ULI Washington: 13th Annual Learn from the Best


2024-05-22T18:00:00 - 2024-05-22T21:00:00

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    Gensler 2020 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 UNITED STATES


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    All Types $50.00 $75.00
    ULI Washington invites those of all ages and industry backgrounds to attend the 13th Annual "Learn From the Best". An all-star cast of real estate, land use, and design executives will serve as mentors for this event, holding roundtable discussions with participants on topics ranging from lessons learned, tricks of the trade, accomplishments, obstacles, career paths, personal anecdotes, etc.

    The small-group mentorship "speed dating" format allows for informal conversations between mentees and 2-3 mentors over the course of the evening where participants can feel comfortable asking the questions they may have always wanted to ask but haven't had a chance to ask!
          5:30 pm      Registration Opens
          6:15 pm      Introductions
          6:30 pm      Roundtable Discussions Begin
          7:50 pm      Networking Happy Hour
          9:00 pm      Program Closure 
    Register today for a night you won't want to miss!
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    Bob Cochran


    As Principal Director, Bob has overseen and led more than 250 commercial, mixed-use, hotel, residential, data center, streetscape, park, and recreation developments in the DC Metro area and surrounding jurisdictions. Through his 35 years of leading entitlement and rezoning projects, Mr. Cochran has developed long-standing relationships with approval authorities in Fairfax County. He leverages these relationships to mediate the competing priorities of all stakeholders, and to advocate for the community and his clients’ interests.


    Jeanine Lester

    MetLife Investment Management

    Jeanine Lester is head of Washington, D.C. regional office. She assumed her current role in 2018 and is responsible for the Washington, D.C. region’s commercial mortgage and real estate equity portfolios, with a combined current value of approximately $8 billion, including total projected construction costs for projects under development. In her 15 years with MetLife, Jeanine spent eight years originating or refinancing commercial mortgages totaling over $2 billion in the San Francisco region. In 2012, Jeanine transitioned to director of acquisitions in San Francisco and successfully led the team in over $2.8 billion of transaction volume with nearly $1.3 billion of equity investments. Prior to joining MetLife, Jeanine was a senior consultant with the Rosen Consulting Group responsible for co-authoring economic and real estate white papers and completing special projects on market strategies for real estate investor clients. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a minor in economics from Santa Clara University, and an MBA with a concentration in real estate from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.


    Lakisha Hull

    Planning Director, Prince George's County Planning Department

    Lakisha Hull brings more than 20 years of professional experience in community planning, land development, permitting, policy and regulation, transportation planning, urban design, and zoning serving in government agencies in the cities of Charlotte, N.C., Orlando, Fla., and Los Angeles, Calif. She most recently served as Planning Director of the City of Miami, Fla. where she led a department of seven divisions: Administration, Art In Public Spaces, Comprehensive Planning, Hearing Boards, Historic and Environmental Preservation, Land Development, and Urban Design. Throughout her career, she has led successful budget development and implementation, strategic planning of organizational units, permitting process efficiencies, and innovation in long-range planning policies and initiatives. Hull has led successful public participation plans, updates to codes and policies, and managed large-scale projects and streetscape plans with cumulative construction budgets of over $5+ billion. She prioritizes professional development to ensure that she leads multi-disciplinary teams who are able to apply the latest planning principles and customer service strategies as public servants. Hull earned a dual master's degree in architecture and city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Hull earned professional certifications from the American Institute of Certified Planners and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, and U.S. Green Building Council.


    Andres Panza

    Managing Director, Starwood Capital Group

    Andres Panza is a Managing Director in Asset Management at Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Panza is primarily responsible for oversight of the Firm’s investments in the affordable housing, East Coast office and industrial, medical office building, net lease, and student housing sectors. He is also involved in the origination, underwriting, structuring and execution of investments in affordable housing. Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2016, Mr. Panza was an Associate in The Carlyle Group’s U.S. real estate fund. Before that, he worked as an Analyst at Strategic Investment Group. Mr. Panza received a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2011.


