 years of experience in real estate finance and investment. Jonathan's energy, passion and experience complements JLL's existing leadership team and his expertise across multiple disciplines including acquisitions, asset management, dispositions, finance and investment banking is critical in helping shape the firm’s global Capital Markets strategy and interactions with its clients. He has advised institutional, corporate, and private owners and investors in structuring and executing capital market transactions and advisory assignments throughout the United States and Mexico. Jonathan has also assisted clients in executing acquisition, recapitalization and repositioning strategies with particular expertise assisting family and or closely-held companies in the areas of brand expansion, capital raising, strategic growth, and succession planning.​

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Larry Falkin

Director, City of Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability

Larry Falkin has served since 2007 as Director of the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability. In that position, Larry leads the development and implementation of sustainability programs; ensures the City’s compliance with environmental regulations; and oversees recycling services for City residents. Larry has more than 25 years of experience as an environmental professional, including positions with the City of Kansas City Missouri and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Larry holds a B.A. from Binghamton University and a J.D. from Pace University.

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Ken Rosen

Chairman, Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics

Ken Rosen is Chairman of Rosen Consulting Group, a real estate market research firm, Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Professor Emeritus and California State Chair of Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Rosen has been a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is a member of the board of directors of several non-profit and for-profit entities that deal with real estate finance and development. He was appointed to the Economic Advisory Board to the Secretary of the Department of Commerce by President Ronald Reagan. He has testified on numerous occasions before various United States Senate and United States House of Representatives committees, and the California Senate Judiciary Committee on housing policy issues. He has appeared on CNBC, CNN, the Today Show and PBS discussing real estate issues. He has been widely quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Business Times. He has authored over 100 articles and four books on real estate and real estate finance. He was formerly the Chairman and founder of Rosen Real Estate Securities LLC (RRES), and Chairman, founder and portfolio manager of Lend Lease Rosen Securities, both REIT money management firms. Also, Mr. Rosen served as the special real estate advisor to The Davos World Economic Forum, and from 1985-1990 he was Consultant/Managing Director of Salomon Brothers’ Real Estate Research Department. Mr. Rosen received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Connecticut in 1970. He was a Professor of Economics at Princeton University. Ken has played in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament twelve times and made the cut three times.

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Audi Rowe

Digital Strategy, Transformation and Customer Experience, Ernst & Young, LLP

Audi Rowe is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of EY based between San Francisco and New York City where he focuses on leading digital transformations across industries including hospitality and restaurants, consumer products and retail, media and entertainment, and automotive. Audi helps clients in a variety of ways including developing new digital strategies, products and services, identifying gaps in business processes and designing new customer experiences for clients both domestically and internationally. His experience in implementing solutions to business issues includes experience-led strategy design and execution, digital transformation, industry expansion, process design, and product innovation.

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Hanes Riemer

At-Large Member, Montgomery County Council

Hans Riemer, first elected to the County Council in 2010, represents one million Montgomery County residents as an At-Large Member. Hans has dedicated his public service career to creating opportunity for all people to achieve their potential. As a Councilmember, he works towards this vision by advocating to fund public education and public transportation, early childhood programs, libraries, recreation, human services, housing and economic development. A dedicated environmentalist, Hans works hard to strengthen Montgomery County’s superb rural, suburban and urban areas by placing walkability, public transportation and sustainability at the center of our planning goals. Hans entered public office during difficult economic times, and he has worked with his colleagues to address some of the toughest challenges that local governments face. While restoring fiscal health to the county budget and advocating on behalf of Montgomery County before state policymakers, Hans has demonstrated balance, creativity, and leadership. Before serving on the County Council, Hans established a record as an innovator in political engagement. He served as National Youth Vote Director for the historic Obama for America campaign in 2007, and previously as political director for Rock the Vote, where he helped register nearly a million voters. Hans also served as a senior advisor at AARP and, since his earliest work in Washington, has been a national leader on protecting Social Security from Republican efforts to privatize the program. Hans is the Chair of the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee and also serves on the Transportation & Environment (T&E) Committee. Hans and his wife Angela have two young boys. They are members of the MCCPTA.

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Kelly Nagel

Regional Vice President of Development, Aimco

KELLY SEWELL NAGEL WORK HISTORY AIMCO APARTMENT HOMES (www.aimco.com), Bethesda, MD 2016-present Regional Vice President - Development. Regional development executive for Denver-based apartment REIT. Manages all investments (including development and redevelopment) efforts for Aimco's east coast holdings from Philadelphia to Miami. This includes major redevelopment projects in Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, and Miami FL markets, as well as covering the Nashville TN and Atlanta GA markets. SKANSKA USA COMMERCIAL DEVLOPMENT (www.skanska.com/cdus), Arlington, VA Senior Manager – Development. Lead development team for $120M+ multifamily project in $1.0B development pipeline of multifamily and office product in the Washington DC market for a publicly-traded Swedish developer. AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES (www.avalonbay.com), Arlington, VA Development Manager. Lead development teams for $400M+ of projects in $1.0B development pipeline in the Washington DC market for a publicly traded apartment REIT. ARCHSTONE (www.archstoneapartments.com), Alexandria, VA Development Manager. Lead development teams for $600M+ of projects in $1.2B development pipeline in the Washington DC market for a premier national luxury apartment owner, operator, and developer. REGENCY CENTERS (www.regencycenters.com), Vienna, VA Manager, Financial Services. Led team that built all pro forma and financial analyses for acquisitions, development pipeline, in-process construction, and 150 operating shopping centers in the east coast portfolio. Directly supported development officers responsible for new developments and redevelopments in the Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Boston MA, Raleigh NC, and Atlanta GA markets. WOOD PARTNERS (www.woodpartners.com), Vienna, VA MBA Development Intern. Participated in all facets of multi-family residential real estate development process. DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, US DEPT OF DEFENSE (www.dia.mil), Washington, DC Senior Program Manager, Office of the Chief Financial Executive. Developed and executed strategic planning and change management activities. IBM BUSINESS CONSULTING SERVICES (www.ibm.com), Fairfax, VA Manager. Directly supported director of resource management for DoD agency, including planning system integration strategies and day-to-day planning, budgeting, and operations. ACCENTURE (www.accenture.com), Reston, VA Consultant. Directly supported engagement manager on contracting and sales activities. EDUCATION THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA Chapel Hill, NC KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL (www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu) Master of Business Administration. Kenan-Flagler Graduate Judicial System, Honor Court Chair. Wine Club President. Career Services Peer Counselor. WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY (www.wlu.edu) Lexington, VA Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Accounting Special Attainments in Commerce. Honor System Review Committee. Student Recruitment Vice Chair. CIVIC ACTIVITIES *UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School - Wood Center for Real Estate Development - Advisory Board Member (2017-present) *W&L Williams School of Commerce - Advisory Board Member (2018-present) - W&L Real Estate Forum Steering Committee Chair (2017-18) *Good Shepherd Housing - Board Member (2016-present) * Urban Land Institute (ULI) o Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) former National Treasurer, Vice Chair and Executive Committee (2012-present) o WLI – former WLI Washington Chair and Steering Committee member (2013-present) o ULI Washington Regional Land Use Leadership Institute Graduate (2013-2014) o Selected for District Council Exchange for a guest seat on the Multifamily Silver Product Council (2012) o ULI Washington Membership Committee (2012-present) o ULI Washington UrbanPlan Volunteer (2009-present) o Young Leaders Group Mentoring Committee (2009-2012) * International Council of Shopping Centers o NextGen Program Sub-committee Co-chair (2008-2012) * Junior League of Northern Virginia o Sustaining member (2013-present) o Fund Development Director (2012-2013) * Managed, developed, and mentored 7 direct reports and approximately 30 indirect reports in all fund development efforts for non-profit organization (approximately $200k annual revenues) o Various roles as committee chair and board member (2002-2013) * Managed, developed, and mentored 5-10 direct reports on various committees

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Andy Lusk

Head of Acquisitions, Lionstone Investments

Andrew Lusk leads Lionstone’s Acquisitions team, overseeing all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, pricing, bidding, and closing. Additionally, he manages communication with brokers and operating partners, and sourcing capital for current and future funds. He serves as a voting member of the Investment committee. Prior to joining Lionstone in 2011, he worked in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs where he helped execute various strategic advisory transactions and capital raises. Previously he worked in acquisitions at LaSalle Investment Management. Mr. Lusk is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Trish Healy

Principal, Hyde Street Holdings, LLC

Co-Founder and Principal-Hyde Street Holdings, LLC, (est. 1996). HSH operates as an investment and advisory company specializing in real estate; technology and the nexus of the two. Prior to HSH, Ms. Healy was Co-Founder and CEO of Hanford/Healy Companies (1988-1996), sold to GMAC Commercial Mortgage. Board membership include Independent Director for RREEF America III (2011-2016) and M&F Bank Holding Company. Other boards include The Green Chair Project (chair); Catholic Charities of Raleigh (Nominating and Governance Chair); North Carolina Symphony (Assistant Treasurer/Audit Chair); the Contemporary Art Museum Foundation; ArtSpace and CoRe Museum. Membership in professional associations include: Lambda Alpha; the American Society of Real Estate Councilors (CRE) and Urban Land Institute (ULI), in which she serves as a Trustee and is a Governor. Within ULI, Trish has chaired two different product councils, the Annual Fund, sat on ULI’s Global Executive Committee, served as ULI Chair of the Americas and sits on the ULI Global Board of Directors. She has undergraduate (BA) from Tulane University and graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University (MBA) and The American Graduate School of International Management (MIM).

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Chase Garbarino

CEO and co-founder, HqO

Chase Garbarino is the CEO and co-founder of HqO, a tenant engagement platform that helps landlords optimize their property and create a workplace experience that tenants will love. Chase’s background and expertise lies in building and implementing technology that connects professionals to real-world communities. Prior to HqO, Chase founded VentureApp, a business community platform, and Streetwise Media, which was acquired by American City Business Journals in 2012. Chase is also an angel investor in companies such as Drizly, Jobble, Tablelist, Notarize and lovepop.

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Dan Reed

Urban Planner, Writer, Greater Greater Washington

Dan Reed represents the smart, creative next generation of smart growth leader. He began the blog Just Up the Pike in 2006, chronicling his experiences as an urbanist in eastern Montgomery County. In addition to his blog, he is a senior editor at Greater Greater Washington, writes for Washingtonian magazine, and is a professional urban planner. Dan’s family came to the Washington area from Guyana and North Carolina. This native of Montgomery County has brought a fresh perspective to smart growth, urbanism, transportation and education in our changing suburbs. He uses his writing and speaking talents to explain issues to a broad audience, to engage the community, and to persuasively advocate for sustainable and inclusive urban communities. Among his achievements as an activist, Dan has helped advocate for the Purple Line and Bus Rapid Transit on Route 29; highlighted issues of segregation and inequality in Montgomery County Public Schools; and led a community effort to reuse a vacant Art Deco movie theatre. Dan has worked for Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, and today he is an urban planner at Toole Design Group and an agent at Living In Style Real Estate. Dan sits on the board of the Action Committee for Transit, and lives with his partner in downtown Silver Spring.

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Nina Albert

Vice President, Real Estate and Parking, WMATA

Nina Albert uses her expertise in real estate, economic development, and public-private partnerships to accelerate transit-oriented development for Metro. Prior to joining Metro, Nina worked for Walmart, the Government of the District of Columbia, Hammes Company, and Verizon. Nina is also a veteran and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. She has a Master of Business Administration, Master of Regional Planning, and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for the Anacostia Watershed Society.

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Monty Hoffman

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, PN Hoffman

Monty Hoffman formed PN Hoffman in 1993 with a single townhouse conversion, and has since then transformed the company into a market leader of real estate development in the Washington, DC, metro area. With more than 30 years of experience, Hoffman actively leads the company’s business development and market strategy, as well as the design initiatives for every PN Hoffman project. Hoffman is listed in Washington’s SmartCEO’s Future 50 list and the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100. He is a founding board member of the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, which provides educational and apprenticeship opportunities for District students interested in design, engineering, and construction; a member of DC Public Schools Engineering Advisory Board; and a member of the Federal City Council. Hoffman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering Technology. He is married with three children and lives in Potomac, MD.

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Bill Kenworthey

HOK

William Kenworthey, AIA, is the regional planning leader for HOK's Northeast practice and is as an urban designer and registered architect. With 21 years of experience, Kenworthey has worked with government agencies, private developers, Fortune 500 Companies, major universities, and medical centers on transformational projects. His recent work includes the Hartford Capital Gateway Master Plan, the New LaGuardia Airport Master Plan, Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus Development Plan, and the campus design for Royal Caribbean Cruises' Headquarters in Miami. He has experience with the long-term resiliency of coastal cities and applying those lessons learned to urban design efforts throughout the country. Kenworthey frequently presents at university and industry events about urban waterfront design and resiliency. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

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Jeffrey Hermann

Section Chief - Site Analysis, Fairfax County

Jeffrey Hermann, AICP is the Chief of the Site Analysis Section in the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. Jeff's career has included transportation planning and GIS work in a variety of settings including military and civil aviation, as well as local government entities in Pennsylvania and Virginia. During his time with Fairfax County, Jeff has worked on bicycle and pedestrian planning, capital project implementation, Transportation Demand Management, and most recently, development review. His team of planners and engineers review development applications and site plans across Fairfax County.

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Joan Floura

Floura Teeter Landscape Architects

FlouraTeeter co-founder, Joan Floura, has nearly 30 years of experience as a landscape architect on a wide variety of projects including mixed use/retail development, campus planning and design, urban and streetscape design, and park masterplanning and design, frequently serving as principal in charge of design. Her experience includes the redesign of Lexington Market in Baltimore City, 250 W. Pratt Plaza and the masterplan for Canton Park. Joan holds a Bachelors of landscape Architecture from North Dakota State University and is the current chair of the NDSU Architecture/Landscape Architecture Alumni Board and is a graduate of Leadership Maryland, 2014.

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Steve Leeper

President & CEO, 3CDC - Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation

Stephen Leeper was appointed President & CEO of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) in April 2004. Over the past 14 years, Leeper has managed 3CDC's investment of over $1.4 billion in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine, resulting in the transformation of four of Cincinnati's premier civic spaces, the redevelopment of major downtown landmarks, the renovation of the historic Music Hall, and the construction of a new headquarters building for 84.51°in the heart of downtown. Prior to joining 3CDC, Leeper served as executive director of the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA) from September 1998 to April 2004. Leeper has also served as director of development for the City of Pittsburgh and director of the Department of Housing for Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority.

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Ira Schulman

Co-Founder, Walton Street Capital, L.L.C.

August 2004 I am a co-founder and a senior Principal of Walton Street Capital, L.L.C. which is a Chicago-based manager of opportunistic and value-added funds. Since starting the firm in 1995, we have raised over $1.8 billion of equity in four closed-end funds. I am a member of the general partner of our funds and the Investment and Management Committee. I oversee Asset Management, Financial Reporting and all aspects of the operations of our funds. From 1983 to 1995, I was an Executive Vice President with JMB Realty Corporation in the Acquisitions group. From 1980 to 1983, I was a Vice President in the Real Estate Lending Group of the First National Bank of Chicago. From 1978 to 1980, I was an associate at Mellon Bank. I have a BA from Washington and Jefferson College and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Megan Walters

JLL-SINGAPORE

Dr Megan Walters is an International Director at JLL and head of research, leading a team of 170 researchers in Asia Pacific, part of a team of 300 researchers globally. The team is provides research thought leadership, data collection and analysis across the markets, including JLL’s Real Estate Intelligence Service, considered the industry’s leading market research service for real estate. Dr Walters, is a Fellow of RICS with a PhD from the University of Hong Kong in institutional economics of real estate. Megan has an interest in the issues of multiple ownership property (strata title) and property rights on urban environments and city development. Megan joined JLL in 2010 as Head of Research, Asia Pacific Capital Markets, a role responsible for advising investor clients and generating publications on office, retail and industrial real estate trends in capital markets. She is also a member of the JLL Global Research Executive with responsibility for the global office leasing group. Megan sits on the research committees of ANREV and APREA and is the ULI Women’s Leadership representative for Asia Pacific on the WLI Global Committee. Megan held an Adjunct Associate Professor position at National University of Singapore and served on the RICS International Governing Council for 2009 to 2015.

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Adam Williamowsky

Director of Restaurants, Streetsense

As the Director of Restaurants at Streetsense, Adam brings his financial expertise and passion for the restaurant business to offer insight and strategy for the company's roster of food & beverage clients. Prior to joining Streetsense in 2013, Adam co-founded Financial Foods, where he did business and concept development, branding, operational consulting, project management, and revenue forecasting for clients like Dolcezza Gelato and Hill Country BBQ. An Associate Member of the Board of Directors for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, Adam is also a licensed real estate agent in both Washington, DC and Maryland, a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers and a proud father of 4.

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Marley Dominguez

Managing Director, Sonder

Marley serves as the Managing Director of Real Estate at Sonder. Prior to Sonder, Marley led the acquisitions and asset management for a JV fund led by the Kuwait Pension Fund focused on value add and opportunistic deals throughout the US and Western Europe. He also lead acquisitions for the Royal  Family of Abu Dhabi and was a Development Manager for John Laing Homes prior to its merger with Emaar.

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Christopher Ptomey

Executive Director, Terwilliger Center for Housing, Urban Land Institute

Christopher Ptomey has served as Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing since 2018. The Center leverages the knowledge and experience of ULI's membership to advance residential development and housing affordability through research, local and national convenings and consultations, and the Jack Kemp and Robert Larson awards programs, which highlight innovative and best practices for improving housing affordability. In addition to his work at ULI, Ptomey currently serves the boards of the Grounded Solutions Network and the National Housing Conference. Prior to joining the Center, Ptomey led Habitat for Humanity International's US government relations and advocacy team for more than a decade. He previously served as Federal Liaison for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and as a senior legislative adviser to Rep. Michael ("Mac") Collins of Georgia. Ptomey holds degrees from Haverford College (BA) and George Mason University (JD), as well as a Tennessee law license.

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Alan Razak

Principal, AthenianRazak LLC

Alan Razak is Principal of AthenianRazak LLC, a Philadelphia-based real estate services and development company that consults on, creates, and manages real property. Alan has more than 40 years of commercial real estate experience, encompassing development and project management, finance, architectural design, and consulting. His diverse real estate background includes managing the development process, both as owner and on a consulting basis as owner’s representative, and project types including residential, office and commercial, as well as specialized expertise in data centers and other highly technical facilities. AthenianRazak was formed in 2011 from the merger of Athenian Properties and Razak Company, and has been responsible for the development of projects such as Main Line Jaguar Land Rover, Pembroke North Condominium, 5035 Ritter Road for the AOPC, the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall, 833 Chestnut Street, the 76ers training and HQ complex and the Ruby Match Factory in Camden. Consulting clients include Children’s Hospital, Montgomery County, Swarthmore College, Digital Realty, Drexel University, Citadel Investments, Vanguard and many others. Prior to forming Razak Company in 2003, Alan was a Principal with Radnor Advisors, Inc., which was subsequently purchased by Insignia/ESG. In this role, he coordinated marketing and service delivery to data center and high technology clients worldwide and managed the Philadelphia office’s real estate consulting group. During the early 1990s, Alan focused on international real estate and technical consulting services for government and domestic financial institutions. For much of the 1980s, he was a Partner at Rouse and Associates (now Liberty Property Trust), where he managed urban development projects in Washington and the Philadelphia region. Alan began his career as an architect, and for purely sentimental reasons maintains his status as a registered architect in Pennsylvania. Alan has served on the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation’s Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, Chair of its Responsible Property Investment Council, Chair of Mission Advancement of the Philadelphia District Council, and for over 20 years has written and taught several ULI professional education workshops for real estate practitioners internationally. He holds a B.S. in Arts and Design from MIT, a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, and an MBA with a concentration in real estate from Wharton.

