W. Edward Walter
W. Edward Walter, a director since December 2022, served as Global Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute from 2018 until October 2022. From 2015 to 2018, he was the Robert and Lauren Steers Chair in Real Estate at the Steers Center for Global Real Estate at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he continues to serve on the Steers Center Executive Committee. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Host Hotels and Resorts, Inc. (“Host”), a publicly traded premier lodging real estate company, from 2007 to 2016. Before assuming that role, he held several other senior positions at Host beginning in 1996, including four years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and two years as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Walter also serves on the boards of directors of Avalon Bay Communities, Inc., where he is the lead independent director and a member of the compensation committee and the nominating, governance and corporate responsibility committee, Ameriprise Financial, Inc., where he is a member of the audit and risk committee and compensation committee, Claros Mortgage Trust, Inc., where he serves as a member of the audit committee, and Measurabl, Inc., a privately held company, as well as several non-profit and educational institutions. He also served as Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Walter has a BA degree from Colgate University and a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center.