University Connections Student Programming at Spring Meeting 2023
Student resource page for everything Spring Meeting 2023.
May 25, 2022
The Graduate Student Fellowship is a two-year program open to graduate students in real estate disciplines. The fellowship starts during the second year of graduate school and continues for another year after the fellows graduate. The hope of the program is that those chosen to be Graduate Student Fellows today will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Emily Goldstein is a second-year Master of City Planning candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in equitable economic development practices that elevate public resources and private investments toward the advancement of more productive and resilient communities. Prior to starting the MCP program at UPenn, she lived and worked in New York City supporting capital planning and streetscape development for a business improvement district in Lower Manhattan.
A born and raised Carolina Tar Heel fan, Emily received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied geography and public policy. In her free time, Emily enjoys biking, exploring new neighborhoods, looking at art, and sometimes attempting to make it.
Dahlia Idris is a first-year master’s candidate in the Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business. At Cornell, Dahlia is an Editor for the Cornell Real Estate Review and the Vice President for the Association of Women in Real Estate (ACWIRE). Prior to Cornell, she worked as a Development Analyst for S P Setia Berhad, managing integrated mixed-use high-rise developments. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Civil Engineering. She also earned her certificate in Real Estate Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2019.
Elizabeth Kuwada is an affordable housing developer with a wide range of experience managing the development and preservation of housing throughout the Bay Area. She is an Associate Director of Real Estate Development with Mercy Housing, the nation’s largest non-profit affordable housing provider. She currently oversees and supports affordable housing and community development within the 50-acre Sunnydale HOPE SF project, the revitalization of San Francisco’s largest public housing community into a mixed-income neighborhood in San Francisco. Before joining Mercy Housing, Elizabeth worked for Eden Housing in Hayward, CA, and Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation in Boston, MA. Prior to her career in affordable housing, Elizabeth worked as an architectural designer. Elizabeth received a Master in City Planning and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT, where she additionally received an Urban Design Certificate, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling near and far, embarking on DIY projects, and spending time outside with her dachshund mix puppy, Ringo.
Originally from East Los Angeles and now based in San Francisco, Esmeralda Jardines joins the Urban Land Institute (ULI) while pursuing the Abbey Master of Real Estate Development + Design (MRED+D) degree at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design (CED), where she previously received a B.A. in Urban Studies, after careers in both Architecture and City Planning.
Esmeralda has joined ULI and is pursuing the Abbey MRED+D because she is interested in the intersection of real estate investment, finance, urban design, and land use law as well as the role that all aforementioned have in the built environment. She is motivated to learn to how to develop and build affordable, equitable, and climate-resilient buildings, neighborhoods, and cities. She hopes to utilize and access the multifaceted networks at ULI; Esmeralda is grateful and feels humbled, honored, and indebted to have been selected as a ULI Chamberlin Graduate Student Fellow. She recognizes that ULI will provide her with the resources needed to meet, expand, and invest in a network of like-minded real estate development professionals that are trying to make a difference, one crisis at a time, with the tools at their disposal, the built environment.
She would like to convey her tremendous gratitude and appreciation to the Urban Land Institute!
Casey Pond is a student in the Abbey Master of Real Estate Development and Design (MRED+D) program in UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.
Prior to joining UC Berkeley’s MRED+D program, Casey worked for the Urban Land Institute San Francisco (ULI SF), allowing her to explore her interest in real estate and passion for sustainable and equitable land use and development. As a Senior Associate, Casey supported the work of ULI SF’s many members, committees, and initiatives, including Housing the Bay, the Young Leaders Group (YLG), and the Sustainability Committee.
Casey received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Business Communications from UC Santa Barbara. She is a Bay Area native, and following the completion of her MRED+D degree Casey will be joining the Prado Group in San Francisco as a Development and Operations Associate.
Ezra McPhail is a motivated, ambitious Master of Business Administration candidate at the University of Colorado – Boulder Leeds School of Business pursuing his passion for Real Estate with an emphasis in Finance. Prior to embarking on his pursuit of an MBA, Ezra worked in the media/advertising industry building and implementing his client’s strategies for their advertising campaigns. During his tenure, Ezra interpreted his client’s campaign goals and translated them into an actionable media placement strategy to accomplish their KPIs. He hopes to leverage the skills and experience gained at CU to pivot into the commercial real estate industry. Currently, Ezra has a full-time internship as an acquisition analyst and asset management analyst at a boutique multifamily investment shop in Denver. In this role, he’s tasked with underwriting multifamily assets nationwide along with preparing deal presentations for the investment committee. He also is tasked with keeping the asset management tracker updated with 12 properties in the recently closed Fund I as well as the new acquisitions in Fund II. Ezra hopes to continue down this path in either acquisitions or asset/portfolio management. In his free time, Ezra can be found adaptive sit-skiing at one of many Colorado ski resorts, backpacking with his dog in Lost Creek Wilderness, or preparing a new dish in the kitchen.
