UPCOMING EVENT
2024Annual Meeting
June 20 - 21, 2024
Washington, DC
(All-Member Meeting)
Thursday, June 20, 2024
  • 8:30 AM - Joint Research Committee and Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee Meeting
  • 8:30 AM - Administrative Committee Meeting
  • 9:00 AM - Board of Directors Meeting
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM- 2024 Annual Meeting
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Reception & Dinner
Friday, June 21, 2024
  • 7:30 AM - Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM - Homeland Security Task Force Meeting
  • 8:30 AM - Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee Meeting
  • 8:30 AM - Tax Policy Advisory Committee Meeting
  • 12 Noon - Joint Policy Committees Lunch
2024 Annual Meeting
Meeting Speakers
John F. Fish
Chair, The Real Estate Roundtable
Chairman & CEO, Suffolk

John Fish is Chair of The Real Estate Roundtable's Board of Directors. His three-year term began on July 1, 2021.

Mr. Fish is the Chairman and CEO of Suffolk. Under his vision and leadership, Suffolk has grown into one of the leading privately held general building contractors in the country. With approximately $4 billion in annual revenue, Suffolk is currently ranked #23 on the Engineering News-Record national list of “Top 400 Contractors.”

He is a fixture on numerous Boards focused on improving the economy, strengthening business and creating jobs. He sits on the Board of Directors of The Real Estate Roundtable, sits on the National Construction Industry Roundtable and is a member of the National Business Roundtable. He is the founding member and former Chair of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and former Chair and current Executive Committee member for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Fish is on the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York and a member of the Partnership for New York City and New York Building Congress.

John Fish serves as Chair of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and sits on Mass General Brigham’s Executive Committee. He is also serving as Chairman of the Board at Boston College—he was the first non-alumnus to ever fulfill that role. He sits on the Board of Trustees for Bowdoin College. He is also the founder and Chairman of Scholar Athletes, a program that leverages the proven link between school athletics participation and strong academic performance to improve the academic performance of inner-city high school students.

Mr. Fish is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Technology Degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is also the recipient of an honorary degree from Regis College and Curry College.

Jeffrey D. DeBoer
President & CEO
The Real Estate Roundtable

Jeff DeBoer is the founding President and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable. He has been at the forefront of national policy affecting the real estate industry for the past 40 years.
The Real Estate Roundtable represents the leadership of the nation’s top 150 privately owned and publicly-held real estate ownership, development, lending and management firms, as well as the elected leaders of the 18 major national real estate industry trade associations. Roundtable member portfolios contain over 12 billion square feet of office, retail and industrial properties valued at nearly $4 trillion; over 5 million apartment units; and in excess of 6 million hotel rooms. The 18 national trade associations participating with the Roundtable represent more than 3 million people directly employed in the real estate industry.

Mr. DeBoer also chairs the National Real Estate Organizations, a 18 member real estate trade association coalition focused on industry communication, advocacy and diversity efforts as well as the Real Estate Industry Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC), an organization dedicated to enhancing communication between the industry and federal policymakers on terrorism threats, building security, and major incident reporting. He is a founding member of the steering committee of the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT) and for several years he co-chaired the Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy. Mr. DeBoer previously served on the Advisory Board of Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute.

Mr. DeBoer has discussed real estate and economic policy issues numerous times in Congressional testimony as well as on FOX News, Bloomberg Television, MSNBC and CNBC; and his editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. In 2010, Globest.com named Mr. DeBoer a “top 10 Industry Newsmaker of the Decade”; in 2013 Commercial Property Executive named him one of the “30 most influential people in real estate”; in 2016 Real Estate Forum honored him as the “Voice of the Industry” and one of the nation’s top CRE bosses; in 2017 Washington Life Magazine included Mr. DeBoer in its “Power 100” list of Washington DC’s most influential unelected, non-governmental people; and since 2017, The Hill has placed Mr. DeBoer on its annual list of the top lobbyists in Washington DC, a list it called: “the players at the top of their game, known for their ability to successfully navigate the byzantine and competitive world of federal policymaking.” In 2024, in recognition of his positive influence on national public policy, Commercial Property Executive presented Mr. DeBoer with its Lifetime Achievement award.

Mr. DeBoer earned degrees from Washington and Lee University School of Law (JD) and Yankton College (BA).

