11/01/2022 | by

Lisa Palmer, President and CEO of Regency Centers Corporation, Elected Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 1, 2022) – Nareit announced the election of its 2023 officers, the members of its executive board, and its advisory board of governors.

Nareit’s new chair is Lisa Palmer, president and CEO of Regency Centers Corporation. Palmer takes over today from Nareit’s 2022 chair, Marguerite M. Nader, president and CEO of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.

“We are honored that Lisa will serve as Nareit’s 2023 chair,” said Nareit President and CEO Steven A. Wechsler. “Lisa’s considerable knowledge, experience, and dedication to the industry make her the ideal person to lead Nareit as it continues to communicate with investors, policymakers, and other key stakeholders about the benefits of REITs and their positive contributions to communities. Our former chair, Marguerite M. Nader, provided important leadership in these areas, and the entire organization is grateful for her service.” 

Other Nareit officers for 2023 include: 

  • First Vice Chair: W. Matthew Kelly, CEO of JBG SMITH
  • Second Vice Chair: Conor C. Flynn, CEO of Kimco Realty Corporation
  • Treasurer: Sumit Roy, president and CEO of Realty Income Corporation

All Nareit officers also are members of Nareit’s 2023 executive board, which is Nareit's governing body.

Also serving on Nareit’s 2023 Executive Board are:

  • Peter E. Baccile, president and CEO, First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc.
  • Thomas A. Bartlett, president and CEO, American Tower Corporation
  • Tamara D. Fischer, president and CEO, National Storage Affiliates
  • Leslie D. Hale, president and CEO, RLJ Lodging Trust
  • Marguerite M. Nader, president and CEO, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. 
  • Mark J. Parrell, president and CEO, Equity Residential
  • Edward B. Pitoniak, CEO, VICI Properties, Inc.
  • James F. Risoleo, president and CEO, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
  • Joseph D. Russell, Jr., president and CEO, Public Storage
  • Benjamin W. Schall, president and CEO, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
  • Michael J. Schall, president and CEO, Essex Property Trust, Inc.
  • James M. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO, Brixmor Property Group Inc.
  • Owen D. Thomas, president and CEO, BXP

Nareit also announced the members of its 2023 Advisory Board of Governors.

Nareit’s 2023 Advisory Board of Governors members are: 

  • Edward K. Aldag, Jr., chairman, president, and CEO, Medical Properties Trust Inc.  
  • Christopher J. Benjamin, president and CEO, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.  
  • H. Eric Bolton, Jr., chairman and CEO, MAA  
  • Jon E. Bortz, chairman, president, and CEO, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
  • Byron L. Boston, CEO and co-CIO, Dynex Capital, Inc.  
  • Jay A. Brown, president and CEO, Crown Castle Inc.  
  • Stephen E. Budorick, president and CEO, Corporate Office Properties Trust 
  • Richard J. Campo, chairman and CEO, Camden Property Trust
  • Frank Cohen, chairman and CEO, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.  
  • Lisa R. Cohn, president and general counsel, Apartment Income REIT Corp.
  • Victor J. Coleman, chairman and CEO, Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.
  • M. Colin Connolly, president and CEO, Cousins Properties 
  • Mark O. Decker, Jr., president and CEO, Centerspace 
  • Laurel B. Durkay, head, global listed real assets, Morgan Stanley
  • Jeffrey S. Edison, chairman and CEO, Phillips Edison & Co.
  • Mary Fedewa, president and CEO, STORE Capital Corporation  
  • Jason E. Fox, CEO, W. P. Carey Inc.  
  • Jennifer F. Francis, president and CEO, Diversified Healthcare Trust  
  • Marc C. Ganzi, president and CEO, DigitalBridge
  • Kenneth A. Gunderman, president and CEO, Uniti Group Inc.  
  • David A. Helfand, president and CEO, Equity Commonwealth  
  • Mary Hogan-Preusse, founder and principal, Sturgis Partners LLC 
  • Jackson Hsieh, president and CEO, Spirit Realty Capital  
  • Lisa L. Kaufman, global head of securities, LaSalle Investment Management 
  • Katharine A. Keenan, CEO, Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.
  • John B. Kilroy, Jr., chairman and CEO, Kilroy Realty Corporation  
  • Brian W. Kingston, managing partner, CEO real estate, Brookfield Asset Management
  • John A. Kite, chairman and CEO, Kite Realty Group Trust  
  • Theodore J. Klinck, president and CEO, Highwoods Properties, Inc. 
  • Marshall A. Loeb, president and CEO, EastGroup Properties, Inc.
  • David R. Lukes, president and CEO, SITE Centers Corp.
  • Joseph D. Margolis, CEO, Extra Space Storage, Inc. 
  • Christopher P. Marr, president and CEO, CubeSmart
  • John P. McCarthy, Jr., CEO, Starwood Real Estate Income Trust
  • Paul T. McDermott, president and CEO, Elme Communities
  • Sheila K. McGrath, principal, Grayton Advisory
  • William L. Meaney, president and CEO, Iron Mountain 
  • Charles J. Meyers, president and CEO, Equinix, Inc.  
  • Shankh Mitra, CEO and CIO, Welltower Inc.
  • Diane M. Morefield, board member, UDR, Inc.  
  • David L. Nunes, president and CEO, Rayonier Inc.
  • Thomas E. O’Hern, CEO, Macerich  
  • Jeffrey S. Olson, chairman and CEO, Urban Edge Properties
  • C. Taylor Pickett, president and CEO, Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. 
  • David J. Schulte, chairman, CEO, and president, CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.
  • Gregory K. Silvers, chairman, president, and CEO, EPR Properties
  • Wendy L. Simpson, chairman and CEO, LTC Properties, Inc.  
  • Devin W. Stockfish, president and CEO, Weyerhaeuser  
  • Jeffrey A. Stoops, president and CEO, SBA Communications Corporation   
  • Gerard H. Sweeney, president and CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust
  • Gina Szymanski, managing director and lead portfolio manager–North America REITs, AEW Capital Management
  • Dallas B. Tanner, president and CEO, Invitation Homes  
  • Diane L. Wade, head of ESG, listed securities, CBRE Investment Management
  • Sarah J. Wade, managing director and portfolio manager, Nuveen Asset Management 
  • Bonnie Wongtrakool, CEO, Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation
  • Stephen J. Yalof, president and CEO, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.

