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 founding 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 (LAI), an honorary society for the advancement of land economics; and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). 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); Pension Real Estate Association (PREA); Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge; California Association of Realtors; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH); UCLA Anderson Forecast; UCLA Extension; UCLA Department of Urban Planning; UCLA Field School of Public Health; UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; the State of California; and the City and County of Los Angeles. Additionally, Mr. Kawahara serves as an expert resource to the media, and frequently engages in public speaking on a wide range of matters related to real estate markets and the built environment.
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.