Kathleen McCarthy
Chair-Elect, The Real Estate Roundtable
Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate, Blackstone

Kathleen McCarthy is the Global Co-Head of Blackstone Real Estate. Blackstone is the largest owner of commercial real estate globally and an industry leader in opportunistic, core plus and debt investing across North America, Europe and Asia. Ms. McCarthy focuses on driving performance and growth for Blackstone’s Real Estate business.

Ms. McCarthy previously served as Global Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate. Before joining Blackstone in 2010, Ms. McCarthy worked at Goldman Sachs, where she focused on investments for the Real Estate Principal Investment Area. Ms. McCarthy began her career at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.

Ms. McCarthy received a BA from Yale University. Beginning in July 2024, Ms. McCarthy is set to begin a three-year term as Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable, the industry’s top federal advocacy organization. She also serves on the boards of City Harvest and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, and is the President of the Board of Trustees of The Nightingale-Bamford School.

Dr. Kenneth T. Rosen
Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley
Chairman, Rosen Consulting Group

Ken Rosen is Chairman of Rosen Consulting Group, a real estate market research firm, Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

He is also a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and a member of the board of directors of several non-profit and for-profit entities that deal with real estate finance and development. He has authored over 100 articles and four books on real estate and real estate finance.

He was formerly the Chairman and founder of Rosen Real Estate Securities LLC (RRES), and Chairman, founder, and portfolio manager of Lend Lease Rosen Securities, both REIT money management firms. He served as the special real estate advisor to The Davos World Economic Forum, and from 1985-1990 he was Consultant/Managing Director of Salomon Brothers' Real Estate Research Department.

He also served as a Professor of Economics at Princeton University.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970.

Scott Rechler
Chairman & CEO
RXR

Scott Rechler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR, an innovative investor, developer and place-maker committed to applying a customer and community-centered approach to building properties, services, and products that create enduring value for all stakeholders.

RXR seeks to build and create stronger communities within its buildings and within the areas in which it operates. As Chairman and CEO, Scott believes that RXR’s success is inextricably linked to the health and vitality of the broader community.

From 2011 to 2016, Scott served on the Board of Commissioners as Vice Chairman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He later served on the Board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) from 2017 to 2019.

In November 2021, Scott was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to serve the remainder of an existing term. He was re-elected to a 3-year term at the end of December 2021.

In addition to his role at RXR, Scott currently serves as chair of the Regional Plan Association (RPA), trustee and Vice Chair of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), Chair of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and member of the Board of Trustees at Northwell Health, and a member of the NYU Real Estate Institute Advisory Committee. Scott also serves on the Board of the Tribeca Film Institute, where he serves as its Co-Chair, and he also serves on the Board of the Drum Major Institute, Convene, Kitchen United, and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Scott is a graduate of Clark University and the New York University Schack Institute.

Andrew Power
President & Chief Executive Officer
Digital Realty

Andrew (Andy) Power is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Digital Realty. Andy also has served as Digital Realty’s President since 2021 and as Chief Financial Officer since 2015 with responsibility for global portfolio operations, technology development and innovation, service provider and enterprise customer solutions, asset management and information technology, as well as the company’s financial functions across its global platform.

Prior to joining Digital Realty, Andy held positions of increasing responsibility at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he most recently served as Managing Director of Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Investment Banking and was responsible for relationships with over 40 public and private companies, including Digital Realty.

Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Andy was employed by Citigroup, where he held similar positions. During his career, he has managed the execution of over $30 billion of public and private capital raises, including the largest REIT IPO to date, and more than $19 billion of merger and acquisition transactions. Andy was part of the lead underwriting team that advised Digital Realty on its initial public offering in 2004 and served as a lead manager on nearly every subsequent public capital raise.

Andy also serves on the Board of Directors of Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD), where he is a member of the audit committee and investment committee. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Analytical Finance from Wake Forest University.

Bryan McDonnell
Managing Director, Chair of Global Debt & Agriculture
PGIM Real Estate

Bryan McDonnell is a managing director, head of the U.S. debt business, and chair of global debt for PGIM Real Estate. Based in Arlington, Bryan is responsible for overseeing PGIM Real Estate’s global debt strategy and execution, including oversight of U.S. real estate debt portfolio management, originations and credit teams, the agency lending business, and the agricultural finance and investments strategies. Bryan chairs the U.S. Debt Executive Council and is a member of the Global Investment Committee, the Global Management Council and the Global Operating Risk Committee.

