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 Today!

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

4:00pm - 6:30pm

New Global Governing Trustees Orientation

September 17

4:00pm - 6:30pm

Rose Center Celebration

September 17

6:00pm - 7:30pm

ULI Foundation Governors Reception

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

1:30pm - 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

11:30am - 1:00pm

Lunch & Conversation with WLI

September 18

11:30am - 1:30pm

ULI Key Leaders Real Estate Tour

September 18

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Networking Break

September 18

3:00pm - 3:30pm

$25 Million or Less: Small Deals, Big Impact

September 18

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Institutional Capital Providers Forum

September 18

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Opening Reception at The Wharf

September 18

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Center for Sustainability Happy Hour

September 18

6:30pm - 8:30pm

UrbanPlan Social

September 18

6:30pm - 8:30pm

ULI Hines Student Competition Mix and Mingle

September 18

7:30am - 11:00am

ULI Global Board of Directors

September 18

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Northeast Corridor Reception

September 18

7:30pm - 10:00pm

ULI Global Governing Trustees and Leadership Dinner

September 18

8:00am - 3:00pm

Coffee Connections

September 18

8:00am - 5:00pm

Photography Exhibit - Greenland Glacial Melt & Building Resilience

September 18

8:30am - 1:30pm

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

September 18

8:30am - 1:30pm

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

September 18

8:30am - 12:30pm

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

September 18

8:30am - 4:30pm

Resilience Summit

September 18

8:30am - 1:00pm

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

September 18

8:30am - 2:30pm

Around the World: A Day of Cultural Exploration

September 18

8:45am - 12:30pm

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

September 18

8:45am - 12:00pm

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

September 18

8:45am - 12:45pm

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

September 18

9:00am - 1:00pm

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

September 18

9:00am - 1:00pm

A New Waterfront Destination: National Harbor and the MGM Casino

September 18

9:00am - 12:30pm

The Rebirth of the Kennedy Center and the Watergate

September 18

9:00am - 2:00pm

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

September 18

9:00am - 3:30pm

Leveraging Successful Public/Private Partnerships

September 18

9:00am - 1:00pm

Behind the Scenes at the National Building Museum

September 18

9:00am - 2:00pm

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

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

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

Americas Young Leader/NEXT Executive Committee Meeting

September 19

1:00pm - 2:30pm

WLI Steering Committee Meeting

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

WLI Executive Committee Meeting

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

PAS- DMV Advisory Services Panels Lookback

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

Project Analysis Session- WLI

September 19

10:00am - 10:30am

Networking Break

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

PAS- Gentrification Fishbowl

September 19

10:00am - 12:00pm

Advisory Services- Project Analysis Session #3

September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

Greenprint Innovation Roundtable

September 19

11:00am - 12:00pm

ULI Audit Committee

September 19

11:00am - 4:30pm

Large Landowners Forum

September 19

11:30am - 1:30pm

Center for Sustainability Open House

September 19

11:30am - 1:00pm

District Council Lunch

September 19

11:30am - 1:30pm

District Council Task Forces for Health and Equity

September 19

11:30am - 1:30pm

Networking Lunch

September 19

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Real Estate Research Forum

September 19

12:15pm - 1:30pm

ULI Foundation Lunch

September 19

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Advisory Services- Project Analysis Session- Addison

September 19

2:00pm - 4:00pm

PAS- DC Housing Advisory Services Panel

September 19

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Advisory Services- Project Analysis Session #1

September 19

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Advisory Services- Project Analysis Session #2

September 19

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break

September 19

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Americas Young Leader/NEXT Steering Committee Meeting

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 - 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

4:30pm - 6:00pm

WLI Content Before Cocktails

September 19

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Cupcakes & 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 - 9:00pm

Council Dinners

September 19

6:00pm - 7:30pm

WLI Speakeasy: An Evening of Curated Conversations

September 19

6:00pm - 9:00pm

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

September 19

7:00am - 8:30am

ULI Key Leaders Breakfast with José Andrés

September 19

7:30am - 9:00am

Greenprint Performance Committee Meeting

September 19

7:30am - 8:45am

District Council Treasurers Meeting

September 19

8:00am - 12:00pm

Coffee Connections

September 19

8:00am - 7:00pm

Photography Exhibit - Greenland Glacial Melt & Building Resilience

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 - 9:00am

Networking Break

September 19

8:30am - 9:30am

Press and Media Breakfast

September 19 - September 20

9:00pm - 12:00am

Young Leaders Group 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

Mobilizing the Private Sector for Public Good

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

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

Reinventing Social Nodes in the City

September 19 - September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

How Data Is Transforming Commercial Real Estate

September 19 - September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

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

September 19 - September 19

10:30am - 11:30am

The City in 2100: A View from the Mayor's Office

September 19 - September 19

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2020

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

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

September 19 - September 19

3:00pm - 4:00pm

FRAN & Ollie-AuthenTECH Connections in the Smart City

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

Future of Work: Creating a Great Experience to Optimize Performance

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

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

September 20

10:00am - 10:30am

Networking Break

September 20

11:30am - 1:30pm

Networking Lunch

September 20

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Networking Break

September 20

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Thought Leadership for ULI Foundation Governors Developers, Sustainers, and Benefactors

