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.

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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.

Chair of Mission Advancement: Marilee Utter, Citiventure Associates

President of Citiventure Associates LLC, Marilee has been developing executable solutions for tough land use problems for over 25 years. She has worked in more than 40 cities across the U.S. and globally, bringing best practices and innovation to urban projects.

Marilee is well-positioned to advise regionally, nationally, and globally in real estate matters, having recently served as the Executive Vice President for District/National Councils at the Urban Land Institute, based in Washington D.C. For five years she managed ULI’s offices in 75 cities around the world, including in Europe, Asian and the Americas. In this role, she advised and worked with key ULI staff, government officials, economic development directors, economists, financial resources, developers, academics, urban planners, transportation directors, and other high-level professionals to encourage best practices in smart, resilient, and healthy urban growth.

Her work in the Denver region spans multiple-disciplines and roles. She has served as Regional Vice President for the Trillium Corporation, a real estate development company; Director of Asset Management for the City and County of Denver; Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank; and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Specialist for RTD, the Regional Transportation District.

Marilee earned a BA in Mathematics and French from Colorado Women’s College, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School, and a Certificate in State and Local Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Professional affiliations include the Counselors of Real Estate designation, the Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors designation, member of the Urban Land Institute, and member of the International Women’s Forum.

Governance Chair: Bruce O’Donnell, STARBOARD Realty Group

Bruce C. O’Donnell is president of STARBOARD Realty Group.  Bruce is a fifth generation Coloradoan with an extensive background in land use, entitlements, master planning and real estate development; as well as infrastructure and water development.  STARBOARD specializes in project management and processing for land development, entitlements, pre-development services, master planning and the securing of all types of governmental approvals for real estate development projects.

Mr. O’Donnell, whose twenty plus years of experience in successfully processing and securing approvals for annexations, zoning, subdivisions, site plans and water rights; as well as master planning and solving for urban design, water conservation and transportation solutions, has entitled over 10,000 acres of land, including water resource management and infrastructure finance in multiple Colorado jurisdictions.  Bruce has extensive experience and expertise organizing and working with numerous metropolitan and special districts throughout Colorado, including financing, designing and constructing public infrastructure and water systems serving all types of real estate developments and communities.

Bruce’s clients have included Cypress Real Estate Advisors, D4 Urban, LLC, L.C. Fulenwider, Inc., Koelbel & Company, The TOD Group, the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners, Lincoln Property Company, Vickers Real Estate Interests, Cherokee Investment Partners, the City of Denver, Denver International Airport, Stonebridge Companies, the AG Spanos Company, Enviro Finance Group, the Gates Rubber Company, Weston Solutions, Inc., MAV Development, Trammell Crow Company, Forest City Stapleton, Colorado Public Radio, the Denver Water Board, the Commerce City Urban Renewal Authority, East West Partners, United Properties, Sterling Ranch, Adams 12 School District and Continuum Partners as well as numerous municipalities and Special Districts throughout Colorado.

Mr. O’Donnell recently completed his third term as a Planning Commissioner for the City and County of Denver.  While a Denver Planning Board member he served on the City’s Land Use and Transportation Plan Advisory Committee which oversaw the creation of Denver’s Land Use and Transportation Plan, Blueprint Denver.

Bruce serves as Treasurer and is on the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado District, is a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership; and is on the board of the Colorado Historical Foundation Revolving Loan Fund.

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;
Bill Mosher, Trammell Crow Company;
Chris Achenbach, Zocalo Community Development.