The Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council has appointed a new Chair, Kim Diamond, replacing outgoing Chair and Sack Properties CFO, Jeff Smith. Prior to her appointment as Chair of ULI San Francisco, Diamond served as ULI SF’s Chair of Mission Advancement.
The San Francisco District Council is one of 51 ULI District Councils located in the Americas. The Institute also has 14 National Councils in Europe and seven National Councils in Asia Pacific. ULI San Francisco is ULI’s largest District Council worldwide.
With over 18 years of experience in multifamily development, Diamond recently joined Trumark Urban as Senior Vice President of Development and Operations, where she oversees all aspects of the firm’s operations and development, including project entitlement management and due diligence oversight, as well as customer care and warranty management. Before joining Trumark Urban, Ms. Diamond was Principal and Co-Founder of 7×7 Development, a community-focused real estate development and investment firm.
Michelle Malanca Frey, Executive Director of ULI San Francisco, said, “A ULI member since 2003, Kim has made incredible contributions to ULI SF, including as Chair of Mission Advancement, Co-Chair of our Programs Committee, and as a member of our Policy and Practice Committee and Residential Local Product Council. I am looking forward to working closely with Kim over the next few years.”
Malanca Frey added, “I’d also like to express huge thanks to Jeff Smith, CFO of Sack Properties, who has been our wonderful Chair for the last three years. Under his leadership, we have created a new strategic plan, hosted the ULI 2015 Fall Meeting, and launched Housing the Bay. I’ve deeply appreciated his guidance over the last year and feel lucky to have had the chance to work with him.”
Ms. Diamond received her Master of Arts in Urban Planning at the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, with a concentration in urban design and planning. She is also a member of Lambda Alpha International, the former Chair of the Green Working Group for the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area and a current Board Member for Lao Family Services, a social services organization focused on immigrant communities.
“I am excited to carry through the vision and initiatives identified and prioritized in ULI San Francisco’s most recent strategic plan, including the Housing the Bay initiative and summit. I am eager to continue to strengthen communications internally within the San Francisco District Council and also between ULI San Francisco and ULI’s Washington D.C. headquarters.”
Ms. Diamond also intends to continue predecessor Jeff Smith’s work engaging and growing public sector participation in ULI San Francisco and to work in conjunction with the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) to support current and future efforts to provide leadership opportunities for women in the industry as well as continuing to attract women to the land use and development fields.