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Faculty and Staff2020-02-11T09:30:34-05:00

FACULTY AND STAFF

DEDICATED TO BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION
OF GLOBAL REAL ESTATE LEADERS

Georgetown McDonough faculty have both strong academic and professional backgrounds. If your goal is to become a global leader who can build a better world for yourself and others, you’ve come to the right place.

Faculty members are available to students for independent consultations, offer student research assistant job opportunities, advise student organizations, mentor and introduce students to opportunities within their field of expertise. Steers Center for Global Real Estate’s faculty conduct research that impacts the way the world does business.

Atara Kaufman Professor of Real Estate
Director – Steers Center for Global Real Estate

Matthew L. Cypher was the Director of Underwriting at Invesco Real Estate prior to his position at Georgetown University.  He was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Investment Strategy Group.  He currently sits on the board of Global Medical REIT and is the chairman of their Investment Committee.  He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Texas A&M University and a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University.  His research has been publish in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research and the Journal of Property Research.  He also actively writes for trade-level publications such as Urban Land.

Robert and Lauren Steers Chair, Steers Center for Global Real Estate

Jim Reid joined the Steers Center in July of 2019 as the Robert and Lauren Steers Chair for Global Real Estate. Reid will focus on enhancing the Steers Center brand through his global network. Further, he will teach the center’s foundational real estate course for undergraduates beginning in 2020.  Reid continues to serve as a senior advisor to CBRE where he has enjoyed a 33 year career as both a senior executive and, earlier in his career, a practicing brokerage and capital markets professional.  Reid held multiple executive positions at CBRE, including chief operating officer, Americas; president,  U.S. eastern division; and chairman, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Reid received an MBA from Harvard University and a B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia.

George Yeonas

Managing Director, Steers Center for Global Real Estate

George Yeonas was the CEO of The Fortress Group, where he directed the reorganization and integration of twelve homebuilding companies in advance of the group’s sale to Lazard-Freres. Yeonas’ extensive real estate career ranges from master plan community design and development to loan workouts and restructurings. Previously, Yeonas was the chief restructuring officer for the Dutch bank Propertize B.V., where he was responsible for the liquidation of a $2 billion North American loan portfolio. Yeonas also served as the chief operating officer at Technical Olympic, a national publicly traded homebuilding company with over $2.2 billion in revenue. Yeonas graduated from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Cheryl Laing

Events Assistant, Steers Center for Global Real Estate

Cheryl Laing is the events assistant for the Steers Center for Global Real Estate. Previously, Laing was an executive assistant in the accounting department at JBG Smith (formerly known as The JBG Companies), a commercial real estate company in the D.C., MD and Virginia areas. She worked closely with the department’s tax team to ensure REIT compliance and facilitation of department projects. Prior to JBG Smith, Laing was an operations associate at Hilton Grand Vacations in Washington D.C.,where she assisted in startup operations of Hilton’s sales team, creating the branches standard operating procedures and best business practices. Laing graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in communications and marketing.

Adjunct Professor

Independent Director – Board of Vault Digital Infrastructure

Jeff Foster served as the executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT), a data center REIT, from 2013 until DFT was acquired in 2017. He also served as chief accounting officer from 2007 to 2014. Foster built the accounting department so DFT could meet the requirements of SEC reporting and was responsible for budgeting and forecasts. Prior to DFT, Foster was chief accounting officer at Global Signal, the first cell tower REIT. Foster currently serves as an independent director on the board of Vault Digital Infrastructure, a private equity backed data center company. He also serves on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and the Child and Family Network Center which provides free pre-K education to underprivileged children in Alexandria, Virginia.

Adjunct Professor

Brian Gill is a co-founding partner of Artis Advisors. Since 2008, Artis has completed more than $5 billion in capitalization and recapitalizations of all commercial asset types in the United States. Prior to forming Artis, Gill was an associate director in the capital markets group at Cushman & Wakefield in Washington, D.C. He serves as adjunct professor of finance and real estate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and has also taught MBA students at The George Washington University. Gill holds master’s degrees in business and economics from Northwestern University and the London School of Economics and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.

Adjunct Professor

Sunil Madan joined the Steers Center for Global Real Estate in September 2015 and brings more than 20 years of real estate experience to the center.  He has worked in the United States, Europe, and Asia in the private sector, including within the commercial real estate debt groups at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. Having recently relocated to Washington from London and having worked in various parts of the world in real estate, Madan brings an international edge to the Steers Center and will help to build out the areas of real estate debt and our international strategy. Madan received a Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications from Manipal Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance from Yale University’s School of Management.

Adjunct Professor
Global CEO – Urban Land Institute

W. Edward Walter was the chief executive officer and president of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Walter joined the company in 1996 as senior vice president for acquisitions, and has held a variety of positions, including CFO. Prior to joining Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc, Walter was a partner with Trammell Crow Residential Company and the president of Bailey Capital Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Adjunct Professor

President – Boundary Companies

John Wilkinson oversees Boundary’s investment, development, asset management, and organizational activities. Over the past three years, Wilkinson has grown the firm’s portfolio by investing in entitlement, vertical development, and existing projects across a range of product types including office, retail, self-storage, charter schools, and industrial assets, as well as market rate and affordable housing, with an expertise in value-add and opportunistic investments.  Prior to forming Boundary, Wilkinson served as senior vice president in the Investments Group for The JBG Companies.  His previous work experience includes roles at The Meridian Group in Washington, D.C. and  CB Richard Ellis’ in the Mid-Atlantic office. He was recognized by Forums’ 50 Under 40 honorees (2015) and by DCA Live as one of Washington D.C.’s 40 under 40 rising stars in real estate (2017). Wilkinson received his B.A. from Cornell University.