Ron Terwilliger is Chairman of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, which focuses on workforce, and affordable housing, furthering the development of mixed-income communities with a range of housing options. He also serves as Chairman of the Enterprise Community Partners Board of Trustees. Ron is additionally past Chairman of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and currently chairs Habitat’s Global Development Council. He is Chairman Emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Company, a national residential real estate company and the largest developer of multifamily housing in the U.S. for several decades during his tenure as CEO.
Ron is an honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy. After serving five years in the Navy, he received his MBA degree with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business where he was elected a Baker Scholar.
Ron is past Chairman of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves as a Trustee. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Real Estate Center. Ron serves as Chairman of the I Have a Dream Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating low-income children. Ron serves on the boards of the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation, the Urban Institute and Horatio Alger Association.
Ron’s philanthropic contributions include a $5 million gift to establish the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. Ron’s $5 million gift to the Enterprise Foundation created the Enterprise Terwilliger Fund – targeted to create 2,000 affordable homes annually. Ron also made a $3 million gift to Enterprise and the Urban Institute to provide Resident Services to low income families. He has pledged and contributed more than $20 million to the U.S. Naval Academy. His $100 million legacy gift to Habitat for Humanity International will help 60,000 families access improved housing conditions. Ron is prepaying $15 million of that gift to create the Terwilliger Center for Innovation and Shelter to bring market-based solutions to low income families worldwide to improve their housing conditions.
Ron was inducted into the National Association of Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2009, Ron was honored by the National Housing Conference with the Housing Leader of the Year Award.
Ron was honored in 2009 by the United States Naval Academy as a Distinguished Graduate for his lifetime commitment to service, personal character and distinguished contributions to our nation. In 2012, Ron was honored with the National Patriotism Award by the National Foundation of Patriotism. Ron was the recipient of the 2013 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
Ron was also selected for the Prestigious Horatio Alger Award – Class of 2014, bestowed upon individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education. Ron received the 2017 Edward W. Brooke Housing Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to elevating the national discussion on rebalancing federal housing policy to better serve the needs of low-income households.