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Karl Kreppner

Senior Vice President, Investments, Cadillac Fairview

Karl Kreppner is responsible for the execution of strategic acquisitions, dispositions and management of investments across the emerging markets. Prior to re-joining Cadillac Fairview in 2013, Karl worked three years for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI) in their Mexico City office. Karl is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University.

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Howard Kozloff

Founder and Principal, Agora Partners

Howard Kozloff is the Founder and Managing Partner of Agora Partners, a real estate development and investment company in Southern California. Agora Partners also includes a national advisory practice providing investment strategy for municipalities, banks, investment funds and family offices. Founded in 2006, Agora's primary focus is on identifying and creating value-add opportunities in emerging urban environments across scales and asset types. Howard is also Co-Founder and Managing Partner for HATCHspaces, a life science-focused development company that develops, owns and operates purpose-built lab and office facilities throughout Southern California. Working in partnership with science companies, academic institutions, local officials, community stakeholders and industry trade groups, HATCHspaces provides a suite of lab-centric product types to mirror the growth of start-ups and fully-funded R&D organizations. Prior to founding Agora Partners and HATCHspaces, Howard worked in both development and consulting, managing opportunities ranging in scales, geographies and asset types on behalf of small entrepreneurial firms, large public REITs and multi-billion dollar institutional funds. Positions that Howard held include Director of HH Development Strategies and Director of Operations at Hart Howerton, an international planning, design and development advisory firm. In that role, he oversaw business, implementation and alternative investment strategies for international and domestic projects, including mixed-use infill sites, mountain villages and coastal resorts. Prior to Hart Howerton, Howard was Development Manager at Santa Monica-based The Martin Group and, before that, at Macerich, a retail REIT. Howard was actively involved in the acquisition, planning and entitlements of urban infill and retail properties, respectively. Previous to Macerich, he was Project Manager at New York-based BRV Corp., focusing on urban neighborhood turnarounds through public/private partnerships. Howard holds a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University, a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania. Howard also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and the University of Southern California, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning and real estate development. In addition, he is widely published and is a frequent speaker in the areas of opportunistic urban redevelopment and planning.

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Hilary Spann

Managing Director, Head of Americas, Real Estate Investments, CPPIB America, Inc.

Hilary Spann Managing Director, Head of the Americas Real Estate Investments (New York Office) Hilary Spann is responsible for CPP Investment Board’s real estate investments in Canada, the United States and Latin America. She is based in New York City. Hilary is also a member of CPPIB’s real estate investment committee, which has oversight for CPPIB’s global real estate investments. Hilary has 20 years of commercial real estate experience. Prior to joining CPPIB, Hilary held various roles in real estate acquisitions and asset management at JP Morgan Asset Management, and she was also a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hilary attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received an undergraduate degree focused on architecture and master’s degree in urban planning. She is a Governing Trustee of ULI and a member of the Americas Executive Committee, as well as the former chair of the UDMUC Red product council.. She is also a member and former director of WX - Women Executives in Real Estate, a New York based professional and charitable organization.

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Justin Schor

Principal, Wells + Associates, Inc.

Justin Schor is a skilled and well-rounded transportation consultant with over two decades of forward-thinking Transportation Demand Management (TDM) experience in communities all over the United States. His skills span planning, developing, and implementing award winning transportation solutions. He is co author of ULI's recently published book called "Building a Multimodal Future: Connecting Real Estate Development and Transportation Demand Management to Ease Gridlock". Justin is recognized for his ability to manage outreach efforts that build awareness of and participation in sustainable transportation programs – and that demonstrate measurable change in travel behavior. He combines his first-hand marketing and outreach experience with extensive training and experience in transportation planning at the development, downtown, regional, and state levels. These skills and expertise give Justin a unique ability to confidently plan and recommend transportation strategies that are grounded in reality, and that are practical, achievable, and measurable. Justin excels in TDM program development and management, employer outreach and implementation, residential outreach and commuter support, development based trip reduction, local and regional transportation planning, LEED, alternative transportation, and much more.

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Michelle Beaman Chang

Imby Community, Inc.

Michelle Beaman Chang is Founder and CEO of Imby (In My Backyard) Community, a one-stop online and offline platform for information and engagement on all real estate development in a neighborhood from concept through construction. Imby is a proud DC-based startup with the stated public purpose to support and create responsive, sustainable development. Michelle originally hails from a farming town turned blue-collar suburb of Kansas City, where over the course of her childhood she witnessed the suburbanization of her family’s hometown. This ignited a curiosity and passion to understand the role of the built environment in the lives of individuals and their communities, and the ways people influence development in their own neighborhoods. Michelle became the first member of her family to graduate from college and subsequently earned a law degree from the University of Kansas, where she learned 1) to navigate opaque and sometimes quite old laws and regulations and 2) that she never wanted to practice to law. While her classmates were studying for their bar exams, Michelle moved in 2003 to the East Coast to pursue her love for vibrant cities and to impact communities through real estate development. While in Philadelphia she developed residential, educational, and retail projects for Razak Companies (now Athenian Razak) and sat on the board of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) Community Development Corporation. She subsequently moved to New York City to develop affordable housing for Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples (POP) Development, and continued to develop affordable and mixed-income communities in the Washington, D.C. area for AHC, Inc. Michelle then stayed home with her two young children for nearly a year - the most difficult job she’s ever had - before returning to real estate development, this time at Vornado/Charles E. Smith. Capping her 15 years in real estate Michelle graduated from Seed Spot’s social impact incubator to launch Imby as a solution to the communication breakdown between citizens and real estate developers that impact the livability and economic well-being of all U.S. cities and their citizens. You can find out more about Michelle Beaman Chang (there’s only one!) on LinkedIn and Imby Community at www.Imby.Community.

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Adrian Jordan

Former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner - Washington, DC,

Adrian Jordan is a former two-term ANC Commissioner representing Brookland, Michigan Park and North Michigan Park. Mr. Jordan formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Ward 5 Democrats. Jordan, has served in senior capacities as a professional policy and legislative staffer with the Council of the District of Columbia. Prior to leaving the District government, he served as the Senior Budget Analyst within the Office of the Budget Director and was responsible for budget formulation of the Districts operating budget as well as budget support for the for the Committee on Health. Currently he serves a Director of Government Relations for Anthem Inc.

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Tiffanie Robinson

President/CEO, Lamp Post Properties

Tiffanie serves as the President/CEO of Lamp Post Properties. She fell in love with Chattanooga when she moved to the city in 2007 and is grateful to be a part of the exciting growth that’s taken place over the last 10 years. Tiffanie spends her time thinking of strategic partners and pathways for LPP. She enjoys musical theater, Stevie Nicks, karaoke and playing with her kids, Elijah and Redding. Her husband, Mike, is pretty cool too.

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Lynn Thurber

LaSalle Investment Management

Lynn Thurber LaSalle Investment Management Chicago, IL Lynn Thurber is the past Chairman of LaSalle Investment Management (2007-2017), a global real estate money management firm with approximately $60 billion of assets under management, investing in private real estate as well as publicly-traded real estate companies on behalf of institutional and individual investors. Ms. Thurber is Chairman of the board of Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, an SEC registered, non-traded REIT. Ms. Thurber is a member of the Board of Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE:DRE) and a Trustee of Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR). Ms Thurber was also a member of the Board of Investa Property Group, an Australian based real estate owner, developer and fund manager from 2008 to 2016. Ms. Thurber was the Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle Investment Management from March 2000 to December 2006 and Co-President from December 1994 to March 2000. Prior to Alex Brown, Kleinwort Benson (ABKB) Realty Advisors’ merger with LaSalle Partners in 1994, Ms. Thurber was Chief Executive Officer of that company. Before joining ABKB in 1992, she was a Principal at Morgan Stanley & Co. Ms. Thurber earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Wellesley College. Ms. Thurber is a Trustee of ULI-Urban Land Institute and was Global Chairman from July, 2013-June 2015. Ms. Thurber is the current Chair of ULI's Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance. She formerly chaired the Pension Real Estate Association, and is also a past member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate and the Board of the Toigo Foundation. updated July 2013 March 2007 Lynn Thurber is the non-Executive Chairman of LaSalle Investment Management, a global real estate money management firm. As CEO, she grew the firm's assets from $9 billion to $40 billion with investments in 24 countries. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an AB from Wellesley College. Lynn serves on the ULI Executive Committee.

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Kenneth Luker

Perkins+Will

Kenneth Luker is a Design Principal for the North Carolina Practice of global architecture and design firm Perkins and Will. With nearly 25 years of experience, he is an award-winning designer, mentor, and thought leader in applying cultural awareness to the planning and design of projects large and small. Kenneth leads the studio's design process on many project types including museums, libraries, higher education, and cultural landscapes. His work has garnered numerous design awards and often featured in publications for its thoughtful compositions that elevate the human experience by connecting architecture with its cultural context. Kenneth is keenly aware of the role quality design can play in championing client values. This understanding is at the root of his commitment to bringing clarity to the inherent complexities of all projects in support of design expressions that are meaningful and unique to each client. Kenneth's recently completed projects include Emancipation Park in Houston. He is currently leading design for Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3 mile art and culture experience in South Central LA that celebrates the countless contributions of Black LA to American and World culture. Kenneth is active at the NC State College of Design where he serves on the Design Leadership Council and occasionally teaches design studios in architecture. Kenneth lectures frequently on design, participates in design award juries and supports his local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Kenneth earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University's College of Architecture. He studied design at the University of Cambridge in England and earned his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

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Brent Renner

Senior Vice President of Real Estate, CAVA

I created and run the real estate department at CAVA overseeing a dedicated team of real estate professionals. Over the last four years, I have led the company's expansion from our first few restaurants in Washington, DC to over 85 restaurants nationwide. With our acquisition of Zoes Kitchen, I also lead the growth and strategy for the 260 Zoes Kitchen restaurants. Today, my team oversees 345 restaurants and counting across two brands in 24 states nationwide. As head of the real estate department, I am responsible for the full lifecycle of our portfolio, including development of the national growth strategy, site acquisition, financial underwriting, lease negotiation, and shepherding sites through construction to opening. I also oversee all asset management, property management, and lease administration including renewals, conversions, lease restructuring, and capital reinvestments.

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John McNellis

Principal, McNellis Partners, LLC

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Hastings College of The Law, John practiced law until he co-founded McNellis Partners, a Northern California based shopping center development firm in 1982. A member of the ULI since 1984, John was a founding member of both its Environmental Task Force and Environmental Coordinating Committee. He is a ULI Governor and has served as a Trustee, Council Councilor and is now chairing his ULI Council, SSDC Black. He is an active member of the ICSC and has served on the board of directors for Lambda Alpha International (Golden Gate Chapter). A frequent lecturer and writer, John regularly gives presentations to the ULI, other industry groups and real estate schools throughout the country. He also writes a monthly real estate column for the Registry magazine and is the author of “Making it in Real Estate: Starting out as a Developer”, a critically-acclaimed book that sets out the basics of real estate development in a straightforward and amusing way. John is actively involved with Outward Bound, having served on its national board of directors. He is a past president of the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Peninsula and is a board member emeritus. He has also served on the board of directors for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and is a long-time volunteer at the Palo Alto Downtown Streets Team’s Food Closet. John and his wife, Michele, have been together nearly forty years and live in Atherton, Ca.

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Dan Biederman

President and Executive Director, Bryant Park Corporation|34th Street Partnership

Dan Biederman began his career creating real estate value in New York, where he founded Bryant Park Corporation, the nation’s most successful park privatization effort, in 1980. He then set up the country’s largest complex of Business Improvement Districts: Grand Central Partnership (1985) and 34th Street Partnership (1989). During his career, through these and other entities, he has revived or built twelve privately-funded and managed urban parks and turned around five troubled neighborhoods, eliminating thousands of annual crimes, and creating directly 2,500 jobs and over $10 billion in real estate value. His consulting firm, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, Corp., has represented many of the nation’s largest office, retail, and residential developers and owners on public space work, in 30 states and nine countries. Among the professional sports franchises that BRV has helped with place-making are three NFL teams (Jets, Packers, and Falcons), and the San Francisco Giants (in their Mission Rock development with Tishman Speyer). He graduated from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, magna cum laude, in 1975, and from the Harvard Business School with distinction in 1977.

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Ralph Boyd

Senior Resident Leadership Fellow, Urban Land Institute

Ralph Boyd is the Senior Resident Leadership Fellow at ULI. Boyd’s “people-first” leadership style has served him well at three very different organizations. At the American Red Cross, where Boyd has served since 2014, he was responsible for overseeing institutional advancement as well as diverse and recurring revenue channels and operations, including the training of volunteers to provide disaster preparation and recovery services to nearly 7 million people in more than 350 communities throughout the Massachusetts region. From 2012 to 2013, Boyd was interim president and CEO of the Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C., an organization he cofounded in 2008. There, he was responsible for the oversight of academic programs, finance, overall operations, and community outreach functions of a charter management organization operating six excellent inner-city public charter schools. Prior to that, Boyd held several positions at Freddie Mac, including service as the executive vice president for public affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary from 2004 to 2012; and from 2005 to 2012, he served as corporate executive vice president for community relations and chairman of the Freddie Mac Foundation (the largest corporate philanthropy in the D.C. area). After 2006, his service at the foundation was expanded to include the positions of president and CEO. At the foundation, he was responsible for deploying and investing up to $30 million annually in charitable, educational, and community-based organizations, and he was responsible for overseeing an additional $30 million in annual corporate expenditures in connection with payments to nonprofit organizations as part of Freddie Mac’s corporate philanthropy and business operations, particularly in the multifamily and community development sectors. Boyd’s experience as a nonprofit CEO follows a distinguished legal career spanning 20 years, culminating in service as an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice from 2001 through 2003. During that time, he twice presented the U.S. case before a Geneva-based United Nations human rights treaty compliance commission, a treaty compliance body on which he subsequently served as a U.S. representative from 2004 to 2007. Also while at the Justice Department, Boyd prosecuted hate crimes following 9/11; and he was the lead prosecutor on cases of alleged voting improprieties in Florida filed after the 2000 presidential election.

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Shawn Seaman

Principal & Executive Vice President, PN Hoffman

Shawn Seaman has 25 years of development, design and planning experience. He joined PN Hoffman in 2001 and currently leads all acquisitions and development activities for the company. PN Hoffman is a private development company based in Washington, DC with over $1.5 Billion of development projects under construction. Between 2006 and 2017, Seaman also acted as the Project Director for The District Wharf, where he has managed the development team and all aspects of the project development, including design, entitlements, financing, and implementation. The District Wharf is one of the largest waterfront re‐development project in the United States which delivered 2.2 million square feet of hotel, office, residential, retail and a 6000‐person concert hall along the Potomac River in October 2017. The project, a public‐private development with the District of Columbia includes 27 acres of land and 50 acres of water development including 4 public piers. In addition to the Wharf, Seaman overseas development and acquisition prospects for the company in Washington, DC and throughout the United States and Canada. Seaman holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a real estate design and development certificate in conjunction with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Seaman is a registered architect in the state of Florida and the District of Columbia.

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Adam Weers

Principal, Trammell Crow Company

Adam Weers is a Principal at Trammell Crow Company with over a decade of commercial real estate development and finance experience.  Adam currently manages the Shops at Dakota Crossing project, a 430,000 SF shopping center located in Washington, DC with high-profile tenants including Costco, Lowe’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart and Marshall’s; as well as the McMillan Healthcare Campus, a 1,000,000 SF component of the multi-phased, mixed-use redevelopment of the former McMillan sand filtration site in Washington, DC. Adam has worked on a variety of projects and product types including the St. Matthew’s redevelopment in Southwest, Washington, DC, The Gateway Grand condominium in Ocean City, MD, Shirlington Village condominium in Arlington, VA, and the acquisition and development of the 96-acre South Kitchener Industrial Park outside of Toronto, ON. In addition, Adam manages the company’s New Market Tax Credit platform which has received eight NMTC allocations from the CDFI Fund since 2004 totaling $650 million, and has placed approximately $600 million of these tax credits into real estate projects across the country. Adam serves on Trammell Crow Company’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Steering Committee which is tasked with advising the firm’s Executive Committee on matters related  to diversity and  inclusion and  assisting  in the creation  of programs to attract more  diverse pools of professionals, capital and  projects to the firm.

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Zena Howard

Principal, Managing Director, Perkins&Will

Zena Howard, FAIA is a Principal and Managing Director of the North Carolina practice of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. An award-winning architect, strategist, mentor and team builder, Zena is known for her success leading visionary, complex, and culturally-significant projects. In her architecture career, Zena adopted the view that great design should be accessible to everyone. More than creating a beautiful space, Zena leads projects that successfully navigate social issues of equity and justice—honoring history and memory and restoring lost cultural connections.

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Mark Grinis

Ernst & Young, LLP

Mr. Grinis is the Global Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction Leader. Prior to this role, Mr. Grinis led the firm’s global Real Estate Private Equity practice and was the lead audit Partner for the firm’s largest global accounts overseeing the firm’s 10,000 professionals globally that provide lead advisory, M&A and restructuring services to investors, creditors and sponsors for EY’s real estate equity clients. Mr. Grinis also served as the Central Region Real Estate, Hospitality, and Construction (RHC) Market Segment Leader and led the firm’s Transaction Real Estate Group. Mr. Grinis has over 30 years of experience, has served as a lead advisor on over $50 billion of transactions, and currently is the audit partner for real estate funds with an aggregate of $100 billion of AUM. While living in Japan for seven years, Mr. Grinis was the managing partner for EY’s Asian Real Estate practice. His clients included the leading securities firms, the Japanese government and the largest city banks and insurance companies. He has advised various ministries of finance and central banks for eight countries on strategies to address non-performing assets and the banking sector. He also was asked to present to the Japanese congress as a subject matter expert on distressed real estate in the country’s financial institutions. Mr. Grinis is also a sought-after speaker for all forms of media, including Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox News and NBC Nightly News. He also has authored numerous articles on various real estate topics. Mr. Grinis received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College. He is a licensed CPA in the state of New York, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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A.J. Jackson

EVP, Social Impact Investing, JBG SMITH Properties

AJ Jackson serves as the Executive Vice President, Social Impact Investing, of JBG SMITH where he leads the Washington Housing Initiative and manages the Impact Pool, an investment vehicle that provides secondary financing for affordable workforce housing. Prior to joining JBG SMITH, Mr. Jackson was a partner with EYA, a Washington, DC-based urban infill development company. At EYA, he led EYA's participation in more than $1B of double and triple bottom line social impact projects. Mr. Jackson has extensive experience in the creation of programs and policies supporting mixed-income housing. He played a key role in the creation of a nationally recognized workforce housing program and was called upon to advise local governments, public institutions, and the National Association of Homebuilders on mixed-income housing policy. Mr. Jackson is an active member of ULI, serving as a Global Governing Trustee, and formerly as Chairman of the Public Private Partnership Council. He holds a LEED Green Associate credential from the US Green Building Council and is a member of the African-American Real Estate Professionals Association. Mr. Jackson received a B.A. with honors from the University of Alabama and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.

