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Yolanda Cole Named New Chair of ULI Washington

Yolanda Cole, Senior Principal and owner of Hickok Cole Architects, has been named as the new Chair of the ULI Washington District Council starting on July 1, 2017. The organization is part of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global nonprofit research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use. As ULI Washington District Council Chair, Cole will serve on a voluntary basis for a 2-year term that ends on June 30, 2019. 

“I am looking forward to guiding ULI Washington to achieve our strategic goals to create impact in the region, further member engagement and advance a strong organization” Cole said. “I want to thank Bob Youngentob for his active leadership over the past two years, and his focus on member engagement. As a result, our dedicated, enthusiastic members are primed to work towards solving the pressing land use issues facing the greater Washington area,” she continued. 

Ms. Cole, as incoming Chair, will preside over a newly appointed leadership team including Chair of Mission Advancement Jamie Weinbaum of MidCity, and Treasurer Mark Sharer of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Bob Youngentob, the Immediate Past Chair, will become the Chair of the Governance Committee. 

ULI, established in 1936, has its three main offices in Washington, D.C., London, and Hong Kong, as well as more than 70 regional offices across the globe. ULI serves more than 30,000 members worldwide. The organization’s membership is interdisciplinary, including developers, investors, lenders, financiers, engineers, urban planners, architects, urban designers, academics, and public officials. 

ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Washington’s program of work is centered on three impact themes: Housing Affordability, Economic Competitiveness and Disruptive Technologies. ULI Washington tailors a variety of programs, products, and services to reflect these areas of focus. 

ULI Washington, one of the largest district councils in the world, serves over 2,000 members in the greater Washington, D.C area. 

The ULI Washington district council is one of 51 ULI district councils located in North America. According to ULI Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips, the Institute’s great strength is its ability to be effective both locally and globally. 

“Cities around the world are facing many of the same issues, such as population changes, rapid urbanization, economic stability, and environmental preservation,” Patrick said. “ULI and its district council program provide a highly effective information exchange through which members in vastly different markets can share ideas and best practices, in terms of how land use can be part of the solution to pressing urban problems.”

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