New Position is Part of ULI’s Evolution as a Global, Member-Focused Organization
WASHINGTON (May 26, 2016) – Real estate industry leader Jeanne R. Myerson, principal at The Belgrave Group in San Francisco, has been named chief executive officer for the Americas region of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an interdisciplinary research and education institute dedicated to leadership in land use and creating thriving communities worldwide. Myerson, an active ULI San Francisco member, will join ULI’s staff as Americas CEO on June 28, 2016.
The Americas CEO position, a new one for the institute, was created as part of ULI’s global evolution initiative that is being implemented to enable ULI to more effectively serve its membership of 38,000-plus land use and real estate experts worldwide. The Americas region includes the United States, Canada and Latin America.
Myerson is joining the executive staff team headed by ULI Global CEO Patrick L. Phillips. As Americas CEO, she will work with the rest of the executive team and ULI’s volunteer leadership, including Global Chairman Randall K. Rowe and Americas Chairman Patricia R. “Trish” Healy to enhance the member value of ULI’s many offerings, and to provide new opportunities for member engagement and leadership.
“Jeanne’s strong combination of leadership skills, institutional knowledge and industry expertise will serve ULI well as it continues to expand its reach and influence,” Rowe said. “We are confident that she will improve the ULI experience for our members in the Americas by finding new ways to deliver member value, and, through our members, to continue positioning ULI as the most impactful authority on land use and the creation of sustainable, thriving communities.”
“Jeanne has a proven track record of taking complicated matrix-driven situations and simplifying them in a way that creates long-term value,” Healy said. “We are very pleased to have attracted someone of her leadership caliber, with both private-sector board and CEO experience, and who, as an active member, is committed to the fulfillment of ULI’s mission.”
Myerson will provide executive leadership and strategic direction in the areas of regional programs and services, member networks (including ULI’s product councils and district councils), industry outreach, and new partnerships. This includes oversight of management, fiscal goals and long-range strategies for the Americas in accordance with ULI’s worldwide mission, vision, and business plan.
Myerson has a long history of involvement with ULI, participating for years in the institute’s product council program as a member of the Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council and the Industrial and Office Park Development Council. She has also served as a volunteer for UrbanPlan, ULI’s highly popular urban development course for high school and undergraduate students.
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen to head the Americas region. As a long-time member, I fully understand the value and potential that this organization brings to its members. I look forward to tapping my three decades in commercial real estate and harnessing the unparalleled passion and commitment of ULI’s members to develop new ways to enhance that value proposition,” Myerson said.
“We are delighted to have Jeanne coming on board,” Phillips said. “She is bringing to ULI decades of experience as a thoughtful, innovative leader who shares our commitment to improving people’s lives though better communities. Jeanne can help us build the next generation of ULI, making it even more responsive, productive and influential in the years ahead.”
The Belgrave Group, founded by Myerson in 2015, is an independent consulting firm specializing in family-owned company governance; generational transitions; investment company business plans; and capitalization strategies. From 1997 to 2014, Myerson served as president and CEO of The Swig Company, a private real estate investment firm in San Francisco, transforming it into a best-in-class company while growing the company’s portfolio value twentyfold.
Prior to her service at Swig, Myerson held senior executive positions at Bailard Biehl & Kaiser, where she managed a private real estate investment trust; at NeXT Computer Inc., where she was recruited by company owner Steve Jobs to oversee the leasing, planning, management and operations of the company’s facilities worldwide; and at Metropolitan Life Real Estate Investments, where she managed all aspects of real estate investment and finance.
Myerson was recognized in 2009 by the San Francisco Business Times as the Bay Area’s “Most Admired Private Company CEO”; and she subsequently was a recipient of the SF BizTimes’s “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” and “Forever Influential” awards. She was inducted into the Women of Influence in Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2011, and into the Real Estate Forum’s Hall of Fame in 2014.
She is serving, or has served, on several corporate boards, including the Berkshire Group and BRE Properties, Inc.; on advisory boards for Mosaic Real Estate Credit, LLC; Build, Inc., and Presidio Bank; and on several nonprofit and industry organization boards, including Build Public (a San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to creative placemaking); SPUR (a nonprofit focused on urban planning issues in the Bay Area); the Fisher Center for Real Estate; Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco; and San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute 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 38,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.