M. Leanne Lachman, Chair
Executive in Residence
Columbia Business School
M. Leanne Lachman is president of Lachman Associates LLC, an independent real estate consultancy and an Executive-in-Residence at Columbia Business School. Previously, Ms. Lachman spent four years as managing director of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, a global institutional investment manager. Prior to that, she was a partner of Schroder Real Estate Associates, a boutique real estate manager. Her early career was with Real Estate Research Corporation, where she served as chief executive officer.
Lachman is a frequent speaker and her publications include “Global Demographics 2009: Shaping Real Estate’s Future,” and “Generation Y: America’s New Housing Wave” (2011). Ms. Lachman has published articlesin Pension World, Real Estate Review, Journal of Housing, Growth and Change, NationCities, Assessment Digest, Mortgage Banker, Urban Land, National Real Estate InReal Estate Today, Governmental Finance, Real Estate Forum and Investment Policy.
Lachman is on the boards of Lincoln National Corporation, LincolnLife & Annuity Company of New York and Liberty Property Trust. She is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a governor of the Urban Land Foundation. Ms. Lachman is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry and The World Who’s Who of Women.
Lachman received her bachelor of arts degree in 1964 from the University of Southern California and was awarded her master of arts degree in 1966 from Claremont Graduate University.
Aevitas Property Partners
Glenn Aaronson is the Managing Partner of Aevitas Property Partners where he has been since 2012. Aaronson (1957) became CEO of Multi Corporation in June 2007, leaving his previous position as Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Real Estate, where he headed European asset management and was directly responsible for Morgan Stanley’s investment in Multi Corporation. After Glenn successfully completed the restructuring of Multi’s pan-European development and management businesses, he stepped down in September 2011. He has continued on as the chairman of Turkey’s largest owner/operator of retail shopping centres, the Forum Turkiye Fund, owned by Multi Investment and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.
From 1998-2001 Aaronson completed the re-focusing of Credit Suisse First Boston’s real estate operations in Europe, overseeing the disposition of $2.0 billion portfolio of earlier investments. Aaronson started his professional real estate career in 1978 acquiring and operating multifamily residential throughout the southeast U.S. He also spent a number of years working for the U.S. government in their effort to address the distressed real estate loans generated by the domestic savings and loan crisis in the early 1990’s.
William Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP
Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Bill Bonstra is the founder and managing partner of Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS. After distinguishing himself at several notable Washington firms, he founded the firm in 2000 and has designed prominent and award-winning landmarks such as the American Chemical Society Headquarters, Solo Piazza,The Tapies Condominium, Villaggio Condominium, Q14 Condominium, and The Studio Theatre, among others. These projects contribute contemporary design to the traditional architecture of the nation’s capital. Mr. Bonstra’s design and preservation work and its influence on the character of Washington’s downtown was recognized by the American Institute of Architects in his investiture to the College of Fellows.
His work has also been recognized further by the American Institute of Architects and other leading industry groups for exemplary design and project implementation. He and his work have been featured in Residential Architect, the Washington Post, ArchitectureDC, The AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, DC-Sixth Edition, and in the Second Edition of James Goode’s Best Addresses. Internationally, his work has been published in well-known design magazines such as BRAVACASA, Aspekti and Idealen Dom. Mr. Bonstra is a recognized expert in the areas of adaptive reuse, historic preservation, contemporary design, and zoning and building code analysis. As a mentor to young architects he frequently participates in lectures and juries at leading institutions such as The University of Maryland, The Catholic University of America, and Virginia Tech Alexandria Center.
Chairman and CEO
Mike Covarrubias is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TMG Partners. Mr. Covarrubias chairs TMG’s Investment Committee, oversees all of the company’s operations and has directed the company since 1995. His professional background includes 17 years with Union Bank, including commercial and real estate lending as well as administrative management. In his last position, he served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Union Bank’s Silicon Valley Regional Real Estate Center. Mr. Covarrubias is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Mike Covarrubias has been an active member of the Urban Land Institute for 21 years. He serves on the local San Francisco District Council advisory board and participates at many ULIsf events including YLG’s Learn From the Best and ULIsf’s Emerging Trends conference.
David Dixon, FAIA
David Dixon is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and leads Stantec’s new Urban Group. His work has won national awards from the American Institute of Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, International Downtown Association, Society for College and University Planning, and American Society of Landscape Architects.
In 2007 David was honored with the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture for “a lifetime of … significant achievement in [creating]… livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces, and vital downtowns…” Residential Architecture Magazine named David as the recipient of their 2012 Hall of Fame award as “the person we call when we have a question about cities.” He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Global Awards jury. Before joining Stantec, David founded and led Goody Clancy’s planning and urban design practice, which was one of the first recipients of the American Planning Association’s Excellence in Planning Award to a Firm.
David writes and speaks frequently about the opportunities and challenges facing America’s rapidly changing cities and suburbs. The second edition of Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities, which David coauthored with Lance J. Brown FAIA, will be published by Wiley in Spring, 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Urban Design from Harvard University.