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Tommy Wells

Director, DOEE, Washington DC

Tommy Wells is the director of the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE). Appointed January 2015, he is chiefly responsible for protecting the environment and conserving the natural resources of the District of Columbia. Tommy’s team is comprised of approximately 300 environmental professionals collectively working to improve the quality of life for residents and the natural inhabitants of the Nation’s Capital.

Most recently, Tommy served as the DC Councilmember representing Ward 6—a position he held since 2006. During his time on Council, he garnered broad support for his efforts to make the District livable and walkable for all. Tommy worked with the City’s leadership and, in particular, residents of Ward 6 to create a shared and respected place where drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and exercise enthusiasts can co-exist safely. Known for his neighborhood-focused development, Tommy championed efforts to ensure availability of public transit, including the construction of new streetcar lines and the expansion of the DC Circulator. As Chair of the DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment, he worked to double the city’s Capital Bikeshare program.

In 2009, Tommy crafted The Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009, to implement $0.05 fee on disposable bags. This landmark legislation prompted thousands of District residents to curb use of plastic bags and instead opt for reusable, green alternatives. Seventy-five percent of DC residents reported a decrease in their use of disposable bags once the bill took effect on January 1, 2010. The legislation also established a fund to restore District water bodies, including the Anacostia River; support the distribution of reusable bags in the District; install trash traps; and provide environmental education for District students. These and other efforts, championed by Tommy, have helped position the District as a model for sustainable green living for jurisdictions nationwide.

With a career in public service that spans 32 years, Tommy’s commitment to District residents--particularly children--is unwavering. In 1996, he led a successful class action lawsuit, LaShawn v. Barry, to address the city’s failure to protect children in its care. In 1991, he took the helm of the DC Consortium for Child Welfare, where he helped to create neighborhood-based family service collaboratives to coordinate the delivery of city and nonprofit resources to underserved District residents. He was the architect of a groundbreaking program to match foster families with children affected by HIV/AIDS and he led the drive to create the DC Family Court,–resulting in a 300 percent increase in the number of foster children adopted into permanent homes each year.

A passionate innovator and student of cutting edge solutions, Tommy earned his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1991 and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota in 1983. He and his wife, Barbara, a writer and arts enthusiast, are residents of Ward 6 in the District.

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Sam Stiebel

VP Investments, RegencyCenters

Sam Stiebel is Vice President of Investments for Regency Centers. He is responsible for identifying, evaluating, structuring, and executing development opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic and Boston. Current projects include mixed-use developments in Arlington, Virginia; Bethesda, Maryland; and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sam joined Regency in 2017 as Vice President. He has over 10 years of experience in commercial development, entitlement, planning, and financing on the East Coast. Sam has been involved in the development of over two-million square feet of multifamily and retail during his career. Previously, Sam served as Vice President for the JBG Companies, overseeing multiple mixed-use development projects and joint ventures. He also worked in New York City as an Investment Banking Associate for RBC Capital Markets, coordinating transactions for clients. Sam earned a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia and went on to achieve an MBA from New York University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and ICSC as well as a Harvard Square Business Association Board Member and a past Rebuilding Together Montgomery County Secretary of the Board. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

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Suzanne Mulvee

Senior Vice President, Research and Strategy, GID

Suzanne Mulvee serves as Senior Vice President of Research and Strategy and is responsible for creating actionable insights into economic drivers, capital market trends, and real estate fundamentals to maximize risk-adjusted returns across real estate cycles. Along with the executive team, she works to develop strategies and build portfolios to meet the requirements of GID’s fiduciaries. Prior to joining GID, Mulvee was a Director and Real Estate Strategist at CoStar Portfolio Strategy and PPR. There, she was a consultant to some of the largest investment managers, life insurers, pension funds, banks, and private equity funds, providing independent expertise in real estate market, portfolio, and mortgage risk analysis. Mulvee regularly speaks to industry organizations, is often quoted in the national press, and has appeared on CNBC. She earned a B.A. cum laude in Financial and Managerial Economics from the University of New Hampshire, and holds the CFA designation.

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Nikki Haley

US Ambassador to the United Nations (2017-2019), United Nations

Nikki R. Haley is the former United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She served as a member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet and the National Security Council. At the United Nations, Ambassador Haley ensured the American people saw value for their investment, introducing reforms that made the organization more efficient, transparent, and accountable. In a two year period, she negotiated over $1.3 billion in savings, including rightsizing UN peacekeeping missions to make them more effective and targeted while improving their ability to protect civilians. In the UN Security Council, Ambassador Haley worked to defend Americans' interests and keep our country safe. She spearheaded negotiations for the passage of the strongest set of sanctions ever placed on North Korea for its nuclear weapons program, cutting off the regime's exports by 90 percent and its access to oil by 30 percent. As UN Ambassador Haley championed human rights. She challenged human rights violators across the globe, standing up to oppressive regimes in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and Russia. During the U.S presidency of the UN Security Council, she hosted the first-ever session devoted solely to promoting human rights. She traveled the world visiting people oppressed by their own governments to see firsthand the challenges they face and to work with them directly on life-improving solutions—from Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey, to internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, to Venezuelan migrants walking miles every day to cross the Colombian border for food and medicine. During her time as ambassador, the United States stood proudly with its allies, repeatedly taking a strong and principled stand against the chronic anti-Israel bias at the United Nations. In the UN Security Council, she proudly issued the first American veto in six years defending the United States’ sovereign right to move our Embassy to Jerusalem—Israel’s true capital. Prior to becoming the twenty-ninth U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Haley was elected in 2010 as the first female and first minority Governor of South Carolina. Reelected in 2014, she served as Governor until confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in January of 2017. Under Governor Haley’s leadership, South Carolina was a national leader in economic development. Known as the “Beast of the Southeast,” South Carolina’s unemployment rate hit a 15 year low, it saw over $20 billion in new capital investment, and her administration announced new jobs in every county in the state, over 85,000 total. Governor Haley also ushered in the state's largest education reform in decades—making education funding more equitable for schools in the state's poorest communities, prioritizing reading in early grades, and equipping classrooms with the latest technology. Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, she is the daughter of Indian immigrants and a proud graduate of Clemson University. In her first job, Ambassador Haley kept the books for her family's clothing store—at the age of 13. Ambassador Haley and her husband, Michael, a Captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard and combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan's Helmand Province, have two children, Rena, 20, and Nalin, 17

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Carlos Aiza

Senior Partner, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C

Carlos Aiza is a senior partner of Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez in Mexico City, where he heads the banking and finance and capital markets practice groups and is a member of the Executive Committee. He has worked on the most innovative capital markets, finance and securitization transactions in Mexican history, including the first and second-ever (and to date only) Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) IPOs, the first, second and third-ever Master Limited Partnership (FIBRA E) IPOs, the first, second and third-ever international CERPI listings, the three largest Real Estate Investments Trust (FIBRA) IPOs, the first-ever public listing of equity development certificates known as CKDs, the first-ever Mexican cross-border whole loan, domestic mortgage-backed and domestic auto loan securitizations, the first asset-backed commercial paper conduit, and two of the largest Mexican workouts in recent history. In 2018, the Financial Times recognized Mr. Aiza as one of the "10 Most Innovative Lawyers in North America", the only Mexican lawyer to ever be so recognized. Best Lawyers named Mr. Aiza "Lawyer of the Year" in Mexico for Structured Finance in 2018, 2014 and 2010, for Capital Markets in 2015 and for Banking and Finance in 2012. In 2014, Lawyer Monthly Magazine recognized him as one of the "World's 100 Leading Capital Markets Lawyers" in its Leading Lawyer 100-Capital Markets, also the only Mexican lawyer to have received such distinction. In 2010, Latin Business Chronicle, published by Latin Trade Group, named Mr. Aiza one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Latin America. For over a decade, Mr. Aiza has also been featured as a top-tier and leading practitioner in the fields of banking and finance, capital markets and workouts by various international publications, including Chambers & Partners, International Financial Law Review, Practical Law Company, LatinLawyer, CNN Expansion, Corporate Intl Magazine and Who's Who Legal. Mr. Aiza obtained his law degree (JD) from the Universidad Iberoamericana School of Law in 1991, and his Masters in Law from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. He worked as Foreign Associate in the International Banking Group in the New York office of Coudert Brothers during 1993 and 1994, he joined the firm in 1995 and became partner in 1998.

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Hunter Kingman

Hixon Properties, Inc.

Hunter Kingman is a Development Manager with Hixon Properties where he focuses on urban infill projects of various product types. Hixon has been one of the most active developers in downtown San Antonio for the last 30 years, with The Westin – Riverwalk, Hotel Contessa, and The River House Apartments some of its more noteworthy projects. Hixon is currently building a 150,000sf mass timber office building along Broadway in San Antonio a few blocks north of the CBD. Prior to working for Hixon, Hunter worked for Trinity Works, a boutique development firm, and as an engineer with Pape-Dawson Engineers. He currently sits on the Board of the Believe It Foundation, an organization whose mission is to promote social inclusion for physically challenged youth, and is on the Leadership Team for Snack Paks 4 Kids, an organization that provides weekend food supplements to children to help combat food insecurity. Hunter received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from UT’s McCombs School of Business.

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Erin Christensen Ishizaki

Partner, Mithun

Erin Christensen Ishizaki, AIA, AICP, is a Partner at Mithun – an integrated design firm. An urban designer, planner, and architect, Erin is nationally recognized for advancing sustainable, healthy development. Her areas of expertise include urban revitalization, EcoDistrict planning, and human outcomes-oriented design. In her nearly 20 years of experience, Erin has managed the design of award winning mixed-use, transit-oriented projects for private and public sector clients resulting in over 4,000 units of new housing across the U.S. Erin's collaborative, listening approach yields projects that build physical and social community and maximize investment. Erin's work on the Mariposa Healthy Living Initiative has been published widely as a best practice, and she has served as a Technical Advisor shaping the EcoDistricts Protocol and Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. In 2014, the Urban Land Institute recognized Erin as a Global 40 Under 40 Professional.

Mithun is an integrated design firm dedicated to creating positive change in people’s lives. As a national practice with offices in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, we are a unified design studio with an open and collaborative spirit founded on a process of inquiry and listening. 

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Limor Schafman

Senior Director, Smart Buildings Conference, TIA (Telecom Industry Assoc.)

Limor Schafman Senior Director Smart Buildings Program TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) Limor is an international corporate attorney, market strategist, entrepreneur and public speaker. She leads TIA's Smart Building Program, which is creating a marketplace for the ICT and real property ecosystems which together are developing best practices, specifications and standards for the smart built environment. Limor is also Co-chair of the NIST Global Cities Teams Challenge Smart Buildings Super Cluster. In addition to her work in the legal, theme park, video game and technology industries, Limor was former President of the World Future Society DC Chapter; Co-founder, Chair Emeritus of the IPv6 Forum Local Chapter. Limor received her Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law; Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania; and Executive Program Business Degree from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

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Muriel Bowser

Mayor, City of Washington, DC

As Mayor of her hometown, Muriel Bowser is committed to building pathways to the middle class and making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot. Washington, DC is a growing and prospering city—now more than 700,000 residents strong. To keep up with this growth, the Bowser Administration remains focused on making DC’s prosperity more inclusive, advancing DC values, ensuring that families and workers across the income spectrum can afford to live and thrive in DC, and building safer, stronger, and healthier neighborhoods across all eight wards of the District. On November 6, 2018, Muriel Bowser became the first woman ever re-elected as the Mayor of Washington, DC and the first mayor to earn a second term in 16 years. During her first term, Mayor Bowser took bold steps to expand employment opportunities, build a health care system that meets the needs of residents in every corner of DC, drive down homelessness, and invest in programs and policies that set more families up for success. Today, Washington, DC is a diverse and inclusive city, a leader in tech and innovation, and a place where residents and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds can thrive. Because of the Mayor’s commitment to leveling the playing field, today, Washington, DC has: the DC Infrastructure Academy to train DC residents for high-paying DC jobs; the Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, which is taking a public health approach to violence prevention; the Immigrant Justice Legal Services grant program to ensure that immigrants in the District know their rights and have access to legal supports during a tumultuous political climate; the Office for East of the River Services which is responsible for marshalling the resources of our entire government to improve the lives of Washingtonians in Wards 7 and 8; and the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs, which allows the voices of District residents to be heard on federal issues and has helped bring momentum for DC statehood to an all-time high. First sworn in on January 2, 2015, Mayor Bowser pledged to bring a fresh start to the District of Columbia and foster a culture of inclusion, transparency, and action. Prior to her time as Mayor, Bowser served as the Ward 4 Councilmember on the Council of the District of Columbia – first elected in a special election in 2007, and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. As a Councilmember, Bowser served as the Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Development which created more than 5,000 units of affordable housing, passed legislation to build a new soccer stadium and secured from the federal government the best portion of the Walter Reed campus for DC. Bowser led her colleagues to pass comprehensive ethics reform and increased transparency in government contracting. Bowser, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chatham University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University, entered public service as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Riggs Park neighborhood.

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Brad Davis

Alta Planning + Design

Brad's leadership with urban mobility and city design has benefited from his planning experience in the public and private sectors, having worked at the regional level for the Atlanta Regional Commission and at the local level with the City of Atlanta Department of Planning. Now one of Alta's experts in navigating the challenges of placemaking and change management, Brad is committed to building healthier communities through better policy, design, and implementation. He is currently a Principal with Alta Planning + Design and manages the firm's West Palm Beach, FL office.

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Michael Spotts

Neighborhood Fundamentals LLC

Michael A. Spotts is the founder and President of Neighborhood Fundamentals, LLC. He has over a decade of experience providing research and technical assistance to on-the-ground practitioners in both the public and private sectors, at every level of government, and in urban, suburban and rural areas. Prior to founding Neighborhood Fundamentals, he worked for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. from 2009-2017 as part of the Public Policy team. During this time, he conducted research and analysis of affordable housing and community development policies. He managed Enterprise's federal transit-oriented development (TOD) policy activities and Expanding the Supply of Affordable Homes program. Michael serves as a member of the board of directors for the Arlington (Va.) Partnership for Affordable Housing and the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance. He also serves on the policy committee for Arlington's Alliance for Housing Solutions and the Urban Land Institute's Baltimore-DC TOD Product Council. He previously served as a member of the Arlington County Community Development Citizen's Advisory Committee. From 2013 – 2015, he served as vice-chair of the Arlington County Affordable Housing Study working group, which assisted in developing the county's Affordable Housing Master Plan and Implementation Framework. In 2017, he was named as one of "40 under 40" honorees for the Washington, DC region by the Leadership Center for Excellence. Prior experience in the community development field includes work with the Housing Assistance Council, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Allegheny County (Pa.) Economic Development, and the Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Michael received a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated summa cum laude from Dickinson College in 2006, and received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community and Economic Development from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008.

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Melissa Kroskey

Technical Expert, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

As a national technical expert for WoodWorks, Melissa educates developers and design professionals about innovative applications of mass timber and best practices in traditional wood-framed projects. Her knowledge includes lessons learned from assisting on wood projects throughout the country and current wood building research in North America. She is familiar with the future tall wood building code provisions that will increase allowable wood structure heights up to 18 stories as well as innovative wood building systems that offer benefits such as increased construction speed and a lighter carbon footprint. These tall wood provisions have been approved for the future 2021 IBC, already adopted in the states of Washington and Oregon, and some other local jurisdictions are considering early adoption. A licensed Architect and Structural Engineer in the state of California, Melissa has over fifteen years of professional experience spanning architectural design, structural engineering, digital fabrication and public relations. She has a broad perspective on the industry and technical design expertise from seismic to hurricane regions. Melissa has worked on a variety of building types, including civic, commercial, educational, hospitality, multi-family residential, luxury single-family residential, military, museums, and transportation facilities. Melissa has a BS in Architectural Engineering and a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and also studied architecture at SCI-Arc. As a ULI Greenprint Innovation Partner, WoodWorks provides free project assistance and education to developers, architects, engineers and contractors on non-residential and multi-family wood projects throughout the U.S. Interested in collaborating with others in ULI on: - embodied energy reporting & benchmarking - value of healthy building materials - wildfire resiliency - ESG reporting on benefits of wood buildings (carbon sequestration, low embodied energy, strengthening rural economies, etc.)

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Carl Knutson

Perkins&Will

As Principal, Carl Knutson has led the design of various hospitality, commercial and civic projects both locally and abroad for the Washington DC Studio of Perkins and Will. Recent work in the region includes the Southwest DC Community Library and the Floris Conservatory for Arts and Music. These two unique projects will have a lasting impact on architecture and placemaking in the region including the first use of a dowel laminated timber structure in Washington DC. Other commercial projects include Old Ivy Office Building – Charlottesville, Rosewood Resort - Sanya, Grand Hyatt Bogota and the Mondrian Condominium - Houston. Each of the projects are unique responses to complex programs that incorporate design innovation that is economically sustainable. Recent AIA awards include Case Western Reserve Student Center, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistical Systems and the Net-Zero office tower - DC. In addition to leading design teams, Carl has authored various presentations including "Where is the Middle of Higher Education?", the inaugural issue of Perkins+Will: Ideas and Buildings, and AIA International Facades Conference 2019.

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Andy Shallal

Founder and CEO, Busboys and Poets

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Busboys and Poets, a group of restaurants in the Washington Metropolitan area where art, culture and politics intentionally collide over mindfully sourced food, drinks and programming that feeds the mind body and soul. With 7 locations in and around DC, including the latest location in Anacostia, Busboys and Poets has become home for progressives, artists and intellectuals including such notables as the late Howard Zinn, Cornel West, Alice Walker and Nikki Giovanni to name a few. Busboys and Poets is a member of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) focusing on sustainable business and employment practices. Busboys and Poets has also been at the forefront of environmental stewardship being one of the first businesses in Washington DC to be 100% wind powered and are at the cutting edge of the local/sustainable food movement winning many awards and recognitions locally and nationally for its innovative, conscious cuisine. Shallal has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award, Employer of the Year from the Employment Justice Center, the Mayor’s Environmental Award and was nominated to the Frederick Douglas 200, “recognizing 200 people who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass”, given by the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington DC. Shallal has founded and co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others. He is on the board of trustees for the Institute for Policy Studies, Race Forward, the Anacostia Coordinating Council and a founding member of Think Local First DC, a local business association and has served in advisory and leadership roles to advance progressive business and labor practices including recently chairing the Workforce Investment Council of DC. He holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business at The University of Maryland. Shallal continues to strive to make his hometown of Washington DC a more livable community.

