The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Foundation and the Chicago District Council of ULI have awarded the second annual Jeffrey Kahan Full Member Fellowship to Molly Ekerdt, Project Manager, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. and Collin McKenna, Director of Acquisitions, Golub & Company LLC.
Since 2011, Molly Ekerdt has worked as a project manager at Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. where she has managed over $58 million in affordable housing investments and developments in Chicago resulting in the construction or preservation of 190 units of housing with an emphasis on sustainability and urban design. She received a Masters of City Planning, Housing & Community Economic Development from MIT and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College. Ekerdt is a current board member for the Neighborhood Housing Services Redevelopment Corporation and is a LEED accredited professional.
Collin McKenna is director of acquisitions at Golub & Company LLC specializing in the analysis of potential value add acquisition and development opportunities nationwide as well as sourcing, negotiating and closing equity and debt for all transactions. McKenna has completed transactions totaling in excess of $300 million. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois. McKenna is a member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA) and Chicago Real Estate Private Equity (CREPE). Additionally he is a volunteer and development committee member for Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support.
The ULI Jeffrey Kahan Full Member Fellowship provides opportunities for promising ULI Young Leaders from the Chicago area to participate as a Full Member in ULI at a very formative point in their careers. The Fellowship honors Jeffrey Kahan, a principal and director of the Investment Services Group of Colliers International in Chicago, who passed away in June 2012. Kahan was an active member of ULI and a member of the national Industrial and Office Park Development Council (IOPC) – Blue Flight. He deeply believed in the value of the relationships formed and information shared through ULI.
A jury of seven ULI members and associates of Jeffrey Kahan, including Steven Disse, Principal of Colliers International and former partner of Kahan, reviewed applications and interviewed qualified candidates. Fellowship benefits include a one-year ULI Full membership, attendance at the ULI spring and fall meetings as well as access to IOPC-Blue meetings and functions. Both Fellows will have an IOPC Mentor and a ULI Chicago Mentor as part of the year-long program and will be attending the upcoming ULI Fall Meeting in New York City, October 21-23, 2014.