ULI Boston Market Council Presents – The Hard Thing about Hard Things
The competing priorities of investors, community, and municipalities can be the most challenging part of the development process to navigate.
Join ULI’s Boston Market Council on Thursday, May 24 for a discussion on the trade-offs needed when there are no easy answers for how to create a great real estate project. Jonathan Greeley, Sara Cassidy, and Christina Alexis will discuss their perspectives and respective needs to satisfy their stakeholders and make the needed compromises to move a project forward.
Jonathan provides leadership for the BRA’s review of development proposals from commercial and non-profit entities seeking to renovate and/or construct commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and mixed use projects in Boston. He manages the Development Review Department. Jonathan has significant experience with public engagement and neighborhood revitalization activities in complex urban environments. Since first joining the BRA as an intern in 2005, his work has included the implementation of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan, the reinvigoration of Downtown Crossing, conceptualization of air rights development along the Massachusetts Turnpike, and long-term planning for the Fenway neighborhood. Most recently, he has helped to launch Imagine Boston 2030.
Sara is an acquisition officer and is responsible for the origination and structuring of real estate investment transactions in the Northeast. Her role focuses on acquiring core, value-add and opportunistic office, residential, retail and industrial real estate. Sara has worked in the metro New York market and currently focuses on Boston and the New England region. Sara has been involved with the origination and structuring of over $3.5 billion of transactions in all product types on behalf of institutional investors.
With over a decade of nonprofit experience and diverse skill sets from both the nonprofit and private sectors, Christina was uniquely poised to lead the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge and did so successfully for two and a half years, developing a new vision to move the house into a thriving future.
Christina served in increasingly senior level roles, contributing her expertise to community service and health and human service organizations, including City Year, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Year Up, and The Dimock Center.Christina is currently leading the campaign efforts for a Suffolk County District Attorney Candidate in Boston.
Mark currently serves as Senior Vice-President at Twining Properties where he directs all acquisition efforts and leads the development of a 300,000 sf mixed-use project in the heart of Cambridge, MA. Prior to his role at Twining Properties, Mark served as Vice President of Development where he directed development and asset management of a 360,000 sf portfolio in Boston’s Seaport district which included residential, office, retail, and parking lots.
Jamie is a Managing Partner of Longfellow Real Estate Partners and jointly oversees all development, investment and operational activities at Longfellow. Since co-founding Longfellow in 2009, he has been responsible for growing the company through the execution of value-add and development projects in excess of 1,700,000 SF for institutional and commercial tenants. Under Jamie’s leadership, Longfellow has invested more than $250 million on behalf of institutional investors. In addition, Jamie has played an active role in the leasing activities of the firm, including work with companies ranging from newly-formed VC portfolio companies to major pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions. Jamie is a member of Longfellow’s investment committee.
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