NFDA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
Ron Kendall, NFDA Chair  EmailWebsite 
Ron Kendall is NFDA Executive Chairman and Executive Vice President, of Easterly Government Properties. He heads up the government-relations function of a Real Estate Investment Trust focused on owning and developing properties leased to the federal government. Interacts with House and Senate members and staff, OMB, and GSA on public policy issues pertaining to federal real property. Serves as subject matter expert within the firm for Federal contracting, real property asset and portfolio management, facility management, building security, leasing, and construction issues.


Diana Parks, NFDA Vice Chair    Email | Website | Bio
Ms. Parks is the Principal of Curran Legal Group has experience in Federal procurement as an in-house counsel for over a decade with the General Services Administration, and in the private sector where she has practiced law since 2006.  She founded Curran Legal Services Group, Inc. in 2006, where she acted as managing partner and principal.  She advises on all aspects of Government contracts and Federal procurement law, with an emphasis on construction and leasing issues. Ms. Curran counsels clients engaged in Government contracting from the bidding stage through contract administration and claims issues. Admitted to the bar in 1991, she has over twenty years of experience, and practices regularly before the GAO, the United States Court of Federal Claims on procurement and contracting-related issues.


Biz Brackett, NFDA Treasurer  Email| Website|Bio

Biz Brackett is the Vice Chairman of NFDA and CEO/President, of UIRC A licensed real estate broker since the 1980s, Mr. Brackett founded S.B. Brackett & Company in 1991, to offer brokerage services within Chicago’s industrial property market.  Soon thereafter, Mr. Brackett added environmental remediation and property management services to his firm’s capabilities, re-branding his company as Urban Investment Research Corporation (“UIRC”) in 1996.  UIRC’s principals began to purchase properties on their own account in 1995 which, over time, led to the primary refocusing of UIRC’s resources to the management of its internal portfolio, in addition to its third-party work.



Fran Cowan, NFDA Board Officer    Email | Website | Bio
Ms. Cowan is Vice President of NGP V and has over 30 years of real estate experience in research, development, leasing, and finance. Ms. Cowan is responsible for sourcing potential acquisitions including developing and maintaining the acquisition pipeline for NGP. In addition, Ms. Cowan manages the GSA leasing process, working closely with GSA contracting officers and other government leasing officials. Prior to NGP, Ms. Cowan was the founder, owner, and manager of a real estate consulting firm specializing in marketing, research, and development-related services with nine years of experience in project development and finance in commercial real estate.


Marcy Owens Test, NFDA Board Officer  Email | Website | Bio
As a Senior Vice President and member of the national CBRE practice Federal Lessor Advisory Group (FLAG), Marcy Owens Test is a Federal real estate expert. Her expertise lies in managing large and complex projects. She is sought out by many for technical knowledge in all aspects impacting Federal real estate including market trends, investment sales, due diligence, Federal lease construction, lease administration, leasing, and relationship management. She has completed hundreds of Federal projects across the United States with a total volume of close to ten million square feet.


Chad Becker, NFDA Board Member   EmailWebsiteBio
Chad is the principal of Arco Solutions. He began his career in Commercial Real Estate with the General Services Administration (GSA) and went on to spend 15 years with the Federal Government.  During his tenure with the Government, Chad held positions in Property Management, Asset Management, and concluded his career in Leasing where he served as an in-house broker for the U.S. Government.  It was during his role as an in-house broker that he began to see the great opportunities that existed for building owners and their brokers who sought deals with the Federal Government.


Theo Bell, NFDA Board Member   Email | Bio
Theo Bell is the CEO/President of Epic Consulting; he began his own corporate & federal real estate consulting practice, Epic Consulting, LLC, in 2011 after three years as Senior Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank in Washington, D.C. Epic Consulting offers "C-suite" and executive-level real estate, government affairs, business development and government contracting management services to commercial companies seeking to provide the federal government with commercial real estate leasing, design, construction and development services.



Norman Dong, NFDA Board Member  EmailWebsiteBio
Norman Dong is a Managing Director at FD Stonewater, a real estate brokerage, investment, and development firm focusing on Federal, state, and commercial properties. As the Former Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service for GSA, Mr. Dong led one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world. Mr. Dong managed the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management, and disposal of approximately 374 million square feet of government-owned and leased space. Additionally, Mr. Dong oversaw an annual budget of approximately $10 billion and a workforce of almost 6,000.


