Student Team from Columbia University & Pratt Institute Wins 2020 ULI Hines Competition!
Team representing Columbia University and Pratt Institute wins the 2020 ULI Hines Student Competition with plan to redevelop Miami Site
We are grateful to have volunteer members who are willing to commit their time, effort, and expertise to help us grow and expand the District Council’s influence in our region and consistently deliver value to our members
PLEASE JOIN US IN WELCOMING OUR NEW LEADERSHIP!
Brian J. Collins | Silverstein Properties | ULI New York Chair
Bethany Logan Ropa | UBS Investment Bank | ULI New York Vice Chair
Nathalia Bernardo | Kramer Levin | Mentor Program Vice Chair
Matt Boras | RXR Realty | Technology and Innovation Council Vice Chair for Membership
Daniel Carr | Ares Real Estate Group | Program Steering Committee Co-Chair
Meagan E. Chiappetta | Edison Properties | WLI Membership Engagement Committee Co-Chair
Dino Christoforakis | AFIAA U.S. Investment, Inc. | Mentor Program Vice Chair
Will Conrad | Cushman & Wakefield | YLG Programming Committee Co-Chair
Frank Futia | CBRE | YLG Communications Committee Co-Chair
Rafael Gamba | NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate | YLG Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
Dana Getman | SHoP Architects | WLI Vice Chair
Brian Hwang | M&T Bank | YLG Membership Committee Co-Chair
Matt Johnston | Elliott Management Corporation | NEXT New York Co-Chair
Marion Jones | Ackman-Ziff | WLI Chair
Steve A. Kohn | Cushman & Wakefield | ULI New York Governance Chair
Vivien R. Krieger | Cozen O’Connor | TAPs Steering Committee Vice Chair | WLI Communications Committee Co-Chair
Neda Levy | Rhodes Associates | Program Steering Committee Co-Chair
Caroline Mahl | Wells Fargo Bank | ULI New York Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
Caaminee Pandit | Lendlease | WLI Programming Committee Co-Chair
Mehul J. Patel | Midtown Equities | ULI New York Chair for Mission Advancement
Silke Rapelius | Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, DPC | Housing Council Co-Chair
Charlotte Redican | Cushman & Wakefield | YLG Membership Committee Co-Chair
Christopher Scott Reynolds | AvalonBay | Housing Council Vice Chair for Membership
Renee Schoonbeek | CallisonRTKL | Infrastructure Council Vice Chair for Membership
Nina Vascotto | Jamestown Properties | YLG Executive Co-Chair
Ed Walters | Mosaic | Technology and Innovation Council Vice Chair for Membership
Miriam Wheeler | Goldman Sachs | Mixed-Use Council Co-Chair
Susan Wright | Wright Architect | Housing Council Vice Chair for Membership
Vivien Wu | VW Research and Consulting | WLI Communications Committee Co-Chair
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW YORK MEMBERS APPOINTED AS ULI GLOBAL GOVERNING TRUSTEES!
Michael J. Franco | Vornado Realty Trust
Linda J. Isaacson | Ferguson Partners (also joining ULI’s Americas Executive Committee)
Bethany Logan Ropa | UBS Investment Bank
THANK YOU TO OUR OUTGOING LEADERS FOR THEIR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO ULI NY!
