Housing Initiative Council

The Housing Initiative Council serves as a platform to understand issues around housing and to provide solutions to increase housing production in Los Angeles.

Housing Initiative Council

ULI LA’s Housing Council is a limited-capacity council modeled on the format of ULI’s national Product Councils. The Housing Council invites high-level representatives engaged in housing research, policy and production to gather with the mission of: (1) identifying best practices and policies that can be employed to remove barriers to the provision of greater, higher quality and more affordable housing opportunities to households of every income category, and (2) addressing new issues that arise at the earliest point before they become barriers to the provision and affordability of housing.

Members of the Council include:

  1. Allan Abshez, Partner, Loeb & Loeb, LLP – Housing Council Chair
  2. Paul Keller, Principal, Mack Urban – Vice-Chair for Market Housing
  3. Steven Spielberg, Director of Business Development, EAH Housing – Vice-Chair for Affordable Housing
  4. Jim Andersen, Senior VP, Trammel Crow Company
  5. Charmaine Atherton, Senior VP, Community Development Banking, Bank of America
  6. Ashley Atkinson, Senior Planning & Development Manager, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
  7. Ryan Aubry, Director of Development, Greenland USA
  8. Tara Barauskas, Executive Director, Community Corp of Santa Monica
  9. Todd Bauer, Partner, Deloitte
  10. Jane Blumenfeld, Retired, LA City Planning
  11. Marlon Boarnet, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning, USC
  12. Kelly Boyer, Director, Citi Community Capital
  13. Bob Buente, President/CEO, 1010 Development Corporation
  14. Michael Costa, President/CEO, Highridge Costa Companies
  15. Neils Cotter, Senior Vice President, Carmel Partners
  16. Ben Feingold, Director, Grayslake Advisors
  17. Andrew Fogg, Partner, Cox Castle & Nicholson
  18. Richard Gerwitz, Co-head, Citi Community Capital
  19. John Given, Principal, CityBuild Advisors
  20. Jenna Hornstock, Deputy Executive Officer, Metro
  21. Beatrice Hsu, Senior Vice President, Development, Brookfield Properties
  22. John Huskey, Chairman and CEO, Meta Housing Corp
  23. Stephen Hutto, Chief Investment Officer, Gemdale USA
  24. Sara Kramer, Vice President, RCLCO
  25. Josh Kurpies, District Director, Office of Assemblymember Richard Bloom
  26. Joan Ling, Adjunct Professor, UCLA Luskin School
  27. David Martin, Director, Planning, City of Santa Monica
  28. Ehud Mouchly, Principal, READI, LLC
  29. Brendan O’Donnell, Business Development Associate, Skid Row Housing Trust
  30. John Perfitt, Executive Director, Restore Neighborhoods LA
  31. Patrick Prescott, Community Development Director, City of Burbank
  32. Shlomi Ronen, Managing Principal, Dekel Capital
  33. Paul Silvern, Vice President, HR&A
  34. Don Spivack, Adjunct Associate Professor, USC
  35. Chris Tourtellotte, Managing Director, Acquisitions & Capital Markets, LaTerra Development
  36. Linda Wheaton, Assistant Director, Intergovernmental Affairs, CA Dept of HCD
  37. Clyde Wood, Vice President, Development, CIM Group

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