THE TEAM

Aaron Miripol

President & CEO

About Me

Aaron Miripol has 30 years’ experience running community development and affordable housing companies. He has over seen more than $1 billion in direct economic development, including over 3,000 permanently affordable homes. Aaron joined ULC in 2007 and leads this unique real estate company in partnering with a wide range of organizations in the Denver metro area on the strategic acquisition and development of land and buildings to preserve and enhance their ability to create sustainable benefits in underserved communities. To date ULC has invested in 34 properties totaling $100 million in investments, which leverages over $700 million in development.

Over 10,000 people and (more than 80% are low income households) and 2000 jobs are served by ULC’s real estate.  Aaron is a founding member of the Neighborhood Development Collaborative and Mile High Connects, and currently serves on the Board of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Prior to his work at ULC, Aaron was the Executive Director of Thistle Community Housing, providing oversight on one of the fastest growing non-profit housing providers in Colorado. In his nine years at Thistle, the organization’s affordable housing production grew from 100 homes to 1,000 rental and ownership homes valued at over $70 million. Most importantly, Thistle grew from serving 250 people a year to over 3,000 people annually in need of affordable housing.

Before moving to Colorado, Aaron worked in Baltimore running two inner city nonprofit community development corporations, Southwest Visions and The Loading Dock. He was a Goldsmith Scholar in International Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has his BA in History & International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Erin Clark, Esq.

Vice President of Master Site Development

About Me

Erin Clark joined Urban Land Conservancy in September of 2018 and brings significant experience in redevelopment, planning, due diligence, and real estate financing, sale and acquisition, and leasing. As Vice President of Master Site Development, Erin leads efforts to create long term community benefits on large, multi-phased and multi-use sites throughout the Denver metro area, particularly in transit-oriented development areas.

Erin is committed to seeing development of thoughtful and sustainable urban infill projects that promote walkability and community cohesion. A Denver native, Erin has worked in the fields of planning and development since 2001, starting with a role in real estate and affordable housing at the Lowry Redevelopment Authority. She later spent five years in the City of Pasadena, CA, as a planner in both long-range planning and economic development. There, she participated in the drafting and adoption of a citywide Recreation & Parks Master Plan, and also oversaw large commercial and institutional development projects.

Immediately prior to joining ULC, Erin worked as a transactional a real estate attorney and land use consultant in Denver and Boulder. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brown University, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Trisha Wolfe

Vice President of Finance and Administration

About Me

Since January 2015, Trisha Wolfe has been the ULC Accounting Manager where she manages all ULC finances, accounts payable, accounts receivable, program and property financials, annual budget and oversees audit preparation. Trisha is also the point person for ULC as a supporting organization to The Denver Foundation.

Prior to moving to Denver in late 2014 and starting with ULC, Trisha spent 15 years working with Covenant House Michigan in Detroit, where she most recently was the Finance Director for this 43 year old nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing homeless crisis shelters for youth.

Trisha now takes advantage of living in the beautiful state of Colorado, and has big plans for many outdoor adventures. She has also taken up archery, loving the precision of hitting a target.

Christi Smith

Vice President of Strategy and Communications

About Me

Christi joined Urban Land Conservancy in 2010 and is a leader in strengthening the internal and external operations as well the management and creation of ULC impact investments and creative financing strategies. She is responsible for overseeing the day to day business of the organization as well as all communication efforts, public relations, marketing and outreach related to ULC projects and programs.

Before joining ULC, Christi served as Program Director for the ACE Mentor Program of Colorado.  She was responsible for organizing volunteers to work with high school students in 14 schools within 4 districts where they mentored in the fields are architecture, construction and engineering.  In the 4 years she was with ACE, she helped the program more than double the number of participating schools and students, giving ACE the opportunity to award more than $500,000 in scholarships.

Christi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder (Go Buffs!) and serves on the Board of Radian | Placematters and the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club.

Mark S. Marshall

Real Estate Director

About Me

Mark Marshall joined the ULC team in November 2015 as the Real Estate Director and brings over 28 years of experience in the building/development industry.  Mark ‘s  wealth of knowledge spans a variety of development types that include government facilities and military family housing, affordable housing, mixed-use, mixed-income, market-rate and student housing.   As  a  developer,  he has participated in the construction, rehabilitation and preservation of over 2,300 single-family and  multi-family  affordable  housing  units  valued  at  over  $273  million,  as  well  as  over 1,700 units of market rate housing valued at over $280 million.  His  extensive work experience encompasses deal  sourcing, acquisitions, housing  development,  land  development,  budgeting,  scheduling, architectural design and  project  management.

