Meet Our Distinguished Fellows

Meet the NAIOP Distinguished Fellows who help bridge the gap between the practicing commercial real estate community and the academic community.  

Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell

Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego

NAIOP San Diego

San Diego, California

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Dr. Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at UC San Diego, which offers an undergraduate degree in Real Estate and Development. Bussell’s research interests include private foundations' involvement in community development, quality of life indicators and urban planning, affordable housing, homelessness, and healthy aging and the built environment. She is co-author of the award-winning book Catalysts for Change: 21st Century Philanthropy and Community Development.

Chris Caplice

Chris Caplice, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Silver Family Research Fellow Senior Research Scientist, MIT CTL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Dr. Caplice is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT and serves as the Executive Director for the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. He created and leads the MITx MicroMaster’s Program in Supply Chain Management for which he was awarded the MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning. He also founded and directs the MIT FreightLab. Outside of MIT, he serves as the Chief Scientist for Chainalytics, a leading analytical supply chain consulting firm.

Suzanne Lanyi Charles

Suzanne Lanyi Charles, Ph.D.

Boyd Stofer/NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Associate Professor; Acting Chair of the Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate; Director of Graduate Studies, Real Estate, Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

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Dr. Charles’ teaching and research examine physical, social, and economic changes, with a focus on infill redevelopment and mansionization, the financialization of housing and single-family rental housing. Charles previously held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and Northeastern University, and worked as an architect at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris and as a vice president at Booth Hansen Architects in Chicago. Charles is a recipient of a 2021-2022 Fulbright US Scholar award to collaborate with KU Leuven on her comparative study of institutional real estate.

Jim Clayton

Jim Clayton, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Professor and Timothy R. Price Chair, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business at York University

NAIOP Greater Toronto

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Jim Clayton, Ph.D., is a professor and the Timothy R. Price Chair and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure in the Schulich School of Business at York University. The Brookfield Centre fosters a unique learning ecosystem within a community dedicated to academic excellence, experiential learning, alumni engagement, industry outreach and applied thought leadership. Schulich’s new 12-month Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) program builds on the School’s long-existing MBA specialization in these areas.

Mark J. Eppli

Mark J. Eppli, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

NAIOP Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Dr. Mark Eppli has 25 years of academic and administrative leadership experience. He served as Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration from 2012 to 2015 and was a Professor of Finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University. Currently he is director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is widely published in commercial real estate finance, development, and valuation, and is coauthor of two books.

Julia Freybote

Julia Freybote, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Associate Professor of Finance and Real Estate; Academic Director, Master of Real Estate Development, Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

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Julia Freybote is an Associate Professor of Finance and Real Estate in the School of Business at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Her research focuses on investor behavior, information environment and asset pricing in the REIT and commercial real estate market. Prior to joining academia, she gained industry experience in corporate real estate consulting and institutional real estate investment.

Kat Grimsley

Kat Grimsley, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Director, Masters in Real Estate Development Program, George Mason University

NAIOP Northern Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia

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Kat Grimsley is the Director of the Masters in Real Estate Development program at the George Mason University. She is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the program including community building, curriculum management, and strategic development. Grimsley began her career in the private sector doing market research, financial modeling, and transactional work with commercial real estate firms in the Washington, D.C. area. She transitioned to a global focus when she accepted a role managing an international property development portfolio for the U.S. Department of State, in which she developed acquisition strategies for diplomatic properties in more than 25 countries and represented the U.S. government in the implementation of each. Grimsley completed her doctorate at the University of Cambridge, where her research addressed global tenure and title insecurity by uniting policy with existing international best practices and technological capacity in the context of global administrative solutions. Her ongoing research is related to this theme and has been presented at the World Bank and United Nations. Currently, she serves as an advisory board member and Vice-Chair of the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe's Real Estate Markets Advisory Group under the Committee of Urban Development, Housing, and Land Management. She has served as a NAIOP Distinguished Fellow since 2018.

Mariya Letdin

Mariya Letdin

Ron Rayevich/NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Associate Professor, Florida State University, College of Business

NAIOP Northeast Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

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Dr. Mariya Letdin is an associate professor of real estate at Florida State University’s College of Business. Dr. Letdin also serves as the faculty advisor to the FSU Student Real Estate Investment Fund. Prior to pursuing her academic career, Dr. Letdin worked in commercial real estate banking, including JP Morgan’s CMBS group. Dr. Letdin’s research is primarily focused on commercial real estate, debt, and market friction. Her work has been sponsored by Nareit and Real Estate Research Institute. Dr. Letdin has an active consulting practice on Real Estate Investment Trusts. Dr. Letdin and her FSU colleagues organize research symposia with accompanying special issues of academic journals such as Journal of Regional Science and Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. Dr. Letdin serves on the editorial board of Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, on the advisory board of Real Estate Research Institute and on the board of directors of the American Real Estate Society.