David Givner, NFDA Board Member   Email
David Givner is a Managing Director At HPI at HPI International based in Brooklyn, New York. David is an NFDA board member and Chapter director.


Timothy O. Horne, NFDA Board Member   
Timothy O. Horne is a Portfolio Manager in the real estate division and Head of the Denver, Colorado office. He is responsible for the maintenance and continued growth of the company’s investment footprint throughout the western third of the United States, and for developing and maintaining key strategic relationships in the market. Tim provides senior-level support and guidance for the Colorado team, personifying and maintaining Boyd Watterson's culture and values. 
Tim’s resume includes a long tenure with the General Services Administration where, prior to joining Boyd Watterson in February of 2021, he was Regional Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service for GSA’s Region 8, and Acting Administrator of GSA. His extensive career in the government space provides a solid framework for his contribution to Boyd’s vast government-leased real estate portfolios.


Bob Peck, NFDA Board Member
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Bob is the principal/co-leader of the firm's Government & Defense practice of Gensler. He served for eight years as Commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, responsible for the design, construction, leasing, and management of more than 375 million square feet of space housing more than 1.1 million employees with an annual budget of more than $9 billion. He has been a land use attorney, commercial real estate mortgage banker, and broker, and has also served as President of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Vice President for Public Affairs at the American Institute of Architects.



Mark Ritchie, NFDA Board Member  Email | Website Bio
Mark Ritchie’s career as Principal at Gantry, Inc. in commercial real estate finance spans 30 years. Based in Los Angeles, he is a Principal of Gantry, Inc. (FMA Newmark Realty Capital). Gantry is the largest independent mortgage banking firm in the US; managing a portfolio of $18 BB in various debt/equity instruments for over 40 institutional capital sources, including several billion in government-leased projects.


Dan Mathews, NFDA Board Members   
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Dan Mathews is head of Federal Sales at WeWork. He was Commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS) from August 2017 to January 2021. Recently, he joined WeWork where he will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s government strategy, marketing, product development, and sales execution. Dan leads a team of professionals dedicated to bringing the quality and cost savings of WeWork’s flexible workspace solutions to the federal marketplace. 


David Winstead, NFDA Board Member  
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David Winstead, principal at Ballard Spahr joined the company following his appointment by President George W. Bush as Commissioner of Public Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration. As Commissioner, he was responsible for the asset management, construction and operations of a portfolio of 1,500 federal buildings, as well as 190 million square feet of leased space to accommodate over one million federal workers. Currently, David is serving on the Public Buildings Reform Board, as well as BOMA’s National Advisory Board and the Real Estate Roundtable. His law practice has focused on real estate development and transactional matters, infrastructure issues, public-private partnerships, government contracts as well as regulatory matters.

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EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Emeritus Board members
CoFounder and Senior Fellow, Dennis Eisen, P.h.D.   Email


Charles Chandler, Wrightwood Properties LLC  EmailWebsiteBio
Charles Chandler, President of Wrightwood Properties LLC, founded the firm in 1999. Mr. Chandler previously served as Director of Public Sector Services for CB Richard Ellis, Inc., the world's largest real estate brokerage services firm, and earlier as a real estate Contracting Officer for GSA in Washington, DC. The firm or its key personnel has completed over 3,500,000 square feet of leases and sales of properties with Public Sector tenancy.

Lee Elman, Founder, President, Elman Properties

Lee M. Elman founded Elman Investors, Inc in 1979. He has forty-two years of real estate experience, distinguishing himself both as an investing principal, a real estate investment banker, and investment advisor for both U.S. and foreign investors. Mr. Elman has negotiated the acquisition of properties in the United States, Europe and Latin America; and presently serves as a General Partner in numerous real estate partnerships. Lee is a graduate from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the bar of the State of New York.

Greg Margetich, The Margetich Group  EmailWebsiteBio
Greg Margetich is the Immediate Past Chairman of NFDA and President of The Margetich Group, a subsidiary of Margetich Real Estate & Development, founded in 1977, which is a commercial real estate investment & advisory company. Greg has vast experience specializing in investment sales, financing & management of commercial real estate properties including office, retail and industrial properties with a concentration on the acquisitions and dispositions of government-leased properties located throughout the United States.

 

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