Kevin L. Ratner

Kevin L. Ratner


Kevin L. Ratner was the President of Forest City West, the former subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Forest City was 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. In December 2018, Forest City was acquired by a real estate investment fund of Brookfield Asset Management, a global leader in alternative asset management.

Ratner was responsible for Forest City's commercial and residential businesses on the West Coast. In addition to the development of market rate, affordable, and high-density urban housing, both new and through the adaptive re-use of preexisting structures, Ratner and his team were involved with several mixed-use, developments focusing on technology and today's innovation economy. Ratner worked in Forest City's Los Angeles office from 1998 until December 2018 and was 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 was dedicated to the communities in which Forest City worked 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 served as the company's corporate headquarters. Forest City 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 serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for both the American Jewish University and the California Infill Builder's Federation (CIBF). He is also on the Board of Directors for the Central City Association of Los Angeles, the Hammer Museum, SCI-Arc, Center for Creative Land Recycling, and Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles. Ratner is an Advisory Board Member of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and an Executive Committee Member of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.