At the beginning of 2013, ULI’s Board of Directors approved a focus on healthy communities as a cross-disciplinary theme for the organization. The initiative spans fiscal years 2014 and 2015.
Meet the Staff
The Building Healthy Places Initiative is managed by a dedicated team with a strong understanding of the connections between health and the built environment.
The Building Healthy Places Initiative staff works to connect ULI’s powerful global networks with research and resources to move the conversation forward.
Senior Vice President
Rachel MacCleery leads the organization’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, as well as its Infrastructure Initiative.
Under the Building Healthy Places Initiative, MacCleery is spearheading ULI’s efforts to leverage the power of ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. Read more.
Sara Hammerschmidt supports the Building Healthy Places Initiative, the Infrastructure Initiative, and other ULI centers and initiatives. She previously worked at PolicyLink in Oakland, California, researching the inclusion of social and economic equity into projects, plans, and policies that are being implemented at the intersection of health and the built environment. Sara worked for eight years in the technology industry in Austin before obtaining a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009.
In 2015, Sara received a PhD in Community and Regional Planning form the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focused on how planning departments throughout the country are incorporating public health considerations into their work. Sara also holds a BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Matthew Norris supports the Building Healthy Places Initiative and works on projects linking health, sustainability and development. He previously worked at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign where he focused on improving access to safe, reliable and equitable modes of transportation throughout southern New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.
Matt earned his Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2010, where he focused on international development and comprehensive planning. Matt also holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Kansas.
Senior ULI Advisers
Bucksbaum Family Chair for Retail
Maureen McAvey concentrates on urban retail and has led several special projects focused on demographics and future urban development. She is the author of many reports and is a sought-after speaker for events and programs around the globe. Read more.
Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy
Ed McMahon is nationally known as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and leading authority on topics related to sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. McMahon is the author or coauthor of 15 books and more than 300 articles. Read more.