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2021 Jury Roster
ALEX J. ROSE
Senior Vice President, Development
Continental Development Corporation
El Segundo, California
Alex J. Rose serves as Senior Vice President for Continental Development Corporation in El Segundo, California. He is responsible for leading all development, acquisition, disposition and redevelopment activities for the suburban office/medical/R&D park developer, whose holdings cover nearly 5 million square feet in Southern California’s Los Angeles County South Bay and City of San Francisco markets.
Over the past thirty years, Rose has overseen the development and acquisition of over 4 million square feet of Class A office, medical, recreation and retail space and the redevelopment of over 3 million square feet of single-tenant R&D facilities into multi-tenant general and medical office space, restaurants, retail, entertainment and education uses, collectively totaling several hundred projects and nearly $3 billion in real estate development activity. Previous company responsibilities have also included planning and execution of all tenant improvement, core and shell renovation and new construction work; major facilities maintenance and upgrades; project budgeting and cost controls; internal project management; architect, engineer and contractor management; asset and property management. Rose also has extensive experience in title insurance and is a licensed California attorney, with experience in general civil and bankruptcy litigation practices.
He is an Urban Land Institute Trustee and Foundation Governor, has served as Chair of ULI’s Los Angeles District Council Executive Committee, Chair of ULI’s Commercial and Retail Development Council and numerous other national and local leadership positions. Rose has chaired and served on over 40 national and local ULI Advisory Service assignments focusing on downtown and transit corridor redevelopment, revitalization and strategies as well as office and mixed use development issues.
Rose serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of AltaSea, a public-private venture developing a marine industry, science and education campus at the Port of Los Angeles, on the Advisory Board of The Bay Club, a multi-campus, premier active lifestyle and hospitality company, on the Board of Business Advisors of Tideline Partners, a San Diego-based small scale, infill development firm, and in various leadership positions in numerous other non-profit, civic, community and academic organizations. Rose regularly mentors numerous students and young professionals through formal mentoring programs organized through ULI as well as UCLA and USC undergraduate/graduate programs in business and real estate.
Rose received his MBA from the University of Southern California, his JD from Southwestern University School of Law and BA, Political Science from UCLA.
San Francisco, California
Ben Tranel is an architect focused on the transformational power of design—how the built environment communicates values and shapes our experience, every day. His creative process is centered around listening and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Over his 14 years in Gensler’s San Francisco office, Ben has grown the firm’s practice, refined its working methods, and strengthened its relationships, both locally and abroad. His portfolio spans mixed use, residential, office, hospitality, civic, and cultural projects. Highlights include the 632-meter Shanghai Tower, the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, multiple developments in the Bay Area, and the recently completed headquarters building for Alexandria Real Estate in Pasadena, CA.
Ben is sought out for his ability to connect divergent viewpoints and align to competing agendas—be they aesthetic, commercial, societal, or financial. He’s an effective, empathetic leader and a master of his craft. He’s an expert at helping clients address needs they may not have even articulated on their own. The ninth of ten children in a big Montana ranch family, Ben understands, deeply, the power of hard work and the mechanics of consensus. Twice Ben has been granted “40 Under 40” awards, and he’s led his teams to many design honors, granted by organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Architect Magazine, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habit, World Architecture News, and Engineering News Record. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Washington University, in St. Louis, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
Corporate, Commercial and Civil Practice Leader, Senior Associate
Charlotte, North Carolina
I am a Florida native where I obtained my Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida, and I have over 17 years of Award Winning architecture experience in addition to a construction background. My studies focused on Design Tactics, Coastal Urbanization research, Florida Vernacular and Mid Century Modern research, Pacific/Asia region research alongside of Graduate Teaching. I have found while working as both a licensed contractor in the construction field and as well with industry leading architects that great design is a result of a rigorous understanding of the client values, context, program, and broader questioning of the situation at hand. Research, analysis, and problem solving is the prerequisite for viable design solutions and meaningful place making.
