Partnership Forum

Learn from the best! Based on a national model developed by ULI, the Partnership Forum allows Young Leaders to learn from the best in quarterly forums with peers and the regions industry leaders.

Program Manager: Jack Tiebout,


Julianne Stern
Jefferson County Housing Authority

Dani Vachon
MGL Partners

Partnership Forum

Partnership Forum will open for applications in September 2019!

September 18th – Applications open
October 22nd – Meet the moderators kickoff
October 29th, 5pm – Applications Due!
October 31st – Participants are notified of acceptance
November- First group meeting
Late November – Holiday Happy Hour with all moderator groups
January through June – Separate monthly groups sessions
July- Concluding tour and happy hour with all moderator groups

 Learn from the best! Based on a national model developed by ULI, Partnership Forum offers Young Leaders a chance to network and learn through year-long forums. Partnership Forum brings Young Leaders together with industry leaders to discuss land use issues, career development, and projects in a confidential setting.  Each ULI YLG Partnership Forum consists of 8-10 YLG participants, moderated by a ULI member who is a senior real estate professional.

This mentoring program is available to Young Leader members (under 35) who apply and are accepted. Participants must also pay a small activity fee to cover the cost of meetings.  You must be under 35 and a current ULI member to participate.

YLGs select an elite group of moderators for each group. Each moderator is a leader in a specific focus of real estate and development.

For our 2018-2019 Forum, our YLGs have recruited the highest caliber senior professionals in both the private and public sectors.

Apply here!


Julianne Stern, Jefferson County Housing Authority,
Dani Vachon, MGL Partners,

What to expect

Monthly meetings with moderator groups are planned in advance by moderators, liaisons, and participants. These meetings may include site tours, presentations by guest speakers, and roundtable discussions about land use issues and career development.

How to apply

There are a few things to consider before applying. First, the application includes an optional letter of recommendation. While not required, applicants that submit a letter of recommendation will be more strongly considered. Applicants will also need to have their ULI membership numbers ready before applying. If selected, Partnership Forum participants will pay a $50 affiliation fee to cover costs of meetings.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, email Jack Tiebout at

2018 – 2019 Moderators

Don Brandes, Vice President & Director of Landscape Architecture, Matrix Design Group

Liaison: Emily Felton, Kimley-Horn

As a vice president and the director of landscape architecture and urban design for Matrix, Don actively leads all multidisciplinary projects and is responsible for project programming, conceptual planning and design, and final project design review. Don’s planning and design passion continues to focus on urban design, waterfront design, resort and land development, and complex mixed-use downtown development projects.

Don is the author of several national and professional articles and publications including “Engineering Record,” “American Society of Landscape Architecture,” and “Urban Land Institute.” His book, “Developing Difficult Sites: Solutions for Developers and Builders” is published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in Washington, D.C., and continues to be a reference for the national Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (LARE).

Don has chaired the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Developing Master-Planned Communities Conference and has been a featured speaker at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC), Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (RMLUI), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and several other national conferences. As a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in several states, Don is the recipient of a number of national and state planning and design awards.

In addition to his 30 years of professional experience, Don is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI); he is an advisory board member of the Colorado Trust for Public Lands (TPL) and has served on the board of directors of the Downtown Denver Partnership and several other academic, institutional, and non-profit boards and foundations. Don is the founder of The Brandes Scholarship at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Planning & Design.


Matt Mahoney, Director of Construction, Revesco Properties

Liaison: Justin Schwaiger, Thornton Tomasetti

Matt Mahoney has more than 20 years in the real estate development and construction management industry. Matt’s work in real estate projects has ranged from multifamily, office, mixed use, and industrial buildings. He brings to Revesco strong leadership and communication skills along with providing extensive experience in project feasibility, predevelopment and construction management.

Before joining Revesco, he served as the Director of Construction with OliverMcMillan. Primary responsibilities were to oversee the design and construction management of real estate redevelopment at Clayton Lane in Denver’s Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Additionally, he led efforts on the pursuit and underwriting of future development opportunities in the Denver metro region. Prior to joining OliverMcMillan, Matt served as the Managing Partner at BuildMark Project Management and Development. Founded in August 2011, BuildMark focuses on owner’s representation/construction management consulting and real estate development. Prior to founding BuildMark, Matt was employed by East West Partner – Denver as the Vice President of Construction. While at East West, he helped lead the company in formulating development strategies and leading construction management efforts at Riverfront Park and the redevelopment of the Union Station Neighborhood.

Matt graduated from the University of Colorado in 1995 with a major in United States History and a minor in Political Science. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, serves on the board of the Cherry Creek Design Advisory Board, and volunteers his time with the CU Real Estate Council student placement committee and with the Cherry Creek Business Improvement District. An avid skier and lover of the outdoors, he lives in Greenwood Village with his wife and three children.


