HREAO Board of Directors...





Comprised of alumni real estate professionals of various Harvard schools, the Alumni Board of the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization (HREAO) provides overall leadership and guidance to support all HREAO activities, students' educational and career goals, alumni programming, and provides a vital connection

between the University and the real estate professional industry.

Greg Cullen

Greg Cullen is the president and founder of Harvard Investment Group (HIG) and has extensive investment banking and venture capital experience. Founded in 1995, HIG has made direct investments and provided consulting services to start-ups and business ventures. Since its inception, HIG and Mr. Cullen have been the lead investor in dozens of transactions with a combined value of approximately $100 million.  Prior to founding HIG, Mr. Cullen served as Vice President for ING Capital Corporation, a Dutch investment bank, which made direct equity and debt investments. While at ING, Mr. Cullen led numerous transactions totaling over $215 million. Prior to ING, he was an Assistant Vice President for Citicorp. He spent two years underwriting and evaluating the risk of potential new deals. He also spent another two years in the Workout Group.  Mr. Cullen earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and received a BS (Magna Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.  


Evan Linkner

Evan Linkner is at the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group in New York City. Founded in 1926, with offices in New York, Boston and Miami, Ackman-Ziff (AZ) is considered the nation’s preeminent real estate capital advisory firm. Since joining AZ, Evan has been involved in structuring and placing over a billion dollars of equity and debt capital on behalf of its institutional client base. Previously, Evan was the Managing Partner of a contrarian real estate opportunity fund, where he led the fund’s strategy and investment activities. Earlier, Evan was the Vice President of Acquisitions for a respected Midwest real estate investment firm. As Vice President, Evan was responsible for originating, structuring, financing, repositioning and exiting distressed real estate assets. Evan’s experience also includes developing securitization packages for a merchant bank and venture capital valuation analysis for the Zell-Lurie CVP.  Evan is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for Real Estate Academic Initiative (REAI) at Harvard University, a member of the Board of Directors for the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization, a member of the Investment Committee for the Youth Renewal Fund, and the lecturer for the Capital Markets section of the Exploratory Course in Real Estate at Harvard.  Evan holds two Master’s Degrees from Harvard University where he studied finance and real estate. Evan additionally has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. Evan has received numerous awards and honors including the Marshal Award for graduating first in his class at Harvard.


Macy Leung

Macy develops affordable housing and Permanent Affordable Housing at a large non-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is commited to the bettering of individual's lives and to advance the community through real estate development and economic advisory.  With over 15 years of professional experience in architecture, private equity, land use economics, and development, Macy has worked extensively with both public and private sectors, and has a proven track record for successfully working on many complex economics and development projects.  Macy had previously served as a Senior Associate at a large regional Affordable Housing Firm, on its CDFI/Affordable Housing Equity Fund that focused on acquisition, development, and disposition in the West Coast, and led the firm’s Legislative Policy Group. She had also served as the Executive Vice President for a real estate private debt/equity fund, and financed mixed-use, creative office, and hotel development, and managed all firm and project activities.  Prior to that, as a Senior Economist, she evaluated and completed many comprehensive and complex economic analysis reports for the public and private sectors, including fiscal and economic impacts of land use changes and projects, labor force and industries analyses, Housing Elements, General Plan and Specific Plan, financial evaluation, and Long-Range City and County-wide economic policies and economic development strategies.  She began her career in architecture and had worked on large-scale institutional and commercial projects.  

Macy is appointed and serves on a local City's Design Review board, and serves on the ULI Steering Committee, was a past Vice Chair of the National Historic Trust/ULI Historic Preservation Summit, and was selected as Urban Land Institute "Who's Next under 35" national award recipient in 2013.  Macy serves as an advisory board member of the Community Energy Service Corporation, Homeownership SF, AIA LA Homeless Housing Committee, Sacramento Steps Forward, and a past board member on Green World Health Net.‚Äč  She had lectured at the GSD and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign on Affordable Housing Design and Development.  She graduated from the GSD ('11) in with a Master in Design Studies in Housing and Urbanization (Real Estate Finance and Development Concentration) as the elected Class Marshall and was the MDesS Class President, and has a Master in Architecture and a BA. in Economics.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her dog Miya and her family.