Steve A. Kohn | Cushman & Wakefield | ULI New York Chair
Andrew Bauman | Morgan Stanley | Program Steering Committee Co-Chair
Marty Burger | Silverstein Properties | ULI New York Governance Chair
Saba Carmel Meidany | Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC |Young Leaders Group Communications Committee Co-Chair
Katie Christ | VTS | Young Leaders Group Membership Committee Co-Chair
Jonathan Gouveia | New York City Housing Authority | NEXT New York Co-Chair
Robin Kramer | Duval & Stachenfeld | Women’s Leadership Initiative Membership Committee Co-Chair
Jeff Lovshin | Young Leaders Group Executive Co-Chair
Kelley Lovshin | Boston Properties | NEXT New York Co-Chair
Lexmare Martinez | NYS Homes & Community Renewal | Young Leaders Group Membership Committee Co-Chair
Jen Panciera | First American Title | Women’s Leadership Initiative Connections Committee Co-Chair
Nick Rohleder | Merit Holdings | Young Leaders Group Outreach Committee Co-Chair
Eric Selbst | Rockerfeller Group | Young Leaders Group Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
Peter Sibilia | JP Morgan Asset Management | Mixed-Use Council Co-Chair
Ellen Sinreich | The Sinreich Group | Program Steering Committee Co-Chair
Marina Trejo | Two Trees | Women’s Leadership Initiative Chair
Brian J. Collins | Executive Vice President & Director of Development, Silverstein Properties | ULI New York Chair
Brian Collins is Executive Vice President and Director of Development at Silverstein Properties where he oversees the development projects across the firm’s portfolio.
Previously, Mr. Collins was the Head of Acquisitions and Development at Fisher Brothers. Most recently, he oversaw over $1.5 billion in development of residential properties in New York City and Washington, DC, including 111 Murray, 225 East 39th Street, 101 West 87th Street, 37 Warren Street and 701 2nd Street NE on Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining Fisher Brothers, Brian was President of Intrawest, one of the largest resort owner/operators and real estate development companies in North America. As President, Brian oversaw all real estate activities worldwide. Before Intrawest, Brian was the founder of Colgate Development, a development company which specialized in the development of luxury hotels and condominiums. Under Brian’s leadership, Colgate developed several hotels and residential properties including The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, NC and the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.
Brian started his career in real estate development as a principal and COO of Millennium Partners. Overseeing the commercial components of Millennium’s projects, Brian was responsible for the development of The Ritz-Carlton hotels in New York, Boston and Washington and the Four Seasons hotels in San Francisco and Miami as well as five Sport Club/LA facilities, office space, movies theatres and parking garages. Brian is an active member of the Urban Land Institute where he serves as vice chairman for ULI New York. He is also active in numerous New York real estate groups and councils.
Mr. Collins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Colgate University and a Masters in Accounting from NYU. He and his wife have two children and live in Fairfield CT.
|Bethany Logan Ropa | Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank | ULI New York Vice Chair
Bethany Logan Ropa is a Managing Director in the Real Estate, Lodging & Leisure Group at UBS, focusing on strategic advisory and equity and debt financing assignments for real estate companies. During her career at UBS, Ms. Ropa has completed over $80 billion in M&A, equity capital markets, debt capital markets and financing transactions. Ms. Ropa has experience working across multiple sub-sectors in real estate including industrial, retail, multi-family, office, net lease, self-storage, lodging and healthcare.
Ms. Ropa is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and an incoming Global Governing Trustee for FY 2021. In addition, Ms. Ropa is the Vice Chair for the New York district council and a member of the Management Committee and Advisory Board. Ms. Ropa is a board member of SparkYouth NYC and a member of WX – New York Women Executives in Real Estate.
Ms. Ropa received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she concentrated her studies in corporate finance and real estate, and a BA in French from Walla Walla University.
|Nathalia Bernardo | Partner, Kramer Levin | Mentor Program
Vice ChairNathalia Bernardo represents clients in a broad range of real estate transactions, including joint ventures, ground leases, acquisitions and dispositions, and complex development and management agreements for properties in multiple asset classes. Nathalia advises private equity firms, institutional real estate investment advisers, family offices, high net worth individuals, and closely held real estate owners, developers and investors in domestic and international transactions involving residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use assets.Among her notable work, Nathalia represented the tenant in connection with a 99-year ground lease of an Upper West Side site and its redevelopment into a luxury residential leasehold cooperative apartment building with on-site parking.Nathalia also counsels nonprofit organizations on real estate and other transactional matters. Among her notable work in this particular area, she advised the Intrepid Museum Foundation in its acquisition of Space Shuttle Enterprise from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.She also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Cornell University Law School and an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.
|Matt Boras | Senior Vice President, RXR Realty | Technology and Innovation Council Vice Chair for Membership
Matt is a Senior Vice President on the investments team at RXR Realty where he leads the firm’s venture capital activities and is responsible for executing investments in early-stage real estate technology companies. Prior to joining RXR in 2018, Matt was a Vice President at Colony Capital where he was a member of the Special Situations Group focused on investing in businesses across markets, platforms, and asset classes. Prior to joining the predecessor NorthStar Asset Management Group in 2014, he was an Associate Director at Five Mile Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the identification, evaluation, consummation and management of distressed credit and opportunistic real estate investments. He received an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University and is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 24.
