WASHINGTON (August 7, 2013) – Urban Land Institute (ULI) Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips has been selected as one of 15 new members of the Federal City Council, an organization that works to enhance the economic and social progress of Washington, D.C., as the nation’s capital.
ULI, which is headquartered in the District of Columbia, is a research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and creating thriving communities worldwide. As ULI’s chief executive, Phillips brings to the council global expertise in land use and urban development, which will serve as a valuable tool in advancing the organization’s efforts to encourage collaboration and cooperation between local and federal government officials.
Former District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams is the chief executive officer and executive director of the council, which is frequently called upon to evaluate and advise on large and complex projects that typically involve the private sector and multiple levels of government. The organization works with all levels and branches of government to increase effective communications and facilitate community development that serves the interests of both local and national stakeholders.
Council membership is limited to top business, professional, and civic leaders who have demonstrated expertise in various issues related to urban growth, such as housing, infrastructure, education, and public safety; and who have the resources available to support the council’s day-to-day operations. In addition to Phillips, other new council members include Ted Leonsis, founder and chief executive officer of Monumental Sports and Entertainment; Kurt Schmoke, vice president and general counsel at Howard University; and Todd Rich, D.C. office managing director for Tishman Speyer.
“I am delighted to be part of such a prestigious organization, and to be serving with so many of Washington’s distinguished leaders,” Phillips said. “ULI has a long history of involvement with redevelopment in the city, including guidance on such major undertakings as Union Station, the Southwest waterfront, and more recently, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. In addition, our members in the metropolitan area (comprising ULI Washington) have an extraordinary track record of community engagement and volunteerism. As ULI’s staff executive, and as a long-time D.C. resident, I find this opportunity very gratifying professionally and personally.”
For more than fifty years, the Federal City Council has helped facilitate development in and the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout Washington, including Southwest Washington and the city’s downtown. The council has served as a catalyst for the redevelopment of Union Station, the construction of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, and the creation of the Economic Club of Washington. Currently, the council is working on projects to attract new industries to the District and create new employment hubs. In addition, the council is working to improve adult literacy and enhance the employment marketability of local residents by helping them acquire needed skills and certifications.
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global nonprofit education and research Institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use.