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

7:30am - 4:00pm

Council Day

September 20

8:00am - 10:00am

ULI Global and Regional Chairs/C-Suite

September 20

8:00am - 9:00am

Networking Break

September 20

8:00am - 6:00pm

Photography Exhibit - Greenland Glacial Melt & Building Resilience

September 20

8:00am - 12:00pm

Coffee Connections

September 20

9:00am - 11:30am

District Council Staff Meeting

September 20 - September 20

9:00am - 10:00am

Innovations in Affordable Housing: Sharing Global Best Practice to Improve Delivery and Management

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

The Clash of Responsible Economic Development and Gentrification in Gateway Cities

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

The Power of Wood: The Future Is Mass Timber

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

Innovative Property Financing Tools and Methods

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

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

September 20 - September 20

10:30am - 11:30am

Urban Innovators and Smart Cities

September 20 - September 20

10:30am - 11:30am

Remembrance Design: Culture and History as Catalysts for Urban Regeneration

September 20 - September 20

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Designing for Micro-Mobility: Beyond Bike Lanes

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

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Adapting Real Estate and Unlocking Value by Designing Human Experience

September 20 - September 20

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Seizing Opportunity: What's Next for Opportunity Zones?

September 20 - September 20

1:30pm - 2:30pm

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

September 20 - September 20

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Smart Buildings 101

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

3:00pm - 4:00pm

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

September 20 - September 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Proptech and the Future of Real Estate

September 20 - September 20

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Reducing Conflicts through Collaborative Land Use Easements (CLUEs)

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

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

4:00pm - 4:30pm

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

September 20 - September 20

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Innovations in Parks and Open Spaces

September 20 - September 20

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Closing General Session: Nikki R. Haley

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

10:00am - 3:00pm

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

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

Debby Ratner Salzberg

Chairman, Brookfield Properties

Deborah Ratner Salzberg is president of Forest City Washington and a director of Forest City Realty Trust, a national real estate firm active in property ownership, development, management and acquisition. Ratner Salzberg began her career with Forest City in 1985 and has worked on the development of retail, residential, commercial and multi-use projects. Her responsibilities for the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast regions are varied and include redevelopment of Ballston Common Mall, adaptive reuse warehouse projects, ground up office and multifamily construction, development of the Yards, a public private 6 million square foot mixed use development at the former Southeast Federal Center and oversight of the Forest City Science +Technology Group projects in Baltimore and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to her duties at Forest City, Ratner Salzberg is a board member of CubeSmart, a self-storage NYSE REIT and Capital Bank, a community bank in the Washington, DC Metro area. Prior to joining Forest City, she was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and is a member of the California Bar. Ratner Salzberg is associated with numerous community, charitable and business organizations. Current Affiliations include: • District of Columbia Building Industry Council (DCBIA) –Board Member, Vice President • Foundation for the National Archives – Board Member • Gallaudet University Foundation - Board Member • Kenyon College – Board of Trustees • Meyer Foundation - Board Member and Chair • Urban Land Institute – Member Board of Trustees and Board of Directors

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

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

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

Speaker

Alfonso Costa

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.

Speaker

Spiritos 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

Martin Zurauskas

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.

Speaker

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. -

Speaker

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.

Speaker

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.

Speaker

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.

Speaker

Nick Egelanian

Founder and President, Siteworks, LLC

Nick A. Egelanian President SiteWorks Annapolis, MD Nick Egelanian, President and Founder of SiteWorks, works at the forefront of specialty shopping center and mixed use development, providing services ranging from market and site selection to development consulting and leasing. Mr. Egelanian has working knowledge of retail in virtually all major markets in the United States and has led or participated in market research, consulting, and leasing projects throughout the Country. Mr. Egelanian, in partnership with Bayer Properties, participated in development of The Summit Sierra, in Reno, NV, and The Summit Front Range, in Ft. Collins, CO, and has worked on other proposed specialty centers Nationwide, including in Petaluma, CA; Lehigh Valley, PA; Gatlinburg,TN. Previously, Mr. Egelanian served as Sr. Vice President of Real Estate and New Store Development for FAO Schwartz/Zany Brainy and Crown Books and has led expansion programs at SiteWorks for a host of national retailers, including Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Balducci's Gourmet Food Market, and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. Mr Egelanian received his BS Degree in Finance from the University of Maryland and his JD Degree from the George Washington University School of Law.