Daniel Carr | Vice President, Ares Real Estate Group | Program Steering Committee Co-Chair
Daniel Carr is a Vice President in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate equity. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Carr was an Analyst at J.P. Morgan Securities, where he focused on real estate and lodging investment banking. Mr. Carr holds a B.S., magna cum laude, from Fordham University in Business Administration and a M.S. from Columbia University in Real Estate Development.
|Meagan E. Chiappetta | Senior Real Estate Analyst,
Edison Properties | WLI Membership Engagement
Committee Co-ChairMeagan E. Chiappetta is a Senior Real Estate Analyst at Edison Properties where she is responsible for the acquisition and development of new properties as well as the financial analysis and asset management of existing holdings. As a key member of the real estate team, Ms. Chiappetta helped establish the platform for Edison’s asset management division.Prior to joining Edison Properties in 2017, Ms. Chiappetta worked at General Motors Asset Management where she managed institutional Real Estate and Alternative Investment assets for the pension fund. Ms. Chiappetta was recently selected as one of twenty rising real estate leaders for the inaugural class of the REBNY Fellows program, established in collaboration with Coro New York Leadership Center.Ms. Chiappetta holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, where she received a scholarship from New York Executive Women in Real Estate (WX). Ms. Chiappetta is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and volunteers her time as a guest lecturer for architecture and design students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
|Dino Christoforakis | Head of Transactions, North America, AFIAA U.S. Investment, Inc. | Mentor Program Vice Chair
Dino Christoforakis brings over 14 years of experience in international real estate investment and development in the United States and Europe across all asset classes and strategies. In his current role with AFIAA in New York City, Dino is responsible for the transaction execution, asset and portfolio management of Core, Core-plus, and Value-add office and retail real assets across North American gateway cities and major MSAs. AFIAA is a $3 billion Zurich-based Swiss pension fund investment foundation, member of the Avadis Group, one of the largest pension fund investment managers in Switzerland.
Before joining AFIAA, Dino was responsible for acquisitions, dispositions, and asset management of value-add and opportunistic retail, industrial, and mixed-use real estate across major U.S. east coast markets at MCB Real Estate, an institutionally capitalized private equity group out of Baltimore, Maryland.
Earlier in his career, Dino was part of the acquisitions and development teams at J Street Companies and Concord Eastridge in Washington, DC and before that he was managing the international business development and fundraising division for one of the largest multifamily, residential, and hospitality developers in southeast Europe.
Dino earned an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he currently serves on the Advisory Board at the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis. He is a mentor and the Vice Chair of the ULI New York Mentor program and an active member of the Global Exchange Council, New York Mixed-Use Council, and the New York Advisory Board at the Urban Land Institute (ULI), as well as various other organizations, including the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE), the New York Private Equity Network (NYPEN), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Will Conrad | Director – New York Middle Markets Investment Sales, Cushman & Wakefield | YLG Programming Committee Co-Chair
Will Conrad is a Director in the New York Middle Market Investment Sales Group of Cushman and Wakefield, focusing on the Midtown and Upper East Side neighborhoods of Manhattan. Will has represented property owners in the sale of investment property across asset classes, including multi-family, mixed-use, office, retail, and development sites.
Will is actively involved in The Real Estate Board of New York, Urban Land Institute, and the Young Men’s and Women’s Real Estate Association. He is a committee member and volunteer for UNICEF, The Boy’s Club of New York, and The Xavier Mission Welcome Table. Will was awarded REBNY’s Most Promising Commercial Salesperson Award for his commitment to the real estate industry and his dedication to community service.
