ULI Panelists' Biographies

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Philip Payne

Principal and CEO

Ginkgo Residential

Charlotte, North Carolina

For over 25 years Mr. Payne’s primary focus has been the development, acquisition, rehabilitation and management of middle market (workforce) multifamily housing. During his career, Mr. Payne has been involved in more than $4 billion in multifamily related transactions

Mr. Payne is currently the CEO of Ginkgo Residential, which was formed in July 2010.  Ginkgo provides property management services for multifamily properties in the southeastern United States and is actively involved in the acquisition and substantial rehabilitation of middle market multifamily properties. He is a principal in Ginkgo Investment Company, formed in July 2013, which invests in multifamily properties in the southeastern United States. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Payne served as the CEO of Babcock & Brown Residential.  Prior to joining Babcock & Brown Residential, Mr. Payne was the Chairman of BNP Residential Properties Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust that was acquired by Babcock & Brown Ltd, a publicly traded Australian investment bank, in February 2007.

In addition to his duties at Ginkgo, Mr. Payne is a member of the Board of Directors of Ashford Hospitality Trust, a NYSE listed real estate investment trust focused on the hospitality industry.

Mr. Payne is a Trustee and Governor of the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”), and is a member of ULI's Responsible Property Investing Council (founding Chairman), a former co-chairman of ULI’s Climate, Land Use and Energy Committee and currently services as a member of the advisory board for ULI’s Center for Sustainability.  He is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Mr. Payne received a BS and a JD degree from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.  He has written for various publications and spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of topics including real estate investment trusts, securities regulations, finance, workforce housing, responsible property investing, sustainability and resilience.


Hilary Chapman

Housing Program Manager

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Washington, D.C.

Hilary S. Chapman is the Housing Program Manager for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).  At COG, Hilary convenes regional leaders who work directly to solve the challenges of homelessness and affordable housing and provides research and analysis to support local housing policy and practice using a regional solutions-based framework.

Hilary is the lead staff person for two technical committees on housing and homelessness and collaborates throughout COG’s other departments to integrate housing considerations into related fields of health, transportation, and the environment.  In her role as lead staff person for the Homeless Services Committee, she helps coordinate the annual regional homeless enumeration that takes place during the last week of January each year and is the principal author of the Committee’s findings, Homelessness in Metropolitan Washington. 

Hilary also collaborates with COG’s housing and planning partners, serving as an Advisory Board member for the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance (NVAHA), a participant and convener of the Greater Washington Housing Leaders Group, and a planning member for the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)’s annual meeting.  Hilary participated in ULI Washington’s Regional Land Use Leadership Institute and is active in ULI’s Housing Initiative Council. She also volunteers weekly at a program site in the District of Columbia with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project.

Prior to joining COG, Hilary spent nearly a decade as an affordable housing developer, working with public housing authorities nationally primarily through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOPE VI program to redevelop their most distressed housing units.  She had direct responsibility for the construction of over 250 affordable housing units and the planning and financing of over 1,000 more.  She also served the Government of the District of Columbia as a Capital City Fellow. 

Hilary holds a master’s degree in city planning from MIT and an undergraduate degree in sociology from The College of William & Mary.  She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Rohit Kumar, their young daughter, Kiera, and several formerly homeless animals - a dog and two cats.

Ian Colgan          

Assistant Executive Director

Oklahoma City Housing Authority

Oklahoma City, OK

Ian is the Assistant Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Housing Authority, one of the largest public housing authorities in the country with 3,100 public housing units and over 4,000 Housing Choice Vouchers.  Ian leads all real estate development, planning, and policy initiatives for the Authority.  Ian was previously the Assistant Planning Director for the City of Oklahoma City, where he spearheaded the production of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Downtown Planning Framework, several commercial district plans, and the creation of two new Tax Increment Finance districts.  Ian was also formerly Principal with Development Concepts, Inc., an Indianapolis, Indiana based redevelopment consulting firm where he prepared market-based studies and redevelopment plans for communities throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

Ian holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington, a Master of Business Administration from Anderson University, and a BA from Kalamazoo College.  He has been a member of ULI since 2012 and participates on the Urban Revitalization Product Council.  