Previously, Bryan was head of portfolio management and investor strategy for the U.S. debt business. Prior to that role, Bryan was based in London and spearheaded the development of PGIM Real Estate’s senior debt investing in the United Kingdom and Europe. In that role, Bryan helped PGIM become one of the most comprehensive non-bank lenders in Europe. Prior to his time in Europe, Bryan held a series of management and investment roles throughout the United States.

In addition to his investment roles, Bryan served as an asset manager and was responsible for managing problem loan workouts, bankruptcy strategy, and real estate dispositions across the United States during the global financial crisis. Bryan’s global real estate knowledge comes from nearly two decades of working in PGIM’s London, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta offices.

Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University as well as his master of business administration in finance and real estate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and the Urban Land Institute’s Global Exchange Council.

The Honorable Elliot Doomes
Commissioner, Public Buildings Service
U.S. General Services Administration

Elliot Doomes serves as the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the U.S. General Services Administration.

As PBS Commissioner, he manages the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management and disposal of approximately 360 million square feet of government-owned and leased space across the United States and six territories.

Doomes joined GSA as Regional Administrator for the National Capital Region in January 2023 after nearly 20 years of experience in the House of Representatives. In Congress, Doomes was the key liaison on GSA matters for both the House Authorizing and Appropriations Committees where his principal responsibility was to advise Committee Members on GSA’s real property activities.

He began his career in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). His signature staff work included passage of the Federal and District of Columbia Real Property Act of 2006, which executed a complicated land exchange between the District of Columbia, GSA, the National Park Service, and the Architect of the Capitol that has enabled hundreds of millions of dollars of economic development within the District of Columbia.

Doomes graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and earned a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Dr. Frank Luntz
Political Consultant and Pollster

Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. Time Magazine named him among “50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under,” Newsweek Magazine identified him as No. 24 on their American Power Elite survey, and he finished 87th in a Time Magazine global poll of the “most influential people in the world.” He was also named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week, a winner of The Washington Post’s coveted “Crystal Ball” award for being the most accurate pundit, and “the person you turn to for the truth” by Bloomberg News.

His focus groups are renowned for being highly influential. Dr. Luntz has written, supervised, and conducted more than 2,500 surveys, focus groups, ad tests, and dial sessions for more than 50 Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in more than two dozen countries and six continents over the past 30 years.

For more than a decade, he was the “Focus Group Czar” for Fox News. He also served for five years as a news analyst for CBS News, focusing on corporate and business communications, moving to ABC News in 2017.

He was a debate, election day, and impeachment commentator on Bloomberg, CNBC, and BBC in 2020, CBS in 2016, Fox News in 2008 and 2012, and MSNBC in 2000. His reoccurring segments on MSNBC/CNBC, “100 Days, 1000 Voices” won the coveted Emmy Award in 2001.

He is the author of three New York Times Best Sellers. His most recent book, WIN, reached No. 2 on Amazon and No. 3 on The New York Times Business Best Seller List in its first month in print.

From 1989 until 1996, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Harvard University and George Washington University. Since 2018, he has taught two courses a year at NYU Abu Dhabi, and he was a visiting professor for USC in 2021.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Doctorate in Politics at the age of 25 from Oxford University. In 1993, Frank was named a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the second-youngest individual ever to receive this honor at that time.

Bruce J. Katz
Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab, Drexel University
Former Inaugural Centennial Scholar and Vice President, The Brookings Institution

Bruce Katz is the Co-Founder and inaugural Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University. He is also the Co-Founder of New Localism Advisors, which helps cities design, finance, and deliver initiatives that promote inclusive and sustainable growth.

He regularly advises global, national, state, regional, and municipal leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the well-being of metropolitan areas and their countries.

He is the co-author of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism and The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. Both books focus on the rise of cities and city networks as the world’s leading problem solvers.

He was the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution from January 2016 to March 2018, where he focused on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization. Prior to assuming this role, he was a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

Before joining Brookings, he served as chief of staff to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and was the senior counsel and then staff director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. After the 2008 presidential election, he co-led the housing and urban transition team for the Obama administration and served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Shaun Donovan, for the first 100 days of the administration.

He is a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He gives dozens of lectures and presentations annually before public, corporate, civic, and university audiences across the world. In 2006, he received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to understanding the “function and values of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability.”

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1981 and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School in 1985.

2024 Annual Meeting
Policymaker Guests
The Honorable Gina Raimondo
Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Senate Majority Leader
Committees: Select Committee on Intelligence; Rules and Administration
Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Assistant Minority Leader
Committees: Commerce, Science and Transportation; Finance; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
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