Tim Kawahara is the founding executive director of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. Mr. Kawahara is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center, including the development, implementation and oversight of the Center's numerous programs and activities; internal and external relationships; industry and academic conferences and events; marketing and communications; media relations; student programs; fundraising; strategic partnerships; budget; personnel; and management of the Center's Board. Mr. Kawahara serves on all of the Center's committees, including Development and Membership; Public Policy and Community Outreach; Industry Outreach and Professional Programs; Student Programs; Research; and Curriculum. As the Center's first executive director, Mr. Kawahara has guided the Center through a period of immense growth.
Mr. Kawahara serves on several boards, including the Los Angeles District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI); Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the advancement of land economics; and Commercial Real Estate Women. Mr. Kawahara has also led program initiatives in partnership with numerous industry organizations, including the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP); United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA); Los Angeles Business Council (LABC); Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM); International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); UCLA Anderson Forecast; UCLA Extension; UCLA Department of Urban Planning; the State of California; and the City of Los Angeles.
Mr. Kawahara is a graduate of UCLA and the Executive Program of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to joining the Ziman Center, Mr. Kawahara was the director of development at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.