ULI Announces Promotions, New Leadership

Washington – The Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced the promotions of Leslie Nagao to chief marketing officer and Wendy Richards to chief people officer.

In her role, Nagao will be responsible for furthering ULI’s development of a cohesive brand and growth strategy that drives engagement and assures ULI continues to serve its members and its mission. She previously held the role as ULI’s senior vice president of membership and marketing. Prior to joining ULI, Nagao held senior marketing roles at Time Warner, AARP Services, and ExxonMobil.

Richards will lead the global People function across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions, lending her extensive experience in international, people-focused organizations. She first joined ULI in December 2021 as senior vice president of human resources. Before joining ULI, she worked with several international organizations, including PwC, international law firm Baker McKenzie, and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Additionally, Clare De Briere, executive vice president and regional manager in Los Angeles for Skanska USA Commercial Development, has been appointed ULI Americas executive committee chair. She will serve on a voluntary basis for a two-year term starting July 1, and has also joined ULI’s global board of directors.

De Briere brings extensive leadership experience to her new position, having served as a ULI Americas Executive Committee member, chair of ULI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and chair of ULI’s Los Angeles District Council. She is also a global governing trustee and serves on the national Advisory Committee for Building Healthy Places and Building Healthy Corridors.