While working with Perkins&Will in Miami, my experience spanned mixed-use, office/retail, multifamily, educational facilities, and healthcare. At Architects Design Group, my focus was on Design Excellence for public sector clients that included police, fire, judicial, city government, transportation, emergency operations, and public safety architecture. As a Design Director at LITTLE, we pursued a multitude of project types for the Charlotte Workplace Studio, Orlando region, and China projects including Corporate HQ’s, Mixed Use Office, Speculative Office, Master Planning, Medical, and Community Projects.
Although personal travel has exposed me to different cultures and places, I have found great pleasure in exploring and understanding the southeast region which has led me to Gensler – Charlotte. We pursue a multitude of project types including Corporate HQ’s, Mixed Use, Hospitality, Speculative Office, and other base Building typologies. My role as Design Director of the Workplace studio is to Foster a Culture of Design Innovation. Our holistic process of Vision, Discover, and Create allows us to uncover opportunities at all phases. This passion for the Culture of Design, being a Visible Expert, and Thinking Beyond has presented the humbling and exciting opportunity to now serve as the Corporate, Commercial, and Civic Practice and Design Leader for Perkins&Will NC.
RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture
Doug Craig has over 35 years of experience in Landscape Architecture and Planning and over his career has been involved in a variety of public and private sector project types. His work has taken him throughout the Western United States as well as overseas. Internationally his MENA experience includes work in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Eritrea, and Libya. Other international locations include Turkey, China, Mexico, Panama, and Haiti. His diverse background includes Master Planned Communities, mixed-use development, corporate campuses, higher education and healthcare. He is experienced in the branding and theming of master planned communities and has an excellent grasp of plant materials composition, construction materials and techniques and is an expert at meeting the challenges of designing for regional climates.
Climate Adaptation Partners
New York City, New York
Dr. Janice Barnes is the founding partner of Climate Adaptation Partners, a NYC-based woman-owned business focused on planning, advocacy, and partnership-building for climate adaptation. As practitioner and researcher, Janice works with public and private clients to identify their risks and vulnerabilities and to meet their resilience goals. With over 30 years of experience, technical training in architecture and organizational behavior, she helps organizations to critically evaluate their possible adaptation pathways given current and expected exposures and link these to appropriate design and financing or funding options. Internationally recognized for this expertise, Janice links environmental, social and economic indicators to advance resilience principles and connect knowledge across communities.
Recent work includes the Resilient by Design Amsterdam where she focused on heat and health impacts, the Charleston Medical District Resilient Health District, New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency Climate Adaptation Roadmap, the City of Hampton Newmarket Creek Resilience Plan which leverages Environmental Impact Bond funding to capitalize resilience projects and ClimateReadyDC, a globally-recognized climate adaptation plan. She’s a member of the New York Panel on Climate Change, the American Geophysical Union Partnership Task Force, a lead author for the upcoming UCCRN ARC 3.3 as related to climate change, cities and COVID19, and a member of the Carolinas Heat Health Coalition. She’s also advisor to the USGBC RELi Steering Committee, co-chair of the American Institute of Architects National Resilience Advisory Group, and member of the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER). Prior to starting CAP, Janice led the global resilience lab for Perkins+Will, working with 24 offices across multiple countries to advance resilience in concert with in-country initiatives.
Janice has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, a M.S.in Architecture from the University of Michigan, a M. Arch from Tulane University, a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, and a certificate in Municipal Finance from the University of Chicago. She values bringing teams’ collective contributions together in order to broaden transdisciplinary practices. Her message settles on a shared truth about the responsibilities to act on climate change as its implications are increasingly understood: #WeCantUnknowThis.
President and CEO
Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jane Jenkins has served as the President and CEO of Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership since March of 2009. Jane came to DOKC after serving in a similar capacity in Boulder, Colorado for nine years.
With over 35 years of experience in downtown revitalization and management, Jane is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on urban issues. She is a former Chairman for the International Downtown Association Board of Directors and has served on numerous local and national boards throughout her career. An experienced speaker and trainer, she has worked as a panelist and team member for the American Institute of Architects, the International Downtown Association, the National Main Street Center and the Urban Land Institute. In 2014, Jane earned accreditation from the Congress for New Urbanism and she was recently named a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Place Management in Manchester, England.