Before becoming a member of the ULC team, Mark had lived in Chicago for the past 20-years – where he began his career in community development and affordable housing.  He has had the opportunity to work with a number of well-respected regional and national development companies, granting him the opportunity to gain valuable experience in development financing through the use of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, HOME, CDBG, Federal Home Loan Bank AHP grant, IHDA Trust Funds, State Donation Tax Credits, TIF, McKinney Section-8 and a number of other grant and subsidy programs.  He was able to leverage these financing tools to develop deals that include HOPE VI, New Homes for Chicago, SRO housing for the Homeless and at Risk, Historic redevelopments and single-family and multi-family housing communities.

Mark’s former employers include: the US Air Force where attained the rank of Captain  while  serving  in  the  Civil  Engineering  Squadron  as  a  Base  Architect and Community Planner; Lakefront  SRO,  as  Assistant  Director  of  Development; Heartland  Housing,  as Director of Development; Mercy Housing as Regional Director of Real Estate Development; and AIMCO, as Midwest Region Senior Director of Development.  Mr. Marshall earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree  from  the  University  of  Tennessee  /  Knoxville  and  a  Masters  of  Business Administration degree from Indiana University / Bloomington.

Carson Draper

Facilities Technician II

About Me

Urban Land Conservancy welcomed Carson to our Facilities and Management Team in November 2019. Carson joins ULC with experience in building maintenance and will provide a great deal of knowledge in facility management.

John Bissell

Director of Property Assets

About Me

John joined ULC September of 2017 as the Director of Property Assets, and oversees the Assets department. In his new role at ULC, John not only manages the Assets team, but is responsible for making decisions that impact the financial performance of ULC’s property assets. In the Director position, John works closely with our third party property managers (as some of ULC’s assets are not directly managed in house) to ensure the overall success of these properties. He is the lead for all properties managed by ULC, with responsibilities including cash flow management, third party contract negotiations, capital improvement projects and the overall guidance of property assets.

 

John has over 24 years of experience in the multi-family and building management industry. Most recently he was the Regional Maintenance Director for Pinnacle, overseeing all aspects of property maintenance operations for the Colorado portfolio. This included capital improvements, building maintenance programs, assistance with building operations, training, recruitment and hiring, budgeting, etc. Before that, he had spent more than 15 years as a Regional Manager for a family owned, owner/operator property management firm. He oversaw and supervised portfolios of 6 to 7 properties, consisting of 1500+/- units. His duties encompassed all aspects of building operations, capital improvement planning and execution, property financial health and growth, customer relations, employee development and budgeting. John Started his adult career in the US Army in an Engineering Battalion as a Draftsman working closely with the Battalion Officer/Engineers on many different types of civil engineering and construction projects for both the Military and in Civil Action Projects.

Rebecca Landau

Senior Property Manager

About Me

Rebecca Landau joined ULC in late 2014 as Property Manager. She is a transplant to Colorado from downstate Illinois.  Rebecca began her career as a museum curator, later working for the Illinois State University  Foundation as the Executive Director of Ewing Properties and Director of Foundation Enterprises in Chicago. Rebecca has particularly enjoyed the projects she has been involved in, including the restoration of a  historic house and the construction of an outdoor theatre and botanical garden.

Rebecca has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in American Social and Cultural History from the University of South Dakota. She has extensive service on State and Local Commissions focusing on Historic Preservation, Community Planning and most recently was a member of the Downtown Normal Design Review Commission. She has served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Institute of Museum Services and has studied at the Smithsonian Institution. Rebecca is a graduate of the Bloomington-Normal Leadership McLean County program.

Eric Parker

Facilities & Sustainability Manager

About Me

Eric joined the team in 2016 and is responsible for providing facility and tenant support for ULC’s various properties as well as long-term planning for facility modernization and sustainability efforts. He has over 10 years of experience in non-profit facility management and project management.  Prior to joining ULC he was the owner of a local small business specializing in home improvements and repairs across a wide range of disciplines.

He is a Colorado transplant and holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. During his Air Force career, Eric led a team responsible for the successful deployment, tracking, and return home of thousands of U.S. Airmen.

Eric is a science geek at heart and is fascinated by how things work. He’s always eager to learn something new. His hobbies include hiking, gardening, composting, tinkering in the garage, and spending as much time as possible outdoors in beautiful Colorado!

Michael Miera

Manager of Neighborhood Relations

About Me

Michael Miera has over 37 years of community relations experience in the City of Denver. He previously served as a Community Development Representative with the Denver Office of Economic Development, where he collaborated with stakeholders in select low-income neighborhoods to advance economic and neighborhood development.   He is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Community Wealth Building Network and is a member of the Denver Foundation’s Economic Opportunity Committee.