Cal Fulenwider III, Chairman & CEO, LC Fulenwider

Liaison: Tori Tillquist, NexMetro

Cal Fulenwider III was the President of L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. for more than 30 years. He is now the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Cal has played the key role in the strategic planning, development and management of approximately 7,500 acres surrounding Denver International Airport (DIA), including the 3,000+ acre Reunion Master Planned Community in Commerce City, Peña Station NORTH (formerly Denver International Business Center), and Peña Station NEXT, both at the front door of DIA. Prior to developing projects in the DIA area, Fulenwider was the Venture Manager for the 500,000 square foot Chase Bank building in downtown Denver and oversaw the development and management of numerous high-end residential projects, including Polo Club North, Polo Club North Homes, Polo Field West, and Larimer Place Condominiums. Cal is a founding member of the CU Real Estate Council and the DIA Business Partnership, now the Metro Denver Aviation Coalition. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate from the University of Colorado.


Carolynne White, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Liaison: Dani Vachon, Boulder Housing

Carolynne White is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Her practice spans the Land Use, Government Relations, Real Estate and Natural Resources groups. Carolynne is an experienced land use and public policy attorney, with strong state and local government relationships, and cutting-edge expertise. Her specialty is managing complex and challenging projects and navigating multiple regulatory environments for optimal outcomes for clients. Her strong local and state relationships with elected officials and staff statewide ensure that clients always have the best information and the best opportunity to be heard. One of only twenty-three LEED-accredited attorneys in the state of Colorado, Carolynne also holds a Masters degree in Public Policy, and in Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Carolynne’s practice focuses primarily on the zoning and entitlement process, with an emphasis on complex projects involving redevelopment, infill, brownfields, urban renewal, eminent domain, mixed use, transit-oriented development, PIFs and other public financing tools, and special challenges such as historic preservation. Carolynne has obtained entitlements for projects ranging from high-rise hotels to large-tenant retail to mixed use developments involving retail, office and residential components. Carolynne has also handled permitting for pipelines, compressor stations, and other mining and oil and gas related facilities. Carolynne also serves as special and general counsel to a variety of governmental and quasi-governmental entities, such as urban renewal authorities, special districts, and redevelopment authorities.

From 1999 to 2004, Carolynne was the staff attorney for the Colorado Municipal League, the nonprofit association representing the cities and towns of Colorado. In that capacity, she represented Colorado municipalities before the Colorado General Assembly, various state agencies and the courts. Focusing primarily on land use issues, Carolynne worked on state legislation dealing with growth management, comprehensive planning, impact fees, zoning, annexation, subdivision, urban renewal, condemnation and special districts. Additionally, she has also worked on legislation ranging from construction defects reform to governmental immunity.

From 1994 to 1999, Carolynne was a staff attorney in the legal department for the Denver Water Board where she handled a wide range of responsibilities that included litigation in federal, state and administrative courts; drafting policies and procedures; and handling real estate transactions dealing with Denver Water property.

Past Moderators

2008: Julie Bender; Stuart Miner, Brownfield Partners; Susan Powers, Urban Ventures, LLC; George Thorn, Mile High Development
2009: Cal Fulenwider, L. C. Fulenwider, Inc. ; Mike Komppa, Corum Real Estate Group; James Mulligan, Snell & Wilmer; Marilee Utter, Citiventure Associates
2010: Gregg Bradbury, Church Ranch; Bruce Heitler, Heitler Development; Larry Stark, National Valuation ; Consultants; Rick Stone, Alliance Commercial Partners; Mary Sullivan, CB Richard Ellis
2011: Chris Achenbach, Zocalo Community Development; Patricia Gage, Colorado Business Bank; Tracy Huggins, Denver Urban Renewal Authority; Peter Park, City and County of Denver; Mike Zoellner, RedPeak Properties
2012: Cathy Gale, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP;Don McKenzie, UDR; Randy Nichols, Nichols Partnership; Randy Zisler, Zisler Capital
2013: Don Provost, Alberta Development Partners LLC; Amy Cara, East West Partners; Becky Stone, OZ Architecture; Kim Koehn K2 Ventures LLC
2014-2015: Andy Rockmore, Shears Adkins Rockmore; Maureen Phair, Arvada Urban Renewal Authority; Mitch Black, Norris Design; Cal Fulenwider; LC Fulenwider Inc.
2015-2016: Kirk Monroe, Vectra Bank; Chuck J. Perry, Perry Rose LLC; Julie Underdahl, Cherry Creek Business Improvement District; Kenneth Ho, Lennar Multifamily Communities
2016-2017: Bill James, James Real Estate Services, Brian Levitt, NAVA Real Estate Development; Molly Urbina, Governor’s Resiliency and Recovery Office; Charlie Woolley, St. Charles Town Co.
2017-2018: Jaime Gomez, Deputy Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority; Mary Sullivan, Former Senior Managing Director, HFF; David Tryba, Founding Principal, Tryba Architects; Chris Waggett, Principal and CEO, D4 Urban