JoAnne Fiebe

Florida Center for Community Design and Research

School of Architecture and Community Design, University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida 

JoAnne Fiebe is a research faculty member and adjunct instructor at the Florida Center for Community Design and Research – a statewide research center at the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture and Community Design.  Through her work at the Florida Center, JoAnne provides design expertise, performs applied research, and manages community engagement programs to address urban challenges related to the built environment.

JoAnne Fiebe has 13 years of experience in both the public and private sectors managing a range of urban design and planning projects.  Prior to coming to the Florida Center, JoAnne worked for the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization on long-range planning, economic development, and policy for transit-oriented development districts in the Washington D.C. metro area.  Ms. Fiebe’s previous experience included managing entitlements for large residential and mixed-use projects at several development firms.  For the past seven years, she has served on the board of a non-profit urban design collaborative, The Urban Charrette, which cultivates knowledge of leading urban design practices to build vibrant cities. She also teaches graduate courses at the University of South Florida on city planning and sustainable urban development.

JoAnne earned her degrees in Architecture from the University of Miami and a Master of Urban and Community Design from the University of South Florida where she also worked at the Center for Urban Transportation Research and co-authored a study on transit and bicycle lanes.  She has been published in the Transportation Research Board, the National Civic Review, and her research was cited in the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide. In her career, Ms. Fiebe has led over 20 public planning projects including over a dozen community engagement charrettes.  She participated in the Urban Land Institute Regional Land Use and Leadership Institute and was a resource team member for two Mayor’s Institute for City Design programs. She is a member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, is LEED accredited, and is a certified charrette planner.

Lacy McManus, M.B.A.

Director of Program Development

Greater New Orleans, Inc.

New Orleans, LA

As the Director of Program Development for Greater New Orleans, Inc.—the economic development alliance for the ten parish Greater New Orleans region—Lacy is responsible for relationships and coordination between product and business development, positioning the organization’s workforce, environmental and resilience initiatives as catalysts for wealth generation in Southeast Louisiana. In this role, Lacy acts as a liaison between GNO, Inc. and private philanthropies, business community stakeholders, government agencies, and non-profit partners to ensure GNO, Inc.’s programs create a thriving regional economy. 

Specifically, Lacy oversees GNO, Inc.’s Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy (CCRE), an unprecedented business-led advocacy campaign for holistic coastal restoration in South Louisiana. Lacy also coordinates GNO, Inc.’s workforce development programs, including an award-winning outreach series to local educators, as well as ongoing engagements with regional higher-ed institutions.  In 2015, Lacy worked with the State of Louisiana and City of New Orleans to bring in over $233 million in resilience funds to the region via HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition. On the federal front, Lacy serves on GNO, Inc.’s policy team advancing reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program via the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI). Lacy also represents GNO, Inc. on the Housing NOLA Leadership Team and CONNECT Coalition.

Prior to joining the GNO, Inc. staff, Lacy was the Special Initiatives Manager with the non-profit organization the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), where she oversaw an innovative transportation, land-use and housing policy and advocacy campaign.  Lacy has unique branding and communications experience from several years living and working abroad in both Auroville, India and Paris, France.  Lacy is an active member of the Junior League of New Orleans, a board member of the public transit advocacy organization RIDE New Orleans, an alum of the 2016 Emerging Philanthropist of New Orleans class, and a Lead Mentor to entrepreneurs in the Propeller small business incubator.  

Lacy holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, a M.A. in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.  


John R. Orfield, LEED AP


BOKA Powell

Dallas, Texas 

A graduate of Columbia University with a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design, John Orfield is both product and proponent of the collaborative style that BOKA Powell exemplifies. The 40 year-old planning and design firm, based in Dallas, specializes in corporate and commercial office, higher education, hospitality, urban living, and senior living. A LEED-accredited professional, John is an expert in urban planning and sustainability. His 35 years of design experience includes landmark workplace, academic, luxury hotel and residential projects across the United States and Mexico.

