Michael Horst is senior vice president for the ULI Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative, which works to add leadership to ULI’s activities and extend the Institute’s reach to many more current and potential leaders.
Horst was a founding sponsor and member of the Larson Leadership Initiative Advisory Board, and served as the senior resident fellow for leadership. Before his engagement with the Larson program, Horst oversaw ULI’s District Council Program for a decade, providing leadership, vision, and strategic planning for the North American district councils. He is a senior staff adviser for ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative and a Governor (Developer level) of the ULI Foundation.
Since beginning his career in 1970, Horst has also been a real estate consultant, educator, and developer. His consulting career included senior positions with Economics Research Associates, PBR, EDAW, and International Tourism and Resort Advisors. His clients included organizations such as the Walt Disney Company and the St. Joe Company and not-for-profits like the Rocky Mountain Institute and Habitat for Humanity.
Horst has created and taught multidisciplinary classes at Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA, and was an adjunct (full) professor at the University of Southern California. Horst was a cofounder of Shenoa Retreat and Learning Center, an ecoresort in northern California demonstrating ecologic, economic, and community sustainability and innovative building and financing technologies, such as straw-bale construction and the Land Stewardship program.
Throughout his career, Horst has been an active participant as a full member of the Urban Land Institute, serving as cofounder of the Sustainable Development Council and as vice chair of the Program Committee.
Horst holds a BA in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1967), and an MBA from Stanford University (1969), and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Design School (1982). He is on the Alumni Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council.