The local leadership for ULI Northwest is made up a diverse group of leading real estate and land use professionals who volunteer their time to advance the ULI mission throughout the Pacific Northwest region.
Tom Parsons, District Council Chair
As Executive Managing Director of Holland Development/Seattle, Tom Parsons has responsibility for all development operations and strategic planning, including site acquisition, project entitlement, project design and execution. He brings to Holland more than 30 years of development experience in all product types including residential apartment and condominium properties, as well as office, retail and institutional projects.
Prior to joining Holland, Tom’s prior roles included:
• Opus Northwest, Senior Vice-President managing operations the Pacific Northwest (1998–2011).
• Fisher Properties, Vice President, a division of the Fisher companies based in Seattle, Washington.
• Bircher McDonald Frank, Director of Marketing, a division of the Birtcher Pacific organization.
Tom’s professional and community relationships are extensive.
• Past member, BOMA International, ICSC
• Champions Council – Boys/Girls Clubs
Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. He continued his education through the BOMA, RPA program. Tom has been a guest lecturer at the Runstad School of Real Estate at the University of Washington.
Chris Nelson, District Council Vice Chair for Portland Activities
Chris co-founded Capstone Partners LLC in 2002. He brings over 26 years of real estate investment, development and asset management in all product types. Chris has personally sourced and directed the development, investment and management of over 8 million square feet of industrial, multi-family, retail and office properties in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Nevada for institutional partners and clients including Morrison Street Capital, Prudential Real Estate Investors, PCCP, LLC, Washington Capital Management and several family offices.
Chris received a BA in Economics from University of California, Davis in 1989 where he also served as its Student Body President. Chris lives in Portland with his wife Barbara and two teenage children Nikki (18) and Conner (15). Chris is an Eagle Scout.
Chris serves on the Advisory Board for the PSU Center for Real and is a Board Member of KairosPDX, a PPS K-5 Charter School. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and The Forest Park Conservancy.