In addition, Nareit engages its members through numerous committees, sub-committees, and councils.

Audit and Investment Committee

  • Chair: Marshall A. Loeb, president and CEO, EastGroup Properties, Inc.
  • Mary Fedewa, president and CEO, STORE Capital Corporation
  • Sumit Roy, president and CEO of Realty Income Corporation

Best Financial Practices Council and Accounting Committee 

  • Co-Chair: John Gottfried, SVP and CFO, Acadia Realty Trust
  • Co-Chair: Angela Valdes, CAO, JBG SMITH
  • Co-Chair: Mike Walsh, SVP and CAO, BXP

CFO Council

  • Chair: Marc J. Smernoff, EVP and CFO, Americold Realty Trust  
  • Vice Chair: Michael LaBelle, EVP, CFO, and treasurer, BXP

Communications Council 

  • Co-Chair: Melissa McNamara, VP, head of corporate communications, Cousins Properties
  • Co-Chair: Karen Noonan, director, communications, engagement, and training, CubeSmart

Corporate Governance Council 

  • Chair: Scott J. Fenster, EVP and general counsel, Equity Residential 
  • Vice Chair: Samantha Sacks Gallagher, EVP and general counsel, VICI Properties, Inc. 
  • Vice Chair: Eric G. Kevorkian, SVP, chief legal officer and secretary, BXP 

Dividends Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI) CEO Council

  • Co-Chair: Thomas J. Baltimore, chairman, president and CEO, Park Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
  • Co-Chair: Debra A. Cafaro, chairman and CEO, Ventas, Inc.
  • Co-Chair: A. William Stein, CEO, Digital Realty

Dividends Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative Steering Committee

  • Co-Chair: Mary Hogan-Preusse, founder and principal, Sturgis Partners LLC
  • Co-Chair: Diane Morefield, board member, UDR, Inc.
  • Co-Chair: Sherry L. Rexroad, CFO, STORE Capital Corporation

Federal Tax Committee 

  • Chair: Kathy Miller, SVP, financial services and tax, Regency Centers Corporation

Government Relations Committee 

  • Co-Chair: William P. DeKlerk, VP, tax, Essex Property Trust, Inc. 
  • Co-Chair: Puneet Sharma, global director, tax, W. P. Carey, Inc.

Insurance Committee 

  • Chair: Janet Kerr, VP, risk management, BXP

mREIT Council Executive Committee 

  • Chair: Byron L. Boston, CEO and Co-CIO, Dynex Capital Inc.

Public Non-Listed REIT Council Executive Committee 

  • Chair: C. Allan Swaringen, president and CEO, JLL Income Property Trust

Real Estate Investment Advisory Council 

  • Chair: Conor Flynn, CEO, Kimco Realty Corporation

Real Estate Sustainability Council 

  • Chair: Michael Chang, VP, energy and sustainability, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. 
  • Vice Chair: Carol Samaan, VP, corporate counsel and ESG, Healthpeak Properties, Inc. 

Social Responsibility Council* 

  • Co-Chair: Colleen McKeown, chief human resources officer, Prologis, Inc.
  • Co-Chair: Carolyn Carter Singh, EVP and chief talent officer, Brixmor Property Group, Inc.

*Council leadership will be updated at the beginning of the calendar year.

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