University Connections at Fall Meeting 2023
Student Resource Page for ULI's Fall Meeting in Los Angeles
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.
Mading Jackson is a second-year MBA candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, he is actively involved with the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and real estate-related programming as Co-President of the Berkeley Real Estate Club. Prior to entering the MBA program at UC Berkeley, Mading worked on the Investments team at Oxford Properties Group in New York City where he played an integral role in the underwriting, due diligence, and execution of private equity and credit investment transactions.
This summer, Mading is interning on the Development team at The Related Companies in San Francisco. He is looking forward to working as a real estate developer where he can get hands-on experience working on a wide variety of development projects and wearing many different hats. It is through these experiences that he wants to learn how to invest in the responsible revitalization that drives economic lifeblood into urban communities long overlooked by traditional investors. In the long run, Mading would like to use real estate as a tool to bridge societal gaps and provide necessary stability to those that have experienced the unsettling pain of displacement, through projects that are both commercially viable and socially beneficial.
Mading holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Hang Nguyen serves as an Assistant Project Manager at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). Her primary focus lies in the rehabilitation of TNDC’s historical properties within their portfolio to safeguard and maintain affordable housing units in San Francisco. Prior to her tenure with TNDC, Hang Nguyen played a crucial role in launching the Keys to Equity program at Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services. This initiative aimed to support homeowners in the Oakland area by facilitating the construction of new accessory dwelling units in their backyards. Hang Nguyen’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Revati Rajwade is a student at the Master of Real Estate Development and Design (MRED+D) program at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. She received her undergraduate degree in architecture from India. After several years of work experience in the architecture and real
estate industry in India, Revati joined the MRED+D program to augment her skillset and gain a holistic understanding of real estate development and its financial aspects. She has managed a diverse portfolio of residential, commercial, mixed-use, and healthcare projects, prior to moving to the Bay Area.
Post MRED+D, Revati aims to enhance functionality, sustainability and ensure equitable development. Through her work solutions, she wants to break the industry belief that design sensitivity and financial feasibility cannot be achieved together. At this time of crisis, when the world is at the cusp of a change, she is thrilled to be an esteemed fellow of a prestigious organization that has the power to be heard, a mechanism to positively influence policies, and the willingness to bring about a change.
Jamie Saunders is an MBA Candidate at Colorado University’s Leeds School of Business, with dual emphases in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship. At CU, Jamie sits on the board of directors for the Graduate Real Estate Association as the VP of Events and Community Engagement. She is interested in studying what makes certain assets and communities more resilient, in hopes of applying those features to future developments. Prior to CU, Jamie worked as an architectural designer, specializing in multifamily and K-12 education facilities. She is honored to join the rest of the ULI Graduate Fellows and is thankful to Bruce Etkin and the team at ULI Americas for their support.
Brianna Thornhill is a second-year Master of City Planning candidate at the University of Pennsylvania where she is concentrating in Public Private Development as well as receiving a certificate in Real Estate Design and Development. While at Penn, she is serving as the co-president of the Weitzman Real Estate Club.
Brianna is interested in the development of equitable cities that work to uplift existing communities as well as the implementation of long-term sustainable development practices. Prior to starting at the University of Pennsylvania, Brianna received an undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she studied architecture. In her free time, Brianna enjoys painting, walking through the city, and going to museums.
Bernice Yu is currently a full-time master’s degree candidate in the Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell University, where she serves as a Co-President of the Association of Cornell Women in Real Estate (ACWIRE). After more than seven years as a corporate lawyer, Bernice seeks to apply her deep knowledge of dealmaking and deal structuring and her experience leading large teams to execute complex, multilateral transactions to a new context: real estate development for hotels and other hospitality properties.
Prior to pursuing graduate education in real estate, Bernice was a lawyer at Helbraun & Levey LLP, a boutique law firm in New York, where she counseled entrepreneurs and established players in the hospitality industry on a wide range of transactional legal matters. Previously, Bernice led multi-billion-dollar, cross-border private equity fund formations in the New York and Hong Kong offices of the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Pomona College and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Bernice is a current Goldie Scholar with the Goldie B. Wolfe Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative, an organization dedicated to developing the next generation of women executives in the commercial real estate industry.
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.
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Student Resource Page for ULI's Fall Meeting in Los Angeles
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