Michael Miera has been working to improve the quality of life marginalized communities and  communities of color for more than four decades – actively serving on the boards of directors and advisory committees for numerous nonprofit agencies .

Michael began his higher education career at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1981 as an Admissions Counselor responsible for recruitment of Latino students.  Minority student recruitment was in its infancy.  He assisted in the developed of minority student recruitment strategies at Metro.   Michael delivered thousands of motivation presentations to minority youth throughout Colorado.  He especially enjoyed motivating and connecting with at-risk youth who had the potential to be successful in college.

Michael is best known as the founder of The La Raza Male Youth Leadership Conference. Created in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the effort annually serves over 1,500 Latino youth providing them with instructional and motivational seminars, role models and more–all to help them realize their full potential while instilling in them a respect and responsibility for their communities. In another notable effort, in 2004 he created the La Raza Youth Leadership Program which motivates a select group of high school Latino students to explore their leadership potential.

Currently, Michael is the married father of two, grandfather of six and great grandfather of two.  He loves to act, sing, and dance.  He is proud to be part of the ULC family as Manager of Neighborhood Partnerships.

Carmen Atilano

Manager of Neighborhood Relations

About Me

After nearly 25 years of community relations and civil rights work with the City of Boulder, Carmen became a Manager of Neighborhood Partnerships with the Urban Land Conservancy in 2018.  While in Boulder, she addressed delicate community-relations issues through relationship building, program management, grant making, policy development, team leadership and ordinance enforcement.  Among the policies she prepared for presentation to City Council are a Living-Wage Resolution, a Failure to Pay Wages ordinance, expansion of anti-discrimination legislation to include gender variance and the establishment of an Immigrant Advisory Committee.  As the Manager of Community Relations she supervised Boulder’s Youth Opportunity Program and Community Mediation Services.

In her newly created role, she will serve as a proactive link between ULC staff and members of the neighborhoods in which real estate developments are planned. Her goal is to maximize community awareness and engagement to achieve a positive impact of each development project.

Carmen is a graduate of the Colorado College and earned a masters degree in social anthropology at the Escuela Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia in Mexico City.  She is a native of southern Colorado and has lived in northwest Denver since 1987.

Alexa Culshaw

Communications & Grants Manager

About Me

Alexa joined Urban Land Conservancy in October of 2019 as the Communications and Grants Manager. Alexa is responsible for the design, creation, and publication of ULC’s outreach and marketing materials, in addition to ULC’s grant processes and efforts. She also leads event coordination.

Alexa is a Colorado native who has dedicated her professional career to serving our community through access to healthcare at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is ecstatic to be working for ULC as they continue to better the outcomes of Coloradans in underserved communities.

Alexa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College, and a Masters of Renaissance Literature from the University of York in York, England. She is a book nerd, an avid traveler, and lover of all things outdoors, especially skiing and road biking.

Autumn Buehler

Property Manager

About Me

Autumn joined ULC in March 2019 as a Property Manager, bringing an array of experience in property management sector. Autumn started in vacation rentals and eventually moved into single family residential to apartment complexes and finally transitioned into commercial asset management. She earned an Associates Degree in Computer Network Engineering from Westwood College of Technology in Denver.

Autumn is originally from the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. She enjoys the outdoors as much as possible and loves local culture, music, food, arts and events. You will also catch her playing kickball in the summer with the Denver Kick Ball Coalition.

Shawn Huston

Facilities Technician II

About Me

Shawn joined ULC as the Field Maintenance Technician in May of 2018. He is a Colorado Native, and few people have a deeper love or knowledge of all that Colorado has to offer.  He spends his free time on the highest majestic mountain trails to the hidden charms of the Denver’s urban grottos.

Shawn has an associate’s degree in renewable technology and sustainable energy from the Echo Tech Institute as well as his Journeyman in industrial mechanics. He also has extensive knowledge of electrical and building maintenance and experience in landscaping, as he is attentive to bringing the beauty of Colorado into its cityscapes.

Shawn has over 15 years of experience in customer service reconciling the human element with professional objectives. He is grateful to use his experience to work for a nonprofit whose mission he feels passionate about, and he is really looking forward to giving back to the state he loves with his career at Urban Land Conservancy.

Ryan Marshall

Facilities Technician I

About Me

Ryan is a Colorado native with over 20 years experience as a craftsman, with a focus on maintenance and plumbing. Ryan is eager to continue learning and to share his knowledge with others. He is very excited to be a part of ULC, as this is his first experience working for a nonprofit, and with a company he believes serves an amazing purpose for the community in which we live.

Ryan and his wife have raised three great kids all in college and beyond – his oldest son also works for a nonprofit and holds a degree in Sustainability. You can typically find Ryan headed to the mountains where he enjoys fishing, hiking and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.

