Leadership & Contact
ULI New York’s Young Leaders Group executive co-chairs are responsible for representing the interests of YLG and advancing the mission of ULI within the YLG platform of activities. Both chairs participate on the District Council Management Committee and support and celebrate the efforts of the various YLG committees.
Gretchen Krueger is a student in Columbia University’s Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program. Prior to joining the MSRED program, Gretchen Krueger spent four years working at the international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), where she played a key role in marketing and new business development in New York and London. Gretchen completed her undergraduate studies in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard where she focused on history and theory of architecture and urbanism. In addition to her activities with the Urban Land Institute, Gretchen is an active member of the Municipal Arts Society, a volunteer with America Needs You and a Young Fellow of the Forum + Institute for Urban Design.
Empire State Development
Lauren Racusin advances New York State’s economic development initiatives at Empire State Development. She structures and negotiates the State’s discretionary incentives to induce business expansion, retention, and attraction projects in New York City that are in concert with the State’s long-term strategic goals. Lauren previously worked at the Hudson Square Connection (HSC), a Business Improvement District, on urban planning and capital projects. She was responsible for the creation and execution of HSC’s $27 million streetscape improvement plan via an innovative public-private partnership. After graduating in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Lauren was awarded the Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellowship through which she developed an architecture and planning project in Yangon, Myanmar. Lauren completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University. Her thesis, “Exploring Holocaust Memorials in Berlin and the Geographies of Urban Memory”, earned the highest thesis prize in her department.
Program Committee Co-Chairs
The Program Committee designs, organizes and runs the group’s special events, panels, volunteer days and networking opportunities.
Jeff Lovshin, LEED AP
The Bromley Companies
As a Manager of Transactions at Denham Wolf, Jeff provides a range of essential services including brokerage, development consulting, financial analysis, and strategic planning. His work has included the disposition of commercial condominium space in Central Harlem, lease negotiation and execution for a national foundation, and review of potential development scenarios in Downtown Brooklyn for a local arts organization. Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Jeff worked at the US Green Building Council (USGBC), where he was responsible for increasing the visibility and knowledge of the LEED for Neighborhood Development program through outreach and market engagement with developers, industry leaders, and local representatives. Working for a local New York City real estate developer, Jeff was also responsible for underwriting significant multi-family real estate deals valued between $50 and 100 million. Jeff received a B.A. in Environmental Design (Urban Planning) and Minor in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Lauren Sanders is a Vice President at Zeckendorf Development and is responsible for underwriting new development opportunities as well assisting with project development and coordination including building design, project budgeting, financing and marketing for 520 Park Avenue, 18 Gramercy Park South and 50 UN Plaza. Prior to joining Zeckendorf Development, she worked for 5 years as an Assistant Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she was responsible for underwriting, structuring and closing over $2B in construction loan opportunities for residential, hotel, office, retail and industrial properties throughout New York City and other primary markets in the United States. Lauren also worked as a Development Associate for The Dermot Company where she oversaw the redevelopment of a 30,000 square foot Landmark building in Battery Park. Lauren graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and holds a MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a member of ULI, NYPEN and a WX Scholarship Recipient.
The outreach committee is responsible for collaborating with YLGs from other ULI District Councils, with local universities and with other industry associations to share ideas and coordinate events, such as panels and YLG Leadership Exchanges. Leadership Exchange events generally include a day-long series of project tours highlighting each city’s landmark development projects.
NYU, Stern School of Business
Josh Bissinger is an MBA student at NYU’s Stern School of Business focusing his studies on Finance, Real Estate, and Entrepreneurship. Prior to starting at NYU, Josh spent four years working at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) as a Project Manager in the Project and Development Services Group. Josh represented a diverse range of clients for whom he managed the design and construction of office, retail, restaurant, performing arts, data center, and laboratory projects throughout the New York and New Jersey markets. Josh completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University where he received a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies in Urban Planning, Business, and Environmental Science. In addition to his involvement with the Urban Land Institute, Josh is an Executive Board member of Wendy Walk, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding Sarcoma cancer research.
Katie Paxton Christ, Marketing Manager
Katie is the Marketing Manager for Hightower, the leading end-to-end leasing management platform for the commercial real estate industry. She manages the firm’s external marketing efforts, focusing on PR, social media, events and roundtables, and Hightower’s annual customer summit. Prior to Hightower, Katie led marketing efforts at VOA’s New York office, focusing on corporate interior design and ground-up residential and hospitality projects. She completed similar work at Perkins Eastman for their large-scale, mixed-use design studio. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government, focusing in international relations and comparative politics, from Dartmouth College.
Fisher & Paykel
As the Builder Development Manager at Fisher & Paykel, Gina Wieczorek is responsible for building and managing relationships with interior designers, architects, and developers working on multi-family residential projects. In this role, Gina works with the design and development team throughout the entire project duration, from the conceptual design phase through project completion. Prior to this role, Gina served as the Director of Marketing for Auction.com, where she oversaw all media, marketing and sales related activities involved with selling luxury properties and new residential developments around the country. Gina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently completing the M.B.A. program at New York University, with a focus on Real Estate and Luxury Marketing.