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New ULI Los Angeles Chair Clare DeBriere to Focus on Core Urban Issues

Former Ratkovich Company COO Commits Land-Use Group to Advancing Solutions for Housing, Planning and Transportation

ULI Los Angeles, a District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), has named Clare DeBriere its new Chair. DeBriere is former Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of The Ratkovich Company. In 2017 she founded neighborhood development firm C+C Ventures. DeBriere will lead ULI Los Angeles for a two-year period, succeeding Bank of America Senior V.P. Charmaine Atherton.

DeBriere will direct ULI Los Angeles towards the city’s core challenges, from planning, homelessness and density, to transportation and bringing new technologies to urban solutions.

“ULI’s mission is to lead in the responsible use of land, and to create and sustain thriving communities. I want to focus the best minds in Los Angeles on that mission,” said DeBriere. “We will share solutions from other global cities, and multiply the successes already achieved in the Los Angeles region.”

ULI Los Angeles is headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles. It will host ULI’s annual, international Fall Meeting October 23-26, 2017, with approximately 7,000 land-use leaders, including developers, finance executives, economic development specialists, architects, urban planners, property owners and managers, public officials and academics.

Three Key Goals for Land-Use Leadership

Driving DeBriere’s agenda for ULI Los Angeles is its Land Use Leadership Committee, a highly engaged and diverse group from the public and private sectors.

“This team ranges from traditional development and design professionals to influential community-based advocates for good planning and smart growth,” said DeBriere.

The Land Use Leadership Committee will focus on three key goals: addressing the city’s immense urban-growth challenges, introducing successful solutions from around the world, and expanding ULI’s base to include large-scale space users such as studios, hospitals and corporations.

“Because these institutions occupy significant amounts of land or office space, they have a huge impact on the growth and direction of the city,” said DeBriere. “We will invite them into conversations about issues that affect us all, such as transportation, density and revitalization. We will also diversify in the opposite direction, incorporating small-scale developers and neighborhood groups that influence the fabric of Los Angeles on a block-by-block, doorstep-by-doorstep level.”

ULI Los Angeles’ Land Use Leadership Committee is chaired by Cox Castle Nicholson Partner David C. Waite, and co-chaired by AECOM Chief Executive Kelli Bernard and Mack Urban CEO Paul N. Keller.

In addition to the growth goals outlined by DeBriere, ULI Los Angeles will continue to shed light on crucial policy issues, represented by the series of public forums it offered on the recent Measure S neighborhood planning initiative. Continuing her support of all these goals is Gail Goldberg, ULI Los Angeles Executive Director, and former planning director for both Los Angeles and San Diego.

“Clare brings a very specific and valuable understanding of development issues,” said Goldberg. “This includes acquisition, entitlement, planning and development of some of the city’s most significant places, from The Hercules Campus in Playa Vista to The Bloc in downtown Los Angeles. She has long been a tremendous asset to ULI Los Angeles and we enthusiastically welcome her assuming the role of chair at such a pivotal time for the city.”

About Clare DeBriere

Clare Debriere serves on ULI’s National Advisory Committee for Building Healthy Places and Building Healthy Corridors. She has served on a ULI Advisory Panel in the City of Denver and on a local Technical Assistance Panel for the Huntington Hospital and Cal Poly Pomona. She has been named on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference list and has been on the Real Estate – Southern California’s Women of Influence list every year since 2003. Clare is also on the Advisory Board of the UCLA History Department; and served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

About ULI Los Angeles

The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 40,000 members representing all aspects of the land use and development disciplines. ULI Los Angeles has an active membership drawn from the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, and is composed of groups and individuals united in their pursuit of improving land-use policies.

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