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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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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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Kenneth Luker

Kenneth Luker, AIA is a design principal with Perkins+Will. He leads the collaborative design process for a broad range of projects including museums, libraries, and community focused cultural institutions. His work is widely recognized in publications and awards for its thoughtful compositions that elevate the human experience— connecting architecture with its cultural context. A consistent foundation of Kenneth’s design work is his ability to bring clarity to the inherent complexities of every project in support of design expressions that are meaningful and unique.

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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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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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Alfonso Munk

Managing Director, Americas Chief Investment Officer, PGIM Real Estate

Alfonso Munk is a managing director, Americas chief investment officer and head of Latin America at PGIM Real Estate. Based in Miami and New York, he oversees PGIM Real Estate’s Americas transactions activities and real estate debt strategies. Alfonso is also responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy, and oversight of the operations in Latin America. Alfonso is a member of the Americas Executive Council, the Global Management Council, the Global Investment Committee, the U.S. and Latin America Investment Committees and the Global Product Committee.  Alfonso joined PGIM Real Estate in 2012 to help lead the Latin America business before taking on the additional role of Americas chief investment officer in 2015.   Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate, Alfonso was a managing director at Morgan Stanley Real Estate, where he held various roles in Europe and South America for more than 10 years. Most recently, he was responsible for Morgan Stanley’s real estate investing activities in France and southern Europe, as well as pan-European hospitality investments.  Earlier, he also served as regional head for South America, based in Sao Paulo. Alfonso currently serves on the Board of Directors of Terrafina in Mexico (BMV:TERRA13) and has served on the Board of Directors of Paz Corp S.A. (Chile), Grupo Lar (Spain), Icade (France), Eurosic (France), FEL (France), Abyara (Brazil) and Bracor (Brazil).  He also served as Chairman of Compagnie La Lucette in France. Alfonso has a bachelor’s degree in business and hospitality administration from Cornell University and master of business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in finance and real estate. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Exchange Council. Alfonso is a Spanish citizen and speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese fluently. Alfonso serves on the Executive Committee of the Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; the Advisory Board at the Center for Real Estate Finance at the Hotel School, Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business; the Advisory Board at the University of Miami School of Business Administration’s Real Estate programs; and the Board of Trustees at Gulliver Schools.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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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)

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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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George Karayannis

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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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 Just Food board member and Just Food Trainer, 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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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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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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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

Principal, 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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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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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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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

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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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

Gensler

October 2007 Jeff Barber, AIA, LEED AP is a Principal and Managing Director of Gensler's Washington, D.C. office. A global architecture, design, and planning firm with more than 2800 people, Gensler's design network includes 32 offices in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. A designer with particular expertise in sustainable design, Jeff's portfolio spans multiple LEED-certified projects for global clients including Toyota, PNC Bank and Vornado. His designs have garnered awards from the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association, and his work has been published in journals including Architecture, Domus, and Architectural Record. A frequent lecturer on sustainable design, Jeff has delivered presentations at conferences for organizations including the AIA, USGBC and CREW. Under Jeff's leadership on the sustainable design task force, Gensler's professional staff has grown to include 600 LEED accredited professionals, more than any other design firm. Jeff received both his M Arch and BS from Yale University.

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Joseph Euphrat

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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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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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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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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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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Gabriela Canamar Clark

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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Limor Schafman

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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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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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

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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Rutt Bridges

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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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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Alejandro Aravena

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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Irena Savakova

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jeannie Renne-Malone

Vice President, Sustainability , Prologis

Jeannie Renne-Malone, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, Vice President ESG at Prologis is responsible for developing, implementing and communicating a global Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility and Governance and Ethics (ESG) strategy for the company. She sets goals and objectives, establishes strategies, engages stakeholders, tracks progress and reports results for corporate operations and the global logistics portfolio. She communicates the company's ESG efforts throughout Prologis and to key stakeholders, including employees, customers and investors. She also oversees development of the annual carbon footprint and sustainability reporting to various organizations and leads various strategic ESG initiatives including a Customer Sustainability Advisory Council, the Community Workforce Initiative to address customers' labor pain-points, assessing design features that promote health and well-being, and setting Science Based Targets. She has over 15 years of experience in sustainable development, technology transfer, renewable energy, climate change, greenhouse gas accounting, green financing, and sustainability planning and reporting in the US and in Latin America. She has an MA in International Finance and Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, a BA in Spanish from the University of Washington, and holds several sustainability certifications. She is fluent in Spanish.

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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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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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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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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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June Williamson

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.