Local Member Councils

Local Member Councils are a mission-focused way of bringing together ULI members to have an impact in our communities.  Local Member Councils are a members-only benefit.

Local Member Councils

Current Councils

ULI Austin Local Member Councils are an evolution of the Local Product Councils started approximately 5 years ago.  ULI Austin has decided to move away from the name and implied connections with ULI National Product Councils.  Local Member Councils focus primarily on central Texas land use challenges with the occasional opportunity to work with other Texas District Councils with a similar focus.

What is a Local Member Council?

A group of ULI members with a shared interest and desire to get involved by routinely convening around a specific topic that is relevant to the ULI mission: to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Local Member Councils are designed to engage members based on their expertise and passion within the land use industry.   Local Member Councils are topically focused, multidisciplinary groups that meet regularly to exchange ideas, examine industry trends, and share information and best practices in a collaborative and collegial manner.   

Local Member Councils are member-driven and led by co-chairs who are responsible for program content, guest speakers, and meeting schedule. The actions, deliverables, and/or recommendations produced by the Local Member Council are collectively decided by the members.

Membership on each Local Member Council is limited to 12-15 people and is determined by application. The application process is designed to ensure an engaging experience that includes diverse, multidisciplinary perspectives on each Local Member Council. If a Local Member Council is full, a wait list is created and members will be invited to join as availability opens up.  At the discretion of the Local Member Council co-chairs, a limited number of guests may be invited to select meetings.

ULI members who serve on a Local Member Council are expected to attend regularly to fully participate in the exchange of information and advance the goals of the Local Member Council. The success of the Local Member Council is dependent upon active participation and meaningful contribution by all members.

General Purposes of a Local Member Council:

Local Member Councils are a mission-focused way of bringing together ULI members to have an impact in our communities by:

  • Providing an avenue for all members to experience the value of ULI;
  • Bringing together leaders from across the fields of real estate and land use policy to exchange best practices and serve community needs;
  • Fostering collaboration within ULI’s membership – and beyond – by developing trusted connections through dialogue, knowledge sharing and problem solving;
  • Exploring issues of urbanization, conservation, regeneration, land use, capital formation, and sustainable development;
  • Advancing land use policies and design practices that respect the uniqueness of both the built and natural environments; and
  • Leveraging the expertise of ULI’s membership to strengthen the Institute’s overall impact.

  Existing Local Member Councils Include:

Local Member Council (LMC) Description:

Meeting Frequency & Participants


Michael Wilt, Texas Association of Affordable Housing 

Co-Chair: Reagan Wood

The Housing Local Member Council(LMC)provides a forum for ULI members to discuss a broad range of topics, trends, challenges and success stories related to housing development in suburban and the central business district. Monthly

Learn More & See Who’s Involved HERE


Clinton Sayers, Sayers Real Estate Advisors

Kevin Burns, Urbanspace

The Urban Local Member Council (LMC) provides a unique platform for ULI members to discuss all topics, trends, challenges and success stories related to urban development in Austin. Bi-monthly

Learn More & See Who’s Involved HERE


Margaret Shaw,
City of Austin

Rob Shands, RedLeaf Properties

 The Commercial Local Member Council (LMC) provides an opportunity for ULI members to share understandings of best practices, challenges and other market issues for retail and office related developments in Central Texas. Monthly

Learn More & See Who’s Involved HERE


Regional Growth

ChairChip Mills, RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture

Co-Chair: Vaike O’Grady, Metrostudy

The Regional Growth Local Member Council (LMC) has a wide-range focus enabling ULI members in Central Texas to look at issues unique to their local communities. Monthly

Learn More & See Who’s Involved HERE

Other Do you have an idea for a Local Member Council? Contact Ariel Romell

Applications Will Re-Open in December


Seeking ways to get involved with ULI? The ULI Navigator is an online tool to aid members in getting involved with ULI as best suits their interests and experience level.  Visit navigator.uli.org