Americas Leadership

Jonathan H. Brinsden
ULI Americas Chairman

Jonathan H. Brinsden is Chairman of the ULI Americas Executive Committee, as well as a member of ULI’s Global Board of Trustees.

Jonathan H. Brinsden, chief executive officer of Houston-based real estate investment and development firm, Midway, brings extensive ULI leadership experience to his new role having previously served as a Global Board Director, Governing Trustee, ULI Foundation Governor and as chair of ULI Houston. Brinsden is active in a number of civic leadership and charitable organizations including serving as chairman of Central Houston, on the Executive Committee, and board, of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the board of SEARCH Homeless Services and the board of Coalition for the Homeless. Brinsden is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Bauer Graduate Real Estate Program and a frequent guest lecturer at Texas A&M University and Rice University.

Gwyneth Jones Cote
ULI Americas President

Multifamily industry leader Gwyneth Jones Cote, who most recently served as chief operating officer for Bell Partners, has joined ULI’s staff as the president of the Americas region. She will work closely with Chandler and the Americas Executive Committee, as well as ULI’s global leadership and staff to ensure that the Institute maximizes member engagement in the Americas region through the implementation of the Strategic Plan. She will also make certain that ULI’s work in the Americas aligns with the Institute’s work in the Europe and Asia Pacific regions, and that it reinforces a culture of philanthropy that results in more resources to support ULI’s mission-driven activities.

Cote, who served as Bell Partners chief operating officer from 2013 until the end of 2017, was responsible for a team of more than 1,400 employees and approximately 60,000 multifamily units. Prior to her service at Bell Partners, she consulted for several years to private real estate companies. Cote began her real estate career in 1989, joining the mid-Atlantic division of Trammell Crow Residential after receiving her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She remained with Trammell Crow as it evolved into Avalon Properties and AvalonBay Communities. She served 15 years with AvalonBay Communities (and its predecessor companies), concluding her career as a senior vice president, responsible for property operations of 19,000 apartment units located east of the Mississippi River. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College.

ULI Americas Executive Committee

Jonathan H. Brinsden

Chair
CEO
Midway
Houston
TX
United States

Gwyneth Jones Coté

Americas CEO
President, Americas
Urban Land Institute
Washington
DC
United States

John R. Chandler

Immediate Past Chairman
Majesteka Investments Holdings LLC
Winnetka
IL
United States

Owen D. Thomas

Ex Officio
Chief Executive Officer
Boston Properties
New York
NY
United States

W. Edward Walter

Ex Officio
Global Chief Executive Officer
Urban Land Institute
Washington
DC
United States

Michael Banner

Member
President/Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles LDC, Inc
Inglewood
CA
United States

Patrick Callahan

Member
CEO
Urban Renaissance Group
Seattle
WA
United States

Michael M Collins

Member
Managing Director, Public Finance & Healthcare
JE Dunn Capital Partners
Kansas City
MO
United States

Franz Colloredo-Mansfeld

Member
President and CEO
Cabot Properties
Boston
MA
United States

Fernando Costa

Member
Assistant City Manager
City of Fort Worth
Fort Worth
TX
United States

Clare De Briere

Member
Executive Vice President / Regional Manager
Skanska USA Commercial Development
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Lisa Y. Gordon

Member
President & CEO
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Atlanta
GA
United States

Linda J. Isaacson

Member
Managing Director, Global Head of Innovation and Technology
Ferguson Partners
New York
NY
United States

Matthew Kelly

Member
CEO
JBG SMITH Properties
Chevy Chase
MD
United States

Sharmil Modi

Member
Modi Adventureprises
Boston
MA
United States

Daniel M. Neidich

Member
CEO
Dune Real Estate Partners LP
New York
NY
United States

Hilary J. Spann

Member
Managing Director, Head of Americas, Real Estate Investments
CPPIB America, Inc.
New York
NY
United States

Greg T. West

Member
CEO
ZOM Living
Fort Lauderdale
FL
United States

Kavindi Wickremage

Member
Managing Director
Bain Capital
Boston
MA
United States

Leslie Woo

Member
CEO
CivicAction
Toronto
ON
Canada