Andrew recently joined the AvalonBay Communities development team in Denver, CO. Prior to starting his full-time role in May 2022, Andrew was an MBA intern with AvalonBay in Summer 2021 and Spring 2022. He also was an MBA intern with PGIM Real Estate in Fall 2021.
Andrew is a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business MBA Program, Class of 2022. He is passionate about real estate development and investment where he hopes to deliver projects that define the urban skylines that have always inspired him and enhance the community as great housing and work environments. Andrew completed the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate program and received first place awards in the 2021 UT Austin National Real Estate Challenge and the 2021 UC Berkeley/UCLA Real Estate Joint Venture Negotiation Challenge.
Prior to graduate school, Andrew was a Captain and infantry officer with the United States Marine Corps, where he led teams in dynamic and uncertain conditions in a variety of assignments, including overseas duty in Australia, Europe, and Africa. He also worked in construction project management with a general contractor in Washington, DC. Andrew received his undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Although a Northern Virginia native, Andrew grew up living around the world, including six overseas countries. He now lives in Denver, CO with his wife, daughter, and dachshund – Makena, Chloe, and Bernie.
Diljot is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley with a Masters in Real Estate Development and Design (MRED+D).
Prior to joining UC Berkeley’s MRED+D program, Diljot worked with WS Atkins- a multinational architecture and engineering firm- where she handled responsibilities in Engineering, Project Management, Operations & Strategy, and Information Management.
With a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering, she managed infrastructure projects in the UK and Denmark. Her interest in urban sustainability and creating an impactful built environment led her to transition to real estate development.
She is a member of ULI San Francisco’s Young Leaders Group and is a ULI Chamberlin Graduate Student Fellow. She is thrilled to have received the opportunity to join ULI and looks forward to connecting with other ULI members. In her free time, Diljot enjoys traveling, baking, and creating digital illustrations.
Nell Selander, deputy director for the city’s Economic and Community Development Department and the outgoing chair of Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance (SVEDA), agrees the “INDUSTRIAL CITY” moniker now on the sign does not completely describe the city anymore.
“Biotech is booming in South San Francisco,” she says. “We have seven million square feet of new R&D space in the pipeline, all east of 101, that is really driving the economy here.”
The sign won’t actually change, of course, because it’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, says Selander, the city is finally about to acquire the 20-acre Sign Hill from its private owner. But down at ground level, there’s growth everywhere you look.
“It’s such a hot market right now,” says Selander. “In addition to the expansion of life sciences companies, there are five new hotels and hundreds of residential units under construction, and the industrial vacancy rate is below one percent.”
Katherine Selch is a native of Pennsylvania with a background in corporate retail real estate. She attended Cornell University’s Baker Program in Real Estate, a two-year specialty graduate program, and graduated in 2022. During her time at Cornell, Katherine focused on impact development and investment, affordable housing, and sustainability. While in grad school, she interned with the affordable developer Pennrose and worked in research and consulting for HR&A Advisors and Simpson Impact Strategy. Following graduation, she joined Citi in their Community Capital group as an AVP focused on affordable housing. She remains active with ULI as a member of the Placemaking Council and serves on the national YLG Steering Committee.
Julia Verbrugge is a 2022 graduate of the Master of City Planning program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. She focused her studies on equity-centered urban development, economic justice, and design. While at Penn, she conducted research for the Housing Initiative at Penn, interned in Real Estate Services at PIDC, and worked for Equitable Cities Consulting.
Julia came to Penn from San Francisco, where she worked in real estate and urban development at Google. Prior to that, she graduated with a BA in Economics and Urban Studies from Brown University. This summer she will be joining Jamestown full-time as a Senior Associate in New York City.
Amber is a 2022 MBA graduate from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2014 with a BBA in marketing and management. Amber started her career with the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Team in their marketing department and spent six years with the organization. Working for a professional sports team was an incredible experience, but she grew an increasing interest in the real estate industry and a strong passion for sustainability over the years. She went back to school to make that dream a reality.
Amber strives to create a fulfilling career in commercial real estate and one day hopes to manage an ESG fund or portfolio. She knows her strong work ethic, knack for building relationships, and problem-solving skills will make her a positive addition to the industry. Throughout her time in the MBA program, Amber served as the President of the Graduate Real Estate Association, the VP/Treasurer on the MBAA board, and is an Urban Land Institute Graduate Student Etkin Fellow. In 2021 she interned with a Colorado multifamily/mixed-use developer. This summer, Amber will be starting full-time with RCLCO Fund Advisors as an Investment Associate. Amber loves spending her free time with her dog (Cooper), hiking and snowboarding in the mountains, and searching for the best cookie skillet in the Rockies.
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