Nelson C. Rising

Nelson C. Rising


A veteran of 35 years in the real estate industry, Nelson Rising is the Chairman of Rising Realty Partners.

Rising was Chairman & CEO of Catellus Development Corporation with a total capitalization in excess of $5 billion. During his 11-year tenure at Catellus, he oversaw its successful evolution from a railroad land company, to a diversified development company and to a real estate investment trust. Most notable of the many Catellus developments is Mission Bay in San Francisco, the largest mixed-use development in the history of the city. Catellus merged with ProLogis, the nation’s largest industrial REIT, in September 2005.

Prior to joining Catellus, Mr. Rising was a Senior Partner of Maguire Thomas Partners. He was partner-in-charge of major projects in the Los Angeles area, including the Library Square development (that resulted in the restoration of the historic Central Library and included the west’s tallest building, the 73-story Library Tower) and Playa Vista.

Mr. Rising is a former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, is Chairman Emeritus of the Real Estate Roundtable, and Chairman of the Grand Avenue Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of ProLogis, the Board of Directors of Foley Timber & Land Company and Morgan Stanley’s Prime Property Fund. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology, the Hammer Museum the Board of Visitors of UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA Law School Board of Advisors.

He received a B.A. with honors in Economics from UCLA in 1963 and his Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law in 1967, where he served as Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review. He practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers prior to entering the real estate industry in 1972.