Growing up in an artistically-inclined family, John developed an interest in exploring the kinship between architecture, film, and dance — art forms he sees as related in their portrayal of human experience moving through space and time. He has sought out collaborative environments or created them on the spot in design firms and universities from New York to Indianapolis to Mexico City. John considers every project a partnership, not only between the architect and the client, but also with the site itself. He sees this contextual approach as one reason why there is no recognizable BOKA Powell “style” — only spaces that benefit their surroundings as the result of a very intentional design process.

John’s recent projects include major projects for Southwest Airlines, including the carrier’s corporate headquarters master plan, the 1.1 million square foot “Wings” Office Building, Flight Training Center and Garage, and the 500,000 square-foot Training and Operations Support Center at Dallas’ Love Field; the Texas A&M West Campus student housing complex, designed to accommodate 4,000 students in College Station, Texas; The Venue at the Ballpark, a 241-unit apartment complex overlooking the Birmingham Barons ballpark; Hotel Ajax, a boutique hotel and condominium project in Telluride, Colorado; and multiple corporate and commercial office projects for Hillwood and Cawley Partners in North Texas. John’s higher education portfolio includes more than 5.5 million square feet of university architecture, including student housing and academic buildings. John has also designed corporate headquarters campuses for Accor, Daimler Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and Computer Associates. While a vice-president at Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc., John completed the iconic 400,000 square-foot Eli Lilly Corporate Center in downtown Indianapolis.

In 1996, John joined Dallas-based architecture and planning firm HaldemanPowell+Partners. Now known as BOKA Powell, John became a partner and owner in the practice in 1999. Prior, John was a vice-president at Indianapolis-based Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc. from 1988 to 1994. He worked in numerous architectural intern positions in Houston, New Haven, Conn., and New York City, including an undergraduate internship with Mitchell Giurgola. John earned a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University in 1987. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University in Houston in 1980 and 1982, respectively.

A lifelong educator, John was a member of the faculty of the University of Houston College of Architecture from 1984 to 1986, where he earned the Excellence in Teaching award. He also held an appointment as a visiting professor at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico from 1994 to 1995.

John resides with his family in Southlake, Texas, a suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth. His wife, Dornith Doherty, is a Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas in Denton. She is the 2016 Texas State Visual Artist of the Year for 2D media and is a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in photography. They have two children, Aiden (26) and Elana (23).


Cassie Wright

Project Manager

Urban Ventures, LLC

Denver, Colorado

Cassie Wright is the Project Manager for Urban Ventures, LLC, a real estate company that is dedicated to creating healthy, sustainable communities. In her position, Cassie works on all aspects of real estate development: from land acquisition to project construction. She tests the financial feasibility of projects, actively participates in the site planning and design processes, develops marketing and sales related materials and closely interacts with project partners. Additionally, Ms. Wright consults on real estate projects that focus on the relationship between the built environment and healthy living. In this role, she researches and implements best practices and health-based programming to foster community development that promotes social cohesion and positive wellbeing.

Currently, Cassie is involved with the land development of Aria Denver, a 17.5-acre mixed-use, mixed-income project that will include over 450 units and a commercial component.  Upon completion, Aria Denver will promote healthy living with community gardens, production farms, a food-producing greenhouse, pocket parks, outdoor fitness equipment, and pathways integrated into the site.  Aria Denver is part of Cultivate Health, a partnership among neighboring Regis University, the surrounding neighborhoods, and over a dozen non-profit organizations.  Funded in large part by The Colorado Health Foundation, Cultivate Health is providing infrastructure enhancements and programming that promote an active lifestyle, increase access to healthy food, and offer integrated health services.  Cassie is co-manager of The Colorado Health Foundation grant and is managing the implementation of three major infrastructure projects (i.e. production farms, improved bicycle facilities, and neighborhood wellness loop) that are included in the Cultivate Health initiative.

Cassie is also actively working on the Aria Cohousing project.  Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods that combine private homes and shared spaces.  In cohousing, residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods while sharing common facilities and good connections with neighbors.  Aria Cohousing is the redevelopment of a 35,000 square foot convent into 28 condominium units and shared community spaces including a community dining room, kitchen, multi-purpose room, guest room and sunroom. 

Finally, Cassie is project manager for STEAM on the Platte, a 3.2-acre, mixed-use project in Denver’s abandoned, industrial corridor along the Platte River. In its first phase, STEAM will feature the conversion of an existing 65,000 square foot industrial warehouse into office space and the creation of a courtyard and promenade that connects to the river’s edge.

