ULI San Francisco: Unlocking Your Potential in ULI


2021-06-17T12:00:00 - 2021-06-17T13:00:00

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    This event is open to both ULI members and non-members and is free to attend. Registration is required.
    How can ULI elevate your career to the next level? Industry experts who are active ULI members share their personal experiences and regarding the impact of their ULI involvement at the local and national levels on their careers. Speakers will share the roadmap to elevating your membership and industry expertise through national and local Product Councils, Advisory Service Panels and Technical Assistance Panels, affinity groups, and more. Whether you're a non-member who's curious about ULI, are a new member looking to get involved, or are a seasoned member looking to level up your involvement, join us to learn more!
    This event is open to both ULI members and non-members and is free to attend. Registration is required.
    Tomas Schoenberg, Executive Vice President - Investments, The Swig Company (Moderator)
    • ULI SF Chair of Mission Advancement
    • ULI SF Executive Board Member and Management Committee Member
    • ULI SF YLG Mentor Program Mentor
    • Urban Development/Mixed Use Product Council
    • ULI SF Sponsorship Committee (Past Member)
    • ULI SF Commercial Local Product Council (Past Member)
    Carolyn Powell, Managing Director, Pacific Coast Capital Partners
    • ULI SF NEXT Committee Member
    • ULI SF Women's Leadership Initiative Committee Member
    • ULI SF Residential Local Product Council
    • UrbanPlan Volunteer
    • ULI SF Engagement Committee (Past Member)
    • Urban Development/Mixed-Use Product Council
    Riki Nishimura, Principal, Populous
    • ULI SF Engagement Committee Co-Chair
    • ULI SF Executive Board Member and Management Committee Member
    • ULI SF Commercial Local Product Council
    • ULI SF YLG Mentor Program Mentor
    • ULI SF Student Committee (Past Co-Chair)
    • ULI SF Sustainability Committee (Past Member)
    • Urban Land's 40 Under 40 
    • Advisory Services Panel (ASP) Panelist
    • Global Exchange Product Council
    • NEXT Global Committee Member
    Lauren Krause, Director - Environment, Social + Governance, Grosvenor
    • ULI SF Young Leaders Group (Past Committee Co-Chair)
    • UrbanPlan Volunteer
    • ULI SF Programs Committee (Past Member)
    • Urban Development/Mixed Use Product Council
    Carolyn Brennan, Vice President, Member Engagement, Urban Land Institute
    12:00-12:05 PM Welcome
    12:05-12:15 PM ULI National presentation 
    12:15-12:45 PM ULI stories from each panelist & panel discussion 
    12:45-1:00 PM Audience Q&A
    Thank you to Angela Biggs, Justin Zucker, Pat Calihan, Mathias Belayneh, Lindsay Corotis, Ken Kecskes, and Genevieve Cadwalader for organizing!



    Tomas Schoenberg

    Executive Vice President, Investments, The Swig Company

    Executive Vice President, Investments Tomas Schoenberg joined The Swig Company in 2005 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2014. With over three decades of institutional commercial real estate experience, he spearheads the Company’s new investment and capital sourcing efforts. Over the course of his career, Mr. Schoenberg has participated as a principal in transactions approaching $2 billion dollars of value, and comprising over 12 million square feet and over 3,000 multifamily units. Prior to joining The Swig Company, Mr. Schoenberg was Director of Investments for Peninsula-based developer, SARES-REGIS. He also previously held senior real estate officer positions with Kemper Real Estate Management, Integrated Resources and Metropolitan Life. Mr. Schoenberg is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He sits on the Board of ULI’s San Francisco District Council and is very active in mentoring younger real estate professionals through ULI and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of California.


    Carolyn Powell

    Managing Director, Pacific Coast Capital Partners

    Carolyn Powell is a Managing Director and serves as Head of the Debt Asset Management Group. Having joined PCCP in 2005, her responsibilities have included due diligence/closing, loan servicing, acquisitions, syndications/participations, investor relations and asset management to both debt and equity investments. She currently leads a team that manages in excess of $5.0 billion of debt investments across the United States. In addition, Ms. Powell assists in the fund management of several of PCCP’s debt platforms. Prior to joining PCCP, Ms. Powell worked for Tiarna Real Estate Services, where she handled office building management, as well as leasing and construction management. Prior to Tiarna, Carolyn managed a portfolio of combined retail, office and industrial properties for Charles Dunn Company. Ms. Powell received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She is an active member of the San Francisco chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI) where she serves on the Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee, the NEXT Initiative Committee, the Local Residential Product Council, and the ULI Americas Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council on the national level.


    Riki Nishimura

    Principal, Populous

    Riki Nishimura is a Principal at Populous, a global architectural design firm specializing in creating environments and venues that draw communities and people together. He is a licensed architect specializing in the future of designing smart (cities) with a focus on the psychology of spaces, repairing cities, future-proofing, urban mobility futures for shared mobility + AV and solving complex intertwined design and operational issues through urban strategies. He approaches design initiatives from a collaborative, visionary, ecological, data-driven and evidence-based perspective to achieve the best of what is possible. His projects optimize the functionality and viability of sports and entertainment districts, corporate/tech workplace campuses, university campuses, large-scale mixed-use urban regeneration districts, future cities, next-gen waterfronts, urban cultural parks, and institutional buildings at a global city, campus, building, and people operation scale. His designs seek a critical balance between visionary and fiscally responsible economic development to achieve memorable, sustainable, and enduring places for both the public and private realm. Committed to furthering sustainable strategies, practices, and contributions to the community, Riki has been active in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a nonprofit education and research institute with a focus on the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. The ULI recognized him as a recipient of its 2016 40 Under 40 award, recognizing the best and brightest young land use professionals from around the globe. He has participated in numerous ULI Advisory services panels, he serves on the ULI San Francisco district council executive management board, the co-chair of the membership experience committee, a mentor for the ULI Young Leaders Group (YLG) 2016-current, and a member of the Global Exchange Product Council. Riki also actively participates as a design review critic at Harvard, Stanford, RISD, UC Berkeley, and UCLA and has held an appointment at Stanford University as an adjunct lecturer for Risk and Resilience in the School of Engineering. Riki received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


    Lauren Krause

    Director - Environment, Social, and Governance, Grosvenor

    Lauren oversees, drives and evolves sustainability at Grosvenor and works to enhance the existing focus on delivering social benefit in North America. She is leading the Company in its pursuit of achieving the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. Additionally, Lauren steers Grosvenor’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion committee. Lauren most recently held the position of Senior Development Manager for Grosvenor’s San Francisco office. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, serving on the Executive Board and on a National Product Council. She received a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.