Gadi Kaufmann is Managing Director and CEO of RCLCO (Robert Charles Lesser & Co.). Since assuming this position, Gadi has been a guiding force behind RCLCO's expansion into an end-to-end solutions provider to the real estate sector around the world. The firm provides real estate economics and market analysis, strategic planning, management consulting, litigation support, fiscal and economic impact analysis, investment analysis, portfolio structuring, and monitoring services to real estate investors, developers, home builders, financial institutions, and public agencies.
In addition to serving as the CEO of RCLCO, Gadi is involved with some of the firm's most high-profile projects. Gadi specializes in economic consulting for real estate projects and portfolios; corporate strategy planning and management consulting at the enterprise level; transactional and negotiation services; and financing and capital formation strategy formulation and implementation. His experience encompasses assignments for institutional investors, privately held and publicly traded companies, and for public sector and government entities. Since joining RCLCO in 1979, Gadi has managed thousands of engagements throughout the United States and internationally, and has been a leader in advancing performance strategies for real estate companies, portfolios, and projects. Some of the real estate industry's most prominent companies call on Gadi for consulting help, including AvalonBay Communities, Crescent Communities, Crescent Real Estate Equities, DMB Associates, East West Partners, The Estate of James Campbell, General Growth Properties, HEI Hospitality, Marriott International, MGM Mirage, Mill Creek Residential Trust, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, Newland Communities, Port Blakely, Tejon Ranch Company, Toll Brothers, Trammell Crow Residential, Vail Resorts, the Urban Land Institute, Walt Disney Company, and many others.
Gadi is the Chairman of the RCLCO Foundation, a foundation formed in 2006 as a means to positively influence the availability and development of affordable housing.
Gadi is an active board and committee member of several industry and academic organizations. Gadi is proud to contribute his leadership to the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an international organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land. ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policymakers dedicated to creating better places. He currently serves as ULI Trustee; Governor of the ULI Foundation; National Advisory Board Member of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing; and Co-Chair of ULI/DC Regional Competitiveness and Cooperation Program in Washington, D.C. Gadi also serves as Chairman of the New Programs Committee of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), a non-profit trade association for the global institutional real estate investment industry. PREA's mission is to serve its members engaged in institutional real estate investment through the sponsorship of objective forums for education, research initiatives, membership interaction, and the exchange of information.
In addition, Gadi serves as Chair of the Professional and Community Outreach Committee and Founding Member of the Board at the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, a joint center of the Anderson School of Management and the School of Law, which creates and administers UCLA's activities in the real estate field. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the public affairs/public service graduate school at UCLA serving the community through best practices in scholarship, research, and teaching in the fields of social work, urban and regional planning, and policymaking. Finally, he also serves an advisor and mentor to the UCLA Sharpe Fellowship Program.
Previously, Gadi served as ULI's Membership Chair; Member of the Operating Committee; Chair of the 2010 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.; Vice Chairman of the Board; Chair of the Product Councils Chairmen Group; Chairman of the Program Committee; and Member of the Executive Committee. He held several notable positions within the YPO-WPO and CEO organizations, international business organizations for education and idea exchange, including Member of the YPO and CEO International Boards of Directors; Member of YPO's Northeastern U.S. Regional Board; and various other leadership positions in the Santa Monica Bay and Washington, D.C., chapters.
Gadi also serves as an Editorial Advisory Board Member of The Institutional Real Estate Letter - North America. The Editorial Advisory Board has approximately 35 representatives from America's leading pension funds, foundations, family offices, and endowments that focus on traditional real estate investments.
Gadi holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from UCLA, and is married to Karen Kaufmann, a Professor of Political Science at UCLA.