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Fran Lefor Rood

Senior Vice President SB Friedman Development Advisors
Work 221 N LaSalle St. Suite 820 Chicago IL 60601 Phone: 312-424-4253


Included in “Bio Excerpt for Directory” below. Please reach out if you need more or if you’d like a formal resume.


Recent speaking engagements:

1. New Paradigms to Fund our Region’s Transit: NCS Case Study. Transport Chicago, 10/16/2020. Topic: use of value capture mechanisms to support local match requirements for transit projects or to fund projects that are ineligible for federal funding, using recent RTA study for Metra’s North Central Service line as a case study. Audience: transit and transportation planners, researchers, engineers, municipal representatives

2. Best Practices in Public-Private Partnerships. ULI Atlanta Center for Leadership, 12/17/2020. Topic: best practices in providing public assistance to support real estate development. Audience: mid-career real estate professionals (developers, public and private economic development specialists, attorneys, architects, planners)

3. Elevated Chicago: Achieving Community Control and Preserving Affordability. APA National Planning Conference, 4/13/2019. Topic: Strategies for transit-oriented districts throughout Chicago to prevent displacement due to gentrification or disinvestment, enhance community ownership and preserve affordability;  leveraging data to identify opportunities. Audience: planners

4. Future of Housing Trends and the Housing Market. Illinois Financial Forecast Forum, 1/24/2020. Topic: Overview of recent trends in demographic and housing changes throughout state of IL, increasing challenges related to housing affordability, policies and strategies to address affordability challenges across wide range of community types. Audience: Municipal leaders (City and Village managers, elected officials)

Recent publication:

The Nexus between Land Use and Fiscal Balance. with Ranadip Bose. APA Zoning Practice, January 2019.

Topic ideas:

I like speaking about a wide variety of topics, including redevelopment strategy, public-private partnerships, innovative financing mechanisms for redevelopment and transit, policy options to address community goals and market realities; affordable housing