Members of the Jury represent a range of expertise in real estate and land use, including finance, investment, planning, development, design, public affairs, and professional services, et al. Jury members typically serve a three-year term.
2022 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development Jury
Chairman, Green Courte Partners
Chicago, IL, USA
Randy Rowe is Chairman of Green Courte Partners, LLC (“GCP”), a private equity real estate investment firm focused on niche real estate strategies. GCP currently has three active niche strategies: 1) near airport parking (“The Parking Spot”); 2) manufactured housing communities; and 3) active adult/independent living properties. Previously Mr. Rowe was a co-founder and Chairman of Transwestern Investment Company, LLC and Chairman and Director of Transwestern Commercial Services, LLC. Mr. Rowe was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hometown America, LLC, a large owner of manufactured housing communities. Mr. Rowe is a Trustee and former Global Chairman of the Urban Land Institute, an Emeritus Trustee of the Steppenwolf Theatre, and a member and former Chairman of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Rowe holds a BA from Denison University, an MBA from Harvard University and a JD from the University of Michigan.
CEO, Federal City Council
Washington, DC, USA
Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities facing the District. He is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington D.C. during his two terms as Mayor, restoring the finances of our nation’s capital, and improving the performance of government agencies, all while lowering taxes and investing in infrastructure and human services. In addition to his duties with the Federal City Council, Mayor Williams is a Senior Advisor to King and Spaulding, LLP. He serves on several company boards as well as the boards of Urban Institute and the National Geographic Society. Prior to Federal City Council, he led the Global Government Practice at the Corporate Executive Board in Arlington, Virginia. He also taught public finance and urban leadership as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government while coordinating programs for the Municipal Innovation Program at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District from 1995 to 1998, working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. Before his service in local Washington, Tony worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He holds a BA from Yale, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, as well as several awards and honorary degrees, including Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year in 1997. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former President of the National League of Cities.
Vice Chairman, HR&A Advisors
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Candace is Vice Chairman of HR&A Advisors, Inc. She has over 35 years of experience in the management of complex, public-private real estate and economic development activity in cities across North America. Her specific areas of expertise include supporting master planning efforts for large-scale revitalizations, ensuring the long-term viability of urban open space, leading organizational planning for non-profits and institutions, addressing the financial challenges of making commercial and multifamily residential buildings energy efficient, and providing strategic direction for downtown and waterfront redevelopment. She points with particular pride to the design of what remains the country’s largest and most successful effort to invest in energy efficiency in affordable housing – New York State’s Affordable Multifamily Program, which ultimately provided a mix of technical assistance and investment capital to 100,000 units across the state – and to a host of new and revitalized urban parks that operate on a financially sustainable basis because of her and her colleagues’ work, including Charlotte’s Romare Bearden Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and (soon) Seattle’s Central Waterfront.
She has served on multiple nonprofit boards over her career, including the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, where she revamped and revitalized New York City’s largest street fair and led efforts to strengthen the street as a walkable neighborhood retail corridor. Other board affiliations have included the Urban Green Council and New Yorkers for Parks. She currently serves as a board member of the City Parks Alliance, the country’s only national advocacy organization for urban parks, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Placemaking Council.
Candace is an Amherst College and Harvard Law School graduate. She works out of HR&A’s NYC office while living in Vermont with her husband, son, and dog.
Chief Executive Officer, East West Partners
Denver, CO, USA
As CEO, Chris works with a team of dedicated developers across the country. East West Partners is pioneering new communities in Charleston, Denver, Snowmass, Deer Valley and Kauai. The goal of East West is simple, Create Terrific Places. Chris is president of the board of the Civic Center Conservancy, Chair of the ULI Spring Meeting, and chair of the 5280 Loop Committee at the Downtown Denver Partnership. He is lucky enough to have a rock star wife, three amazing children, and gorgeous Golden Retriever named Momo.
Washington, DC, USA
Diane is one of two Gensler co-CEOs whose collaborative leadership is fundamental to setting the company apart as a leading design firm. For her innovative leadership, Diane, along with Co-CEO Andy Cohen, ranks on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, a who’s who of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries. As a hands-on leader, Diane oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, with some 6,000 people networked across 50 offices, serving clients in more than 120 countries. Diane is focused on Gensler’s global talent strategies, performance, and organizational development to ensure that we serve our clients with the world’s top talent. She is Board Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors and the catalyst for Gensler’s Research program, for which Diane is committed to delivering value to clients through strategies and innovations like Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index® (WPI). A registered architect, she graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Diane received an Outstanding Impact Award from the Council of Real Estate Women and is both a Regent of the American Architectural Foundation and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Her insights have appeared in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, and The Economist; and she was a featured speaker at Bloomberg Businessweek’s CEO Conference. In her role, Diane serves as a key contributor to what is acknowledged, by its peers, as the most admired and largest architecture firm in the world, pioneering project types and design innovation strategies for the next century and acknowledged by Fast Company as one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies.”
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