As President of DOKC Partnership, she has primary responsibility for the oversight of the Downtown Oklahoma City Business Improvement District. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University North Texas in Denton, where she served as president of Pi Alpha Alpha, the MPA honor society.
A former high school educator, Jane was teacher of the year at Union High School in Tulsa in 1984.
Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Tampa Housing Authority
Leroy Moore has worked in the real estate development arena since 1984 and currently holds the position of Senior Vice-President/Chief Operating Officer with the Housing Authority of the City of Tampa. In this position Mr. Moore oversees all aspects of the Authority’s Office of Operations and Real Estate Development including high profile projects such as Choice Neighborhoods, HOPE VI Redevelopments, long range capital planning, leading massive mixed-use redevelopment projects such as Encore Tampa and West River, as well as strategic business planning and corporate vision management.
Prior to joining Tampa Housing Authority in May 1998, Mr. Moore operated his own consulting firm providing national training and professional organizational management and analysis to Public and Indian Housing Authorities throughout the United States. He has held Director level positions in a number of housing authorities including Memphis, Peoria, Oakland, and Atlanta; and in 1995 was selected to provide professional services to the Court appointed Receiver for the District of Columbia Housing Authority in Washington DC under contract with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is regularly called on to give speeches and presentations at local and national conferences and industry meetings.
Mr. Moore and his wife of 16 years, Remi, reside north of Tampa Florida in Lutz, are active members of Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church, and they both remain very active both in professional organizations nationwide and community causes throughout the Tampa Bay community.
MARILYNN A. DAVIS
Chief Real Estate Officer
Clark Atlanta University
Marilynn Davis is currently Chief Real Estate Officer at Clark Atlanta University. In this position, she is charged with leading the optimization of the University’s real estate portfolio, focusing on the commercial development of its 50+ acres of underutilized off-campus assets so as to generate accretive, long-term revenues to the University and help position CAU to meet the challenges of higher education in the 21st century.
Marilynn’s career has placed her in leadership positions along a range of industry platforms, most recently addressing the dynamics of cities and their impact on the built environment. Among these have been Managing Director of the New York office of IMC Octave, a real estate development subsidiary of industrial conglomerate IMC Pan-Asia Alliance; Chief Executive Officer at landscape architecture firm, Martha Schwartz Partners; and Assistant Secretary of Administration at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, nominated by President Clinton, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Earlier in her career, Marilynn worked in finance in global business, including FleetBoston Financial Corporation (now a part of Bank of America), American Express Corporation and General Motors Corporation.
Marilynn has served on several boards or in advisory roles related to the arts, architecture and cities, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Skyscraper Museum (NYC), Open House New York, the NY/NJ Regional Planning Association’s Community Planning and Development Committee and the World Policy Institute’s Emerging Cities Project. She is a member of the University Development and Innovation Council of the Urban Land Institute. She was selected as a Fellow of the David Rockefeller Program of the New York City Partnership, and was later recruited to serve on its Advisory Committee. Her for-profit board experience was at Loop!, a telecommunications affiliate of Covad Communications, based in Barcelona, Spain.
Marilynn earned her B.A. from Smith College, Masters degrees in economics from both the University of Michigan and Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Chief Executive Officer
MCP Foundation, INC.
Working to build a better, more beautiful and enduring world.
As Chief Executive Officer | Mission Maker at the MCP Foundation, I lead the Midtown Connector Transportation Improvement Project (MCTIP), a unique public-private partnership with a vision to restore the transportation network and create a park and greenspace while responsibly tackling environmental and equity issues in our community. The MCTIP will combine vertically integrated transportation solutions with public gathering spaces, enhanced roads and connectivity, improved mobility in Midtown – transforming life in Atlanta and beyond for generations to come. For five years prior to the MCTIP I served as Atlanta BeltLine President and CEO, leading the most comprehensive urban revitalization effort in the history of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging redevelopment projects in the United States. During that tenure, I focused on forging non-traditional partnerships among public, private and non-profit organizations at the local, regional and national levels to stimulate more than $4.8 billion in public investment over 20 years which has already catalyzed more than $5 billion in direct private redevelopment. Prior to my tenure in Atlanta, I served as Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), leading 900 employees and an $800 million annual budget for NCDOT’s five multi-modal transportation divisions along with the department’s sustainability blueprint and public-private partnership initiatives.
