ULI Coastal Forum


2020-10-06 - 2020-10-08

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    The ULI Coastal Forum is a member‐initiated network of leaders in real estate, land use, and climate resilience interested in sharing best practices for coastal development. The Forum offers a dialogue‐based setting to analyze trends, share tools, and resources.
    Registration is complimentary and open to all.
    Part I: Tuesday, October 6, 2:00-4:00pm ET

    Part II: Thursday, October 8, 2:00-3:30pm ET

    The Coastal Forum seeks to provide an opportunity for members to meet and build a network with peers of different professional backgrounds involved in coastal development and/or resilience 
    • Offer a forum to share best practices for coastal development, resilience, and planning
    • Provide a targeted group to share and provide private sector input into new tools and resources
    • Provide an opportunity for leadership and expertise development in coastal development and resilience
    Registration to the 2020 Virtual Fall Meeting is required to attend this forum. If you have not already done so, please click here to register for the meeting and join your peers from every sector of the real estate industry for ULI’s flagship virtual event, October 13-15, 2020. Links to access this virtual forum will be made available through the 2020 Virtual Fall Meeting platform, and distributed a few days before the event via email.



    Chuck Schilke

    Professor, Finance, Real Estate, and Law, Wexford Science & Technology

    Chuck Schilke is the Director of the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, at both the Washington DC and Baltimore Harbor East campuses. There, he directs the Master of Science in Real Estate and Infrastructure (MSREI) degree program—the first graduate real estate program in the United States also expressly including infrastructure--and leads related teaching, research, industry service, and public service activities. Based directly upon ULI’s multidisciplinary real estate tradition, the Hopkins Carey Real Estate Program fully integrates a multidisciplinary development-oriented real estate program into the finance-oriented comprehensive business school of one of the leading research universities in the world, providing the optimal real estate and infrastructure education that industry and students need. Previously, Chuck created and directed the Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate program in Washington DC, which over 4 ½ years he and his colleagues grew to 300 students, 75 practitioner faculty, and 50 commercial real estate development, real estate finance, international real estate, and construction courses. Prior to directing the Johns Hopkins and Georgetown real estate programs, Chuck worked for over 20 years in real estate and infrastructure in Washington DC, New York City, and Boston, and he continues to consult on a wide variety of real estate and infrastructure projects. He has performed real estate work in a wide range of organizational settings, including major corporations like Exxon Mobil and Marriott; nonprofits like The American National Red Cross; and law firms like McKenna Long & Aldridge, Cadwalader, and Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster. Career highlights include (1) creating commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) at Cadwalader, the Wall Street law firm that created the most CMBS, experiencing both the peak of the CMBS boom and the CMBS crash, (2) serving as the in-house real estate lawyer and developer at The American National Red Cross during the attacks of September 11, 2001, and (3) performing all of the real estate legal due diligence on billions of dollars of real estate for the Exxon-Mobil merger, then the largest merger ever. Chuck’s exceptionally diverse real estate career gives him experience in all major real estate product types. His experience with office real estate culminated in his role as the lawyer on the development team for the creation of the $135 million American National Red Cross National Headquarters Building in Washington DC, the 11th largest Class A building in that city. His retail work includes the development of the Giant Supermarket and Shopping Center at River Hill in Columbia, Maryland, as well as the analysis of the legal documentation of dozens of regional shopping malls for CMBS issuances. His industrial real estate work includes a wide variety of facilities at Exxon Mobil corporation, including warehouses and terminals. Chuck’s multifamily background includes numerous condominium and mixed use projects. He has particular strength in hotels, and has worked on project teams to build Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Disney World, Sarasota, and Washington DC’s West End, as well as working on Marriott international hotel projects. Chuck’s career has included several of the major infrastructure product types as well, and he has particularly rich experience with energy and healthcare infrastructure. At Exxon Mobil, Chuck was involved in a number of oil and gas pipeline projects, as well as dozens of Superfund hazardous waste remediation projects. He also sold a portfolio of coal-fired electric power plants held by a Bechtel-Pacific Gas joint venture to GE Capital. He spent a year building a portion of a nationwide fiber-optic telecommunications network in Texas and Louisiana. Chuck’s experience also includes “social infrastructure” from his substantial healthcare real estate experience at the Red Cross, particularly launching the Red Cross’s billion-dollar Strategic Capital Investment Program to rebuild all of the Red Cross’s 22 blood processing facilities nationwide, and he worked on project teams to build such facilities in Pomona, California; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to his real estate finance work on the Exxon-Mobil merger, Chuck’s major real estate finance projects include the financial restructuring of the Red Cross’s $2 billion nationwide real estate portfolio and issuances of billions of dollars of CMBS on Wall Street. He also has substantial construction law background. Beyond his teaching at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown, Chuck has taught at Harvard University and George Washington University. At the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, he teaches Legal Issues in Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Infrastructure Finance. On the research side, Chuck is currently completing his doctorate at Harvard University, entitled “Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities: An Analysis of Their Development,” with faculty from the Harvard Business School, Economics Department, and History Department. Chuck holds a JD from Cornell Law School, where he concentrated in Business and Regulation Law as well as in International Legal Studies; an AM in History and International Relations from Harvard University emphasizing 20th Century American History and Russian Studies; and an AB from the University of Chicago, where he focused on economics, history, and American-East Asian Relations. He is a member of the Supreme Court, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Massachusetts Bars. Beyond directing the Real Estate Program at Hopkins, Chuck is active in a wide range of civic activities, many with a real estate, financial, business, international, and education focus. Chuck was recently elected to both the Counselors of Real Estate and Lambda Alpha. Active in ULI Washington, Chuck has served as a Mentor in the ULI Washington Young Leaders mentoring program for 5 years. He serves on the board of the Washington DC chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He is actively involved in such other real estate organizations as the District of Columbia Building Industries Association (DCBIA), NAIOP Maryland/DC, NAIOP Northern Virginia, the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), and FIABCI. He is also a member of the American Real Estate Society (ARES), the professional organization for real estate educators. Chuck has served as president of both the Cornell Club of Washington and the University of Chicago Club of Washington, as well as on the board of the Harvard Club of Washington, and has served on the national alumni boards of all three schools. Chuck was recently elected as both a board member and secretary of the Harvard Student Agencies Graduate Council, a new entrepreneurship alumni organization; has served on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative for 10 years; and is a member of the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization. He is the General Counsel of the Cornell Club of Washington, and a member of the Cornell Real Estate Council. He is co-chairing the DC chapter of the University of Chicago Alumni Law Society. In 2011, the University of Chicago awarded Chuck the Alumni Service Medal, the highest honor that Chicago bestows upon its alumni. Chuck may be contacted at cschilke2@verizon.net.