Prior to Cushman and Wakefield, Will began his career working alongside his father in the family’s student housing business in the Midwest. Mr. Conrad is a graduate of Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business.
Frank Futia | Field Research Analyst – New York Research Services Group, CBRE | YLG Communications Committee Co-Chair
Frank is currently a Field Analyst at CBRE covering the commercial New York market. At CBRE Frank provides market analysis and research in conjunction with brokers and sales management to serve the diverse needs of owners, occupiers and institutional clients. For more than a quarter century, CBRE has been the leader in commercial real estate across the metro New York marketplace and sets the industry benchmark for research and analytics.
Prior to CBRE Frank was the Research and Planning Manager at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the nation’s largest business improvement district. He tracked the Lower Manhattan market, creating white papers and data visualization platforms which were successfully used to attract companies, retailers, hotels and tourism Downtown. He also managed different economic development, placemaking and urban planning projects.
As an active member in the Urban Land Institute Frank has held various roles with the ULI New York’s Young Leaders Group and is passionate about creating informative content and professional development opportunities for young adults in New York real estate.
Frank received a B.A. in Environmental Design and Architecture from the University at Buffalo and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He also recently completed a Commercial Real Estate program at Baruch College.
Frank currently resides in Manhattan, and in his free time enjoys cycling, swimming, art and design.
Rafael Gamba | Graduate Student, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate | YLG Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
Rafael Gamba is a Real Estate Development Professional who works closely with owners to develop and manage their multifamily real estate assets. He successfully leads teams through a collaborative approach to problem solving, a commitment to hard work, and motivating others to reach their potential. Rafael is inspired by the potential of real estate to leave a lasting positive impact on society. His experience extends internationally to Honduras where he is Co-Founder of Amor Fe y Acción, a non-profit organization that builds community centers in areas with incredible need.
Learning from his diverse experiences, Rafael has developed a unique perspective that allows him to navigate the cultural and professional ambiguities of the Real Estate Industry.
Rafael holds a BA in Economics and Architectural Studies from Connecticut College and is currently pursuing an MS in Real Estate as a Hirsch Scholar at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Dana Getman | Principal, SHoP Architects | WLI Vice Chair
Dana Getman is a Principal at SHoP Architects, where she has led some of the firm’s most complex and international work for nearly 15 years. She has a particular expertise in – and passion for – community-centered architecture, collaborating with clients, institutional groups and local stakeholders as part of the design process. Her current projects include the design for the Fulbright University Vietnam, the plans for several New Embassy Compounds around the world via the U.S. Department of State OBO Design Excellence Program, and in New York City, a range of workplace design and master planning projects.
Additionally, she led the masterplan and design team for Essex Crossing in Manhattan, including the recently completed Essex Market and International Center for Photography. She also led the team during key phases of design and construction across 14 million square feet of the East River Waterfront, creating vital public space along New York’s East River. She is the lead project architect of 111 West 57th Street, a 1,400-foot-tall residential tower in Manhattan nearing completion and the National Veterans Resource Center at Syracuse University which just reached completion.
Outside of work, Dana teaches design studios at Cornell, Yale, and Columbia, she is the Urban Land Institute of New York’s Vice-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s National University Development & Innovation Council, and a member of the Urban Planning Committee at the Municipal Art Society. Dana holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Cornell University and a Master’s in Architecture from Yale University.
Brian Hwang | Assistant Vice President, M&T Bank | YLG Membership Committee Co-Chair
Brian is passionate about placemaking and the way the built environment changes how we live. He is a champion for workplace diversity and inclusion.
Brian is an associate relationship manager in M&T Bank’s real estate debt group and has 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. M&T’s NYC real estate group originates and manages an $8 billion portfolio of senior debt secured by stabilized and transitional assets. Some notable projects Brian has been involved with include the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment in Williamsburg and a Mott Haven creative office repositioning in the South Bronx.