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Will Craig

Senior Associate, Kasian Architecture

Will is Senior Associate, Commercial Sector Lead Architect and Chair of Kasian's Lifescape team globally, which currently operates in four cities in Canada (Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton) and in Doha, Qatar. He oversees teams for significant mixed-use, commercial, community, cultural and adaptive re-use projects. Lifescape, is an original way of curating experiences in our urban environment. Through this approach, we use the human dimension as a starting point to curate both the hardware and software of place, integrating street to street experiences holistically, inside and out for new and existing spaces. He is active with the Urban Land Institute, spearheading initiatives at both the national and local levels - Chair of ULI Alberta District Council; Member of the Redevelopment and Re-Use Product Council, Co-founder and Steering Committee Member of ULI Canada's City Catalysts Initiative Council (CCC).

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Diane Hoskins

Co-CEO , Gensler

Diane Hoskins is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs. As both an MIT-trained architect and holding an MBA from the Andersen School at UCLA, Diane’s career has spanned Architecture, Design, Real Estate, and Business. Diane has broad responsibility in running the firm’s day-to-day operations, which span 6,000+ employees networked across 48 offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors. In addition to her responsibilities to the firm, Diane has initiated state-of-the-art management strategies in service of the firm’s 3,000 clients in more than 120 countries. Diane focuses on innovative design strategies that create a positive impact for client performance; she has championed the firm’s reach beyond architectural services to provide a broad comprehensive platform of design and strategic services to clients around the globe. A true innovator, Diane founded the Gensler Research Institute to fuel new advances in the field, using exploration and transdisciplinary collaboration to place design in the context of larger business and social issues. The knowledge and insights discovered through Gensler’s research have created new and unexpected solutions to the pressing issues faced by Gensler’s clients and communities, helping the firm further its mission of creating a better world through the power of design. Gensler’s Workplace Survey, published in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2016 is the Research Institute’s signature study, and it has provided insights that have received extensive public interest and industry acclaim. As the spokesperson for the Workplace Survey, Diane has conducted innumerable media interviews helping to educate the public on the importance of workspace design, including outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Bloomberg TV. Among the Research Institute’s most recent and groundbreaking IP, Gensler’s Experience Index stands out as a first-of-its kind study proving that design is the key to creating successful retail experiences that improve sales, enhance shopping experiences, build consumer loyalty and engage employees in today’s dynamic and evolving workplace. As an outspoken advocate for sustainable design and her industry’s responsibility in global efforts to curb climate change, Diane personally leads the development of Gensler’s Impact by Design research, an annual sustainability report dedicated to understanding the environmental impact of Gensler projects around the globe. She has featured prominently as a speaker on this topic at international level events such as the International Women’s Forum’s World Cornerstone Conference, the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and Climate Week NYC. Diane is currently serving as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Cities and Urbanization, as well as the CEO Initiative by Fortune and Time.

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Andrea Jang

Growth Lead, JLL Spark Americas, JLL-Corporate Solutions

Andrea Jang leads Growth for the Americas at JLL Spark, a $100M strategic Global Venture Fund focused on investing in proptech for the commercial real estate sector. Previously, Andrea was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at JLL. She was responsible for driving revenue and margin growth through corporate acquisitions in capital markets, brokerage, and property management for JLL Americas. Andrea has held previous roles in business development and capital markets with key institutional real estate investors. Andrea holds her MS in Real Estate from the Cornell Hotel School, her MBA from the Ivey Business School, and her BS Econ from the Wharton School.

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Sean Burton

CEO, CityView

Sean Burton is Chief Executive Officer of Cityview and a member of Cityview's Board of Directors and Investment Committees. Cityview is a real estate investment firm that uses institutional capital to build urban mixed use and multifamily assets. Cityview has invested in and developed over $4 billion of urban assets across more than 100 projects in Western U.S., Colorado and Texas. Mr. Burton currently serves as the President of the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, which oversees LAX and Van Nuys airports and is a board member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). He previously served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission where he chaired the subcommittee overseeing approval of the proposed National Football League stadium. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Burton also served in the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Commander Third Fleet Units of the United States Navy Reserve. Prior to joining Cityview in 2003, Mr. Burton was an executive in the Corporate Business Development and Strategy Division for Warner Bros., where he was responsible for strategic investments. His other professional experience includes serving as a transactional attorney at O'Melveny & Myers, LLP and in the White House during the Clinton Administration. Mr. Burton is a graduate (cum laude) of the New York University School of Law and the University of California, Irvine. He and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Russell (19) and Grace (17).

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Tom Murphy

Senior Resident Fellow, Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development, Urban Land Institute

Tom Murphy Senior Resident Fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development ULI – the Urban Land Institute Washington, DC Tom Murphy is a senior resident fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for urban development. Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, joins other ULI senior resident fellows who specialize in public policy, retail/urban entertainment, transportation/infrastructure, housing, real estate finance and environmental issues. His extensive experience in urban revitalization-what drives investment, what ensures long-lasting commitment-is a key addition to the senior resident fellows' areas of expertise. Prior to his appointment as senior resident fellow, Murphy had served as ULI's Gulf Coast liaison, helping to coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans and the public to advance the implementation of rebuilding recommendations made by ULI's advisory services panel last fall. In addition, he worked with the Louisiana state leadership, as well as with leadership in hurricane-impacted areas in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to identify areas appropriate for ULI involvement. Prior to his service as the ULI Gulf Coast liaison, Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space. From 1979 through 1993, Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania State General Assembly House of Representatives. He focused legislative activities on changing Western Pennsylvania's economy from industrial to entrepreneurial, and authored legislation requiring the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pension fund to invest in venture capital. In addition, he authored legislation created the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, which is dedicated to advancing Pennsylvania's focus on technology in the economy; and he authored legislation to encourage industrial land reuse and to transform abandoned rail right-of-ways into trails and green space. Murphy served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1970 through 1972. He is a 1993 graduate of the New Mayors Program offered by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He holds a masters of science degree in urban studies from Hunter College, and a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from John Carroll University. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities; and a board member of the National Rails to Trails Conservancy. He received the 2002 Outstanding Achievement of City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was selected as the 2001 Pittsburgh Man of the Year Award by Vectors Pittsburgh. Updated March 2014

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Tom Murphy

Senior Resident Fellow, Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development, Urban Land Institute

Tom Murphy Senior Resident Fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development ULI – the Urban Land Institute Washington, DC Tom Murphy is a senior resident fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for urban development. Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, joins other ULI senior resident fellows who specialize in public policy, retail/urban entertainment, transportation/infrastructure, housing, real estate finance and environmental issues. His extensive experience in urban revitalization-what drives investment, what ensures long-lasting commitment-is a key addition to the senior resident fellows' areas of expertise. Prior to his appointment as senior resident fellow, Murphy had served as ULI's Gulf Coast liaison, helping to coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans and the public to advance the implementation of rebuilding recommendations made by ULI's advisory services panel last fall. In addition, he worked with the Louisiana state leadership, as well as with leadership in hurricane-impacted areas in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to identify areas appropriate for ULI involvement. Prior to his service as the ULI Gulf Coast liaison, Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space. From 1979 through 1993, Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania State General Assembly House of Representatives. He focused legislative activities on changing Western Pennsylvania's economy from industrial to entrepreneurial, and authored legislation requiring the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pension fund to invest in venture capital. In addition, he authored legislation created the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, which is dedicated to advancing Pennsylvania's focus on technology in the economy; and he authored legislation to encourage industrial land reuse and to transform abandoned rail right-of-ways into trails and green space. Murphy served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1970 through 1972. He is a 1993 graduate of the New Mayors Program offered by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He holds a masters of science degree in urban studies from Hunter College, and a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from John Carroll University. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities; and a board member of the National Rails to Trails Conservancy. He received the 2002 Outstanding Achievement of City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was selected as the 2001 Pittsburgh Man of the Year Award by Vectors Pittsburgh. Updated March 2014

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John Coe

Principal, Coe Enterprises

Coe Enterprises is an independent firm led by a 40 year real estate finance executive who provides strategic advice to development/investment and operating real estate companies in financial and operating decisions as a coach, advisor and placement agent. He brings a broad experience base in all income producing property types in financial structuring and transactions in all sectors and property cycles. Responsible for over $3.5B of financing and development transactions in mortgage banking, investment sales brokerage, acquisitions and development.

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Khushbu Sikaria

Vice President - Bozzuto Management Company, The Bozzuto Group

Khushbu Sikaria, Vice President of Innovation & Product Development, focuses on the long-term
innovation strategy and product development for Bozzuto. In her role, she works with start-ups, venture
capital firms and strategic partners to ensure the company remains at the forefront of the evolving real
estate technology environment. Khushbu has been integral to the growth and expansion of Bozzuto
Management Company, including increasing the company’s portfolio to 68,000 in FY17. Prior to her
current position, Khushbu was the Vice President of Advisory Services, where she was responsible for new
project acquisitions, client retention and implementing Bozzuto Management Company’s Strategic Plan.

She joined Bozzuto in 2011 as the company’s Social Marketing Strategist and subsequently served as a
Marketing Manager for a portfolio of stabilized and lease-up properties.

Prior to joining Bozzuto, Khushbu founded an e-commerce retail business that helped emerging luxury
designers reach consumers on a broad scale, worked at a boutique branding agency and practiced law in
Florida. Her diverse experience allows her to approach her job from both a creative and analytical
perspective. Khushbu holds a JD/MBA from the University of Baltimore and a BS in Marketing from the
University of Florida. Khushbu was recently awarded Multifamily Executive’s 2016 Rising Star award,
highlighting her diverse and exceptional work experience with Bozzuto.

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Rebecca Snyder

Senior Vice President, Strategic Property Partners

Rebecca Snyder serves as the Senior Vice President of Residential Asset Strategy for Strategic Property Partners (SPP), where she oversees the positioning, design and asset strategy for Water Street Tampa's multifamily platform and portfolio. Integrating principles of walkability, sustainability, connectivity, design quality, and wellness, Water Street Tampa is a $3 billion, 9 million square feet, mixed-use waterfront development that is owned and developed by SPP. Within Water Street Tampa, Snyder leads the asset strategy for all three of the residential offerings in the neighborhood's first phase, which includes 1,300 units. At completion, Water Street Tampa will be home to 3,500 total residential units. Snyder joined SPP from Insight Property Group in Arlington, VA where she served as a Partner responsible for all facets of multifamily development from acquisition through disposition. She oversaw and led Insight's holistic project vision, design, and asset management strategy for multiple multifamily and mixed-use urban development projects. Prior to Insight Property Group, Snyder worked at Archstone where she was involved in the development of multifamily and mixed-use projects in the Washington, D.C. region. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Brown University and her Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

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Geoffrey Etnire

Counsel, Venable LLP

Geoff assists clients throughout the US in dealing with the regulatory overlay on real estate at the federal, state, regional and local levels. Geoff represents owners and developers in the development, acquisition, and sale of real estate, particularly in those matters where government approvals are required for infrastructure, development, zoning, changes in use, environmental clearances, and resolution of conflicting land uses. Lenders, capital partners and buyers regularly retain Geoff for land use due diligence and analysis based on his three decades of experience in the trenches.

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Christopher Ptomey

Executive Director, Terwilliger Center for Housing, Urban Land Institute

Christopher Ptomey has served as Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing since 2018. The Center leverages the knowledge and experience of ULI's membership to advance residential development and housing affordability through research, local and national convenings and consultations, and the Jack Kemp and Robert Larson awards programs, which highlight innovative and best practices for improving housing affordability. In addition to his work at ULI, Ptomey currently serves the boards of the Grounded Solutions Network and the National Housing Conference. Prior to joining the Center, Ptomey led Habitat for Humanity International's US government relations and advocacy team for more than a decade. He previously served as Federal Liaison for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and as a senior legislative adviser to Rep. Michael ("Mac") Collins of Georgia. Ptomey holds degrees from Haverford College (BA) and George Mason University (JD), as well as a Tennessee law license.

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Christopher Ptomey

Executive Director, Terwilliger Center for Housing, Urban Land Institute

Christopher Ptomey has served as Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing since 2018. The Center leverages the knowledge and experience of ULI's membership to advance residential development and housing affordability through research, local and national convenings and consultations, and the Jack Kemp and Robert Larson awards programs, which highlight innovative and best practices for improving housing affordability. In addition to his work at ULI, Ptomey currently serves the boards of the Grounded Solutions Network and the National Housing Conference. Prior to joining the Center, Ptomey led Habitat for Humanity International's US government relations and advocacy team for more than a decade. He previously served as Federal Liaison for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and as a senior legislative adviser to Rep. Michael ("Mac") Collins of Georgia. Ptomey holds degrees from Haverford College (BA) and George Mason University (JD), as well as a Tennessee law license.

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Kevyn Orr

Partner-in-Charge Washington, Jones Day

Kevyn Orr provides strategic crisis management advice, identifying creative approaches to novel or first impression situations with an eye toward developing cost-efficient, business-oriented solutions. He has practiced in the areas of business restructuring, financial institution regulation, and commercial litigation for three decades and has experience handling all aspects of complex and precedent-setting matters. Kevyn's recent representation includes counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Toys "R" Us Property Company I chapter 11 cases. Prior to rejoining Jones Day, Kevyn served as Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit and was charged with restructuring the city's finances and operations. During his tenure, he oversaw the largest and most complicated municipal bankruptcy proceeding in the nation's history, and the city successfully restructured $18 billion in debt, reduced overall debt by $7 billion, developed and implemented a multiyear $1.7 billion revitalization plan for city services and operations, streamlined key city operations, helped improve public safety, put the city's art in a perpetual public trust, and avoided drastic cuts to pension and related retiree benefits. Kevyn received Turnaround Management Association's Mega Transaction of the Year Award for the City of Detroit, Michigan in October 2015. At Jones Day, Kevyn has advised Chrysler on its bankruptcy, National Century Financial Enterprises in its bankruptcy and asserting its claims in the health care provider bankruptcies of PhyAmerica Corporation and DCHC/Greater Southeast Hospital, and Laidlaw Corporation in its defense of a $1 billion claim by the purchaser of its environmental cleanup division. Kevyn is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute and recent appointee to board of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

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Rutt Bridges

Author, Driverless Car Revolution

Rutt Bridges earned degrees in physics and geophysics from Georgia Tech and was named their 2017 Alumnus of the Year in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He serves on Georgia Tech’s College of Sciences Advisory Board, the Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, and the mobilityNext Expert Advisory Committee. Rutt is a past president of the 30,000-member Society of Exploration Geophysicists, a past chairman of Colorado Public Radio, and was once a candidate for U.S. Senate.  He has founded or invested in approximately twenty-five startups. Since selling a predictive analytics software company, Rutt has focused on exploring the positive and negative economic, environmental, and social impacts of disruptive innovations. His 2015 e-book, Driverless Car Revolution, reached #1 in sales for Robotics and Automotive on Amazon. His second book, Our Driverless Future: Heaven or Hell? was published in 2018 in eBook and softcover versions on Amazon and was their #1 New Release in Mass Transit. He is currently focused on micro-mobility, new models for rural, urban, and suburban Affordable Living, and climate change.

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Cheryl Cort

Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Cheryl leads policy efforts in DC and Maryland for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Cheryl is the voice of our equitable development campaigns — working with community activists, nonprofits, and government agencies to promote transit-oriented development, housing choice, economic development, pedestrian and bicyclist safety and access in less-affluent communities throughout the region. She routinely demonstrates that it’s possible to use the bus system for hard-to-reach meetings in the suburbs (but boy, is there room for service improvement). Prior to her work as Policy Director, Cheryl served as the Executive Director for the Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities (WRN), which merged with the Coalition for Smarter Growth in 2007. Before WRN, Cheryl worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from UMD College Park and a Bachelor of Science from UC Berkeley. Adding to the many plaques adorning our office’s walls, Cheryl received the Distinguished Leadership for a Citizen Planner Award from the National Capital Area Chapter of APA in 2006. She is a parent of two small children and an enthusiastic bird-watcher.

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Tonia Ries

Executive Director of Intellectual Property, Edelman

Tonia E. Ries is Executive Director of intellectual property at Edelman, a role that includes stewardship of the Edelman Trust Barometer, now in its 19th year, the Earned Brand research into consumer relationships with brands, as well as the development of new research and thought leadership initiatives. She leads the firm’s global knowledge agenda across practices, geographies and clients, and acts as a catalyst for new thinking and discourse on business, communications and brands in a multi-stakeholder society.

Tonia has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, research, strategy and media. Before joining Edelman, she led Modern Media, the marketing and events agency she founded to help media companies and marketers innovate in a changing market. While leading Modern Media, she created and produced The Realtime Report and Conferences, focused on the business use of the social, mobile and real time web. Before founding Modern Media in 2002, Tonia served as a publishing and marketing executive for a series of business-to-business media brands, including Information Week and PC Magazine.

Tonia regularly speaks at industry events and has been quoted on topics such as trust and the business impact of media transformation by news outlets such as The New York Times and NPR.

You can follow Tonia on Twitter at twitter.com/tonia_ries.

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Abraham Leitner

Partner, Goulston & Storrs

Abe Leitner is a tax lawyer who handles complex domestic and cross-border transactions for clients doing business in the U.S. and internationally, including in Canada, Europe and China, as well as in the Middle East.  In doing so, he often counsels multinational corporations on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

He also frequently structures international joint ventures involving real estate investments in the United States and abroad, and advises real estate investment trusts (REITS) on their tax matters. 

Abe also advises private equity funds and other real estate investors in connection with Section 1031 and other efficient exit strategies.

He is particularly experienced in advising foreign governments, insurance companies, hedge funds, real estate developers, assisted living providers, manufacturers and high net worth individuals.

Prior to joining Goulston & Storrs, Abe was a Partner at a leading Canadian law firm recognized for its focus on business law, and was based in that firm's New York office. He is also the former Chair of the Young IFA Network Committee, IFA USA

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Jill Homan

Javelin 19

Jill Homan is President of Javelin 19 Investments, a Washington, DC-based real estate development, investment, and advisory firm and a leader in the new Opportunity Zone ("OZ") area.  Ms. Homan has more than fifteen years' experience in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing, asset management and leasing totaling almost $500 million in total capitalization.  Since January 2018, Ms. Homan has worked with legislative and Administrative members to develop a comprehensive understanding of the OZ program and advocate for regulations that allow for the real estate industry to participate in the OZ program. She has helped working groups of attorneys and accountants develop real estate deal structures to fit into the program guidelines and advocated for issues of importance to the real estate industry. Further, Ms. Homan has testified at the first IRS Opportunity Zone hearing in February 2019 and the second IRS Opportunity Zone hearing in July 2019. Ms. Homan is co-developing a $52 million multifamily project in an Opportunity Zone and raised OZ capital for the project. Ms. Homan has applied her knowledge of emerging communities and her expertise in policy and real estate to advise investors and developers on the OZ program. She has been a featured panelist on numerous past and future OZ programs. Ms. Homan previously worked as vice president for Perseus Realty, where she was responsible for acquisitions, underwriting, assisting in the capitalization of ongoing projects, and managing due diligence processes.  Additionally, Ms. Homan assisted in the formation and structure of a discretionary GP investment partnership and managed its investor relations.  She has extensive political and policy experience, having worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant and press secretary. Currently, she holds elective office and senior political party leadership positions. Further, she was one of eight members of the site selection committees for the 2016 and 2020 national conventions for one of the two major political parties.  Ms. Homan earned both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy degrees from Duke University, focusing on finance and authoring a thesis on urban revitalization.  Further, Ms. Homan holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Dayton--a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in German.  She is LEED® AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) and a member of Commercial Real Estate Women DC (CREW DC). She formerly served on the Board of Visitors for Duke University's School of Public Policy and currently co-chairs DukeDC, the organization serving the 13,000 Duke University alumni in metro Washington, DC. Ms. Homan resides in Washington, DC.

