From left: John McNellis, Mark Kroll, and Mary Borgia

"As ULI members, every single one of us, working individually and collectively as an organization, has the unique ability to make a tangible, lasting difference in people's day-to-day lives and futures."

Jim Curtis, past ULI Foundation chair

By choosing to become a ULI Foundation Governor, ULI members make the commitment to embrace and sustain ULI’s mission—a cause that is transformative, profound, and shapes people’s lives.

This space keeps Foundation Governors up-to-date on the latest news and events, including:

By supporting ULI, the ULI Foundation Governors support outcomes. ULI is an outcome-oriented organization. And ULI’s ripple effect is tremendous—in terms of the millions of lives improved by the time volunteered and the money contributed.

The Story of the Founding Governor

After joining ULI in 1951, Robert Nahas, a very active ULI member, went on to help establish the Governors Program in 1981. He became the Foundation’s first Governor and served as president of the Foundation from 1982 to 1986.

Robert saw the Governors Program as a way to secure more funding from inside the membership, enabling ULI to be more independent of outside funding sources. He wanted ULI to be able to conduct its own work and focus on topics of its own choosing. Over the next couple of decades, the relationship between ULI and the Foundation became more intertwined, as more philanthropic gifts were made to support the different aspects of ULI’s work.

In 2002, the Governors Program welcomed Ron Nahas, Robert’s son, when he became the Foundation’s 121st Governor.


Join the Governors

For information on becoming a governor, please e-mail Kathleen Carey or call 202-624-7003.

Giving Back Newsletter

The Giving Back newsletter shares the ULI Foundation's news, events, and programming.

Read the Winter 2017 issue.

About the Governors

Learn more about how the ULI Foundation Governors program works to ensure the future of the Urban Land Institute.

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