Brian graduated with a MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Before his career as a lender, Brian worked as a real estate appraiser in Los Angeles at CBRE.
Brian is a Board Member of The Pride Network (TPN), a member of the Gay Real Estate Group of New York, and a founding member of M&T Bank’s NYC LGBTQ employee resource group. Brian has spoken at the Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) conference on impostor syndrome (2018) and developing an intentional personal professional brand (2019). Outside of work, Brian can be found at Barry’s Bootcamp and trying to find the best dim sum in the city.
|Matt Johnston | Associate Portfolio Manager, Elliott Management Corporation | NEXT New York Co-Chair
Matt Johnston is a private equity real estate investor with two decades of experience. As an Associate Portfolio Manager and member of the U.S. real estate team at Elliott Management Corporation, he provides equity and debt financing to projects across the U.S. targeting value-add to opportunistic returns. Prior to joining Elliott in 2011, Matt also worked at Fortress Investment Group and Clarion Partners. In addition to investing in all property types, he participated in the formation and management of two large corporate real estate platforms including growing a publicly listed German real estate company from zero to 500 properties and the management of a large commercial real estate investment and development company in Florida. Matt is also a member of ULI’s Community Development Council (Blue Flight). He has a B.S. in finance and economics from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Matt resides in Tribeca with his wife and two children.
Marion Jones | Managing Director, Ackman-Ziff | WLI Chair
Marion Jones is a Managing Director at Ackman-Ziff, where she co-leads the New York tri-state investment sales team. In her 16 years of advisory and transactional experience, Marion has been involved in $9 billion of investment sales and capital markets transactions. As an advisor as well as a team leader, she has led $1 billion in sales and equity transactions across New York City. In addition to transactional leadership, Marion has provided management consulting and advisory work to numerous public-sector and private real estate groups. Ms. Jones has underwriting and transactional experience across all property types – including retail, hospitality, and office – with a particular expertise in large-scale multi-family and development/re-development transactions. She also has extensive knowledge of New York City’s numerous submarkets as well as its rent regulation and affordable housing programs.
Marion recently led the advisory and transactional assignment for the 1-million-square-foot portfolio of a major NYC non-profit. Prior to joining Ackman-Ziff, Marion played integral roles in the investment sales teams at both Eastern Consolidated and CBRE. At Eastern, she led the $236,000,000 sale of the Kings Portfolio on behalf of Urban American. At CBRE, she was involved in the $5.4 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town on behalf of MetLife.
|Vivien R. Krieger | Member, Cozen O’Connor | TAPs Steering Committee Vice Chair | WLI Communications Committee Co-Chair
Vivien concentrates her practice on real estate law, representing developers, lenders, owners, purchasers, and nonprofits in New York City land use and zoning matters.
Vivien regularly prepares applications and appears before the Board of Standards & Appeals, the Department of City Planning, the Department of Buildings, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the MTA. She also presents projects to community boards and elected officials, and works closely with architects, engineers, financial experts, and environmental experts.
Vivien has drafted various zoning lot development agreements, easement agreements, restrictive declarations, zoning opinions and letters, analyses of site development potential, zoning resolution determination requests, and zoning challenges. She has also prepared expert witness reports for litigation involving zoning matters.
Vivien is an active member of the Urban Land Institute where she serves as the Vice-Chair of the ULI NY Technical Assistance Panels Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the ULI NY Women’s Leadership Initiative Communications Committee, the Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and she is a fellow of the Urban Design Forum.
