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DC Real Estate Leaders on the Gallery Place/Chinatown Task Force

May 16, 2024 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Join The Jewish Federation’s Real Estate Division at the Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum for a conversation featuring Deborah Ratner Salzberg, Principal at Uplands Real Estate Partners, and Andy Altman, Principal and Co-Founder of Fivesquares Development. Gain insights into the dynamic evolution of Washington DC’s real estate industry as our speakers delve into their pivotal roles in the Mayor’s Gallery Place/Chinatown Task Force. Explore the Task Force’s impactful work in revitalizing Gallery Place/Chinatown, including implementing a plan to enhance vibrancy, and uncover their strategic long-term vision contributing to downtown Washington DC’s transformative real estate landscape.

We are excited to offer a limited number of complementary tickets to explore the “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli special exhibition following the event. Access to this special exhibition is reserved only for ticketed attendees and space is limited. Please note that while the special exhibition requires a ticket, the rest of the museum will be accessible to anyone who would like to stay and explore. *We are now at capacity for the deli exhibition tickets, if you would like to join the waitlist please email Ilana at [email protected]. Please only join the waitlist for the special exhibition if you can join past the scheduled 10:00 AM event conclusion.

Thursday, May 16
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum
575 3rd St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

RSVP by Thursday, May 9
Kosher breakfast will be served.

For questions, please contact Ilana Matheson at [email protected] or 301-230-7277

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Emily Heppen, Leasing & Asset Manager, University of Maryland
Barbara Miller,
Director of Business Development, Davis Carter Scott
Event Co-Chairs

Alisa Brem Rosenberg, Managing Partner, Junction Development
Wendy Feldman Block, 
Executive Managing Director, Savills
Co-Chairs, The Network’s Real Estate Division 

Max Sandler, Principal, Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc.
Janis Schiff, Partner, Holland & Knight
The Network Co-Chairs

Lisa Benjamin, Senior Managing Director, Newmark
Adam Ducker, Chief Executive Officer, RCLCO Real Estate Advisors
Evan Goldman, Executive Vice President, EYA LLC
Nick Gordon, Associate Vice President, MRP Realty
Brian Gould, Managing Director, Berkadia
Emily Heppen, Leasing & Asset Manager, University of Maryland
Barbara Miller, Director of Business Development, Davis Carter Scott
Scott Nudelman, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Vitrian
Meg Raker Brown, Associate, Holland & Knight
Barbara Wachter Needle, Attorney and Partner, Reno & Cavanaugh
Real Estate Committee

About Deborah Ratner Salzberg
Principal, Uplands Real Estate

Deborah Ratner Salzberg is co-founder of Uplands REP, a developer and owner of multifamily properties.

Debby previously was the Washington, DC Region Chairman for Brookfield Properties, a global real estate development and operating company. Prior to joining Brookfield, Debby worked for over 30 years at Forest City Realty Trust. Most recently, she served as President of Forest City Washington, a subsidiary of Forest City Realty Trust, overseeing the company’s activities in the DC, Maryland, Virginia, Philadelphia, Boston, and New Jersey markets. During her career with Forest City, Debby’s responsibilities spanned development, leasing, construction, financing, and management, beginning with individual projects, and progressing to executive supervision of multiple high-profile, large-scale developments in the DC Region, including The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront, Waterfront Station in Southwest DC, and the redevelopment of Ballston Quarter in Arlington, Virginia.
Debby serves on the boards of CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE) and Capital Bank (NASDAQ: CBNK) and is active with numerous community and professional organizations, including the Federal City Council, the Washington Housing Conservancy, the NY Common Real Estate Advisory Committee (REAC), The National Archives Foundation, Urban Land Institute, Planet Word and the Jewish Community Foundation. In January 2024 Deborah was appointed by Washington, DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser as Co-Chair of the Gallery Place/Chinatown Task Force. The purpose of the Taskforce is to create an immediate activation plan, long-term vision, and investment plan for the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood.

Debby began her career as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco, and is a member of the California Bar Association.

About Andy Altman
Principal and Co-Founder, Fivesquares Development

Mr. Altman is an internationally recognized leader in transforming cities. He is the co-founder and principal of Fivesquares Development, a real estate development company based in Washington DC focused on innovative urban mixed-use and transit-oriented projects (TOD). Fivesquares developed an award-winning mixed-use project on 14th street in Washington DC, called Liz, in partnership with Whitman-Walker Health, the largest LGBTQ organization in the region. Liz won the Urban Land Institute award for best mixed use development in the region. Fivesquares is currently developing Strathmore Square, a community of over 2,000 units at the Grosvenor Metro station in North Bethesda, Maryland that is opening this June, 2024.

Andrew is currently an Adjunct Professor in Finance at the George Washington University School of Business.

Prior to co-founding Fivesquares Development, Mr. Altman was the first Chief Executive Officer of the London Olympic Park Legacy Company in London, England from 2009-2012. As CEO he led the master development of the 600-acre, 2012 Olympic Park for its post- Game use as a new international growth center.

Before being recruited to London, he was the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning for the city of Philadelphia under Mayor Michael Nutter. In that capacity he had oversight over 12 agencies, over 800 staff and $400 million dollars of budget. He chaired the Delaware River Waterfront Development Corporation and the City Planning Commission.

Mr. Altman first established himself as an internationally recognized urban planner in Washington, DC as the city’s Planning Director under Mayor Anthony Williams, where he led the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative that resulted in the transformation of Washington’s waterfront, including the Nationals ballpark and over 10 million square feet of development. As a result he was appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, the public development corporation responsible for leading implementation of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

Mr. Altman is on the boards of the EDJCC and The Field School.

Mr. Altman has been awarded many fellowships including the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Center, a senior fellow at the London School of Economics, a German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Fellowship, and a Lady David Fellowship at the Technion –Israel Institute of Technology. He holds a masters in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


May 16, 2024
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum
575 3rd St. NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States



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