    Dan VanPelt

    Gorove Slade

    Dan leads the Alexandria office of Gorove Slade with more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of traffic and transportation projects including transportation impact studies, site access and circulation planning, campus master planning, parking demand analysis, corridor studies, major data collection efforts, loading dock design, intersection improvement design, functional parking lot and garage design, and expert witness testimony. He has worked for public, private and institutional clients throughout the United States and has worked on projects internationally. His market practice area includes urban projects in the District of Columbia, Arlington and Alexandria, and large master planning projects. Dan is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP, the DC Building Industry Association, Lambda Alpha International, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Society for College and University Planning, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has facilitated a webinar for the Institute of Transportation Engineers on Multimodal Site Selection and Design for Grade Schools that was sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools. He has also assisted with urban planning design labs at the University of Maryland School of Architecture. A West Virginia native and adopted Panamanian by marriage, Dan lives in Alexandria. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and dog taking in all the rich amenities that the DC area offers.


    Miti Figueredo

    Director, Montgomery Parks

    Miti Figueredo is a government administration and public affairs professional with a background in housing, parks, transportation, and economic development. She currently serves as Deputy Director for Administration at the Montgomery County Parks Department where she manages park planning and development, natural resources stewardship, public affairs and communications, and the department's $130 million annual operating budget and $260 million 6-year capital program. Prior to joining the Parks Department, she served as Senior Advisor to the Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board, which oversees both the Parks and Planning Departments. She has also worked in the private sector as Public Affairs Director for the Purple Line Transit Partners and as Vice President for Public Affairs at the Chevy Chase Land Company, a Maryland-based real estate development company that owns and manages over 2 million SF of transit-oriented, mixed-use projects. Miti has worked in the public sector at both the federal and local levels, serving as East County Regional Director under Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, as Chief of Staff to Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, and as a Senior Legislative Aide to Councilmember Roger Berliner. Prior to working in county government, she was an aide to then Congressman Chris Van Hollen. In addition to her work, Miti has served on the boards of several organizations, including Greater Greater Washington and Purple Line Now. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and served as co-chair of the ULI Regional Land Use Leadership Institute from 2017 to 2019. She graduated from Leadership Montgomery’s CORE program in 2013, and from the ULI Regional Land Use Leadership program in 2014. Miti is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, and earned a BA in History from the University of Florida. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband. They have two young adult children who also


    Adam Ducker


    Adam Ducker is Chief Executive Officer of RCLCO and oversees the firm’s Real Estate Economics and Management Consulting practices. Adam joined RCLCO in the mid-1990s as an associate directly after graduate school and learned the trade with the firm. He is a recognized expert in planning for organizational growth and talent management, capital strategy, investment analysis, market and financial analysis, and marketing of real estate assets. He has particular depth of expertise in high-density housing, retail/entertainment, and hotel/resort development.   Adam is a member of the Executive Committee of RCLCO, which manages shared resources and oversees overall company strategy. He also sits on the board of the RCLCO Foundation.   Adam is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from place-making, urban redevelopment, retail trends, and in-town housing. His writing has been widely published and quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Urban Land, Real Assets, among others. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), vice chair of the Redevelopment and Reuse Council, and a board member of the Terwilliger Center for Housing. A native of the New York metropolitan area, Adam received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Columbia University.