Dr. Sujata S. Govada, AIA, AICP, HKIP, HKIUD, CoA, LEED AP
Founding and Managing Director
Dr. Sujata S. Govada is an award-winning urban designer, certified town planner and registered architect with over 30 years of international experience. Dr. Govada is the Founding and Managing director of UDP International, an independent urban design & planning firm based in Hong Kong since 1994. She has been extensively involved in transit-oriented development, urban regeneration, harborfront planning, affordable housing and several master planning, urban design & planning projects in the region. Some of her award-winning projects include the Central Harbourfront masterplan, Harbourfront Connectivity Study for Hong Kong, Graham Street Alternative Proposal for Urban Regeneration. Dr. Govada also spends her time spreading awareness of sustainability & urban design excellence, teaching, research and creating new opportunities with industry organizations such as ULI, HKIUD, APA, AIA, etc. She was Project Lead & Report Author for two well-received ULI urban research studies conducted in Hong Kong (regarding integrated largescale developments) and Metro Manila (regarding sustainable urban integration), respectively. Recently, Dr. Govada has been appointed as a Global Trustee for ULI, and HKIUD representative for the Harbourfront Commission of Hong Kong. She has also been elected Vice President of the American Institute of Architecture Hong Kong Chapter.
Vice President, Planning and Design
Tetra Tech, Inc.
Jason Hellendrung, ASLA is a Vice President and Director of Planning at Tetra Tech. In this role he directs landscape architecture, planning, and urban design work on a wide range of (complex) urban, public infrastructure projects.
Mr. Hellendrung maintains a special interesting and practice in the evolution and transformation of cities through infrastructure improvements, including the redevelopment of urban waterfronts and the integration of transit. His past projects include the HUD Rebuild by Design project for the Jersey Shore, developing 8 community reconstruction plans for NY rising, redevelopment of the Allegheny Riverfront in Pittsburg, and development of Shelby County’s application to HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. Mr. Hellendrung served as Managing Principal of the Cedar Rapids River Corridor Redevelopment Plan and implementation of several design projects developed to guide the city’s recovery from their historic flood in June 2008 He was also the project manager of the urban design and landscape architecture for the Healthline BRT and transformation of Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.
He is responsible for project management, coordination with clients including multi-stakeholder teams, and leading and facilitating public participation.
Jeff Kingsbury is managing principal of Greenstreet Ltd., an Indianapolis-based real estate development, brokerage and consulting firm focused on leveraging anchor institutions as catalysts for community redevelopment. Jeff’s experience includes over twenty years in the planning and development of thirty urban, suburban, rural and resort communities throughout the United States, encompassing over 35,000 acres. He has been a principal in the development and disposition of over $350 million in real estate, and consulted on planning, economic development and regulatory issues for private sector clients as well as cities, counties and non-profits in sixteen states. Jeff has been a senior advisor to Cherokee, the leading private equity firm investing capital and expertise in brownfield redevelopment, with more than $2 billion under management.
His experience goes beyond planning to investment and execution, with a project portfolio that includes the leading redevelopment models in the nation: the 4,700-acre redevelopment of Denver’s Stapleton International Airport, the nation’s largest urban redevelopment project; Belmar, a 103-acre regional mall redevelopment in Lakewood, Colorado; Lowry, an 1,866-acre redevelopment of the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver; and Homan Square, a 55-acre redevelopment of the former Sears, Roebuck and Co. world headquarters in Chicago.
Jeff holds degrees in urban planning and development and environmental design from the College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, where he has served as Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning. Active in education and community affairs, he has served on the governing boards of Ball State University; the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities; and the Golden Apple Foundation in Chicago. A teacher and frequent speaker, he is a co-author of the book Developing Sustainable Planned Communities, published by ULI in 2007.
In addition to serving on the Global Awards for Excellence Jury and ULI’s Advisory Services Program, Jeff is the founding Chair of the Redevelopment and Reuse Council and former Chair of the Sustainable Development Council. He also serves on the Advisory Group on Climate Change, Land Use and Energy and is the Vice Chair of Mission Advancement for ULI Indiana.
Executive Vice President
Ms. McCann has worked for more than 35 years to enhance the quality of cities and communities around the globe. In the past 28 years while at AECOM, she has held both practice and management executive roles at regional and global levels. Originally from Sydney where she worked on large scale urban regeneration projects including the Sydney Olympics, Ms. McCann has continued to work on complex urban development projects including Mission Bay in San Francisco, Nova Luz in Sao Paulo, Bonifacio Global City in Manila, and the Los Angeles Waterfront.
Ms. McCann has served in various capacities with the ULI including the National Program Committee, the Global Awards for Excellence Jury, and as a ULI Daniel Rose Fellow. She is a currently a member of the Recreation Development Council. Ms. McCann’s professional appointments include President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), the San Francisco Bay Conservation Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board, and the University of New South Wales Faculty of the Built Environment Advisory Board. Ms. McCann was honored in 2014 by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 100 most influential business women in the Bay Area.
Trini Rodriguez, AICP, RLA
Parker Rodriguez, Inc.
Trini Rodriguez is a Founding Partner, Principal and President of Parker Rodriguez, an urban design, landscape architecture, and planning firm located in the Washington Metropolitan area. She previously served as the head of design for the nationally renowned planning firm HOH Associates, Inc.
Ms. Rodriguez holds degrees in Architecture from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Masters of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and recently participated in several ULI Advisory Panel including one in Frankfurt and Offenbach, Germany and one in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. She has also been a member of the Global awards Jury for ULI. She is a LEED accredited professional, a Professional Landscape Architect, Certified Planner and Architect with a variety of project experience ranging from building design to small- and large-scale urban design, landscape architecture and master planning projects.
Ms. Rodriguez has managed and designed an extensive variety of projects with differing scales, scopes and complexities throughout the United States and abroad. She has interdisciplinary expertise that has served a broad spectrum of public agencies, institutions, private developers and corporations. Ms. Rodriguez has been a lead landscape architect and planner for the design of scores of urban infill mixeduse developments, numerous award-winning Greenfield PUD’s, as well as new towns throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region and across the country.