I gained more than 25 years prior experience in private sector planning and development through previous roles with consulting, investment and advisory services to public and private sector clients across North America and around the globe.
At Cherokee Investment Partners, I directed sustainable investment policies, programs, and partnerships for institutional and corporate investors of a $2.5 billion real estate portfolio across North America and Western Europe. At Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. (PB), I served as executive vice president and global director of strategic consulting and sustainability. At McKeever/Morris, Inc. (acquired by Parsons Brinckerhoff), I oversaw a diverse array of environmental preservation, public policy and sustainable development initiatives for corporate, institutional, non-profit, and government clients across the United States, Canada and Japan.
My work has received numerous citations, honors and awards including induction into Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Fellow of Rotary International and the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the US Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General’s Medal of Excellence. I have also provided pro bono and community service to more than 40 organizations from local to state and federal levels, including serving on the Vice President’s Council on Sustainable Development. I have taught at the university level and lectured widely, addressing more than 600 conferences and symposia – including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Congressional Black Caucus, National Design Forum of Israel and Royal Institute of British Architects. I have been featured in more than 150 publications on topics ranging from community revitalization, public-private partnerships, and land use + transportation connections to public health, active living, brownfield redevelopment, and civic monuments & memorials. I studied at the University of Oregon and Harvard University and hold membership in several professional organizations, including the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Society of Landscape Architects, where in 2003 I served as national president.
Executive Vice President
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Rosemary Feenan joined QuadReal as Executive Vice President, Research in May 2018. Her focus is on strategic research and analysis in support of QuadReal’s international investment objectives.
She was formerly Director of Global Research Programmes at JLL, concentrating on urbanisation, changes in city competitiveness and the impact of technological advances on real estate. She previously held a Board position at Chesterton International and a senior position at CACI Limited. In her early career she worked as a town planner and as a retail analyst. A frequent speaker at international conferences, Rosemary is also a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a Fellow of the Society of Property Researchers. She has also served on a number of international advisory councils including the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Cities and Urbanisation’ Council
Rosemary holds a Master’s in Environmental Planning from Nottingham University.
Watumull Properties Corp.
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Born and raised in Hawaii Mr. JD Watumull commenced his business career in the family business of Watumull Brothers, Ltd. JD’s line of business transitioned from a clothing buyer for the chain of retail locations, into a multi-faceted apparel wholesale distribution business and real estate investment firm. His family business recently celebrated 100 years of being in business in Hawaii. Mr. Watumull earned his Bachelors of Science in Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder. JD oversees a portfolio of properties with Watumull Properties Corp. with locations in Hawaii, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. JD is also responsible for the asset management and acquisition of commercial properties and has been doing so for over 30 years. Mr. JD Watumull has been a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Watumull is also a board member of the Queen’s Health System, Manoa Valley Theatre, as well as, World / Young Presidents Organization.
Laguna Beach, California
A Principal in SWA Group’s Laguna Beach studio, Xiao Zheng has more than 18 years of diverse urban design and landscape design experience, providing a sophisticated perspective on developing holistic planning and design solutions. Her work explores comprehensive land-based solutions that integrate resilient environmental systems with urban development. Xiao believes landscape architects play a vital role in shaping great contemporary cities, and she has great interest in urban landscape infrastructure, urban infill development, placemaking, and the harmonious integration of landscape and architecture. Her experience spans a variety of scales, including large-scale city planning, urban design and riverfront park systems to urban mixed-use development, residential and hospitality projects. This depth of experiences informs a comprehensive understanding from early planning phases through construction — from inception through realization. Xiao has a keen eye for details, knows what it takes to build a successful project, and brings robust knowledge of innovative materials and construction methodologies. Xiao and her teams have won multiple design competitions as well as national and international awards, including honors from ULI, ASLA, WAN, WFC and Rosa Barba Prize. Xiao received her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and both her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from the South China University of Technology.