Meet Our Staff
In 2005, Michael Leccese became the first executive director of ULI Colorado, a 1,300-member District Council of the 40,000-member Urban Land Institute. ULI is a global nonprofit educational organization with a mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
Working with 15 committees, 250 ULI Colorado volunteers and a staff of three, Leccese works on 40+ ULI Colorado programs a year, including project tours, panel discussions, advisory services, leadership and mentorship programs, publications, and an awards program. In 2013, ULI gave ULI Colorado its first Impact Award as the District Council with the most positive community influence.
Previously Michael worked as a communications consultant, newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and book author. He has served on civic task forces, boards and committees in Boulder, Denver, and Washington, D.C.; and helped launch the region-wide Neighborhood Eco Pass program with RTD Denver in 1995.
The New York native has a B.A. in English Literature and Journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is married to a ULI member, writer Kathleen McCormick, with two grown children. The McCormick-Lecceses enjoy travel (especially visiting cities), reading, music, and the great outdoors of Colorado.
Sarah began working with the Urban Land Institute of Colorado in 2013, helping to carry out its mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating better places.
As a Director of ULI Colorado, Sarah ensures that ULI Colorado and it’s members are at the forefront of key issues and conversation among Colorado’s land use community. She works closely with members to engage them in educational programming including: monthly panel sessions and mentoring programs. She also oversees ULI Colorado’s Product Councils including concentrations in Multi-family housing, Community Development, and Resort Entertainment Tourism and Leisure.
Sarah has worked within the non-profit field since 2009, addressing the issues of affordable housing, sustainable construction, and creating healthy communities in areas of lower income. Prior to joining ULI, Sarah worked with organizations including Community Rebuilds and Rebuilding Together in Moab Utah, New Orleans LA, and Denver Colorado.
Sarah received her bachelor’s of Environmental Design, with an emphasis in Architecture, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. When she’s not wearing her ULI hat, you can find Sarah mountain biking, climbing, and hiking the front range with her dog Bear.
Marianne joined ULI Colorado in April 2017. She oversees programs, policy issues, and communications strategies for membership involvement, policy work, advisory panels, and sponsorship. She works closely with ULI members, engaging in and contributing to policy discussions on development, finance, urban design, housing, sustainability, and transportation issues throughout Colorado and as part of the global ULI conversation.
Since 2008, Marianne has worked with organizations dedicated to sustainable development. These include ULI Columbus, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Greater Ohio Policy Center, and the GreenCityBlueLake Institute. She has also worked across sectors for a corporate sustainability consulting firm, a think tank dedicated to smart growth and sustainable development, local and state governments, a start-up accelerator, and various non-profits.
Marianne is a graduate of Dartmouth College, with Masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and in Public Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University. She has also completed a social impact business certificate program from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the writing workshop at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Marianne serves on the boards of the Sears-Swetland Foundation, the Center for Environmental Health, the Ohio Environmental Council, and the Dartmouth Association of the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not in the office, Marianne is most likely on a trail somewhere, climbing, or in a café writing.
Jack joins ULI Colorado as a Senior Associate, responsible for planning and managing ULI Colorado events as well as communicating with Colorado’s leaders in responsible land use.
Jack brings an array of experiences to ULI. Upon graduating from Tulane University in 2012 with a double major in English and Psychology, Jack founded Faubourg Farms, an urban farming business that used straw bale gardens to give New Orleanians with poor soil quality the opportunity to grow their own vegetables. Jack’s farm was a tenant partner at The ReFresh Project, a healthy lifestyle hub and catalyst for the Mid-City neighborhood in New Orleans.
Jack’s experience working with planners, architects, and developers to bring The ReFresh Project to fruition inspired him to pursue a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas-Austin, where he focused on sustainable economic development and worked in economic development consulting.
When he’s not at ULI offices, Jack can be found shooting hoops, brewing beer, reading, or frolicking in the mountains with his dog, Quincy.