About

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.

 

 

Rachel MacCleery
Senior Vice President

Rachel MacCleery

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
Associate

Sara HammerschmidtSara 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.

Sara is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin; her research focuses on how planning departments throughout the country are incorporating public health considerations into their work. Sara holds a BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

 

Senior ULI Advisers

Maureen McAvey
Bucksbaum Family Chair for Retail

Maureen McAveyMaureen 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.

 

 

 

 

Ed McMahon
Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy

Ed McMahonEd 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.

 

 

 

 

Michael Horst
ULI Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative

mike horst photoMichael Horst 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. He is also a Governor (Developer level) of the ULI Foundation. Read more.

 

About the Building Healthy Places Initiative

The Building Healthy Places Initiative leverages the power of ULI's global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. Learn more.

Contact us at health@uli.org.

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