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 the ULI Colorado’s Manager of content and programs, 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.
Charles Allison-Godfrey joined the ULI Colorado team in January 2016, helping to further its mission of providing education and leadership in responsible land use to an incredibly diverse group of stakeholders.
As an Associate for ULI Colorado, Charles will help facilitate effective communication among Colorado’s District Council and its members and programs.
Charles comes to us with significant international experience, having worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor in South Korea and as a Program Coordinator in Nicaragua. While working for the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project in Leon, Nicaragua, he worked to discourage deforestation and ensure responsible land use by developing a clean stove initiative in the rural community of Goyena. Charles is excited to work with ULI members to help them meet their needs.
After spending his childhood in New England, Charles graduated from Colorado College in 2013 with a degree in political science and a minor in race and ethnic studies. He enjoys Colorado’s great outdoors in a variety of ways, and is excited about his return to the state and the possibilities it holds.