    Bryan McDonnell

    Global Head of Real Estate Credit & Agriculture, PGIM Real Estate

    Bryan McDonnell is a managing director, head of the U.S. debt business, and chair of global debt for PGIM Real Estate. Bryan is responsible for overseeing PGIM Real Estate’s global debt strategy and execution, including oversight of U.S. real estate debt portfolio management, originations and credit teams, the agency lending business, and the agricultural finance and investments strategies. Bryan chairs the U.S. Debt Executive Council and is a member of the Global Investment Committee, the Global Management Council and the Global Operating Risk Committee. Previously, Bryan was head of portfolio management and investor strategy for the U.S. debt business. Prior to that role, Bryan was based in London and spearheaded the development of PGIM Real Estate’s senior debt investing in the United Kingdom and Europe. In that role, Bryan helped PGIM become one of the most comprehensive non-bank lenders in Europe. Prior to his time in Europe, Bryan held a series of management and investment roles throughout the United States. In addition to his investment roles, Bryan served as an asset manager and was responsible for managing problem loan workouts, bankruptcy strategy, and real estate dispositions across the United States during the global financial crisis. Bryan’s global real estate knowledge comes from nearly two decades of working in PGIM’s London, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta offices. Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University as well as his master of business administration in finance and real estate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and the Urban Land Institute’s Global Exchange Council.


    Rebecca Snyder

    Executive Vice President, Brookfield

    Rebecca Snyder serves as Executive Vice President of Multifamily for Brookfield Properties and is a member of the Multifamily Executive Leadership Team. Brookfield Properties operates multifamily assets throughout North America on behalf of Brookfield Asset Management. Prior to her current role, she worked for Brookfield Asset Management on the Multifamily Portfolio Management team and had investment oversight of multifamily projects being developed by Brookfield Properties in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Brookfield, Rebecca was the Senior Vice President of Development for Strategic Property Partners (SPP), where she oversaw the design, development and asset management for Water Street Tampa’s multifamily platform and portfolio comprising 1,350 apartments in Phase 1 and a projected 3,500 multifamily units upon completion. Water Street Tampa is a $3 billion, 9 million square feet, mixed-use waterfront development located in Tampa, Florida. Prior to SPP, Rebecca was a Partner at Insight Property Group in Arlington, VA where she was responsible for all facets of multifamily development from acquisition through disposition. She oversaw and led Insight’s holistic project vision, design, and asset management strategy for multiple multifamily and mixed-use urban development projects located within the Washington, D.C. region. Prior to Insight Property Group, Rebecca worked at Archstone where she was involved in the development of multifamily and mixed-use projects in the Washington, D.C. region. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Brown University and her Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia School of Architecture.


    Stephanie Pankiewicz

    Partner, LandDesign

    HERE’S WHAT MATTERS TO STEPHANIE Critical thinking. Style. Dark chocolate. My mini Aussie. Hydrangeas. Stephanie joined LandDesign in 2006 as Director of Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in the Asheville, NC office, and is currently a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office. As a professional landscape architect and dedicated community advocate for greenways, complete streets and green infrastructure, Stephanie is focused in integrating economically viable and environmentally sustainable community and site design through all of the projects on which she participates. She believes strongly that social well being is created by implementing proper planning, design and construction into our built environment at all scales, whether that is integrating local greenways and trail linkages into a high density urban area or designing a an active public realm streetscape near a major metro station. Her current work includes several large scale mixed use urban design / landscape architecture projects in the Tysons and DC metro area. Stephanie has also led many public planning projects with a community participation process. This includes an extensive community involvement process for City of Asheville’s signature River Arts District multi-modal transportation project which consists of complex NEPA, state, and federal agency submittal and review requirements balanced with other design factors such as public arts, local character, economic development, environmental sustainability, recreational opportunities, and resource preservation. A key design project in Stephanie’s portfolio is Camp Lake James, a private recreation center completed for Crescent Resources in NC. This project has received several awards for its sustainable landscape, irrigation and hardscape design that evokes the rich historical character of a rural mountain retreat with distinctive details hand crafted by local artisans and creative contractors and water conservation methods.


    Kimberly Driggins

    Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy

    Kimberly Driggins is Executive Director of the Washington Housing Conservancy (WHC). WHC preserves affordable and workforce housing, prevents displacement, and promotes economic mobility in the DC region. Ms. Driggins is an expert in urban planning, placemaking, and real estate development. Prior to WHC, she worked in Detroit’s Planning and Development Department (PDD). Driggins served as Associate Director of Citywide Planning for DC’s Office of Planning, 2008 – 2015. She has a BA from Hampton University, and an MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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