Shannon Luedke

Office Manager

About Me

Shannon joined Urban Land Conservancy in April of 2019 as the Office Manager. Shannon’s background includes over 20 years of experience as an administrative assistant and executive assistant for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Shannon is passionate about customer service in her role and is dedicated to supporting ULC staff members and ensuring office management runs as efficiently as possible.  Shannon is excited to be back working for a nonprofit who she believes has an amazing mission to support great communities in Colorado.

Shannon is a native of Colorado and enjoys all that our state has to offer.  Her biggest pride and joy is her son Barry who plays college football at Colorado State University.  Shannon is usually at Barry’s games both in and out of state during football season, and always finds an excuse to talk about football any time of year. Go Rams!

Chris Leding

Executive Assistant

About Me

Chris joins ULC after spending the bulk of her career as Communications Director at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) moving from the important issue of preserving the outdoors to the important issues of neighborhoods and housing at ULC.

Chris spent 19 years at GOCO, which was created by the voters in 1992 as a dedicated funding source for outdoor projects. In her tenure there, she was responsible for all media relations, collateral materials and public outreach efforts across the state in addition to overseeing legislative affairs. Prior to joining GOCO, she had wide-ranging responsibilities in a Colorado-based strategic planning, business and political consulting firm.

As executive assistant, she will be using her years of experience in staffing executive directors and board members. She will also be assisting ULC’s public policy advocacy efforts.

Chris hold a bachelor’s degree in political science. In her spare time, she loves being with her husband, daughters and cats.

Anna Mercurio

Master Site Development Project Manager

About Me

Anna Mercurio joined ULC in September of 2019.  Anna has worked with a mix of land development and special district clients for the last decade and a half, providing an amalgam of legal and project management services.

As Master Site Development Project Manager for ULC, Anna provides technical, research and project management expertise as ULC creates large scale, multi-phased and multi-use developments.  Anna works to ensure all projects are completed in alignment with ULC goals and community identified needs.

Immediately before joining ULC, Anna worked in civil engineering, splitting her time between project management work, including regulatory permitting, survey and GIS projects, and operations management, focusing on financial and project reporting, team and client relationship building and process implementation and improvement.

Anna has also served as a Special District Administrator; handling statutory requirements and other operations of metropolitan districts in the greater Denver area.  Similarly, she provided legal support to metropolitan districts, working with developers, consultants and local governments assisting in the creation, management and dissolution of special districts.

Anna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University, her paralegal certification from an ABA-approved college and is PMP certified.

Victor Hernandez

Director of Accounting

About Me

Victor joined Urban Land Conservancy in August of 2019 as the Director of Accounting.  Victor is responsible for overseeing the general accounting and financial reporting functions of ULC and its subsidiaries.  He brings a diverse background with over 25 years of affordable housing and accounting experience.  Victor has worked in affordable housing at the national, state and local levels.

Before joining ULC, Victor was a manager at a public accounting firm which specialized in accounting and fund administration for private equity firms.  Victor holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Masters of Accountancy from Texas State University.  Victor is a certified public accountant licensed in Colorado and Texas.

2019 Board of Directors

Bill Pruter, Board Chair
Nichols Partnership

David Fine, Secretary
General Counsel, Metro State University

Rob Holway, Treasurer
M&T Bank

Anne Garcia, Past Board Chair
Retired – Rose Community Foundation

Rus Heise, Past Board Chair
Retired – RBC Capital Markets

David Younggren, Past Board Chair
Piton Foundation, Gary Community Investments

Denise Denslow
CliftonLarsonAllen

Tim Howard
Former ULC Executive Director and Founding Board Member

Bill Ryan
Colorado State Land Board

Dawn Bookhardt
Butler Snow

Matthew Barry
National Western Center Authority

 

Past Board Members

Sue Casey
Former Denver City Councilwoman

Beverly Haddon
Former CEO of Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities

Diane Barrett
City and County of Denver

George Beardsley
Inverness Properties LLC

Scott Beasley
Inverness Properties LLC

Peter Bowes
Bowes and Company

Mary Cronin
Former President, The Piton Foundation

Renee Desai
Neighborworks

Jamie Fitzpatrick
Corum Real Estate

Tom Gougeon
Gates Family Foundation

Ismael Guerrero
Denver Housing Authority

Myrna Hipp
Former Deputy Director, Denver Office of Economic Development

David Miller
Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise

Skip Miller
Miller Real Estate

Cec Ortiz

John Parvensky
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Rick Pederson
Foundation Properties

Susan Powers
Urban Ventures LLC

George Shaw
Shaw Construction

Mark Smith
East West Partners