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Garett Bjorkman

First Vice President, Portfolio Oversight, CIM Group

Mr. Bjorkman leads Portfolio Oversight for CIM’s private real estate debt and Opportunity Zone investment strategies. He works closely with global institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds, public & private pension plans, family offices, endowments & foundations, and other strategic investors on structuring equity investments in CIM vehicles.

Mr. Bjorkman is also responsible for portfolio construction and coordination among internal teams to source, underwrite, close and execute new investment opportunities.

Mr. Bjorkman previously worked at real estate private equity firms holding positions in investments, capital markets, and investor relations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Real Estate and International Business from Denver University.

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Kirk Sykes

Managing Director, Accordia Partners, LLC

Kirk A. Sykes, Managing Director, Accordia Partners, LLC. Mr. Sykes currently serves on the following Boards; The Eastern Bank Board of Trustees & Risk Management Committee, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston External Diversity Advisory Board, Real Estate Executive Council (Chairman), The City of Boston's Civic Design Commission, The Urban Land Institute's New England Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Sykes served on the following Boards; Ares Commercial Real Estate (NYSE: ACRE) Board of Directors & Compensation Committee, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Board, 2008-2014 (Chairman 2012-2014, Audit Committee, Business Practices Committee), Capital Crossing Bank Preferred REIT Board of Directors (Acquired by Lehman Brothers Bank), 2004-2009, Bank Boston & Fleet Community Bank Board of Directors 1994-2004, ICON Architects Board of Directors, 2004-2006, Mr. Sykes also served on the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Hospital, Children's Hospital, Boston University Medical Center and Brigham & Women's Hospital Osher Center. Mr. Sykes is Managing DIrector of Accordia Partners, LLC, a Boston based real estate investment and development company. Accordia executes large scale public-private real estate projects with a goal of financial and socially responsible investing success. Previously, Mr. Sykes was the head of an urban investment, development and redevelopment commercial real estate equity fund for select institutional investors called Urban Strategy America Fund, L.P. The Fund w a true "triple bottom-line fund" focusing on investment returns, economic development and environmental sustainability. Mr. Sykes is responsible for the supervision of the partnership equity placement, the identification of investments and the day-to-day business operations of the USA Fund. Kirk Sykes combines his professional training and hands-on experience in the areas of finance, investment, development, design and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. His approach is grounded in the bottom-line driven perspective gained during his tenure as Chairman of The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and other roles including Fleet Bank and BankBoston's Community Bank Advisory Boards and various other for-profit and non-profit board affiliations. Mr. Sykes acts as an Advisor to Basis Investment Group, a commercial real estate debt investment platform, where he provides strategic guidance and input on mezzanine debt and preferred equity investments in connection with construction loans. Mr. Sykes has been a speaker at Harvard University Business School & Kennedy School of Government, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management and Center for Real Estate, Cornell University Real Estate Program and The League of Historical Cities of the World Conferences in Japan, Turkey and Australia. Mr. Sykes attended the Harvard University Business School, Owners and Presidents Management Program, the MIT Center for Real Estate Development Commercial Development Executive Program and the L'Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.

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Leanne Lachman

Executive in Residence, Columbia Business School

Leanne Lachman is President of Lachman Associates, an independent real estate consulting firm serving private and institutional investors. She is an Executive-in-Residence at Columbia University’s Graduate Business School, working closely with the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, and serves on the board of Lincoln National Corporation. After an early career in market analysis with Real Estate Research Corporation, where she served as President and CEO and initiated the Emerging Trends in Real Estate publication, Ms. Lachman moved into portfolio management for pension funds. She spent 13 years as a Partner with Schroder Real Estate Associates. Ms. Lachman’s research interests range from low- and moderate-income housing policy and the importance of the underground economy to long-term demographic patterns and urban redevelopment. Her two-year publication, Global Demographics: Shaping Real Estate’s Future, is co-authored with Deborah L. Brett and is published by the Urban Land Institute. They also co-authored ULI’s monographs titled Generation Y and Housing; Generation Y: Shopping and Entertainment in the Digital Age; and Millennials Inside the Beltway: Urban Optimists (2015 and 2018). Ms. Lachman is widely published and is a frequent speaker. She is a ULI Governor; is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and The World Who’s Who of Women; and received the James Graaskamp Award for pragmatic real estate research in 1997 from the Pension Real Estate Association. She was awarded her B.A. from the University of Southern California and her M.A. from Claremont Graduate University.

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Alejandro Aravena

Elemental

Alejandro Aravena (Santiago, Chile 1967), graduated as an architect from Catholic University of Chile in 1992. He continued his studies of Theory and Art History in IUAV in Venice. In 1994 he established his own practice, Alejandro Aravena Architects. From 2000 until 2005, he taught at Harvard University, where he founded the Do Tank ELEMENTAL with Andrés Iacobelli. In 2010 he was granted membership as an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He also curated the 15th Venice Biennale, and in 2016 he received the Pritzker Prize. Since 2001 he has remained principal director of ELEMENTAL*.

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Eleni Reed

Head of Sustainability – Americas, LendLease Americas

Eleni Reed, Head of Sustainability, Americas leads the strategic implementation of Lendlease's Sustainability Framework across the Americas region lines of business to deliver project and portfolio-level environmental and social outcomes. Eleni spearheads the region's social impact initiatives focusing on workforce development and mental health promotion in the construction industry. She's a member of ULI's Advisory Group assessing health and social equity in real estate practice and serves as a board member on the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Prior to joining Lendlease, Eleni was Chief Greening Officer at the US General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service, where she led the integration of sustainability practices in real estate operations to create healthy, productive and environmentally high-performing workplaces across GSA's portfolio. Past roles have included leading sustainability programs at Cushman & Wakefield and the Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination at the City of New York.

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Karla Ballard Williams

Founder & CEO, YING

Karla Ballard Williams is Founder and CEO of YING, a peer to peer skill sharing and global time sharing platform (IOS /Android App) engaging members and organizations in a complimentary currency that supports community and individual benefits. YING helps groups and communities to facilitate on demand skill exchanges to assist with tasks between members. The platform has a b2b enterprise engagement for NGO's and Corporations as well creating a plug in play sharing ecosystem for any affinity group.

Ms. Ballard Williams was formerly SVP of Participant Media’s TAG division, a social-action agency working with brands, foundations and the public sector to ignite compelling campaigns that drove impact in vulnerable communities. Prior to joining Participant Media she was with Ogilvy & Mather as the SVP and lead for The IMPACT Studio working on projects that ranged from the State of California to Sony Pictures Television. Previously Karla worked at One Economy Corporation where she led a vital division of a $51 million BTOP grant focused broadband adoption and became and appointee to the Federal Communication's Committee on Diversity in Media. In addition, she created and led corporate relationships with partners such as Comcast/NBC, Verizon, Participant Media, Sprint, City Year and others. She is a current board member of Alliance for Women in Media and Co-Chair of the Gracie’s Awards Gala, the Marcus Graham Project, Hashtaglunchbag, A Sense of Home, and USC’s Next Gen Council for Stephen Spielberg’s SHOAH Foundation. She's been a visiting speaker at Harvard, UCLA and Georgetown University and is a former board member of the nation’s second largest Community College, Northern Virginia Community College. Karla is also the co-founder of the first Urban League in the state of Delaware, The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and served as the first female national president of the National Urban League Young Professionals.

In 2012 Karla was awarded in NYC the Keeper’s of the Dream award from the National Action Network.

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Anthony Williams

Chief Executive Officer, Federal City Council

Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization which serves as a catalyst for progress in the Nation’s Capital by focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities that are facing the City. Prior to this he served as the Executive Director of the Global Government Practice at the Corporate Executive Board in Arlington, Virginia. He also serves as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he is a Senior Consultant to the firm McKenna Long and Aldridge, with particular emphasis on its municipal restructuring practice. During his two terms as Mayor, he is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington D.C., restoring the finances of our nation’s capital, and improving the performance of government agencies, all while lowering taxes and investing in infrastructure and human services. Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District from 1995 to 1998, working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. Before his service in local Washington, Tony worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In addition to his work on company boards, Tony devotes his attention to issues of education and the environment, serving on the board of Fight for Children and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He holds a BA from Yale and an MPP from the Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, as well as a number of awards and honorary degrees, including Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year in 1997. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former President of the National League of Cities. Williams holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1974. The former Mayor serves on the board of directors of a number of charitable organizations, including Catholic University, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Fight for Children, the Newseum, the National Geographic Education Foundation, and the Urban Institute.

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Robert McCartney

Senior Regional Correspondent, The Washington Post

Robert McCartney is Senior Regional Correspondent and Associate Editor of The Washington Post, where he covers the greater Washington region. Recently, he's written about Amazon HQ2, Metro and economic development. Bob does a weekly radio analysis of top local stories on WAMU (88.5 FM) on Fridays at 8:50 a.m., and has been a TV commentator on numerous stations. Previously, Bob was the top editor of The Post's Metro section from 2005 to 2009. In that position, he supervised coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, for which the newspaper's staff received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. In a 37-year career at The Post, Bob served in other jobs including Foreign Editor, foreign correspondent, New York financial writer, and Managing Editor of The International Herald Tribune in Paris. As a reporter, Bob covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua in the mid-1980s.

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Wendy White

Goulston & Storrs

Work History

Goulston & Storrs, PC

August 2016 - Present

Ms. White is Chair of the firm’s D.C. Real Estate transactional group. She concentrates her practice in development, joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions and financings of commercial properties in the DC metropolitan region as well as nationally. Her practice includes transactions involving office, hotel, retail, multi-family and mixed use properties. She has experience in all kinds of financings, including construction, term, and mezzanine loans, secured and unsecured lines of credit, and ground leases. Her clients include listed real estate investment trusts, public and private local, national and international companies with investments in the US, and nonprofits. 

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

April 2014 - August 2016

Ms. White founded the real estate practice group in DC for MMM and was the co-managing partner of the DC office.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP – March 1981-April 2014

Ms. White started her legal career in Washington at Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge, where she started as an associate out of law school, was elected a partner, and eventually rose to chair the DC real estate practice and to serve for 5 years on the Managing Board of the merged firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. 

Ms. White sits on the Boards of Directors of Chevy Chase Trust Company (a private trust company with over $30 billion of assets under management), the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.  She also sits on the DC Steering Committee of 2020 Women on Boards and the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) of ULI Washington.  She served as the General Counsel of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., for 10 years, ending in 2018, and currently serves on its Board.  She is a past President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Washington, D.C., and a past officer and board member of the International Women’s Forum (Washington, D.C. chapter).  Ms. White also served on the Board of Trustees of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, the oldest public REIT in the country, for 8 years, ending in August 2016, and chaired the Corporate Governance/Nominating Committee for 6. 

Bar Admissions & Other Affiliations

District of Columbia Bar Association; Florida Bar Association; The Economic Club of Washington D.C.; District of Columbia Building Industry Association; ULI (and WLI); Commercial Real Estate Women, DC; International Women’s Forum – DC; and Women Corporate Directors.

Community Involvement

Ms. White’s current community involvement includes service on the Board of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.  She has served on the luncheon steering committee for the Youth in Real Estate Awards Luncheon benefitting the BGCGW since its founding in 2005, served as Chair of the event in 2013 and 2014, was an honoree in 2016, served on the Board of BGCGW until 2018, and also has provided pro bono legal services to the BGCGW.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Real Estate—DC (2007-2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (2006-2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Real Estate (2007-2019)
  • Washington’s Top Lawyers, Real Estate, Washingtonian (2007-2019)
  • Washington Business Journal – Outstanding Director Award (2014)
  • Impact Award, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), DC Chapter (2009)
  • Top Real Estate Transactional Lawyer in the Region, Washington Business Journal (2005)

Personal

Ms. White is married to a retired NASA satellite electronics engineer and freelance photojournalist and has 28-year-old twin daughters.  She grew up in Miami, FL, with 5 brothers. 

Education

  • BA, Sweet Briar College (1974)
  • Junior year at University of Virginia [transferred in; transferred out]
  • MFA, University of California, Irvine (1977)
  • JD, University of Miami (1981)

Speaker

Irena Savakova

Director of Design, Vice President, Leo A Daly

Irena Savakova, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C is global design principal for international planning, architecture, engineering and interiors firm LEO A DALY, and director of design for the firm's Washington D.C. studio. She is an award-winning design architect with 30 years of experience leading the design of new signature freestanding administrative facilities for a variety of educational, corporate, commercial and government clients. She began her design career in Bulgaria, and has practiced the European Union and the United States. Savakova teaches and mentors architecture students at her alma mater, the University of Maryland, and serves as a peer reviewer for the General Services Administration's Design Excellence program. She sits on the ULI Washington Placemaking Initiative Council.

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Holly Sullivan

Director of World Wide Economic Development, Amazon

Holly Sullivan is the Director of World Wide Economic Development at Amazon. She leads the economic development team for Amazon’s global investments including fulfillment operations, corporate offices, air cargo, studios and customer service centers. When Amazon decided in 2017 to create a $5 billion second corporate headquarters with 50,000 jobs, Holly was the person entrusted with leading the team that shaped Amazon's evaluation of the 238 bids received from cities, counties, and states across North America. She has more than 20 years of experience in economic development, most recently as President and CEO of the Montgomery Business Development Corporation in Maryland. She also formerly led economic development organizations in the Nashville region. Holly received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Tennessee.

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Cathy Pfeiffenberger

Managing Director, Head of Development and Construction, Jamestown, L.P.

Catherine Pfeiffenberger is a Managing Director, Head of Development and Construction at Jamestown. Ms. Pfeiffenberger joined Jamestown in 2019 to head up the development and construction unit. She works with the team to expand the brand by focusing on development opportunities, either adaptive re-use or ground up developing, where Jamestown can deliver its’ unique approach to creating new, vibrant mixed used communities. In her previous role at Skanska, Ms. Pfeiffenberger was a founding member of the development group where she helped to establish the brand and grow the platform throughout the United States. Prior to her time at Skanska she held a number of positions in finance, public-private partnerships and economic development, including Managing Director at Lehman Brothers. Ms. Pfeiffenberger is the past Chairman of the Board of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, and has been involved with the Urban Land Institute Responsible Property Investing Council and the Green Building Advisory Committee for the New York Academy of Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and completed an executive leadership program at IMD in Switzerland.

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Bart Harvey

Chair, Calvert Social Investment Foundation

Bart Harvey is currently Chair of Calvert Impact Capital ,former 13 year Chair and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners which has helped provide over 250,000 decent affordable homes to low income people and improve the surrounding neighborhoods working primarily with community development corporations. He was a 10 year director of Fannie Mae while in Conservatorship , former recipient of the ULI J. C. Nichols Prize , appointed by Congress to the Millennium Housing Commission and has served on a number of other Boards . He lives with his wife in Baltimore and has three children.

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James Grunke

President and CEO, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

James Grunke came to Erie and the position as President/CEO of the Erie Regional Chamber in September of last year. James brings more than 25 years of experience in economic development leadership roles to the position. James has had key roles at a number of economic development organizations, and at chambers of commerce. During his 6-year tenure at the Missoula Economic Partnership in Missoula, Mont., the community gained 10,000 new jobs while attracting nearly $1 billion in capital investment. The partnership assisted more than 100 new start-up companies and helped to attract more than 30 companies that relocated from other areas. Before moving to Montana, James worked as Project Director for Atlanta-based National Community Development Services, where he led successful campaigns that raised nearly $20 million for community and economic development priorities in several communities. He created and led chapters of the Keiretsu Forum, a network of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate investors, in Boise and Sun Valley, Idaho. He also held leadership roles with Idaho's Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Washington County Economic Development Commission and Orofino Chamber of Commerce James holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Policy degrees from Boise State University. He also is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute – widely regarded as the nation's premier economic development educational program – and the Northwest Community Development Institute, an intensive three-year training program for economic development professionals, community leaders and elected officials.

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Margaret Weichert

Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget, The White House

Ms. Weichert is a businesswoman, inventor and government executive. In addition to her position at OMB, she is Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management. She has been a principal at Ernst & Young, Co-Founder of Achex, Inc., and holds 14 U.S. patents relating to online financial services.

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George Karayannis

CityNOW, Panasonic USA

George Karayannis has 30 years of emerging technology and complex solution leadership experience at Fortune 100 firms & high-tech startups. Mr. Karayannis currently leads Panasonic's CityNOW Connected and Resilient Communities team focused on serving utilities and real estate developers, and also serves on the City of San Jose's Smart City Advisory Board. Mr. Karayannis previously held leadership positions at AT&T, Lockheed Martin and Schneider Electric. He co-founded a non-profit organization to define policies to achieve US energy independence, was elected a town councilman, and served on a US Air Force ICBM launch crew. Mr. Karayannis has authored a book on the ISO 37120 standard for Smart City indicators, is restoring a 100-year old opera house, has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, a BA from the University of Dayton, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Bruce Rasher

Redevelopment Manager, RACER Trust

Bruce Rasher serves as the Redevelopment Manager of RACER Trust, an environmental response trust established as a qualified settlement fund, created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in 2011 to assume title to, clean up, reposition and sell the properties abandoned by GM in its 2009 bankruptcy. The portfolio consisted of: 44 MM SF in 66 buildings on 7,000 acres of land in 89 locations in 14 states. The Trust's mandate, as stipulated in a 2010 Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement entered into by the U.S., the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and the 14 states, is to sell these properties to buyers who will invest in new development, restore tax base and create jobs to help the communities hurt by GM's bankruptcy. Mr. Rasher is responsible for managing the marketing and sale of the Trust's properties, in consultation with the Administrative Trustee and Federal, state and local officials, as well as governmental affairs and communications. To date, RACER Trust has completed more than 70 sales resulting in pledges of more than $2.3 billion in private investment and 16,400 jobs. Prior to joining RACER Trust, Mr. Rasher was a Vice President with CBRE based in Detroit. He is the former mayor of Marshall, Michigan.

