UC San Diego initiates a world-class real estate and development program, with LAI assistance

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Jeff Graham is Executive Director - Real Estate at UC San Diego. Jeff’s department at the university oversees all on-campus and off-campus leasing of more than 1.5 million square feet of office, clinical, research, retail, and educational space as well as all real estate development through public-private partnerships. Mr.
Graham and his staff also negotiate and implement all license agreements, property acquisitions and dispositions, ground leases, feasibility studies, and the campus regional transportation projects.

He has an extensive and successful track record in real estate negotiations and transaction structuring, organizational leadership, urban redevelopment and urban planning. Previously he has served as a Senior Vice President for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a global strategic real estate consulting firm, in its Public Institutions consulting practice group. Prior to his tenure at JLL, Jeff worked for nearly seven years at Civic San Diego, a community redevelopment, economic development, and planning agency. There he held the position of Vice President, Redevelopment and later held the position of President.

Mr. Graham was also a Real Estate investment and development professional with Gafcon, Inc., The Guidant Group, Pacwest Group, and Rancon Financial Corporation. In each of these roles he provided economic, fiscal and strategic guidance to public and private sector clients investing in or developing urban real estate and infrastructure. Mr. Graham received his Master's in Business Administration, International Business from San Diego State University.

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The University of California San Diego has recently launched a new undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate & Development. It is the first degree of its type in the UC system and is one of the most comprehensive undergraduate programs of its kind in the country.

It recognizes that the next generation of real estate development innovators will need to understand the nexus between real estate finance and development, data analysis, urban planning and design, environmental regulations, and new technologies.

The major is situated in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (USP) which is part of the Division of Social Sciences. The academic director for the new degree is Mirle Rabinowitz-Bussell, Ph..D. Courses for the major are being taught by a combination of distinguished researchers and experienced local practitioners.

Within one year, the new degree has attracted close to 100 students who are now majoring in it.

LAI San Diego is actively involved in the program. LAI member Nathan Moeder is one of the first instructors in the program, teaching the basics of real estate development. Jeff Graham, the Executive Director of Real Estate for UCSD is actively participating in the new program as is Advisory Board member, Alan Nevin.



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