Host Committee Members
2024 ULI Spring Meeting NYC
The Host Committee for the ULI Spring Meeting plays a pivotal role in leveraging their deep knowledge of the host city to tailor a program that showcases the region's unique real estate developments, urban planning innovations, and investment opportunities. They work closely with the ULI team to integrate local insights and expertise into the meeting's agenda, ensuring that attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of the host city's market dynamics and challenges. We thank them for their valuable contributions to the 2024 ULI Spring Meeting!
Marty Burger is the former chief executive officer of Silverstein Properties. He led the company’s day-to-day activities, and focused on its acquisition, development, financing, and fund management efforts in the United States and abroad.
Prior to joining Silverstein, Burger was president and chief executive officer of Artisan Real Estate Ventures, a company he founded in 2006.
Prior to Artisan, Burger spent 15 years at Related, including serving as president of Related Las Vegas and executive vice president of The Related Companies LP.
From 1994 to 1997, Burger was vice president at The Blackstone Group working on acquisitions for its first three real estate opportunity funds. From 1993 to 1994, he worked for Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Real Estate funds, also on the acquisition side. Prior to that, Burger spent five years at The Related Companies where he was vice president of development and acquisitions.
Burger received a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a trustee and a governor of the Urban Land Institute, and formerly a member of the Global Board, the America’s Executive Committee, chairman of the New York District Council, and chairman of the Urban Development Mixed-Use Council. Burger is on the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is an advisory board member of the Center for Real Estate and Finance at Cornell University, the Advisory Board of the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, and the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, D.C., and is on the Directors’ Advisory Council and the New York City Mortgage Committee of M&T Bank.
Burger was a member of NYC Mayor Eric Adams’s transition team, is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, a board member of the Partnership for New York City, a Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) governor, and is on the Real Estate Life Science Advisory Board for New York.
Burger is a board member of SparkYouth, a charitable organization providing funds to multiple programs benefitting underprivileged inner-city children in the New York City metro area. He is a trustee of National Jewish Health, is on the Lincoln Center Real Estate and Construction Council, and is co-chair of the Real Estate Division of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces where he has chaired multiple missions to Israel. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Battery Conservancy, and a former board member of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District. In addition, Burger has been active in different divisions of the UJA Federation.
Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
Manulife Investment Management
Onay Payne is a senior managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Investment Management (Manulife IM). Payne is responsible for driving the strategy and development of environmental, social, and governance (ESG)/Impact investment capabilities across the Manulife IM platform. Payne partners with Manulife IM’s investment, asset management, and investor relations teams in screening investments; identifying risks and opportunities with respect to ESG/Impact; optimizing portfolio construction; enhancing asset performance; maximizing returns; and establishing performance benchmarking for ESG/Impact. Payne serves on Manulife IM’s Global Real Estate Leadership Team.
Prior to joining Manulife IM, Payne was the managing director of real estate at Lafayette Square, a national investment platform focused on achieving risk-adjusted returns for investors while positively supporting people and communities in overlooked places and underserved markets.
Prior to joining Lafayette, Payne was an equity owner and managing director of Clarion Partners. As a portfolio manager, she was responsible for close to $10 billion in assets under management over the course of her 19-year tenure, having overseen several separate account and comingled investment mandates covering all major property types and markets throughout the United States. She also oversaw Clarion’s Mexico platform and served on the firm’s Investment and Career Management Committees. Payne began working in the real estate and finance industries in 1997.
Payne is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, from which she received an AB in 1997. She received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 2003, where she was a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow. Payne is fluent in Spanish.
Payne currently serves as chair of the Toigo Alumni Endowment Board and chair of the Audit, Finance, and Investment Committee of the Mark Morris Dance Group board of directors. She is also a member of ULI, where she serves as a Global Governing Trustee, a vice chair of the national Technology and Real Estate Council, and a ULI NY Advisory Board member; the Real Estate Executive Council; the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board; WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate; and the Advisory Board of Building Cyber Security.
