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

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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.

Vice Chair:  Mike Zoellner, ZF Capital

Mike Zoellner is the Managing Partner of ZF Capital, a Colorado investment company focused on developing and acquiring multifamily and mixed-use properties that require repositioning or adding value and holding them for the long term. ZFC was formed in 2017. Prior to forming this company, Mike was a founding partner of RedPeak Properties (15 years) and Legacy Partners (formerly the western region of Lincoln Property Company) for 17 years. During this time, he was responsible for Multi Family operations and development in the Rocky Mountain Region, including the construction and management of over 70 apartment projects totaling over 11,500 units.  Mike is currently the Chairman of the Colorado Multifamily Housing Alliance, better government fund that represents the interests of the apartment industry. Mike is a Council member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Vice Chair of the ULI Colorado District Council, and a member of the National Multi Housing Council. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Colorado and is a ULI mentor to improve diversity in the Commercial Real Estate Industry. Mike has a BSBA in Finance from Creighton University as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Mike is a fourth generation Colorado native. He and his wife, Nancy, live in downtown Denver and have three married children and a growing number of grandchildren.


Treasurer:  Mark Tompkins, Strae Advisory Services

Mark is the Principal of Strae Advisory Services – a financial and operational real estate consulting firm. During his 25+ years, his experience has spanned public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Mark has more than 20 years of finance experience in the Denver real estate market, with a focus in public finance. Prior to consulting, he served most recently as the Deputy Director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA).  During two tours with DURA, his responsibilities included underwriting and negotiating DURA’s role in prospective redevelopment projects within the City of Denver. Mark participated in managing DURA’s portfolio of public investment leveraging about $7 billion in redevelopment. Before DURA, he served from  2006 to 2014 as the chief operating officer of Continuum Partners, an acclaimed developer of large mixed-use projects, including the Denver Union Station multi-modal transit hub, and Lakewood’s Belmar. From 1996 to 2004 Mark served as VP of Finance for a Vancouver, BC based real estate developer responsible for residential, commercial, and historic rehabilitation projects in the Denver market. Mark is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a degree in Business Administration, emphases in Accounting and Finance.  Mark and his wife, Felicity, have four children ages 8 to 13. Mark has served as a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver since 2009. He is a board member of Foothills Swim Club, and is the Treasurer for the Urban Land Institute’s Colorado District Council.

Past chairs/Ex officio members:
Amy Cara,
East West Partners; |
Kirk Monroe, Vectra Bank;
Julie Underdahl, Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District;
James DeFrancia, Lowe Enterprises Community Development, Inc.;
Walter A. “Buz” Koelbel, Jr., Koelbel & Company;
Byron Koste, CU Real Estate Center;
V. Michael “Mike” Komppa
, Corum Real Estate Group;
Marilee A. Utter, CitiVenture, Urban Land Institute;
Bill Mosher, Trammell Crow Company;
Chris Achenbach, Zocalo Community Development.