Vivien earned her law degree from New York Law School. While living abroad, Vivien earned her bachelor’s degree from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Neda Levy | Partner, Rhodes Associates | Program Steering Committee Co-Chair
Neda Levy is a Partner at Rhodes Associates, an executive search and organizational consulting firm with 40+ years of exclusive focus on the global real estate industry. In addition to expanding Rhodes’ service capabilities to in-house counsel, Neda is responsible for leading the firm’s business development and strategy while also managing client relationships and executing search and organizational consulting assignments. As a former industry practitioner, Neda has 17+ years of in-depth residential and commercial real estate industry experience and $1.5+ billion in transactional. Prior to joining Rhodes Associates, Neda was a Real Estate General Counsel with Tahl Propp Equities and Chief Administrative Officer with Douglaston Development. In addition to being the Co-Chair of ULI New York’s Program Steering Committee, Neda is also a ULI Mentor; a member of Women in Affordable Housing, Association of Corporate Counsel, and NYC Bar Association and a former member of Commercial Real Estate Women network (CREW). Neda is a frequent presenter and speaker at industry events on building strong teams, strategic situational and executive coaching, career advancement, and state of the market. She was featured in NYREJ’s annual Spotlight 2019 Women in Real Estate – Professional Services, as well in 2018 Women in Real Estate and Construction Services. Neda earned her JD cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law and graduated from University of Rochester with a BA cum laude in Political Science with High Honors.
Caroline Mahl | Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank | ULI New York Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
Caroline Mahl is Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank where she is responsible for loan originations for the Hospitality Finance Group, a specialized lending division within the Commercial Real Estate Group. During her tenure at Wells Fargo Bank, Ms. Mahl has originated over $3.5Bn of project financings for hotel developers, owners and investors. Her real estate lending experience includes traditional financings for transitional assets, large syndicated financings, including loan portfolio purchases.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo Bank, Ms. Mahl held several positions within the Real Estate Group at Starwood Hotels and Resorts focusing on development and acquisitions from investment analysis to management contract negotiations, including brand strategy & financial planning. Ms. Mahl started her career as a consultant at Horwath Landauer Hospitality Consulting specializing in appraisals and feasibility studies for hotels and mixed‐use development projects in the U.S. and Asia.
Ms. Mahl is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and is the incoming DEI Chair for the New York District Council and a member of the Management Committee. Ms. Mahl earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and HotelConsult School of Hotel Administration in Switzerland.
Caaminee Pandit | Development Manager, Lendlease | WLI Programming Committee Co-Chair
As a Development Manager at Lendlease, Caaminee Pandit is responsible for facilitating the design, equity and debt financing, sales and marketing, and delivery of new developments. Her current project is 100 Claremont, a 350,000 SF, $400M mixed-use Robert A.M. Stern condominium in Morningside Heights. Ms. Pandit has worked across real estate disciplines including development, private equity, debt, and community development for both institutions and family offices. Before Lendlease, Ms. Pandit was a Vice President at Criterion Group, LLC, a local developer in Long Island City, NY, where she managed the development process for 1,000 multifamily units in Long Island City and Astoria, New York City and worked on the negotiation of approximately $500M of land and property acquisitions and bridge and construction financing. Prior to Criterion, she worked at JPMorgan Chase financing commercial real estate assets in the NY Metro Region. She began her career at National Equity Fund, a community development financial institution focusing on New Market Tax Credit financing across the nation. Ms. Pandit received her A.B. from Princeton University and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Columbia Business School.
Mehul J. Patel | Chief Operating Officer, Midtown Equities | ULI New York Chair for Mission Advancement
Mehul J. Patel has enjoyed a career in real estate and economic development spanning the public, private and non-profit sectors over the past two decades. Mehul is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Midtown Equities, a privately-held real estate investment and development company that maintains holdings in New York, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles as well as abroad.
Prior to joining Midtown Equities, Mehul was the Chief Operating Officer of Midwood Investment & Development which owns, develops and manages retail, office, residential, hotel and mixed-use properties in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Before joining Midwood, Mehul was the Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff at Empire State Development, New York State’s real estate and economic development agency. Previously, as a Vice President of the Moynihan Station Development Corporation, Mehul worked with various public and private sector stakeholders to expand New York’s Penn Station into the historic James A. Farley Post Office Building. Prior to that, he was a Senior Project Manager at The Hudson Companies where he oversaw the development of J Condominium in DUMBO and was responsible for managing all aspects of the 33-story, 267-unit new construction project. And before joining Hudson, Mehul was a Senior Analyst at HR&A Advisors, which specializes in real estate, economic development, and public policy consulting.
