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.

Mariel Beaudoin
Urban Ventures

Julianne Stern
Jefferson County Housing Authority

Partnership Forum

Partnership Forum 2017-2018 is now closed – it will reopen for application in late summer 2018.

9/18 – Applications open
10/17 – Meet the Moderators Kickoff Session
10/27, 5pm – Applications Due!
November 2017- First group meeting
Mid-March/April, 2018 – Midyear Review
July 2018- closing event

 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 2017-2018 Forum, our YLGs have recruited the highest caliber senior professionals in both the private and public sectors.


Mariel Beaudoin, Urban Ventures,
Julianne Stern, Jefferson County Housing Authority,

2017 – 2018 Moderators


Jaime Gomez
Deputy Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Mr. Gomez joined CHFA in 1999, and has held four different positions within the organization, including Director of Small Business Lending, Director of Commercial Lending, Chief Operating Officer, and was most recently named Deputy Executive Director and COO in January 2017.  In his current position, Mr. Gomez plays an active role in the organization’s strategic planning and innovation activities and has oversight responsibility for CHFA’s business operations, which includes oversight of loan production activities, loan servicing, research and strategy, marketing and community relations, and asset management functions. Prior to his position with CHFA, Mr. Gomez served as Manager of Strategy Development and Planning for US West Dex, and spent six years working for the Colorado Office of Economic Development as Director of Finance and Business Development, under Governor Roy Romer. In addition, he spent five years working for the Department of Bank Supervision at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Denver Branch) where he became a Managing Examiner overseeing a team of ten examiners, and three years working in the qualified retirement plans divisions of Lincoln Trust Company. Mr. Gomez earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has completed Executive Leadership programs at both the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the University of Denver.  Gomez currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mercy Loan Fund (current Vice Chair) and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (current Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee).  In addition, he serves on the Advisory Council and Steering Committee for Mile High Connects and a voting member of Governor Hickenlooper’s Financial Review Committee for economic development.
Liaison: Julianne Stern, Housing Development Officer, Office of Economic Development, City and County of Denver

marysullivanMary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan’s illustrious commercial real estate and finance career spans over three decades. Formerly the Senior Managing Director of HFF, she co-led the Denver Office’s investment sales platform and was primarily responsible for office, industrial and retail investment sales. Since 2010, Mary has completed more than 15 million square feet of investment sales transactions – valued at more than $2.9 billion. Over the last 34 years with CB Richard Ellis, Jones Lang LaSalle, and HFF, Mary has sold over $9 billion in investment transactions. Mary’s professional honors and accolades are too numerous to itemize but include receiving the top broker award from NAIOP six times (three as an individual and three as part of her CBRE Denver IG Team), the NAIOP Outstanding Achievement award, the CREW Woman of Influence award, and various top broker awards from DMCAR.
Liaison: Dani Vachon, Development Project Manager, Boulder Housing Partners


David Tryba
Founding Principal, Tryba Architects

The Founding Principal of the architecture, urban design and planning firm, David’s passion for cities directs the work of Tryba Architects. He is involved in each of the firm’s projects and excels at leading talented designers towards solutions that are in the best interest of the client, the community and the project. David’s entrepreneurial spirit directs the firm’s commitment to the development and transformation of urban buildings, sites and systems into active, human-scaled and successful places. David possesses a deep understanding of the evolution of cities—past, present and future—and has completed projects across North America including Colorado, New York, California, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Utah, Arizona, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Washington, Texas and Mexico.
Liaison: Amina Rank, Landscape Designer/Planner, DIG Studio


Chris Waggett
Principal and CEO, D4 Urban

Chris has ~33 years’ experience working in the UK, Europe, Australia, and the USA, in both Development and Funds Management, with sector experience in industrial, business-park, CBD office, apartment, condominium, single family residential, and master planned community development, as well as operational experience within the age-restricted/senior living sector. Chris moved to USA in the Fall of 2006 but following the Global Financial Crisis in 2009 he left corporate life to establish D4 Urban LLC (“D4”) in February 2011 with local partners/landowners.  Chris is the Operating Partner and CEO responsible for the establishment of D4 and securing its initial projects as catalysts for the re-development of the iconic ~70 acre, Denver Design District and associated properties. D4 intends that the project will become a model for sustainable urban redevelopment in Denver and the USA. The project was featured in The ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition in 2009.  Chris has a BSc in Urban Estate Management from Kingston University, London, UK, and a post-graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA). He is a professional Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), is a former Associate of the Australian Property Institute (API), served on the Property Council of Australia – NSW Planning Committee, and was an inaugural Board Director of the Green Building Council of Australia. In the US, Chris is a Member of the ULI, is an Alumnus of the Transit Alliance Citizens Academy (2011-02), was honored as the “Outstanding Graduate of the Citizens Academy, 2011-02”and currently serves as a Director and Board Chair of the Colorado-based, Transit Alliance ( Most recently he served as a member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) that provided input into the Metro Vision 2040 planning process (2013-2014) following which we was awarded the agency’s 2015 “Distinguished Service Award” for outstanding contributions to the work of DRCOG. During 2015, he also served on Mayor Michael B.Hancock’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the City of Denver.
Liaison: Kory Whitaker, Real Estate Manager, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver

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.