Cassie holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College. She serves on the non-profit board for Soul Spring as well as the Mile High Connects Advisory Council.

Stockton Williams

Executive Director of the Terwilliger Center for Housing

ULI-the Urban Land Institute

Washington, DC 

Mr. Williams has more than 20 years’ experience in housing and economic policy, research, advocacy, and development and has held senior leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  Under his leadership, the ULI Terwilliger Center produces research, promotes best practices, and advises the development industry and local officials on a broad range of housing issues, including affordable/workforce, senior living, and market-rate residential development. Mr. Williams is a frequent commentator on housing issues in the media. 

He is the author of the recent ULI publication Preserving Multifamily Workforce and Affordable Housing: New Approaches for Investing in a Vital National Asset and co-author of Housing in the Evolving American Suburb and The Economics of Inclusionary Development.

Before joining ULI in January 2015, Mr. Williams was Managing Principal of the Washington, D.C., office of HR&A Advisors. Prior to joining HR&A, Mr. Williams served as Senior Advisor in two Federal Cabinet agencies: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Energy.

He has also been Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Enterprise Community Partners; a Senior Advisor at Living Cities; a Senior Legislative and Policy Associate at the National Council of State Housing Agencies; and a developer of affordable housing. He is Chairman of the Board of Groundswell, a clean energy innovator harnessing community economic power for the common good. He holds an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Princeton University.

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Beth Silverman

Senior Director, Advisory Services

ULI – the Urban Land Institute

Washington, DC

Beth Silverman serves as the Senior Director of Advisory Services for the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. In her role with the Advisory Services program, Beth works with global communities to think through complex urban challenges and develop unique programs to address everything from land use issues to urban regeneration to rising sea levels to community resilience.

Beth is also part of a team that created and runs the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship, operated as a partnership between NLC, ULI and PolicyLink--providing one year of technical assistance to an annual class of six cities to help them pursue more equitable and inclusive economic development policies, programs and funding.

Beth is an urban planner and economic development professional with over twelve years of experience working in the public, private and non-profit sectors of urban planning, policy, real estate and economic development. Prior to joining ULI, she was an Assistant Vice President with the NYC Economic Development Corporation where she balanced program management with an eclectic portfolio of economic development, real estate, cultural heritage, and policy projects. Beth firmly believes that all places matter and has devoted her career to supporting all communities and identifying a place’s potential, leveraging its assets, and bringing the right resources together to support a community’s opportunities and possibility.

Ms. Silverman holds a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and an undergraduate degree in urban landscape studies from the University of Maryland’s Individual Studies Program.  When she is not working, Ms. Silverman likes to get outside as much as possible (hiking, surfing, cycling, and beyond) and volunteers as a strategic advisor for the Red Hook Crit, a Brooklyn-based night time running and fixed criterium bike race.


Steven Gu

Associate, Education and Advisory Group

ULI-the Urban Land Institute

Washington, DC

Steven is an associate in the Education and Advisory Group at the Urban Land Institute. Previously, Steven was an intern with ULI in 2013 and 2014, where he researched and designed a matrix on public official and community outreach programs around land use, communicated with public officials and leaders in the real estate industry for content development; created electronic database of advisory panel reports for future marketing purposes and library reference, developed a matrix on natural disaster recovery case studies for 2014 Colorado Advisory Panel and published content on Nichols Prize award winners for the “Visionaries in Urban Development” book. 

Prior to his ULI experience, Steven was an extern with the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD), was co-founder and site administrator for The Prospect, an online resource for students who are interested in pursuing higher education from the perspective of current students and higher education experts, an Admissions Fellow with the Admissions Office at Swarthmore College, and a Constituent Services Intern with Senator Daylin Leach’s Office in King of Prussia, PA. In addition, Steven wrote an honors thesis comparing the biking experience in Washington, D.C. and Copenhagen after spending a summer conducting on-site research and interviews.

Steven has Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Urban Studies and Political Science from Swarthmore College and spent a semester at the Bartlett School of Planning at the University College London. He was also a 2015 Fulbright Finalist for Urban Planning Research in Singapore.