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Andrew Trueblood

Director, DC Office of Planning

Andrew has served as the Director of the DC Office of Planning since November 2018. Prior to that time, he was the Chief of Staff at DC's Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) where he guided economic policy development, including legislative and budget proposals and oversaw the operations of the 80-person agency. He also oversaw policy coordination among across 11 District agencies, including planning, housing, transportation, regulatory, and creative agencies. This included work on Mayoral policy initiatives such as Opportunity Zones, the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative, the Housing Preservation Strike Force, the Mayor's affordable housing initiatives, and autonomous vehicles and mobility innovation. Prior to that role, Andrew served as Deputy Chief of Staff at DMPED, where he assisted the organization with improving its use of data and advised on economic development policy. Throughout his time at DMPED, he worked to improve the agency's data and analysis capacity and to create open and accessible data and analysis, especially through the creation of the Economic Intelligence program. Before joining the District Government, Andrew helped start up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He developed an analytics team to model consumer risk for financial institutions and helped create and run the Director's Financial Analyst Program, which recruited undergraduates to join the Bureau for a two-year rotational program. Andrew has also worked at Treasury's Community Development Financial Institution Fund standing up the Capital Magnet Fund for affordable housing and supporting the New Markets Tax Credit program. Prior to his federal government service, Andrew worked on redevelopment planning and finance for the DC Housing Authority. Andrew holds a Master's in City Planning from MIT and a B.A. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Jocelyn Hittle

Director, Denver Program Development, Colorado State University

Primary role is coordinating sustainability work across all CSU's campuses and facilitation of CSU's role in the redevelopment of the National Western Stock Show into the "National Western Center" (NWC). The NWC has with a focus on CSU's emerging programs around urban water resource management, and on creating sustainable systems that will help achieve the project's aggressive "net zero" goals, including green infrastructure and nature-based solutions for the site's challenges. Jocelyn is working to ensure the National Western Center provides, year-round, an opportunity for Colorado residents and visitors to take advantage of world-class educational and research opportunities and new environmental, cultural, and historic features. She is developing authentic partnerships with the surrounding underserved communities to collaboratively develop programs and amenities at the NWC. Jocelyn works closely with History Colorado, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Western Stock Show Association, and multiple agencies and offices at the City and County of Denver on site programming, implementation of the master plan and its sustainability goals, and long-term strategic direction. Additional projects include: 1) working with Denver International Airport and affiliated partners to create a research, teaching, and outreach presence for CSU at DEN and in surrounding areas, including Pena Station NEXT and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge and 2) facilitating CSU's role in several affiliated projects that develop and enhance CSU partnerships, particularly around STEM and sustainability.

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Adam Ruggiero

Head of Client Solutions, Real Estate, MetLife Investment Management

Adam Ruggiero is the head of client solutions for MetLife Investment Management (MIM) Real Estate. Working with key stakeholders across MIM, Adam is tasked with developing real estate debt and equity solutions that meet the individual and collective needs of MIM's U.S. and non-U.S. clients. He actively monitors global markets, oversees the strategy development and structuring of new investment vehicles, and serves as a member of the Equity Investment Committee. Prior to his current position, Adam served as MIM's Global Head of Real Estate Research. In this role he worked with MIM Real Estate's regional offices, portfolio managers, and senior leaders to develop investment strategies for a broad range of real estate debt and equity products. Prior to joining MIM in 2015, Adam spent eight years with PGIM Real Estate occupying roles in strategy development, asset management, and portfolio management.

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Chandler Hogue

Gemdale USA Corporation

Chandler is passionate about creating human experiences through development that focus on community and resiliency. At Gemdale USA, he is responsible for sourcing and managing the firm's Southern California projects which includes approximately 900K sf of ground up office development. Prior to Gemdale he worked in structured finance and investment banking. An active member of ULI, he is the Co-Chair of Young Leaders Group, Los Angeles and sits on ULI Los Angeles Advisory Board. As Co-Chair he is responsible for for the strategic direction and leadership of the Young Leader cohort representing approximately 450+ members.

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Karen Washington

Founder, Rise & Root Farm

Karen Washington has lived in New York City all her life and has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access to fresh, locally grown food.  Karen has been a resident of the Bronx for over 26 years, although in 2015 she began living part time in Orange County, NY near the farm. Since 1985 Karen has been a community activist, striving to make New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, Karen worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. As an advocate, she stood up and spoken out for garden protection and preservation. As a member of the La Familia Verde Community Garden Coalition, she helped launched a City Farms Market, bringing garden fresh vegetables to her neighbors. Karen is a  Farm School  board member and Educator, leading workshops on food growing and food justice for community gardeners all over the city. Karen is a board member and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, a group that was founded to preserve community gardens. She also co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. In 2012 Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country, and in 2014 she was awarded with the James Beard Leadership Award. Professionally Karen was a Physical Therapist for over 30 years, and she "retired" in April 2014 to start Rise & Root Farm.

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Cia Buckley Marakovits

Chief Investment Officer, Partner, Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee, Dune Real Estate Partners LP

With a breadth of experience in finance, fund management, and real estate investing through multiple market cycles over a nearly 30 year career, Ms. Cia Buckley Marakovits is one of the most accomplished women in institutional real estate investing. Prior to joining Dune in 2007, Ms. Buckley Marakovits was the President of the U.S. Fund Business for JER Partners, an affiliate of the J.E. Robert Companies. Ms. Buckley Marakovits joined JER in 1997 and held a variety of positions there, including Chief Financial Officer, Head of Asset Management, Head of Acquisitions and President of the U.S. Fund Business. During her tenure at JER, Ms. Buckley Marakovits also served on the JER Global Investment Committee, the European Investment Committee, as well as the Investment Committee for the JRT public debt vehicle. Before joining JER, Ms. Buckley Marakovits spent nine years in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Bankers Trust, where she successfully sourced and managed a variety of assets, including distressed mortgage portfolios, operating company investments and structured debt investments. Ms. Buckley Marakovits is a member of the Urban Land Institute where she is a Trustee and a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the ULI Foundation. She is Chair of the Investment Committee for ULI and ULIF, a member of the Audit Committee of ULIF and active in the Women’s Leadership Initiative at ULI. Ms. Buckley Marakovits is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, serves as a member of Columbia Business School’s MBA Real Estate Program Advisory Board and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School. She is a member of Women Executives in Real Estate (“WX”) and was honored as the WX Woman of the Year in 2011. Ms. Buckley Marakovits was selected by PERE as one of the Top Ten Women in Real Estate Private Equity in 2012 and received an award recognizing leadership and achievement in capital markets from the Association of Real Estate Women in 2013. Ms. Buckley Marakovits is a member of the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc., a Real Estate Investment Trust currently engaged in the ownership, management and leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Collegiate School in New York City. Ms. Buckley Marakovits received an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1993 and a B.A. from Lafayette College in 1988.

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Cynthia Lau

Implementation Lead, City of Vancouver

Cynthia is an accomplished urban planner whose work at the City of Vancouver focuses on land use planning, development and implementation for large-scale mixed-use sites. Through her work on the Northeast False Creek Plan, Cynthia has facilitated many conversations involving complex and diverse community groups and voices. Her advocacy for equity in city building continues to influence policy development and engagement practices within her organization.

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Timothy Sands

President, Virginia Tech

Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the university in June of 2014. A scientist, educator, and inventor, he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education. As president, he has engaged the university community in a visionary plan called “Beyond Boundaries” to advance Virginia Tech’s role as a global land-grant institution. His foundational projects include: leveraging signature strengths to attract talent and generate cross-disciplinary creative energy, reimagining the residential Blacksburg campus to provide robust and adaptable infrastructure, expanding the Virginia Tech Carilion Academic Health Center to drive economic opportunity and NIH-funded research in the Blacksburg-Roanoke Region, and launching a 1-million-square-foot foot Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia to support the commonwealth’s economy with leading programs in computer science, software engineering, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Before coming to Virginia Tech, President Sands was executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Purdue University, serving as acting president in 2012. He earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in engineering physics and a master's degree and doctorate in materials science from the University of California. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the National Academy of Inventors, and a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. President Sands is joined at Virginia Tech by his wife, Dr. Laura Sands, a professor of gerontology in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Follow President Sands on Twitter and Instagram at @VTSandsman.

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Tim Wang

Managing Director and Head of Research, Clarion Partners LLC

Tim Wang is a Managing Director and the Head of Investment Research at Clarion Partners. He helps manage the firm’s $45.6 billion of commercial real estate investments, and leads the Research group in supporting the development of investment strategy and advising on portfolio strategy through proprietary analytics and econometric forecasting. He joined the firm in 2006 and is a member of Clarion Partners’ Investment Committee. He is a frequent guest speaker at real estate investment conferences, has published numerous real estate research articles, and has co-authored five real estate strategy books, including Active Private Equity Real Estate Strategy (2009), Guide to U.S. Real Estate Investing (2009), Emerging Market Real Estate Investment: Investing in China, India, and Brazil (2010), Inside the Real Estate Fund Investor (2011), and Real Estate Mathematics (2011). He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves on the PREA Research Committee (as Chair), the NCREIF Research Committee, and the Real Estate Research Institute Advisory Board. He holds an MBA from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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Bao Vuong

President, WhyHotel

Bao Vuong is the President and Co-Founder of WhyHotel. Prior to WhyHotel, Bao was the VP of Development at PN Hoffman where he led acquisitions and developments of over 1 million square feet of mixed use projects. Prior to PN Hoffman, Bao was a Managing Consultant in IBM's Global Business Services division and was responsible for managing and implementing finance solutions for Fortune 500 companies across the U.S. He has his B.S. from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and his M.B.A. with honors from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

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Marty Burger

Chief Executive Officer, Silverstein Properties

Marty Burger Chief Executive Officer Silverstein Properties, Inc. Marty Burger is Chief Executive Officer of Silverstein Properties, Inc. He leads the company’s day to day activities, and focuses on its acquisition, development and financing efforts in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Silverstein, Mr. Burger was President and Chief Executive Officer of Artisan Real Estate Ventures, a company he founded in 2006. Prior to Artisan, Mr. Burger spent 15 years at Related, including serving as President of Related Las Vegas and Executive Vice President of The Related Companies, L.P. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Burger was a Vice President at The Blackstone Group working on acquisitions for its first three real estate opportunity funds. From 1993 to 1994, he worked for Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Real Estate funds, also on the acquisition side. Prior to that, Mr. Burger spent five years at The Related Companies where he was a Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. Mr. Burger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Trustee and a Governor of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the Americas, the former Chairman of his Urban Development Mixed-Use Council nationally, and is the current Chairman of the New York District Council. Mr. Burger is on the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Real Estate and Finance at Cornell University, and on the Advisory Board of the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate. He is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC, and is on the Directors’ Advisory Council and the New York City Mortgage Committee of the M&T Bank. Mr. Burger is involved with Habitat for Humanity in Westchester with his sons, helping to create quality housing for those in need. He is a board member of The Catalog for Giving, a charitable organization providing funds to multiple programs benefitting underprivileged inner city children. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Battery Conservancy, is on the Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council, and is a board member of the Partnership for New York City. In addition, Mr. Burger helps oversee the activities of the Downtown Division of the UJA Federation.

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Bryce Turner

President & CEO, BCT Architects

Bryce Turner Chairman DDG BCT Architects Baltimore MD Bryce Turner is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Chairman of DDG BCT. He is recognized as the energetic force behind the firm's emergence from a small design consulting firm to a nationally recognized architecture and planning firm. Turner and the firm are currently exploring and designing multi-generational communities that integrate food, health & wellness, retail, workplace and housing in communities around the world. Mr. Turner was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley in 2011, to sit on the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. He is the former Chair of ULI Baltimore District Council and credited with completing the successful Reality Check Plus visioning initiative across the State of Maryland in 2004. Turner has been recognized by Maryland for his work with ULI as being instrumental in increasing the awareness of "Quality Growth Principles" and the need for greater density in urban areas and inner suburbs. After serving as a VP at DDG, Turner joined BCT in 1994, and became President and CEO in 2002. In 2016, Turner and his Partners merged DDG and BCT. He is a registered architect in more than twenty U.S. states, has directed the design of projects in five countries within Europe, North America, and Asia, and is a major force in obtaining entitlements and approvals for the firm's complex retail, commercial, housing and mixed-use projects. Turner frequently testifies before public commissions and agencies regarding the merits of the firm's mixed - use projects, and is an asset to a development team. His achievements include National Harbor, (MD), Lockwood Place Retail, Baltimore (MD) , Eastgate Complex (Harare, Zimbabwe), Downtown Silver Spring, (MD), Power Plant Live!, Baltimore (MD), and Belvedere Square, Baltimore (MD). Turner's university thesis in the early 80's at Virginia Tech was entitled "Urban Infill in Main Street Communities" and involved the development of design to complement existing pedestrian scale buildings of three and four stories. Much of Brown Craig Turner's work today involves urban design and mixed-use developments that have evolved from that original thesis. Bryce Turner is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Redevelopmnet and Reuse Council, and sits on the Advisory Boards of both the Washington, DC and Baltimore District Councils. Turner is a Commissioner on the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission and a Board Member with the Maryland Family Network. (April 2018)

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Jennifer Coogen

Director, Corporate Initiatives & Innovation, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Navigator of digital disruption and connector of technology and business strategy. Extensive experience in strategic initiatives focused on emerging technology, and recently hyper-focused in smart building IoT. Jennifer Coogen has been with AvalonBay for nine years with prior experience in hospitality, education and government industries. She believes real-estate will benefit from a flexibility mindset to capture and deliver on things like momentary markets.

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Dawn Mottram

Director, Strategic Initiatives, Jonathan Rose Companies

Ms. Mottram joined Rose Companies in 2017 as Chief of Staff and now directs the Firm's strategic initiatives. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Mottram served as Head of Development for Southern Housing Group, a U.K.-based not-for-profit housing organization. While there, she directed a large and complex housing development program focused on the delivery of affordable, energy efficient, sustainable housing. Ms. Mottram received her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Glasgow.

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Chris French

Founding Member, Council on Open Building

Chris is an entrepreneur, inventor, and urban futurist based in Washington, DC. He is the founder of District Homes, a prefab urban housing startup with patented technology to create building blocks for sustainable, entrepreneurial and adaptable "missing middle" scale communities. A founding board member of the Council on Open Building, Chris is working to increase the capacity of the building industry to create flexible buildings and communities optimized for future adaptive reuse, in the belief that adaptability is a necessary foundation for the aspirations of our industry, including sustainability, affordability, walkability, and resilience. Without adaptability, we are "locking in" current decisions at the expense of the long-term life of a building or community. In addition to his work at District Homes, Chris is an in-house consultant to Hickok Cole Architects, working to redefine the process of multifamily design in preparation for the coming prefab and computational design revolutions.

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David Crabtree

Practice Leader | Design Leader, Perkins&Will

Fostering design excellence focused on positive impacts for the greater social, cultural, and community value through a collaborative research based process is my passion. I am very fortunate to currently serve as a Corporate, Commercial, and Civic Practice and Design Leader for Perkins + Will - NC. Design leadership experience with leading global design firms, as well as, regional firms has provided a foundation of over 17 years of Award Winning Design Experience that spans Workplace, Corporate Headquarters, Urban Mixed Use, Urban Design, Public Safety Headquarters, Municipal Planning, Transit, and other Health and Community project types, in addition to a construction background. Who I am and what I do: Creative Leadership – Leads the Vision, Discover, and Create process for Large Scale Urban Mixed Use, Corporate, Commercial, Civic, and other diverse markets Visible Expert – Develops research and thought leadership highlighting Holistic and Human Centered Design Think Beyond – Global firm practice leadership, team building, and market growth What drives my passion: • Community involved leadership including Local ULI Chapter Programs Board and ULI Regional Council • Leveraging our global Perkins+Will research database and developing thought leadership topics • Helping uncover the vision and design drivers for clients and their projects • Continued growth of a Diverse Award Winning Design Experience • Passion for Networking, Community Outreach, and Continued Professional Development Speaking and Research Initiatives: • ULI Fall 2019 Session Designer and Speaker • Gensler Workplace of the Future Research – Human Element – Multiple Intelligences and Workplace Design • World of Workplace 2015 Speaker: Return on Innovation – Maximizing Your Largest Investment • EDRA 2016 Presenter – Value of Design in Workplace Environments • 2016 ULI Carolinas' Speaker: Why Design Matters • 2016 Architecture Exchange East Speaker: Return on Innovation • 2016 Architecture Exchange East Speaker: Human Element • 2017 ULI Carolinas' Speaker: TOD Urban Idea Design Competition – Return to Nature • 2017 Charlotte Chamber Panelist: The Future of Smart Building in Charlotte • ULI Charlotte Program Committee, Regional Council member and Local Speaker • 2017 Architecture Exchange East Speaker: Innovation and Disruption • 2017 Architecture Exchange East Speaker: Living Machines • University of Florida GSoA Professional Practice Lecture 2013-Present – Purpose, Passion, and Perseverance • ULI Philadelphia Design Excellence Awards Juror (2016 | 2017 | 2018) Most importantly, I like to live life to the fullest and enjoy new experiences!

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Brian Swett

Arup

Brian Swett is a Principal in Arup's Boston office and serves as Director of Cities and Sustainable Real Estate. In this role, Brian leads the work of Arup in the Americas to integrate its advisory services with its key strengths in design, engineering and planning, delivered in the city context. He is a nationally recognized leader in resilience, climate change and sustainability strategy with over a decade of leadership experience in municipal government, real estate development, federal government, and non-profit sectors. Brian brings a breadth of experience on the government and private sides of sustainable urban development and management that allows him to deliver integrated and actionable strategies and solutions for major clients. Brian is a long-time and active member of ULI, and serves on the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Advisory Board, the Sustainable Development Product Council, and the ULI Boston Program Oversight Committee.

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Nathan Hommel

Director of Planning and Design, University City District

Nate Hommel joined UCD in 2012, and has served as the Director of Planning and Design since Summer 2015. Nate uses his urban design expertise and dedicated enthusiasm to further enhance urban quality of life issues throughout University City. Nate was instrumental in launching Green City Works, UCD’s new landscaping social venture, and serves as a quality and design consultant for all landscaping projects that the venture executes. Before UCD, Nate worked as a landscape architect/urban designer for two firms in Philadelphia, and from 2010-2015, he served as an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at Philadelphia University, heading the urban design and community design studios. Nate is also one of the founding members of Open Streets PHL and has served as the External Communications Director for the organization. Nate holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. 

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Dawn Striff

Head of Workplace Solutions, Nestlé

Dawn is responsible for all Workplace Solutions functions – including Real Estate, Facilities Management and Workplace Design and Build, for all Nestle operating companies in North America. With over 25 years of experience in Finance and leadership roles, Dawn currently serves as Head of Workplace Solutions for Nestlé USA. Dawn manages a portfolio of over 45 locations with almost 14M square feet, 50 company stores, 21 and an annual operating and rent budget of over $74 million. She currently has a team of over 40 Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management professionals responsible for portfolio management, capital project management, construction management, deal negotiations, real estate contracts, facility management, food services, and workplace standards. Her most recent projects include finding and building out the Nestlé Arlington Headquarters and the Nestle Coffee Partners Headquarters in Seattle. Dawn began her career in 1992 with Nestlé as a Finance Manager supporting the PetCare Division and continued to move up, holding numerous Finance leadership positions including: Nestlé Foreign Trade (now International Brands), Confections & Snacks, IS/IT, Nestlé Sales Division, Nestlé Professional and HR. Dawn is a Certified Public Accountant, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

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Paul Weinschenk

President, Head of Retail, Peterson Companies

Paul S. Weinschenk is President, Retail of Peterson Companies. He oversees all facets of the Company’s 6 million square foot retail portfolio including Development/Construction, Asset Management, Leasing and Legal. Paul played a significant role in the retail development of Virginia Gateway which has been a 20+ year undertaking, one that has defined the commercial heart of this portion of Prince William County. Leading the team that created this venue was a phenomenal experience. Most recently, he was Vice President and Managing Director for the Retail Division at Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE) and oversaw the growth and operations of WRE’s 2.4 million square foot retail portfolio, in the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Peterson Companies as Vice President of Retail Development and was instrumental in the development of Fairfax Corner, Virginia Gateway and East Market among others. Paul holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a MBA from The Keenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina. Paul is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and served a three year term as State Director for Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is also the President of the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation. FUN FACT: Paul hiked a Patagonian glacier during a family trip to Argentina. FAVORITE PROJECT: Seeing Downtown Silver Spring’s transformative impact on the greater Silver Spring community.

