Kevin L. Ratner is President of Forest City Residential West, a subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Forest City is an owner, developer and manager of a diverse portfolio of premier real estate located throughout the nation, with approximately $10.9 billion in total assets.
Ratner is responsible for Forest City's residential businesses in California. Currently those businesses include the development of market rate, affordable, student, mixed-use, adaptive reuse and high-density urban housing. Ratner has worked in Forest City's Los Angeles office since 1998 and has been extensively involved in the development of more than 1,500 multi-housing units, including several high-profile redevelopment projects in Southern California.
Ratner has significant expertise in revitalizing urban neighborhoods through public/private partnerships. He is dedicated to the communities in which Forest City works and has participated in many public policy forums.
Ratner is continuing the family tradition of real estate development following his grandfather and father into the family business. Max Ratner founded Forest City in 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, which is still the company's corporate headquarters. Today, Forest City has established a national reputation as a master developer and property owner of some of America's largest, and most prestigious, urban and suburban real estate projects.
Ratner graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA degree and holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. Ratner is on the Board of Directors for the University of Judaism, the Central City Association of Los Angeles, LA Conservancy Board, and South Park BID, and Los Angeles Downtown Center Business Improvement District. He is on the Board of Directors for the California Chamber of Commerce, SCI-Arc and Center for Creative Land Recycling and an Advisory Board Member of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. Ratner is also a member of, and frequent lecturer at the Urban Land Institute and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.