A Land Use Leader for the 21st Century: Patrick L. Phillips Named New Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute
WASHINGTON, August 3, 2009 — Patrick L. Phillips, President and Chief Executive Officer of ERA AECOM (formerly Economics Research Associates), has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute, a global research and education organization dedicated to responsible land use. Phillips is taking over the position being vacated by current ULI CEO Richard M. Rosan, who has led the Institute’s staff for more than 17 years.
Phillips, 52, is a ULI trustee whose career in the economic analysis of real estate and land use spans more than 20 years. Since 1993, he has coordinated all aspects of ERA’s organization, strategy, business development, and service delivery. His own consulting practice focused specifically on the intersection of private investment and public policy. To further expand ERA’s reach and impact, Phillips guided the successful sale of the company in 2007 to AECOM, a globally renowned provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of industries, including land use, transportation, environmental and energy.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of such high integrity and intellect, and who, as a longtime member, is so devoted to the fulfillment of ULI’s mission,” said ULI Chairman Jeremy Newsum, Executive Trustee of the U.K.-based Grosvenor Estate. “Patrick’s breadth of industry knowledge, interest in diverse ideas and opinions, and his belief in the synthesis of different perspectives create a perfect match for such a multidisciplined organization as ULI. He is a land use leader for the 21st century.”
Former ULI Chairman Todd W. Mansfield pointed to Phillips’s years of involvement with the Institute, both as a volunteer member since 1990 and a staff member in the policy research program during the mid-1980s. In recent years, Phillips participated on such high-profile ULI advisory service panels as the post-Katrina panel in New Orleans and the post-9/11 panel in lower Manhattan. He served as a juror on the ULI Hines Student Urban Design Competition, and as a member of the Urban Development/Mixed-Use Council, the Program Committee, and the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize Management Committee. “Patrick truly understands the importance of active member engagement and the need to encourage the information exchange that distinguishes ULI from other professional organizations,” said Mansfield, CEO of Crosland, LLC, in Charlotte, N.C. “The various perspectives he has gained from his experience in the industry and with ULI will serve Patrick well as the new CEO.”