Keven McGhan

Keven McGhan, MBA

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Instructor, JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT

NAIOP Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Keven McGhan is an instructor in the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta. As part of his role, McGhan develops mutually beneficial partnerships between the JR Shaw School of Business and industry. As an instructor, he teaches a fourth-year capstone course where students work on applied research, environmental analysis, and implementation strategies for industrial partners. He also teaches a Sales Management class where students resolve live cases presented by industry partners. McGhan is the Faculty Advisor for Enactus NAIT and the NAIT Students Case Completion Club.

Glenn Mueller

Glenn Mueller, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Professor, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, University of Denver

NAIOP Colorado

Denver, Colorado

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Glenn R. Mueller, Ph.D., has 45 years of real estate industry experience, including 38 years of research. He is internationally known for his market cycle research on income producing real estate, his real estate securities analysis (REITs) research and his public and private market investment strategies and capital markets analysis. A professor at University of Denver’s F.L Burns School of Real Estate & Construction Management, and the academic director of the Family Office Real Estate Institute at DU, he teaches and does research in real estate market cycles, development, feasibility, investments and real estate capital markets (Institutions, REITs & CMBS). He has published 100+ research articles and 110+ quarterly issues of his Real Estate Market Cycle Reports. He is also the Real Estate Investment Strategist at Black Creek Group where he provides Real Estate Market Cycle Research and Investment Strategy for Black Creek’s Institutional Real Estate Investment Groups, Non-Traded and Public REIT groups.

Anthony Pennington-Cross

Anthony Pennington-Cross, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Bell Chair Professor in Real Estate, Marquette University

NAIOP Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Anthony Pennington-Cross is the Bell Chair Professor in Real Estate in the College of Business Administration at Marquette University and a faculty member at the Homer Hoyt Institute. He sits on the boards of the American Real Estate Society and the Milwaukee Global Health Consortium. Pennington-Cross is widely published in academic journals such as Real Estate Economics. Recent research includes the impact of Airbnb on crime, the spatial clustering of gas stations, and models of mortgage loss. Prior to joining Marquette University Anthony was a Senior Economist in the Research Division at The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Dustin C. Read, Ph.D.

Dustin Read, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program, Clemson University

Greenville, South Carolina

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Dustin C. Read, Ph.D./JD serves as the Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program at Clemson University. His research interests include affordable housing, land use policy, and public-private partnerships. His research can be found in leading academic journals in his field including the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, and Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Read frequently consults with both public and private sector organizations to promote socially responsible real estate development.

Spenser Robinson

Spenser Robinson, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Associate Professor and Director of Real Estate, Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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Dr. Spenser Robinson serves as an Associate Professor and Director of Real Estate at Central Michigan University, is co-Editor for the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and serves on the executive committee of the American Real Estate Society. He consults, researches, speaks and serves as an expert on appraisal, capital markets, entrepreneurship, finance, investment, sustainability and valuation. His internationally recognized research can be found in leading real estate and built environment journals.

James Shilling

James D. Shilling, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
George L. Ruff Endowed Chair in Real Estate Studies, DePaul University

NAIOP Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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James D. Shilling is the George L. Ruff Endowed Chair in Real Estate Studies at DePaul University. Professor Shilling has been active in applying economic and finance research to the real estate industry. Prior to DePaul University, Professor Shilling was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Cambridge University, and Louisiana State University. Professor Shilling also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of Melbourne, Australia and worked for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

Mark Stapp

Mark Stapp

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate, Executive Director of Real Estate Programs, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

NAIOP Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

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Mark Stapp is the Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate and Executive Director of Real Estate Programs in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has also served as a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. In November 2011, Stapp was named a NAIOP Distinguished Fellow. Stapp has over 40 years’ experience planning, designing, developing, investing in and advising about real estate.

Zhou Yang

Zhou Yang, Ph.D.

NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Associate Professor of Economics, Robert Morris University

NAIOP Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Zhou Yang is an Associate Professor of Economics at Robert Morris University. Her research interests include state and local tax policy, land value taxation and industrial organization. She has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Housing Economics, Economic Modelling and National Tax Journal, among others. Prior to her time in the United States, she worked on economic development policies and industrial planning in China. Her current research focuses on public policy related to real estate. She is also interested in various issues related to real estate and industrial policy in general.