Mehul is currently a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a Board Member of the Coro New York Leadership Center and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University teaching Public Private Partnerships in Real Estate Development. He also serves as a Director on the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Moynihan Station Development Corporation, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. Previously, Mehul served as President of the Columbia Real Estate Development Alumni Association, co-chair of the Yale Alumni Real Estate Association, and co-chair of the ULI New York Young Leaders Group. Mehul received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Studies from Yale University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.
Silke Rapelius | Design Principal, Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, DPC | Housing Council Co-Chair
Silke Rapelius is a Design Principal at Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, DPC where she demonstrates her exceptional architectural expertise and deep knowledge through leading the design of several projects of multi-million square feet.
Her expertise ranges from multifamily residential base building projects to high-end commercial interior design projects. Some of her most noteworthy accomplishments include the 5000-seat ‘state of the art’ Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, large scale interior fit outs for investment and law firms and several distinguished luxury residential towers throughout the city. She is currently working among other projects on the repositioning of a 17-story rental building on the Upper West Side.
Prior to joining GKV Architects, Silke was a Principal of an architecture firm in Germany, where she developed her leadership ability as well as her distinct design perspective that she brings to every project that she manages. Silke is the recipient of numerous prizes for her design submissions to architecture competitions.
Throughout her accomplished career, Silke is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and she is a Registered Architect in the state of NY. Silke and her family love traveling as they explore the beauty, architecture and intrigue of new countries and their culture. But they also love to return home to the greatest city they know, NYC.
Charlotte Redican | Associate – New York Middle Market Investment Sales, Cushman & Wakefield | YLG Membership Committee Co-Chair
Charlotte Redican is an Associate in the New York Middle Market Investment Sales Group of Cushman & Wakefield, where she works with Will Conrad, Director, focusing on Midtown East. As an Associate, Charlotte is responsible for underwriting listings, preparing marketing materials and providing overall support with respect to the group’s general operations.
Charlotte is actively involved in The Real Estate Board of New York, Urban Land Institute, the Colgate Real Estate Council and Cushman & Wakefield Employee Resource Group, Hispanic & Latino Advancement (HOLA).
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Charlotte graduated cum laude from Colgate University in Central New York where she studied economics and political science. During her time at Colgate, she was a participating member of the Real Estate Club, where she orchestrated the first on-campus educational program for undergraduates, ARGUS. Additionally, she was the Vice President of Finance for the Panhellenic Council, Vice President of the Finance Club, and House Manager of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Charlotte has interned at PNC Bank within its Capital Markets Group for two summers. In 2017, she supported its Financial Institutions Group in Pittsburgh, PA and in 2018, its Foreign Exchange team in Philadelphia, PA. In these roles, she analysed financial statements and currency fluctuations, and prepared bank reviews, market updates, P&L reports, and currency updates.
Renee Schoonbeek, AICP LEED GA | Senior Associate Vice President, CallisonRTKL | Infrastructure Council Vice Chair for Membership
CallisonRTKL’s Planning and Urban Design Lead in New York. Renee has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors in strategic planning, economic and community development and managing complex planning and design projects in dense, urban environments. Prior to joining CallisonRTKL, she served as Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects of the Hudson Square Business Improvement District in New York City. After graduating with her master’s degree from University of Amsterdam, Renee worked in policy analysis and planning on large-scale, multi-faceted development projects throughout the Amsterdam metropolitan area. She moved to New York City in 2007, where she has acted as liaison for community stakeholders, property owners, commercial tenants, business owners and city officials and agencies and played an active role in planning proposals and rezoning efforts.
As CRTKL’s Planning and Urban Design Lead, Renee responsible for client relations, project management and financial performance. She leads multi-disciplinary teams serving public and private sector clients. Her recent work includes master planning for mixed-use development, planning for the protection of New York public hospitals against future flooding, redevelopment of environmentally impaired waterfronts and reuse of former industrial sites.
