The ULI San Francisco executive board announced the appointment of Michelle Malanca Frey as its new Executive Director effective June 27, stepping into the role of Elliot Stein who is retiring in July 2016.
The former Vice President at the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), Frey has two decades of built environment experience working with numerous organizations around the globe to drive the development of healthy, livable, and sustainable communities and buildings. She is a long time member of ULI San Francisco and has served as the organization’s Sustainability Committee Co-Chair for the last six years.
“We are thrilled to have Michelle as our new Executive Director,” said Jeff Smith, Chair of ULI San Francisco and CFO of Sack Properties. “The Bay Area is at a critical juncture on a number of issues that lie at the heart of ULI’s mission to create thriving communities. Michelle’s demonstrated leadership, experience, and energy will enable us to scale up our support for members and pursue our vision for a vibrant and healthy Bay Area.”
“We are grateful to Elliot for his incredible work as Executive Director over the last four years,” said Smith. “He has presided over tremendous growth in membership and expanded services to the Bay Area real estate community. Combined with his previous contributions to the organization as a board member, he can be very proud of his outstanding legacy with ULI San Francisco.”
Frey’s extensive experience includes leadership roles with two member-based organizations – World Green Building Council and the Green Building Council of Australia – as well as running her own consulting practice, serving private, non-profit and multilateral organizations in several countries. By engaging a wide range of stakeholders and driving collaboration she has delivered pioneering projects, including the first commercial green building rating system in Africa.
“My goal is to collaborate with ULI San Francisco’s incredible network of over 2,400 local members, partner organizations and public agencies to address increased demands for housing, transportation and infrastructure. We need to work together so our built environment can continue to mitigate and adapt to climate change, support the regional economy, and maintain our rich diversity of people,” said Frey. “We live in a truly remarkable place, and it’s our mission to ensure it remains that way for generations to come.”