Deborah Kerson Bilek is the Vice President of Advisory Services at the Urban Land Institute. In this capacity, Deb oversees the daily operations of ULI’s $3.5 million Advisory Services Program (ASP), a signature initiative that empowers ULI members to offer solutions to challenging issues in communities around the world.
If you were to ask Deb to describe her job, she would say, “I put people in rooms and make them talk to each other.” Deb is passionate about building community, and her work centers on facilitating multisector collaboration to achieve a common purpose. She facilitates groups and individuals with different interests around issues of importance to the economic competitiveness of the Metropolitan Region. Most recently, the programs she manages touch on issues related to economic development, equity of opportunity, housing affordability, and transportation.
Prior to joining the advisory services team, Deb was the Senior Director of Community Outreach at ULI Washington, a district council of the Urban Land Institute. Before ULI, Deb worked as a planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, where she served as professional staff to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board and managed leadership development programs for citizens. Deb began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, where she also had the opportunity to serve as staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations.
Deb holds an Executive Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University. She earned her Masters degree in Public Administration from New York University, and her an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and two young kids.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Panelists will discuss how their companies and the communities they serve are benefiting from inclusive and equitable practices.