Nina Vascotto | Asset Management Senior Associate, Jamestown Properties | YLG Executive Co-Chair
Nina works for Jamestown Properties as a member of the asset management team at Industry City, Brooklyn. Here she manages the annual budgeting and business planning, assesses and implements new property technology and business lines, and reviews the financial viability of capital improvements.
Additionally, she works on the retail leasing team, reviewing financials, master planning, and assisting in underwriting and negotiating lease transactions. Prior to her current role, Nina was part of the Real Estate Analyst program at Wells Fargo where she assisted in underwriting deals such as Related’s 50 Hudson Yards and Brookfield’s 5 Manhattan West recap.
In addition to Urban Land Institute, Nina is on the board of Next Generation Industry Leaders and the University of Virginia Real Estate Group. She is also an active member of the Robin Hood Foundation. Nina graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Business. While attending the University of Virginia, Nina was a member of the varsity crew team.
Ed Walters | Head of Real Estate and Business Development, Mosaic | Technology and Innovation Council Vice Chair for Membership
Ed Walters is the head of real estate and business development at Mosaic, a construction technology company for homebuilding. Mosaic develops technologies that make construction more efficient, and its crews use those technologies to coordinate on-site construction and fieldwork – delivering faster cycle times and increased labor availability in the field. He was previously a general partner at Tamarisc Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage companies at the intersection of real estate and technology, and a former vice president of business development for Bode, a tech-enabled hospitality management company. Prior to those roles, Ed worked as an investor at Morningside Group, a multi-billion private equity and venture capital firm. Ed received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc from the University of Oxford, and a BA from Trinity College. He is vice chair of the Urban Land Institute’s NYC Real Estate Technology and Innovation Council, and holds board roles with several real estate technology companies.
Miriam Wheele | Partner & Managing Director, Goldman Sachs |Mixed-Use Council Co-Chair
Miriam runs large loan origination within the Real Estate Financing Group, responsible for originating and structuring mortgage and mezzanine financings. Previously, she worked in Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities in mortgage sales from 2005 to 2007. Miriam joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an analyst, was named managing director in 2015 and partner in 2018. Miriam is a junior board member of Win Partners, a New York-based nonprofit that provides safe housing, critical services and programs to help homeless women and their children rebuild their lives. Miriam earned a BA, cum laude, in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University in 2005.
|Susan Wright, AIA LEED AP | Founder, Wright Architect | Housing Council Vice Chair for Membership
Susan Wright is an architect based in NYC who has spent her career designing urban housing, specializing in supportive, senior and affordable housing models.
In 2018 she formed Wright Architect, a consulting practice serving developers and operators of affordable housing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas. She is a registered architect in New York and the District of Columbia, and a LEED AP accredited professional. Susan completed a two-year term as Co-Chair of the ULI New York Housing Council in June 2020 and is happy to continue in FY21 as Vice Chair for Membership. Susan served on the Board of Women in Housing and Finance from 2012 to 2017. She is a founding member of the Boston AIA Women in Architecture committee, one of the first in the country. Through her involvement with the Design for Aging committee of the NYC AIA chapter she helped create the Aging in Place Guide for NYC in 2016. She is happiest when biking in the French countryside or hanging out with her tuxedo cat, Mister.
Vivien Wu | Founder, VW Research and Consulting | WLI Communications Committee Co-Chair
Vivien Wu works in transactions and investments advisory and consulting. To her, the most fulfilling part of commercial real estate is understanding the data, telling the story behind the data, and helping others make sense of the markets. At Prudential and CBRE, she volunteered for the company-wide Asian American and LGBTQ + Allies Professionals associations. She is currently founding a research and communications consultancy.
Vivien earned her MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Harvard University. She was a Teaching Assistant at Wharton in Communications and Negotiations courses. She enjoys volunteering for environmental and youth organizations and learning more about yoga and fitness.
Team representing Columbia University and Pratt Institute wins the 2020 ULI Hines Student Competition with plan to redevelop Miami Site