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Chris VanArsdale

President, VNV Development

Chris has more than 18 years of real estate development, legal, tax credit finance, and project management experience and has developed and/or owned approximately 400 multi-family and single-family dwellings in the Washington metro region. From 2008-2013 he served as Executive Director of the Canal Park Development Association, Inc. (a non-profit, public-private development agency affiliated with WC Smith & Co.). He directed the $27 million development of the Washington Canal Park and surrounding infrastructure and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. The public park is surrounded by mixed-use buildings, contains a LEED Gold certified restaurant, seasonal ice-rink, and is an innovative demonstration model for neighborhood-scale stormwater and green building systems. Chris was a founder and served for eight years as President of GreenHOME, Inc., now known as Greenspace, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to make affordable housing and neighborhoods green. He was an appointee to DC's Department of Energy and Environment Deep Green for Affordable Housing Technical Advisory Group. He was also a mayoral appointee to the DC Sustainable Energy Utility Advisory Board and has served as an advisor to the DC Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. He was an attorney in the Washington DC offices of Arent Fox, Greenberg Traurig, and Akin Gump, specializing in environmental law and brownfields redevelopment. In 2018, the City First Foundation awarded Chris its Community Builder Award for work to create and preserve quality affordable housing. He has a bachelor's degree from Harvard University, a master's in environmental management and resource economics from Duke University, and a law degree from Cornell Law School.

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Guy Worley

President/CEO , Columbus Downtown Development Corporation

Guy V. Worley, CEO/President CDDC and Capitol South A leading figure in central Ohio’s business, civic and public service community, Mr. Worley is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of responsible leadership, management, and financial experience. Since January 2007, Mr. Worley has served as President/Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) and Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. In this role, Mr. Worley is focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Some of his city-changing projects include the renovation of the Lazarus Building into 700,000 square feet of office space, the redevelopment of the former City Center Mall site now known as Columbus Commons, the creation of the Scioto Mile, Columbus’ riverfront park, and the restoration of the Scioto River and creation of a new greenways along the downtown waterway corridor. Columbus Commons, Scioto Mile and Scioto Greenways are all nationally recognized and award winning projects. Current projects include the development of a new Veterans Memorial and Museum and the creation of a new park and parking garage on the Scioto Peninsula Previously, Mr. Worley served as Chief of Staff for Mayor Michael B. Coleman in Columbus, Ohio the 15th largest city in the United States. Mr. Worley was an Executive Consultant in Performance Management and Budgeting with CGI-AMS’ Advantage ERP service line in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to that, Mr. Worley served as County Administrator for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in Columbus, Ohio. As the Chief Executive Officer for the 33rd largest county in the United States, Mr. Worley was responsible for the administration, planning, budgeting and staffing of the County Commissioners’ organization. Mr. Worley currently is an Instructor of Performance Management and Budgeting at the Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Mr. Worley earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Master’s Degree in Public Administration at The Ohio State University.

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Matt Kelly

CEO, JBG SMITH Properties

Matt Kelly is the CEO of JBG SMITH and a member of the board of trustees. Prior to the formation of JBG SMITH, Matt served as a Managing Partner of the JBG Companies and a member of the Executive Committee and Investment Committee. He previously was co-head of the firm's Investments Group and was primarily responsible for JBG's investment strategy and the investment and acquisition activity of the JBG Investment Funds. Prior to joining the JBG Companies in 2004, he was a co-founder of ODAC Inc., a media software company, and worked in private equity and investment banking with Thomas H. Lee Partners in Boston and Goldman Sachs, & Co in New York. Mr. Kelly currently serves as member of the NAREIT Advisory Board of Governors, Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council and Trustee and member of Executive Committee of the D.C. Policy Center. He is Vice-Chair of the Medstar Health Washington Hospital Center Board of Directors and Host Co-Chair of ULI Fall 2019 Meeting. He is board member of Greater Washington Partnership, Halcyon, and a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Ayuda, Inc., an immigrant focused non-profit organization in the D.C. metro area. He is also a member of The Urban Land Institute and has lectured at Georgetown University and The University of Notre Dame. Mr. Kelly holds a B.A. with honors from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Jee Mee Kim

Principal, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Jee Mee Kim is a Principal with HR&A Advisors and brings 20 years of experience in managing complex urban development and transportation projects across the United States. As a leader in HR&A's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Transportation Practice, Jee Mee works with clients to develop funding strategies, create corridor and station-area plans, and build public support for TOD. Jee Mee shapes strategies for investment in urban downtowns that attract residents, workers, employers, and visitors. Her urban revitalization approach relies on market studies, catalytic project identification, and financial feasibility analyses. Prior to joining HR&A, Jee Mee was a Principal and Director of Planning at Sam Schwartz Engineering where she led transportation studies, environmental reviews, and land use approvals for major projects in New York City. Jee Mee began her career as a social justice leader, whose work ranged from organizing New York City's Asian immigrant communities around workers' rights and housing issues.

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Marilyn Taylor

Professor of Architecture & Urbanism, University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Marilyn Jordan Taylor is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. She had a distinguished tenure as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design from 2008 - 2016, having been a much admired practitioner. She is recognized worldwide as a thought leader in urban design, as well as a woman pioneer in the fields of architecture, planning, and construction. Her global stature is complemented by her down-to-earth demeanor and proven ability to interact easily with constituencies across communities, government, industry, and academia, both locally and internationally. She is a leader who exudes not only intellectual breadth, but also deep enthusiasm and compassion in her dedication to enhancing the vitality of urban communities through design. Marilyn Taylor was Partner in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP and the first woman to serve as Chairman of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. Over a 35-year career with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, she led many of the firm's largest and most complex projects around the world. She was also both the first architect and the first woman to serve as chairman (2005-07) of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research and educational institution, where she championed a renewed focus on cities, sustainable communities, and infrastructure investment. An expert in using public space and infrastructure to shape urban districts and civic places, Marilyn Taylor led Skidmore Owings & Merrill's Urban Design & Planning practice in such projects as Columbia University's Manhattanville Master Plan, the East River Waterfront Master Plan, the reclamation of Con Ed's East River sites for mixed-use development, the new research building at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and the new urban campus for John Jay College. She also founded and led Skidmore Owings & Merrill's Airports and Transportation practice, working on U.S. airport projects such as Terminal 4 at JFK, Continental Airlines at Newark, and the expansion of Washington, DC's Dulles International Airport. Her international airport projects included SkyCity at Hong Kong International Airport and the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, as well as the new Terminal 3 at Singapore's Changi Airport. Her transit work has been equally diverse, ranging from the award-winning Changi Airport Station in Singapore to the Transit-Friendly Land Use Handbook for New Jersey Transit. Her train projects include all 15 intercity rail stations from Washington, DC to Boston. She also led Skidmore Owings & Merrill's planning and transportation design for reuse of New York's Farley Post Office as the Moynihan Station. Taylor is distinguished as well for her civic and professional leadership, having served as a member of The Partnership for New York City, president of the American Institute of Architects (NYC Chapter), visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and as one of the founding members of the New York New Visions Design and Planning Coalition, the design, planning, and real estate communities' unprecedented response to the events of 9/11. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Penn Institute for Urban Research. Taylor is an Iowa native and a 1969 graduate of Radcliffe College. She attended the MIT Graduate School of Architecture (1969-70), and received her M. Arch in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1971, in the firm's Washington office, and was elected Partner in 1985. She received a prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship from the Partnership for New York City in 1995.

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Eric Quick

Chief Executive Officer, The Town Kitchen PBC

Eric has over twenty-five years experience in operations management in the industries of foodservice, retail, e-commerce and fresh food manufacturing. Eric has held senior leadership positions with start-up ventures and notable companies including McDonald’s, Disney, Safeway and Revolution Foods. Eric has a passion for recruiting and developing high caliber emotionally intelligent teams who successfully tackle hyper growth business opportunities. His track record demonstrates his ability to grow big ideas from inception to multi-year growth opportunities in the foodservice, retail and food technology segments. Eric currently holds the role of Chief Executive Officer of The Town Kitchen PBC, a Social Mission Food Technology Company focused on the B2B Food Delivery Segment. He also is the Founder & Chief Exploration Officer at Cloud 9 Fresh where his teams guide emerging and established companies pursue game changing strategic initiatives that focus on the convergence of fresh foods, technology and wellness. Eric previously held the role of Vice President of Commercial Operations at Juicero, a Food Technology Company, where he established the national sales, distribution and operations footprint to scale the company. Prior roles included Vice President of Culinary Operations at Eat Club and Senior Vice President of Operations for Revolution Foods where he established national supply chain and distribution footprint while evolving the manufacturing operations for growth. During his time with Revolution Foods, he improved revenues from $4M to $30M, expanded operations into four US markets and grew daily meal production from 12,000 to over 60,000. Eric’s passion for health, nutrition and innovation has been recognized with numerous retail, operational, design and training awards including Nation's Restaurant News' Hot Concepts! Visual Merchandising & Store Design (VM&SD) “1st Place-Retail Design” and Technology Training Magazine “Most Innovative Training Technology” Awards. Eric also holds a patent for design and manufacturing process for the first “Seatbelt Ready Takeout Bag” from the US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). Currently, Eric is pursuing a Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology from University of Southern California. He has previously earned an MBA from The University of Redlands and Bachelor of Science in Resort and Lodging Management from California State University, Chico.

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Paul Head

Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young, LLP

Paul Head is the Technology Leader in Ernst & Young’s Construction and Real Estate Advisory Services practice. He has more than 25 years of experience delivering process, requirements, technology reviews, procurement, project oversight and implementation services of real estate and facility operations lifecycle management technologies. He has provided these services to a broad array of clients in the following industries: government, oil and gas, manufacturing, power and utilities, retail, finance, technology, life sciences, education, and architecture/engineering/construction. He also leads the IBM Tririga practice as part of EY’s Global System Integrator Alliance program.

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Erica Spiritos

Mass Timber Preconstruction Manager, Swinerton

Erica has long been interested in the design of urban environments in ways that honor the natural resources on which our lives depend. Following her Civil & Environmental Engineering studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Erica discovered mass timber structures and their potential benefits to the construction industry. She joined a major mass timber supplier and became a cornerstone of the mass timber movement in the Pacific Northwest, educating the AEC industry and facilitating solutions to deliver eight projects, including both the tallest and the largest CLT projects in the USA. With Swinerton, Erica provides project-specific expertise to support appropriate and optimal mass timber design, estimating, procurement strategy.

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Kyle Mangum

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Kyle Mangum is a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  His research focuses on spatial economies and their dynamics - how people choose where to locate economic activities, how locations are priced, and how different markets evolve over time.  In particular, he studies labor migration and real estate dynamics with an emphasis on U.S. metropolitan areas, and he regularly briefs Federal Reserve staff on associated policy matters.  At the fall meeting, he will be offering a perspective from his research on the long run causes and consequences of regional migration.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University in 2012.  He previously taught at Georgia State University before joining the Federal Reserve System.

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Kofi Boone

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, NCSU, College of Design

Kofi Boone, ASLA is Professor of Landscape Architecture at NC State University in the College of Design. Kofi is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSNR 1992, MLA 1995). His work is in landscape architecture and environmental justice with a focus on democratic design and cultural landscapes. He is a University Faculty Scholar and a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. His teaching and professional work has earned student and professional ASLA awards. Kofi is Vice President of Education and a Board Director of The Landscape Architecture Foundation. He is a founding member of the ASLA Environmental Justice Professional Practice Network and serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Landscape Architecture Magazine.

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Stacey Cohen

Sr. Director, Corporate Facilities, Services and Real Estate, Marriott

Stacey has had a 16-year long career in corporate real estate with Marriott International and is currently their Sr. Director of Corporate Facilities, Services and Real Estate. Her current focus and project is the development of Marriott’s new 22-story global headquarters in downtown Bethesda, which features a cutting-edge and sustainable workplace with state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities, and access to a range of transportation options, including the Bethesda Metro and the free Bethesda Circulator bus, along with parking on-site and at nearby garages for 3,500+ Marriott Associates. The headquarters is scheduled for completion in 2022. Stacey earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at University of Maryland University College and Certificate in Facilities Management from George Mason University.

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Mark Wilsmann

Managing Director & Head of Real Estate Equity Strategies, MetLife Investment Management

Mark Wilsmann #229157 July 22, 2002 Mark Wilsmann is Managing Director and Head of Equity Investments for MetLife Real Estate Investors. Named to this role in 2012 in conjunction with MetLife’s launch of its real estate asset management business, Wilsmann is responsible for leading MetLife’s $20 billion direct property investment platform, investing on behalf of the MetLife General Account as well as institutional investors including public and private pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. His team recently established a new flagship open-ended fund, the $2.8 billion MetLife Core Property Fund, as well as core/core-plus managed accounts. Annual acquisitions volume has exceeded $2 billion in each of the past three years. Between 2003 and 2012, Wilsmann led MetLife’s commercial mortgage lending business, directing product design, pricing, and origination activities and chairing the investment committee. Under his leadership, MetLife became recognized as the top life company portfolio lender, with annual lending volume averaging more than $10 billion. Over his 26-year real estate career with MetLife, Wilsmann held roles in asset management, acquisitions, loan production, portfolio management, regional operations, and merger integration. He served on the board of directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the leadership of the Commercial Mortgage Board of Governors of the MBA. He is a trustee and member of the Urban Land Institute, and is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, and the Capital Markets Committee of the Real Estate Roundtable. Wilsmann holds a BA and MBA from Wake Forest University.

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David Winstead

Attorney-At-Law, Ballard Spahr LLP

David L. Winstead concentrates on real estate development, infrastructure issues, public-private partnerships, as well as government contracts and legislative/regulatory matters. His career combines both private and public sector experience in real estate and transportation, and his representations include private companies, national real estate enterprises, transportation entities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently nominated David to serve on the Public Buildings Reform Board. David joined Ballard Spahr following his presidential appointment and service as Commissioner of Public Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration. As Commissioner, David was responsible for the asset management, construction, and operations of a portfolio of 1,500 federal buildings, as well as 190 million square feet of leased space to accommodate more than one million federal workers. Earlier in his career, David was a partner in a Washington, D.C., zoning firm, and served as Executive Director of the Washington/Baltimore Regional Association, a private sector economic development alliance of real estate and financial interests in these two metropolitan areas. He also served a term as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation responsible for the five transportation agencies under Maryland DOT.

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Cary Kadlecek

Goulston & Storrs

Cary Kadlecek is a real estate attorney who focuses his practice in land use, entitlement, zoning, development, historic preservation and municipal law throughout the District of Columbia. He represents clients in a variety of land use and zoning matters relating to the development of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional projects. Cary works with private developers, universities and educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations. Clients look to Cary for land use advice and certain entitlements for properties to be used in the education, institutional, residential, sports and entertainment, retail and office industries. Cary represents clients in front of virtually every land use regulatory and governing agency in the District, including the Zoning Commission, the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Historic Preservation Review Board, the Public Space Committee, the Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings, the Office of Administrative Hearings, the National Capital Planning Commission, the Commission of Fine Arts, and a wide range of neighborhood and community organizations.

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Kevin Clausen-Quiroz

Project Manager, City of Anaheim Community Development Department

Kevin Clausen-Quiroz is an urban thinker and doer. Born, raised and still living in Anaheim, California, Kevin guides a more sustainable, equitable and economically thriving future as a Project Manager in the City of Anaheim's Community & Economic Development Department. By leveraging community assets, property holdings and infrastructure funding sources, Kevin facilitates catalytic public-private development projects, most notably a free microtransit service called FRAN (Free Rides Around the Neighborhood). Kevin's working on a wide array of commercial and hospitality developments, long-range planning efforts, mobility planning and storytelling programs for the diverse communities and destinations in the City. Most importantly, Kevin loves exploring cities with his wife on their journey to find the best ice cream in the world. As a former member of a boyband, Kevin's not one to turn down a microphone and a karaoke stage.

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Chris Roth

COO, Public Institutions, J L L

Chris Roth, a Managing Director at JLL’s Americas headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, currently serves as the COO of the firm’s Public Institutions business in the Americas focused on the specialized needs of both government and higher education. Prior roles include Project Manager for various Higher Education Public-Private Initiatives, National Program Manager for JLL's Leasing Support Services for the General Services Administration (saving federal agency tenants money in private sector lease arrangements), and Program and Project Management for the U.S. Air Force's Privatization Real Estate Support Services initiative (directly improving military family housing and the lives of military families).

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Marta Schantz

Senior Vice President, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance , Urban Land Institute

Marta Schantz is the Senior Vice President for the Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the Urban Land Institute. She brings deep experience in the real estate sustainability market to lead and collaborate across organizations and stakeholders to achieve program goals and successes. Marta has strengths in project management and market analysis, concentrated in both qualitative and quantitative energy and policy analysis. She has deep experience in sustainability, energy efficiency, and large-scale program management. Marta is a LEED Green Associate and a Fitwel Ambassador. She holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering with a minor in Science Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Dave Segal

Senior Vice President, TriState Capital Bank

David Segal is responsible for building and maintaining banking relationships with commercial real estate clients, including business development, portfolio management and promoting TriState Capital's Treasury Management Services. With over 13 years of banking experience, David most recently served as Vice President, Commercial Real Estate at a large Eastern-region bank. While there, he was responsible for originating commercial loans and maintaining banking relationships. Some of his areas of expertise include commercial real estate underwriting, commercial mortgages and construction finance. David has also served as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer at an International Financial Institution where he was responsible for the lending needs of commercial clients. He has also worked in various capacities with multiple banks and financial institutions over his career. David is a board member, and treasurer for the William Jeanes Memorial Library. He is also a member of the Risk Management Association of Philadelphia, as well as the Urban Land Institute. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from The University of Pittsburgh.

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Clara Brenner

Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund

Clara is co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow's most valued companies. Previously, she co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech. The organization has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship, and hosts thought leadership events around urban innovation. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its "30 Under 30" for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara's work energizing urban entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including MSNBC and TechCrunch, among others. She serves on the Board of Tumml, as well as the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Bay Area Local Advisory Committee. Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and BA from NYU.

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Adam Ducker

RCLCO

Adam Ducker is a Senior Managing Director at RCLCO, a real estate advisory firm, where he leads the firm’s Real Estate Economics practice area. RCLCO also provides management consulting and investment advisory services to organizations across the spectrum of land use. Real Estate Economics provides cutting edge market and financial analysis; entitlement and litigation support including fiscal, economic and other impact analysis; consumer research; product innovation; partner selection and public/private partnership formation. At ULI Adam is a vice chair of the Redevelopment and Reuse council; frequent speaker and moderator; is active in the Washington, D.C., district council; and has completed research with the Terwilliger Center and other thought leadership areas. A native New Yorker, Adam received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Michael Stevenson, FAIA

Perkins&Will

Michael Stevenson, FAIA is the Urban Design practice leader for the North Carolina practice of Perkins+Will. For over 30 years, Michael has designed award-winning projects for businesses, government, universities, and private institutions. Combining expertise in architecture and urban design, he excels in integrating master planning and architecture, emphasizing public space as a fundamental element of architectural design. Michael’s design philosophy is founded in urbanism and modernism, in that architecture must reflect history as a continuum with a future as well as a past.

