ULI Memphis: Innovative Housing Solutions


2021-04-27T11:00:00 - 2021-04-27T12:30:00

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    Join us to hear from guest speakers to share their innovative approaches to housing in markets from across the United States. Speakers will cover topics such as container homes, modular homes, shortening the build time, tiny homes, and more.



    Cheryl Cort

    Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

    Cheryl leads policy efforts in DC and Maryland for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Cheryl is the voice of our equitable development campaigns — working with community activists, nonprofits, and government agencies to promote transit-oriented development, housing choice, economic development, pedestrian and bicyclist safety and access in less-affluent communities throughout the region. She routinely demonstrates that it’s possible to use the bus system for hard-to-reach meetings in the suburbs (but boy, is there room for service improvement). Prior to her work as Policy Director, Cheryl served as the Executive Director for the Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities (WRN), which merged with the Coalition for Smarter Growth in 2007. Before WRN, Cheryl worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from UMD College Park and a Bachelor of Science from UC Berkeley. Adding to the many plaques adorning our office’s walls, Cheryl received the Distinguished Leadership for a Citizen Planner Award from the National Capital Area Chapter of APA in 2006. She is a parent of two small children and an enthusiastic bird-watcher.


    Hunter Gee

    Principal, Smith Gee Studio

    January 2008 BRIEF BIO R. Hunter Gee, AIA, NCARB Hunter is a founding Partner and Principal of Smith Gee Studio in Nashville. His experience includes a wide variety of planning and urban design projects across the country. Hunter has led major private-sector urban infill projects, such as the $350-million Gulch Redevelopment Master Plan in Nashville. He managed the planning and design team for the Privatization of Family Housing at Fort Campbell and Fort Drum, comprising over 4,000 units and $600 million in development. Hunter has led numerous large-scale, greenfield projects including the planning and entitlement effort for Saratoga Springs, a 2,400 acre mixed-use development in Clay County, FL. Hunter takes time to speak at conferences and seminars, including presentations on smart growth, sustainable development, transit-oriented development and new urbanism. A few specific talks include a national roundtable discussion on smart growth in Washington, DC, and the "Designing with Density Workshop" in Raleigh, NC. In October of 2001, he was published in Urban Land, with an article regarding Downtown Nashville's urban renaissance ("Reactivating Downtown"). In 2007, Hunter was a recipient of the Nashville Emerging Leader Award, awarded by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Having played a major role in the recent formation of ULI's Nashville District Council, Hunter sits on the District Council's Executive Committee as the Chair of Programming. Hunter is the 2010-2011 President of the Board for the Nashville Civic Design Center. He has sat on Nashville's Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency's Design Review Boards and was a team leader for the Plan of Nashville and is actively involved in Nashville's Urban Design Forum. In 1999, he chaired the East Nashville Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT), which prepared a master plan for neighborhoods devastated by two tornadoes. Since then, Hunter sat on the National AIA R/UDAT Task Group and recently led a multi-disciplinary assistance team in Lake Havasu City, AZ.


    Eve Picker

    CEO/Founder, Small Change

    Lover of cities. Architect. Urban Designer. Real estate developer. FinTech pioneer. Urban change agent. Recognized globally for her expertise. Founder of Small Change, opening the door for socially responsible real estate funded by every day people.


    Kathryn Reynolds

    Shibusa Systems

    Katy Reynolds is Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shibusa Systems LLC, a purposeful solution to the affordable housing crisis. As a social entrepreneur, Katy also founded The Vivelan Group in 2011 to provide comprehensive resource efficient solutions for designing, developing, and operating sustainable and resilient communities, achieving market rate returns while minimizing dependence on public subsidies. Her first project, 16 Powerhouse, completed early 2015 in Midtown Sacramento, CA, was a coordinated public private partnership effort led by Vivelan. 16 Powerhouse is the first mixed-use development in the U.S. to be completed using minimal subsidies to achieve LEED Platinum, net zero energy use, and market rate returns. Katy has over 30 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, corporate strategy and operational executive management. She has been a financial and strategic advisor to boutique investment banks and private equity firms globally; and worked as an Operating Advisor for Pegasus Capital Advisors, a mid-market private equity firm focused on sustainable and resource efficient companies. From 2009 to 2010, she acted as interim CFO for one year for Lighting Science Group Corporation, a publicly traded company specializing in LED lighting. Prior to acting as a corporate advisor, Katy spent over 13 years of her career working for Merrill Lynch International. Before leaving Merrill Lynch in 2002, she was Managing Director of Global Private Wealth Services where she created, launched and led a worldwide network of private bankers focused on Merrill Lynch’s high net worth clients, covering over $35 billion in assets under management. Previously, she was Director of Corporate Strategy for Merrill Lynch International where she helped execute and consolidate 12 acquisitions internationally, totaling over $11 billion and 8,000 new employees, in a three-year period. Katy’s first eight years at Merrill Lynch were in investment banking covering clients in Asia Pacific for four years, two years of which were spent working and living in Melbourne, Australia; and then covering clients in Latin America for four years. Throughout her career, Katy was identified as a leader and participated in many leadership forums, including Merrill Lynch’s first women’s leadership forum in 1999. Currently, Katy serves on the Responsible Properties Investment Council with the Urban Land Institute. She also serves as co-chair of the Advisory Board to the Political Economy department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her B.A. In addition, Katy is an advisor to the Tulane University Masters in Sustainable Real Estate Development program in New Orleans.