Urban Innovations names Jo Anne Gottfried as president

Urban Innovations (UI) announced that Jo Anne Gottfried has been promoted to president of Urban Innovations from COO. In her new role, she will lead the company’s strategic plan and implement growth strategies vital to expanding the portfolio and reach of the company’s core functions including property management, leasing and construction.

“Jo Anne joined UI in 1987 and during her 31+ years with us, she has played a pivotal part in growing our company and developing the talented team we have today,” said Howard R. Conant Jr., chairman of UI. “She has helped shape our commitment to service and she understands where we came from, how we got here and how we operate. It’s only natural that she move into the role of president to drive the company into the next phase of success. “

In her tenure at UI, Gottfried has worked in nearly every department. Her various roles have included those in accounting, human resources, IT, property management, leasing, leading the strategic marketing efforts of the company and managing a team of engineers.

“This is a very exciting time for our company and I’m honored to be awarded this position as we expand our business offerings and portfolio,” said Gottfried . “Our team at UI is the most capable and effective it’s ever been and I’m very proud of the projects we will bring to the market in the near term.”

Gottfried is a graduate of the University of Colorado and holds her Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker license. Outside of her business responsibilities, she is an active board member of Theatre D in Deerfield and is a member of The Saints of Chicago.