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Jeff Barber

Principal / Firmwide Design Experience Leader, Gensler

Jeff serves as Gensler’s Firmwide Design Experience Leader with a deep background in Gensler’s Office Building practice. Jeff is an award-winning architect and with extensive experience leading large integrated projects— providing expertise on the design of the base building, as well as the interiors. His point of view bridges the shared interest of both building owner and user to create designs that successfully depict both parties’ objectives. Jeff’s design talent is combined with a unique understanding of the process of design and the teamwork required to implement complex programs in simple, yet elegant, solutions. Previously a Co-Managing Director of Gensler’s Washington, D.C. office, under Jeff’s leadership, the Washington, D.C. office was named to The Washington Post’s inaugural 2014 Top Workplaces ranking. Jeff is a member of the Urban Land Institute and served as a juror for ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence from 2015-2017. Jeff is a Designated National Design Peer of the GSA Public Buildings Service, Design Excellence and the Arts Program. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture.

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Jason Fudin

CEO and Co-Founder, WhyHotel

Jason Fudin is the CEO and Co-Founder of WhyHotel based in Washington D.C. WhyHotel is a venture-backed startup that operates "turn-key, pop-up hotels" out of the vacancy of newly built luxury apartments during the lease-up phase. Blurring the line between hospitality and home, WhyHotel's model provides the value and space of a home-share and the consistency and service of a luxury hotel. WhyHotel began operations in 2017 under Vornado Realty and after their first pop-up hotel they spun out of Vornado to become an independent, venture-backed company. They have 400 units across 3 buildings that they are taking reservations for today and have raised about $15M in venture investment. With a pipeline of over 2,000 units in new developments, WhyHotel is growing from the DC/Baltimore area to a national footprint. Prior to WhyHotel, Jason and his co-founder, Bao Vuong, spent most of their careers in high-rise multifamily development. In their previous professional lives, Jason was an executive at Vornado Realty Trust, and Bao was an executive at PN Hoffman. With extensive experience in development, acquisitions, and capital markets, Jason and Bao have collectively managed over $2 billion of commercial real estate developments. What started as an innovative solution to a real estate market inefficiency has grown into a successful company focused on offering a superior, differentiated hospitality experience for customers and an amenity for long-term residents. Jason has his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and his M.S. in Finance and Real Estate from American University.

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Joseph Euphrat

Managing Director, CleanFund

Joe Euphrat has been at CleanFund since 2014. Prior, Joe spent 25 years in healthcare finance and real estate. While at E.F. Hutton and Lehman Brothers, he advised hospitals and health systems on capital planning, strategy and tax-exempt bond financing of over $8 billion. As hospitals continued to own and lease real estate, Joe began focusing exclusively on healthcare real estate, serving both the needs of hospitals and healthcare real estate investors. He headed the U.S. Western Region healthcare capital markets for and healthcare real estate for Kaufman Hall, a national advisory firm for hospitals and health systems. Joe is an Honors Graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for Marin General Hospital and also serves as Vice Chair of both the Finance and Investment Committee for the Hospital.

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John Fitzgerald

Chief Executive, Asia Pacific, Urban Land Institute

John opened the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong in 2007. As Chief Executive Officer of ULI Asia Pacific he is the Institute’s lead executive in the region responsible for ULI’s strategy, initiatives, and operations across Asia Pacific. John and his team in Asia Pacific engage the region’s public and private sectors leaders on issues of land use and real estate development with a focus on improving sustainability, affordability, mobility, and infrastructure. John is responsible for key ULI initiatives such as: ULI Asia Pacific Summit, ULI/PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific report, Awards for Excellence, Professional Development, Advisory Services, and strategic partnerships. Before relocating to Hong Kong, John directed ULI’s Global Study Tour program leading delegations of senior executives and public officials to visit numerous countries with the core mission to exchange best practices on critical land use and development issues. Prior to joining ULI in 1998, John worked for a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., developing leadership and education programs on Capitol Hill.

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Geraldine Gardner

Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Geraldine Ide Gardner is the Executive Director of Centralina Council of Governments, the regional planning and coordination body for the nine counties in the Greater Charlotte, NC area. She previously served as the Director of Urban and Regional Policy program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and is still affiliated with GMF as a senior non-resident fellow. Her expertise lies in the integrated policies and cross-sector partnerships needed to build sustainable and inclusive cities. Prior to joining GMF in 2012, Geraldine served in key leadership positions in the administration of three mayors of the District of Columbia. Gardner received her masters degree in urban planning from the University of the California, Los Angeles and her bachelors degree from New York University. She recently served as adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Urban Planning Department and is an AICP certified planner.

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Diana Allegretti

Director of Design and Construction, Cornell Tech - Cornell University

Diana has over two decades of experience in the higher education sector encompassing many facets of planning, design and construction. Since 2013 she has overseen the design and construction of Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in NYC, a graduate education and research campus for the digital age. In 2017 the brand new 12-acre applied science and technology campus opened four major buildings; The Bloomberg Center, Tata Innovation Center, a residential building and utility plant. The campus is one of the most sustainable campuses in the world featuring two solar photovoltaic arrays, a ground source heating system plus rainwater harvesting. Currently an Executive Education Center and a Hotel are under construction slated to open in 2020. When complete, Phase I of the campus will total 860,000 sq ft of the planned 2.1M sq. ft. of campus development. Prior to Cornell she worked at Jonathan Rose Companies, a NYC real estate development and investment firm as a Capital Project Advisor and Sr. Project Manager. She established a multimillion dollar Campus Transformation Plan for NYU-Poly (Brooklyn Polytech) and completed several capital projects in preparation for the merger between the academic institutions. For over a decade she served as the Associate Director of Capital Renewal at Columbia University’s Planning, Design and Construction Department where she developed their multi-year Capital Renewal Plan for an 8M+ sf portfolio of assets for long range, large dollar academic and asset preservation projects on the historic Morningside Campus and three satellite campuses. She was also involved in the early planning and design phases of Columbia’s new 6M+ sf Manhattanville campus expansion plan in Harlem currently under construction. Diana is a Registered Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from N.Y.I.T. She also served as a past appointed member of her home town’s Planning Board.

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John Williams

President and Chief Investment Officer, Avanath Capital Management

John R Williams is President and Chief Investment Officer of Avanath Capital Management ("Avanath") an investment manager of real estate and real estate-related investments, based in Irvine, California. Avanath focuses on generating attractive risk-adjusted returns through current income and capital appreciation from its investments. Avanath utilizes a differentiated investment strategy to pursue opportunities in the Affordable/Workforce Housing, and Urban Multifamily market sector. Since its inception in 2008, Avanath has raised over $1 billion of investment capital, primarily from Endowments, US Pension Funds, International Pension Funds, Foundations, Banks and Life Insurance Companies. Over the past ten years, Avanath has acquired in excess of $1.8 billion in Affordable/Workforce apartment communities' nationwide (78 assets/10,000 units). A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Williams received his BS degree in finance from Duquesne University and attended the Executive Education Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Mr. Williams is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute ("ULI"), Current Chairman of the ULI Orange County District Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Multi Housing Council ("NMHC") and a member of the Duquesne University Business School Advisory Board. He is a frequent speaker at national real estate conferences sponsored by the ULI, Harvard Business School, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford Business School, UCLA Real Estate Forum, USC Lusk Graduate School of Real Estate, Duquesne University and the Pension Real Estate Association ("PREA"),

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Derek Chollet

The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Derek Chollet is Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He served in senior positions during the Obama administration at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon, most recently as the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where he coedits “Shadow Government,” and is a regular contributor to Defense One. He is also an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. His most recent book is The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World.

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Deb Bilek

Vice President, Advisory Services, Urban Land Institute

Deborah Kerson Bilek is the Vice President of Advisory Services at the Urban Land Institute. In this capacity, Deb oversees the daily operations of ULI’s $3.5 million Advisory Services Program (ASP), a signature initiative that empowers ULI members to offer solutions to challenging issues in communities around the world. If you were to ask Deb to describe her job, she would say, “I put people in rooms and make them talk to each other.” Deb is passionate about building community, and her work centers on facilitating multisector collaboration to achieve a common purpose. She facilitates groups and individuals with different interests around issues of importance to the economic competitiveness of the Metropolitan Region. Most recently, the programs she manages touch on issues related to economic development, equity of opportunity, housing affordability, and transportation. Prior to joining the advisory services team, Deb was the Senior Director of Community Outreach at ULI Washington, a district council of the Urban Land Institute. Before ULI, Deb worked as a planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, where she served as professional staff to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board and managed leadership development programs for citizens. Deb began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, where she also had the opportunity to serve as staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. Deb holds an Executive Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University. She earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University, and her an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and two young kids.

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Jason Miller

CEO, Greater Washington Partnership

Jason Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Washington Partnership, taking the helm of the new organization in April 2017. The Partnership is comprised of a group of leading, civic-minded CEOs and entrepreneurs from the Greater Washington region—from Baltimore to Richmond—who’ve come together to address the critical economic issues facing the region and ensure it remains one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. It will advance inclusive, actionable solutions that strengthen the regional economy and position Greater Washington as a leading global region and center for commerce and innovation.

Prior to this role, Mr. Miller was the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the White House, joining the Obama Administration in 2010.  Mr. Miller led the Obama Administration’s economic policy development and coordination on manufacturing and innovation, transportation and infrastructure, tax policy, energy, entrepreneurship, and Puerto Rico. Some of his efforts include the creation of the Manufacturing USA institutes, the passage of legislation to address the crisis in Puerto Rico, the launch of SelectUSA – the first-ever federal effort to bring investment to the United States, and the release of the first-ever federal policy on automated vehicles. 

Previously, Mr. Miller was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco and with Marakon Associates in Chicago.  Mr. Miller received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  Mr. Miller currently resides with his wife and two children in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

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Jason Miller

CEO, Greater Washington Partnership

Jason Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Washington Partnership, taking the helm of the new organization in April 2017. The Partnership is comprised of a group of leading, civic-minded CEOs and entrepreneurs from the Greater Washington region—from Baltimore to Richmond—who’ve come together to address the critical economic issues facing the region and ensure it remains one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. It will advance inclusive, actionable solutions that strengthen the regional economy and position Greater Washington as a leading global region and center for commerce and innovation.

Prior to this role, Mr. Miller was the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the White House, joining the Obama Administration in 2010.  Mr. Miller led the Obama Administration’s economic policy development and coordination on manufacturing and innovation, transportation and infrastructure, tax policy, energy, entrepreneurship, and Puerto Rico. Some of his efforts include the creation of the Manufacturing USA institutes, the passage of legislation to address the crisis in Puerto Rico, the launch of SelectUSA – the first-ever federal effort to bring investment to the United States, and the release of the first-ever federal policy on automated vehicles. 

Previously, Mr. Miller was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco and with Marakon Associates in Chicago.  Mr. Miller received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  Mr. Miller currently resides with his wife and two children in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

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Cindy McCleary

Vice President - Market Lead Public & Institutional practice, Leo A Daly

As leader of LEO A DALY’s Minneapolis studio, Cindy McCleary, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is dedicated to finding new ways to collaborate and empower underrepresented voices, which she believes is key to exceptional design. An expert in visioning and consensus building, Cindy has focused her 20-year career on guiding and facilitating special interest groups, public sector clients and multiple stakeholders to realize strategically driven results. Her experience as a programmer and planner has earned her a reputation for advanced thinking and strategically-driven design processes.

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June Williamson

The City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture

June Williamson, RA, is Associate Professor and Chair of Architecture at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York. She is author of "Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb" and co-author with Ellen Dunham-Jones of the award-winning "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs." A follow-up volume "The Retrofitting Suburbia Case Studies," is forthcoming. A frequent speaker and consultant, her writing is published in the books "Retrofitting Sprawl," "Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs," "Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America," and others, as well as numerous journals, magazines, and blogs. She organized the "Build a Better Burb: Be Bold" and "ParkingPLUS" urban design challenges for Long Island's Rauch Foundation (http://buildabetterburb.org/). Over a 30-year career, she has practiced and taught architecture and urban design in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and Boston. Williamson received a B.A. with Distinction in Architecture from Yale University, an M. Arch. from MIT, and an M.U.P. in Urban Design from The City College of New York.

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Andy Warren

Director, Real Estate Research, PwC

As the Director of Real Estate Research for PwC, Andy is responsible for monitoring all aspects of real estate, including space market fundamentals, capital market trends, regulatory changes and operational developments. For the past two years, Andrew has co-authored the US and Canadian editions of Emerging Trends in Real Estate. Andrew is a frequent speaker on issues affecting the real estate market and has also authored numerous articles for internal clients and national real estate publications. Andy brings extensive knowledge of the real estate life cycle, specifically the analysis of the potential impacts of economic fundamentals and capital market influence on the real estate industry. Andy also has significant experience developing and implementing real estate investment strategies across the risk spectrum. Prior to assuming his current role, Andy served as the Managing Director of Real Estate Research for Principal Global Investors, the fourth largest institutional real estate manager in the U.S. At Principal, Andy held a progressive level of analyst and management positions over his 25 year career, During this time Andy developed a wide range of models to predict market performance and measure risk/return analytics. He represented the research function on Principal’s flag ship separate accounts and also served as a fiduciary voting member on individual client funds focused on industrial, retail, student housing and sustainable investing. Andy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. He has earned the right use the Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA, designation and is a Counselor of Real Estate. He is also a member of the Appraisal Institute, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Cory Saunders

Pembroke

As vice president and head of Pembroke’s Washington, DC office, Cory is responsible for managing Pembroke's real estate investments in San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC, totaling over 1.5 million square feet, and for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities across those markets. Most recently, Cory led the acquisition of 400 Fairview, Pembroke’s first property in Seattle. Prior to his current role, Cory was responsible for supporting acquisition efforts in Japan, Australia, France and the UK. Cory established Pembroke’s Washington, DC office in 2014, and, since then, has led the acquisition of three properties totaling 1 million square feet, and leasing of over 400,000 square feet. Cory is a ULI member and a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate. He received his BA from Brown University.

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Shayna Goldsmith

Associate, UrbanPlan & Professional Development, Urban Land Institute

Shayna Goldsmith is the Associate for UrbanPlan and Professional Development at the Urban Land Institute where she supports the growth and operation of ULI's educational offerings. Working with ULI's District Councils, she works to bring UrbanPlan to public officials, local government staff, and community leaders. Shayna also works on professional development programs, including the Certificate in Commercial Pro Forma Modeling Fundamentals and the Real Estate Entrepreneur Program, as well as the expansion of new public-focused offerings. Given her passion for creative placemaking, and being an artist herself, Shayna also has experience working with several local arts organizations. Prior to ULI, she was on the consulting team for CulturalDC, where she helped connect developers and artists in order to bring new public art, art spaces, and art events to her native Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Shayna is currently pursuing her Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning program at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. She also serves as the Georgetown University student representative to the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art, with minors in history and art history, from Indiana University in Bloomington.

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Kristina Crawley

Commercial Practice Leader, Leo A. Daly

Kristina provides leadership for the commercial market sector, the core of which includes guiding and contributing market strategy both in Washington, DC and collaborating across the company, overseeing and managing a team of professionals and executing management as a practice leader. Expertise includes business development efforts, financial management for multiple simultaneous projects, market building, contract negotiations, encouraging and leading the success and development of the team, and providing leadership cross-platform for multi-sector pursuits. Charged with focusing, leading, and broadening the commercial practice - which is centered on the design and evolution of placemaking for commercial, mixed-use, tech and retail, and workplace environments. She holds a commitment to the next generation of commercial design and placemaking- including the advancement of the intersection of design and technology.

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Choon Fah Ong

Chief Executive Officer, Edmund Tie & Company (SEA) Pte Ltd

Ong Choon Fah heads the executive leadership team for Edmund Tie & Company in her role as CEO. Her vision is to create a firm that is committed to industry-leading real estate consultancy and adheres to the highest ethical principles, supporting the community for long-term sustainability. Choon Fah is the Chair of Singapore ULI and a member of the APAC Executive Committee, Honorary Real Estate Consultancy Advisor to the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore, member of the Council for Real Estate Agencies' Professional Development Committee, management board member of the National University of Singapore Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies and a life member of the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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Kelley Coyner

Senior Principal, Transportation, Stantec

A smart mobility pioneer, Kelley is known for her ability to plan for and integrate disruptive technologies and her planning and policy expertise in automated vehicle (AV) deployment. As mobility innovation leader, she establishes the partnerships and products needed to launch new smart mobility strategies, programs, and deployments.

Kelley’s technical and policy expertise has been honed and applied through her work at MIT, Harvard, the Coast Guard Academy, the National Academy of Sciences, CityTech, and the Volpe Transportation Center. She also served as the Senate-confirmed CEO for Research and Special Program Administration at the United States Department of Transportation, and she recently led her own business, Mobility e3. Kelley was also a member of the 2008 presidential transition team.

Kelley sees a future that brings together smart mobility systems that are accessible, automated, connected, electric, shared, and safe for our communities.

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Shanti Pless

Senior Research Engineer, NREL

Shanti is a senior energy efficiency researcher at NREL. His current research focuses on zero energy district master planning and optimization, as well as exploring off-site modular construction approaches to enable more energy efficiency strategies to be cost effectively integrated into the hospitality and multifamily sectors

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Gabriela Canamar Clark

Partner, LandDesign

Gabriela joined LandDesign in 1998 with an architectural background, a passion for public spaces and extensive experience in mixed-use, urban infill, residential and commercial projects. As Partner and a senior lead designer in the Alexandria office, Gabriela is responsible for project VISIONING and storytelling through design, concept development and project management. She takes clients through successful project zoning entitlements, works with the design teams and municipal staff to convey the sense of place and the rationale behind the IDEA. She leads design teams through the preparation of full construction documents for large complex projects such as the downtown and waterfront at National Harbor, and the challenging re-development of Downtown Silver Spring. A Fulbright Scholar, Gabriela earned a degree in architecture from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York and is a registered landscape architect in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersay. She is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute and also serves as a board member of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.

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Jacinta McCann

Global Design Adviser, AECOM

Jacinta McCann FASLA, FAILA
Global Design Advisor, AECOM

Ms. McCann has worked for more than 35 years to enhance the quality of cities and communities around the globe.  In the past 28 years while at AECOM, she has held both practice and management executive roles at regional and global levels. Originally from Sydney where she worked on large scale urban regeneration projects including the Sydney Olympics, Mc McCann has continued to work on complex urban development projects including Mission Bay in San Francisco, Nova Luz in Sao Paulo, Bonifacio Global City in Manila, and the Los Angeles Waterfront.

Ms. McCann has served in various capacities with the ULI including the National Program Committee, the Global Awards for Excellence Jury, and as a ULI Daniel Rose Fellow.  She is a currently a member of the Recreation Development Council.  Ms. McCann’s professional appointments include President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), the San Francisco Bay Conservation Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board, and the University of New South Wales Faculty of the Built Environment Advisory Board.  Ms. McCann was honored in 2014 by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 100 most influential business women in the Bay Area.