Michael Riopel

Northwestern Mutual  | Assistant General Counsel
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Leadership Position: Visionaries Program Chair, NAIOP Research Foundation
Involvement: Research Foundation Governor
Chapter: NAIOP Wisconsin

As Assistant General Counsel for the Northwestern Mutual, Riopel represents the company (including Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments and its subsidiaries) in all aspects of managing its $60+ billion real estate investment portfolio, including permanent and construction financing transactions, equity and joint venture development projects, acquisition and disposition of real estate assets, asset management, and leasing transactions.

He serves as an active voice on the Advisory Board for the Marquette University Center for Real Estate, the Board of Directors for Real Estate Alumni of Marquette (REALM) network and the Board of Directors for the Marquette University Business Administration Alumni Association (MUBAA).

Riopel, a member of NAIOP Wisconsin and passionate supporter of education and creating opportunities in commercial real estate, has been actively involved with the organization for over 15 years. He led the launch of the NAIOP/Marquette University Center for Real Estate’s MKE CRE High School Real Estate Immersion Summer Program, a weeklong CRE immersive experience on Marquette's campus designed for high school students from underrepresented populations. Riopel was recognized as NAIOP Wisconsin’s 2021 Principal Member of the Year and serves on the NAIOP Development magazine editorial board. He was named a recipient of the NAIOP Developing Leaders Award in 2016.