Officers and Staff

Douglas D. AbbeyDouglas D. Abbey

Douglas Abbey is Chairman of Swift Real Estate Partners, a San Francisco based real estate operating company focused on West Coast office properties. He chairs Swift’s Investment Committee and is responsible for the firm’s portfolio management activities. Prior to his service at Swift, he co-founded AMB Property Corporation in 1983, which merged with Prologis in 2011 and is now the largest global industrial REIT. In 1992, he co-founded IHP Capital Partners, a provider of equity to the single family homebuilding industry.

Abbey is a ULI Global Board member, Governing Trustee, and ULI Foundation Governor with a long history of volunteerism with the Institute. He was instrumental in the creation of UrbanPlan, an urban design and development course that debuted in 2003 in California and has since reached more than 43,000 high school and university students across the U.S. and is expanding rapidly in Europe and Asia Pacific. Abbey currently serves on the Advisory Board of ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing and is a member of ULI’s Sharing Economy Council. His numerous years of giving back include service as a former Chairman of ULI’s Council Chairs Advisory Group as well as the Council Counselors Group. He served as the Vice Chairman of Councils on ULI’s Executive Committee in the early 2000s, and is one of the ULI Foundation Board’s earliest members. Abbey is also active in ULI San Francisco, the ULI District Council that serves ULI’s members in the Greater Bay Area. He has served for years on ULI San Francisco’s Governance Committee.

In addition, Abbey serves on the board of Bridge Housing, the leading non-profit affordable housing developer on the West Coast with over 13,000 units under management. He is also a board member of Columbus Photovoltaics, which is developing next generation solar technology. Abbey serves on the real estate committee of the UCSF Foundation, and since 2005 he has taught real estate at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.


James D. Klingbeil
Chairman Emeritus

James D. Klingbeil has served at the highest levels of the Urban Land Institute. In addition to more than three decades on the Board of Trustees, Klingbeil was the Institute’s chairman from 1991 to 1993 and chairman of the ULI Foundation from 2006 to 2012.

Klingbeil has more 50 years of development experience with multifamily and residential developments since founding the Klingbeil Co. He serves as company chairman and as chairman and chief executive officer of Klingbeil Capital Management.


W. Edward “Ed” Walter
Global Chief Executive Officer

W. Edward “Ed” Walter, global chief executive officer of the Urban Land Institute, joined ULI’s executive team in June 2018.

Walter brings to ULI more than 35 years of management experience in the real estate profession across a variety of disciplines including hotels, multifamily, and land development, with a strong emphasis on capital markets and investments. From 2007 through 2016, he served as chief executive officer, president, and director of Host Hotels and Resorts, where he led a $19 billion-plus global lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) with a high-performing portfolio of more than 110 hotels around the world. Prior to becoming Host’s CEO, he served as the company’s chief financial officer for more than four years and served in other executive roles at Host for seven years before being named the CFO. Walter’s service at Host overlapped with his four-year tenure at Georgetown, where he created and taught the Real Estate Public Equity course, which is designed to explore multiple aspects of REITs.

Before coming to Host, Walter served as an executive for several real estate organizations, including Bailey Capital Corporation in Washington, D.C., where he originated and restructured portfolios of multifamily assets; ZOM Communities in Orlando, Florida, where he worked in land development and sales, and multifamily development; and Trammell Crow Residential, where he was a partner in a number of developments.


J. Phillip Horne
Chief Advancement Officer

With more than 25 years of experience in higher education, business and nonprofit management, Phillip Horne serves as the Chief Advancement Officer of the ULI Foundation.

Prior to ULI Horne served as the chief development officer of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University. Previously Phillip served as a principal and managing director for Greenfire Capital Partners, a private investment and advisory firm specializing in tax equity, real estate, media and structured finance transactions for high net worth individuals, family offices and institutional investors.

As an advancement professional, Horne enjoyed a variety of leadership roles for institutions that have raised over $2 billion of philanthropic support for their respective capital and comprehensive campaigns, including the College of William & Mary, East Carolina University and North Carolina State University.

Horne is the inventor and co-owner of two financial services information technology patents. His articles and commentary have appeared in The New York Times and CNN Financial News.

He has a B.A. (cum laude) from North Carolina State University, M.A. (summa cum laude) from East Carolina University and has completed additional graduate study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. He serves on several regional and national philanthropic, cultural and arts advisory boards.

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