In 2023, Payne was recognized on the Commercial Observer’s 2023 Power 100 list, featured in Bloomberg Markets magazine and in Commercial Property Executive’s Female Leaders in CRE. Previously, she was a featured contributor to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2023, selected as a member of the Commercial Observer’s 2021 Power Finance 50 list, featured in the Pace Common Ground Campaign for Gender Equality in 2017, inducted into the Toigo Foundation’s inaugural 40 Under 40 in 2013, and featured in Real Estate Forum magazine’s Women of Influence 2010.
red in Real Estate Forum Magazine’s “Women of Influence 2010.”
Managing Director – Head of Real Estate Equity
MetLife Investment Management’s (MIM) Real Estate Group
Sara Queen is head of equity strategies for the MetLife Investment Management (MIM) Real Estate group. Queen is responsible for leading MIM’s $40 billion direct property investment platform, investing on behalf of the MetLife general account as well as third-party institutional investors, including public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and insurance companies.
Queen joined MIM in March 2021. Before joining MIM, she was with Mapletree Investments, a global real estate development, investment, and capital management company headquartered in Singapore, where she was head of the company’s North America business. Prior to Mapletree, Queen spent 11 years at Brookfield Property Partners as head of asset management for the company’s U.S. office portfolio, in addition to overseeing strategic planning and management of their expanding closed-end accounts business. Before Brookfield, she spent nine years at Clarion Partners in a variety of asset management and portfolio management roles. Queen began her asset management career at MetLife in 1991, before departing in 1996 to pursue her MBA. She has nearly 30 years of industry experience.
Queen recently served as the board chair for Solar One, an organization that provides education and resources that create more sustainable and resilient urban environments. She was also a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street serving on the investment committee overseeing a $5 billion endowment. She is active in numerous real estate organizations and is currently a ULI Global Governing Trustee and co-chair of ULI’s 2024 Spring Meeting. Queen was the 2017 Women Executives in Real Estate Woman of the Year.
Queen holds a BA in economics and history from Wellesley College. She also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Queen is an adjunct professor at Columbia University where she has developed and currently teaches commercial leasing and asset management classes to graduate students as part of the master of science of real estate development (MSRED) program.
President, Chief Investment Officer, Partner
Dune Real Estate Partners LP
Ms. Buckley Marakovits is responsible for the management and performance of the investment activity and operations of the firm. In addition to her role at Dune, she is a very active member of the real estate community. Ms. Buckley Marakovits is a member of the Urban Land Institute where she has served as a Trustee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the ULI Foundation. She is a member of the Investment Committee for ULI and is active in the Women’s Leadership Initiative. She is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and currently serves on PREA’s Board of Directors. Ms. Buckley Marakovits is a member of Columbia Business School’s MBA Real Estate Program Advisory Board as well as the Executive Committee of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School.
Ms. Buckley Marakovits served on the Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc., a NYSE-listed company, from 2016 until the sale of the company to Simon Property Group in 2020. Her responsibilities there included serving on the Nominations and Governance Committee as well the Compensation Committee. She is currently a Trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH and a Trustee and previously served on the Board of Trustees of Collegiate School in New York City.
Prior to joining Dune in 2007, Ms. Buckley Marakovits was the President of the U.S. Fund Business for JER Partners, an affiliate of the J.E. Robert Companies. Before joining JER, Ms. Buckley Marakovits spent nine years in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Bankers Trust, where she was on the principal investing team, focusing on the acquisition of a broad range of real estate assets. Ms. Buckley Marakovits received an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1993 and a B.A. from Lafayette College in 1988.
Founder & President
The Berman Group
Executive Vice President, Northeast Region Head, U.S. Office Division
Senior Executive Managing Director
Meridian Investment Sales, LLC
Vice Chair ULI New York
Linda J. Isaacson
Founder & Managing Partner
Senior Vice President, Development, New York Region
Principal, Chief Business Development Officer
Red Stone Equity Partners
Managing Director, Real Estate, Lodging, and Leisure
UBS Investment Bank
Chair ULI New York
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications
Sondra C. Wenger
Senior Managing Director, Head of Commercial Real Estate
Americas CBRE IM Investment Management | Americas Direct Real Estate
Executive Vice President/Group Head of Capital Markets
Walker & Dunlop