What is ULI Boston/New England?
ULI, the Urban Land Institute, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and education organization that represents the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines in both private enterprise and public service. ULI Boston/New England focuses its efforts regionally and relies on the expertise of its members to promote best practices in the following areas: Capital Markets, Housing Affordability, Sustainability/Resiliency, and Public Infrastructure.
ULI Boston/New England at a Glance
- ULI Boston/New England is composed of over 1200 members
- Breakdown of member by industry
- Development = 25%
- Finance = 21%
- Professional Services = 16%
- Design & Planning = 14%
- Public & Institutional = 14%
- Other = 10%
- Geographical scope
- The Boston/New England District Council covers the six New England states with membership bases in Hartford, Manchester, Portland, Providence, New Haven, and Springfield.
- On average, we hold 30 programs and 80 convenings attended by 2200 people annually
ULI Boston/New England relies on its member experts to facilitate the open exchange of information and best practices in order to help inform industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.
Our members are experts in the following fields:
- Capital markets
- Real Estate Law
One way in which member experts are engaged, is through the Local Product Council and Committee Structure. Local Product Councils (LPCs) are a replica of ULI’s National Product Councils that focus specifically on the Greater Boston real estate market. ULI Boston/New England has five LPCs:
- Boston Market Council
- Housing & Economic Development
- Urban Development
Members are also active participants on a number of committees, including Real Estate Advisory, which oversees our Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) program; the Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee, which works to leverage women members both within ULI and within the real estate industry; the Young Leaders Group, an affinity group for members under the age of 35, and the newly formed Climate Resiliency Committee, which grew out of the Urban Implications of Living with Water report published in October 2014.
Leadership & Bios
Michelle Landers, Executive Director
In her role as Executive Director, Landers represents the region’s real estate market and provides the Boston/New England District Council with strategic guidance. Rising through the ranks in the District Council, Landers has been responsible for member engagement and public outreach, working with members and communities in administering the District Council’s Technical Assistance Panel program to provide land use recommendations to under-resourced local governments and public agencies. Overseeing a dozen active committees and local product councils, Landers works closely with the staff, Advisory Board, Management Committee and member leaders to accomplish the goals of the organization.
Prior to joining ULI, Landers served as the manager of marketing and events for the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she managed a multifaceted community marketing program and organized community and Chamber member events. Landers received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Don Briggs, District Council Chair
Don Briggs is executive vice president of development for Federal Realty Investment Trust. An architect by training, Briggs has overseen mixed-use projects and public/private endeavors nationwide. He is responsible for Federal Realty’s two-million-square-foot plus portfolio in Massachusetts that includes Linden Square in Wellesley and Dedham Place in Dedham. Since 2009, he has led the effort to build Somerville’s Assembly Row, a new urban neighborhood offering a vibrant mix of housing, retail and community space.
Prior to joining Federal Realty in 2000, Briggs worked as a Development Manager for Cousins Properties and with Whiting-Turner Contracting Company as a senior project manager. Briggs has a degree in Architecture from the University of Florida.
Technical Assistance Panels
ULI Boston/New England’s Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) program pairs qualifying cities and nonprofits facing significant development issues with a panel of ULI real estate experts who help the community tackle land use issues. Members volunteer their time for a day during which they are briefed on the development challenge, conduct closed door interviews with stakeholders and assemble findings and recommendations that are then presented to a city council. After 6-8 weeks, ULI releases a formal report that is made available to the public on our website.
ULI Boston/New England’s UrbanPlan volunteer program operates in 6 schools across Greater Boston: Bedford High School, Boston Latin School, Boston University, Brookline High School, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School and Newton North. Over 75 active UrbanPlan volunteers reach more than 450 students yearly.
UrbanPlan is a realistic and academically challenging classroom-based programs in which students learn the roles, issues, trade-offs, and economics involved in urban development. The program is supported by member volunteers who interact directly with the students to provide guidance developing realistic land use solutions to urban growth challenges facing cities.