Heather Personne, Managing Principal of development firm Evolve Ventures, has been selected as the new Chair of the Urban Land Institute, Arizona District Council (ULI Arizona), serving on a voluntary basis for a two-year term that started on July 1.

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Personne is actively involved with ULI, serving as past Arizona District Council Vice Chair and Vice Chair/Founding Member of the National ULI Placemaking Product Council. She is also a member of ICSC, AZCREW, and sits on the Maricopa County Board of Adjustment. In addition to her professional commitments, Personne also participates on the alumnae board of the Phoenix chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and is a founding board member of the Roadrunner League of Boys Team Charity, a civic organization focused on encouraging philanthropic commitments among young adults. 

“I am honored to be stepping into the role of District Council Chair for ULI Arizona and to carry on our legacy of thought leadership in the community and the real estate and land use industry,” Personne said. “I look forward to working with all of our member leaders to continue providing a meaningful membership experience, diversifying our board and our membership and raising awareness about the critical issues impacting our community.”

Personne possesses more than 25 years of experience in real estate acquisitions, development, management and dispositions. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded the development of more than 100 retail, office, hospitality and multi-family properties throughout the Western U.S.

Prior to co-founding Evolve, she held roles as a Principal with Point B Property Development, a Retail Partner with Phoenix-based commercial development and investment firm ViaWest Group and a Principal with Evergreen Devco, a regional retail and multi-family developer.

Personne graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona Honors College and holds a BA in psychology and French. Personne lives in Phoenix with her husband and three children. 

Other members of the executive leadership team are Vice Chair Steve Lindley with Cushman & Wakefield; and Treasurer Tammy Carr with Brinkmann Constructors. Personne succeeds longtime ULI leader Mark Winkleman, President of MGS Realty Partners.