Americas Leadership

Jack Chandler
ULI Americas Chairman

Jack Chandler is Chairman of the ULI Americas Executive Committee, as well as a member of ULI’s Global Board of Trustees, in addition to a founding member of the Asian Real Estate Association,  Executive Committee member at the Wharton School Real Estate Center, and member of the Pension Real Estate Association.

Jack is the Founder of Majesteka Investments Holdings, a private firm providing integrated strategic leadership and capital for emerging disruptive companies at the intersection of real estate, asset management, and technology. Since its founding in 2017 Majesteka has made investments and is serving on the Boards or as Senior Advisors to three technology enabled real estate firms.

Prior to forming Majesteka, Jack was Managing Director and Chairman of BlackRock’s Global Real Estate business with a focus on the strategic development of the platform as well as investment and client activities. He was also a member of the Real Estate Global Executive Committee, the BlackRock Alternative Investment Executive, and Investment Committees. He joined BlackRock in 2011 as Global Head of Real Estate with responsibilities for the business and investment performance of the platform as well as developing and executing a strategic plan with resulted in doubling the platform during his tenure.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr. Chandler held various positions with LaSalle Investment Management throughout his 25-year service, most recently as the Global Chief Investment Officer and Executive Chairman for Asia Pacific where he oversaw the firm’s principal investment activities and risk management process and was deeply involved in investment strategy and investor relations for the Asia Pacific region. In addition, he oversaw LaSalle’s capital raising team which created and raised capital for new products and vehicles to expand LaSalle’s investors’ access to attractive investment opportunities across the globe.

From 2000 until 2010, Jack was based in Singapore as the Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for creating the firm’s Asia Pacific business into a US$7.4 billion AUM business with six commingled funds and more than 200 employees based in six offices across Asia Pacific. Prior to relocating to Asia in 2000 to launch the business there, he was Managing Director for the firm’s direct investment activities in the US.

He received a B.S. in industrial engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Harvard 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

John R. Chandler

Chair
Founder
Majesteka Investments Holdings LLC
Winnetka
IL
United States

Gwyneth Jones Coté

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

Patricia R. Healy

Immediate Past Chairman
Principal
Hyde Street Holdings, LLC
Raleigh
NC
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

David B. Allman

Member
Chairman
Regent Partners
Atlanta
GA
United States

Jonathan H. Brinsden

Member
CEO
Midway
Houston
TX
United States

Patrick Callahan

Member
CEO
Urban Renaissance Group
Seattle
WA
United States

Franz Colloredo-Mansfeld

Member
President and CEO
Cabot Properties
Boston
MA
United States

Clare De Briere

Member
Executive Vice President, Regional Managing Partner
Skanska USA Commercial Development
Los Angeles
CA
United States

Lizanne Galbreath

Member
Managing Director
Galbreath & Company
Norwalk
CT
United States

Marty Jones

Member
Principal
MLJ Insights
Winchester
MA
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

James A. Ratner

Member
Partner
RMS Corporations Inc
Cleveland
OH
United States

Hilary J. Spann

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

Leslie Woo

Member
Chief Development Officer
Metrolinx + Infrastructure Ontario
Toronto
ON
Canada