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130618 ULI Product Council (6155a)
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Membership 5

District Council Leadership

ULI Colorado's Executive Committee serves as the local leadership for the Urban Land Institute and is composed of leading real estate and land use professionals who volunteer their time to build a strong statewide presence for ULI. Members serve two-year renewable terms of service, commencing with ULI’s fiscal year.

District Council Leadership

Executive Committee Members
• Work closely with ULI staff to insure coordinate goals, schedule, budget, and management of organization.
• Support the financial health of the organization.
• Represent ULI in the community through partnerships with various organizations.
• Ensure great programming and outreach for ULI members and sponsors.
• Expected to attend ULI events as able
• Term extends for two full fiscal years.

Executive Leadership

cara-amyChair: Amy Cara, Development Partner, East West Partners

Amy is the partner at East West Partners in charge of the reinvigoration of the Landmark.  She manages the teams in charge of the sales and marketing of units, retail leasing, construction of the remaining unfinished units and repairs of construction defects as well as completion of entitlements.

Prior to this role, Amy oversaw financial and land use matters for East West Partners in Denver, including procurement, entitlement, development planning, financing, sales and leasing.  She was part of the management team for the Riverfront Park development from the ground up, and was actively engaged in Denver’s Union Station redevelopment, including the master planning and the completion of the first office building, One Union Station.  Before East West Partners, Amy was an Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen LLP.  She is active in the arts community and in advocating for underserved youth, particularly at PlatteForum, where she was recently Chair of the board of directors. She is also the Chair of The Bike Hub, a not-for-profit engaged in the formation and construction of Denver’s first bicycle commuter station.

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Vice-Chair: Tracy Huggins, Executive Director, Denver Urban Renewal Authority

Tracy Huggins is executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA), a full-service redevelopment agency engaged in neighborhood and downtown revitalization, economic development, home ownership and housing rehabilitation throughout the City and County of Denver.

At DURA, Huggins directs the agency’s involvement in redevelopment efforts with combined DURA financing of approximately $643 million, leveraging $7 billion in private investment.  In addition to redevelopment projects, Huggins also manages DURA’s housing rehabilitation programs, which the authority administers for the city’s Office of Economic Development.

Since joining DURA in October 1992, Huggins has overseen the agency’s financial involvement in a number of significant redevelopment efforts, including the Denver Pavilions entertainment/retail center and adjacent Adam’s Mark Hotel, the historic Denver Dry Building and the REI Denver flagship store.

Huggins is a certified public accountant. She is on the boards of directors of the Mountain States Employers Council, Gold Crown Foundation, Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, 9 Health Fair Finance Committee and is a 2001 graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.  Huggins participates in the city’s Executive Development Council providing policy direction on various development projects in Denver. She also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Urban Land Institute.

Huggins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Montana.  She is married and has three children.


Treasurer:  Bruce O’Donnell, Starboard Realty
Bruce O’Donnell, a fifth generation Coloradan, has a diverse background in real estate development as well as land-use policy and strategies for all types of real estate projects.

Bruce is the president of Starboard Realty Group, which specializes in project management for land development, entitlements and public finance for numerous Denver area development projects.  Prior to Starboard, Mr. O’Donnell was market Vice President for Terrabrook, a national master planned community developer and for L.C. Fulenwider, Inc., a Denver based development company.

Mr. O’Donnell’s experience in land use and development includes advising on and securing entitlements for complex development projects, regional economic development efforts, numerous public finance projects involving Title 32 Metropolitan Districts, Tax Increment Financing, annexations, eminent domain proceedings, complex title issues, water rights and water development; as well as overseeing the planning, entitlement, design, development, financing, marketing and sales of all types of property throughout metropolitan Denver.