Douglas Koch

Douglas Koch, MAI, AICP created Advisory Affiliates, LLC based on his 37 years of experience in the housing, real estate and community development finance industries to provide clients with a broader set of expert advisory services across key disciplines needed to analyze and successfully complete complex real estate and investment fund transactions.  Doug consults in transaction and fund level due diligence, sponsor reviews, social impact finance, and organizational advisory and disposition services. Doug has deep experience in transactional advisory and disposition services including individual or property portfolio analysis, market positioning and modeling potential partnership interest transfers. Clients include major investors, for-profit and non-profit financial intermediaries, and development companies from across the nation; as well as government agencies. Doug was the Director Real Estate Consulting at Dauby O'Connor & Zaleski, LLC, a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, a partner at Boston Financial Group & created and led Cushman & Wakefield's Affordable Housing Group and Housing Advisors. His three decades of experience includes real estate transaction and advisory services as a principal and as a consultant, investment advisory services, organizational consulting, community development finance consulting and governmental and agency work. His consulting experience includes assignments in communities within 46 states.  Doug was the first chairperson of the National Council of Housing Market Analysts, co-wrote the Appraisal Institute's seminar on Appraising Affordable Housing, and is a proponent of social impact investing in the affordable housing/community development sector. 


Jeff Bartel

Jeff Bartel is chairman and managing director of Hamptons Group, LLC, a private investment and strategic advisory firm focused on real estate development and finance, private debt, and private equity including targeted venture and growth capital, and longer-term income-oriented investments in various sectors--with holdings in Florida, elsewhere in the U.S., and internationally. The firm and its affiliates also provide select real estate, land use and development, governmental and regulatory, utility and infrastructure, public and corporate affairs, and enterprise governance advice and counsel. During his career, Mr. Bartel has led privately held entities, served as a senior executive and corporate officer at Fortune 200® companies, been a senior partner at Florida’s top law firms representing corporations, entrepreneurs, developers, investors, and REITs, and began his professional career in appointive government service in South Florida and in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. He has chaired and served on the boards of some of Florida's most impactful organizations and institutions including leading various boards’ executive, audit, compensation, and finance committees, and he has been honored by dozens of business alliances, community organizations, universities, and governmental bodies for his leadership, philanthropy, social responsibility, and ethics. 

Mr. Bartel holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in field in Government from Harvard University, and holds a law degree with honors from the University of Florida, where he won numerous book awards, was awarded the law school’s Darrey Davis Scholarship for academic excellence, public service, and commitment to ethics, and inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame as well as the Florida Blue Key honor society. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s program for senior executives and the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. A South Florida native, fluent in Spanish, and conversational in Italian, Mr. Bartel and his family reside in Coral Gables, Florida.


Claude Lancome, Esq. (Emeritus)

Claude Lancome has over than 30 years experience in  construction management, claims analysis, insurance, labor agreements, negotiating and contracting — for construction  projects ranging in size from $500,000 to over $4.5 billion.  In addition to his role as Executive Vice President, Mr. Lancome  also serves as in-house counsel of Coast and Harbor Associates.  He is certified by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) as a mediator and arbitrator, and has extensive experience working as an arbitrator for AAA on construction projects.  A graduate of the Harvard Law School '69 and a member of the Boston Bar Association, Claude Lancome serves as a member of the energy and infrastructure committee of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, chair of the professional development/corporate real estate network for the International Facility Management Association of Boston, and chair of the regional outreach committee of the Urban Land Institute, Boston/New England Council.  He is also a member of the Tufts Medical Center and Children's Floating Hospital's boards of governors and serves on the quality of care committee at Tufts Medical Center. 


Jonathan Twombly (Emeritus)

Jonathan D. Twombly, Esq., is the founder and President of Two Bridges Asset Management LLC, located in New York City. Two Bridges serves its investors by identifying opportunities in multifamily real estate, structuring acquisitions, operating acquired assets during the holding period, and finally exiting them. It focuses exclusively on B and C class MFRE properties in smaller markets in the fast-growing southeastern United States. Straddling the Northeast and the Southeast, Two Bridges is uniquely positioned to bring its investors opportunities they would otherwise be unable to access.  Though he took a career detour through Big Law, Jonathan has had a lifelong love of real estate, sparked by a childhood spent visiting buildings with his father, a prominent architectural historian, and by his experience working side-by-side with his father to restore an 1810 farmhouse outside New York City. Jonathan's childhood weekends were spent doing demolition, installing wiring and plumbing, hanging sheetrock, finishing floors, and painting.  Jonathan graduated from Harvard College ('91) and from Columbia Law School. Before founding Two Bridges, he spent over a decade in various American Lawyer Top 100 firms, focusing on commercial litigation, hospitality, and real estate matters. Jonathan has spent a significant part of his adult life in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.