    Jeff Hebert

    Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc.

    Jeff is a pioneer of resilience planning and community revitalization. He works with cities around the world to develop strategies that mitigate future social, economic, and physical shocks and stresses. Jeff joined HR&A from the Water Institute of the Gulf, where he served as Vice President. While at the Water Institute, Jeff led a transdisciplinary team to develop innovative adaptation solutions for the complex climate challenges confronting cities. In addition to his role as Partner at HR&A, Jeff is an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane University School of Architecture, where he teaches in the Graduate Sustainable Real Estate Development program, the incoming Vice Chairman of FUSE Corps in San Francisco, and a trustee of the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans.


    John Gibbs

    Principal, WRT, LLC

    John Gibbs is a registered landscape architect and urban designer in WRT’s San Francisco office. With more than 20 years of experience in a range of innovative work that includes educational campuses, park design and systems planning, community revitalization, streetscape enhancements, and detailed construction documentation, John seeks to engage social culture, ecology, and sustainability in the landscape. His work reflects his belief that open space infrastructure, whether at the scale of parks, landscaped plazas, or streets, is a crucial and integral part of creating quality urban environments. Landscape strategies are central to his work for both urban communities and campuses seeking to improve their ambiance and sense of place. Community outreach is a key component of John’s work, and input obtained through stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and interactive workshops has shaped all of his projects. His community engagement skills and ability to help clients build consensus through a managed process has become a specialty service that compliments his traditional planning and design leadership.


    Jack Smith

    Attorney, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

    My Environmental and Land Use practice includes hazardous waste site management and remediation, contaminated property liability negotiation, litigation, development, redevelopment and related regulatory counseling · Experienced in matters of administrative law, land use planning and zoning law, and he has worked with brownfields redevelopment, environmental insurance and environmental regulatory permitting · CERCLA experience includes pre-disclosure counseling of corporate clients with CERCLA liability, counseling on environmental liability issues of real property ownership and transactions (including leasing), brownfields redevelopment projects, negotiation of contract language for contaminated property transactions and environmental insurance · Has represented PRPs in complex private and government litigation, including environmental issues in international transportation liability · Has experience with RCRA in the areas of compliance counseling, permitting, audit programs, enforcement, tank issues and regulation, and tank permitting. · Has experience with wetlands enforcement defense and wetlands permitting, NPDES permitting, Water Quality Certification permitting and appeals, and stormwater management projects in impaired and sensitive aquatic areas, coastal zone management, and with endangered species


    Brian Strong

    Director and Chief Resilience Officer, City & County of San Francisco

    As the City’s Chief Resilience Officer and Director of the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, Brian Strong is on the forefront of making San Francisco safe, sustainable, and resilient far into the future. This includes overseeing the City’s $39 billion capital plan and annual capital budget, the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program and related efforts to speed recovery after a disaster such as the COVID19 Economic Recovery Task Force, Lifelines Council. It also includes key climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives such as San Francisco’s Hazards and Climate Resilience Plan, and Sea Level Rise Guidelines. Brian currently sits on the State of California’s Integrated Climate and Resiliency Program Technical Advisory Committee, the North America region representative on the Global Resilient Cities Network and serves as Board President for the San Francisco Community Investment Fund. He received the 2011 MFAC/SPUR Good Government Team Award and has a master’s degree in intergovernmental management from USC and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.


    Jim Murley

    Chief Resilience Officer, Miami-Dade County

    James Murley currently serves has Chief Resilience Officer (CROs) for Miami-Dade County. In that position he leads the 7th largest County in the United States in sustainability and resilience issues. He leads the Office of Resilience focusing on energy efficiency and conservation actions and addressing the impacts of sea level rise. Jim Murley has spent over four decades working on public policy issues important to Florida. He was the founding Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Florida, a statewide not-for-profit focused on sound community planning and protection of natural resources. Murley served as Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs under Governor Lawton Chiles working on comprehensive planning, economic development, energy and emergency management issues. He has served on various state commissions including the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Florida Communities Trust and most recently served three years as the Chair of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission. Murley spent over 10 years with Florida Atlantic University overseeing research on urban and environmental issues. He helped author sections of the 2014 National Climate Assessment and serves on several county level Task Forces focusing on energy and climate issues. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida and a Fellow in the National Academy for Public Administration.


    Kelly Pretzer

    Senior Development Director, Brookfield Properties

    Kelly Pretzer is Development Director at Brookfield Properties. Over the past five years, she has led the entitlement and implementation of the Pier 70 project. Prior to joining Brookfield/Forest City, Kelly served as Project Manager at the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development, working on public-private partnerships, including the Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island project as well as Octavia Boulevard, and as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs under Mayor Edwin M. Lee.


    Heather Rosenberg

    Associate Principal, Arup

    As an ecologist, Ms. Rosenberg takes an integrated systems approach to environmental problem solving on land use, infrastructure and building projects. Working closely with developers such as Lennar, Rancho Mission Viejo, Forest City and Thomas Properties Group, she has led the sustainable design process at the community level. She has conducted lifecycle analyses of buildings and detailed sustainability audits for organizations such as UCSB and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She has expertise in facilitation and mediation, and has taught university level environmental science courses. Ms. Rosenberg serves as Director of Sustainable Community Services at CTG. She has played a key role in the development of the CTG Sustainable Communities Model™ and has helped implement its findings on multiple projects in order to help developers and design teams find the most environmentally preferable and cost-effective approaches to sustainable design. She has managed, and currently is managing the LEED® and sustainability services for dozens of CTG projects. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Permaculture Designer. QUALIFICATIONS o LEED® Accredited Professional o M.S., Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara o B.S., Ecology, The Evergreen State College o B.A., Community Development, The Evergreen State College HIGHLIGHTS OF PROJECT EXPERIENCE (partial list) New Construction o Natural Resources Defense Council, Santa Monica, LEED Platinum o Ford Premier Automotive Group Headquarters, LEED Certified o Santa Monica Main Library, LEED Gold o Santa Monica, Virginia Avenue Park, LEED Silver o Navy Port Hueneme Energy and Sustainability Showcase Building, LEED Gold o Pomona College New Biology Building, LEED Silver o Pitzer College Residential Life Project, pursuing LEED Gold o Uptown Oakland, Design phase, LEED-NC Silver o LA Valley College Health and Science Center, pursuing LEED Gold o LA Southwest College Child Development Center, pursuing LEED Gold o Los Angeles Harbor Branch Library, pursuing LEED Certification Sustainable Communities o City of Santa Monica, Green Building Design Guidelines o UC Santa Barbara, Sustainability Audit o Orange County Great Park - Heritage Fields Master Plan o NBC-Universal Village Sustainability Program o Mesa Del Sol, Design Guidelines o Rancho Mission Viejo Planning Area 1 Design Guideline May 2008


    Thomas Jost

    Principal, Sherwood Design Engineers

    I am a principal at Sherwood Design Engineers, where I co-manage a team of engineers, designers and planners in NY, Atlanta and Houston, providing full service civil engineering for University, corporate campus, park, open space, street, plaza and district scale projects. I design sustainable communities through adaptive infrastructure strategies that solve for climate change, carbon dependence and natural resource scarcity. I have led multiple nationally and internationally recognized projects, including the world famous High Line in New York City; the conversion of Fresh Kills, the world’s largest landfill, into a 2600 acre park; and the reconstruction of the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal which carries 60,000 riders a day through New York harbor and past the Statue of Liberty. After Superstrom Sandy, I worked with the City and State of New York on the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) to integrate coastal protection typologies with community-based urban design strategies in New York City and NY Rising, creating ten New York City community resilience plans. I developed the winning National Disaster Resilience (HUD-CDBG-NDR) Resilient Bridgeport application, one of only thirteen selected nationally, garnering $54 million for the State of Connecticut. I am a visiting Professor at Pratt Institute where I teach a studio on urban resilience and a lecture class on the the economics of sustainability. I have lectured nationally on the topics of urban sustainability, resilience, transit-oriented development (TOD), and urban agriculture at universities and regional conferences including Princeton, Columbia, Yale, NJIT, CUNY, Greenbuild, The Institute for Urban Design, APA and AIA. I am an avid reader, hiker, weekend landscaper and more recently Citibike biker (to work - when I am in town).