Mary Goldsmith serves as the Director of Business Development for RSM’s federal government and GSE practice in Washington D.C. RSM is the nation’s fifth largest public accounting firm offering services in audit, tax and consulting. Mary is primarily focused on leveraging the firm’s expertise in financial services, real estate, housing and healthcare. She also serves as an in-house lobbyist for RSM’s Congressional initiatives. Prior to joining RSM, Mary brought in new business in FL for global engineering firm, Atkins. She also worked in the FL House & Senate and subsequently served in a legislative affairs capacity for the Mortgage Bankers Association. Mary received her bachelor’s from Palm Beach Atlantic University and her master’s from Florida State University. She is very active both philanthropically and civically in local organizations such as the Rotary Club of Washington, the Junior League of Washington, Association for Government Accountants, Women in Housing & Finance, Women in Government Affairs, and the Florida State Society. Mary was recently honored as a 40 under 40 by the Leadership Center for Excellence, an outgrowth of Leadership Arlington.
Kristie Bissell is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton with over 20 years of government consulting experience. Throughout her career, Kristie has served as project lead and supported a wide variety of federal real estate and information technology related projects. She is currently supporting federal real estate activities conducting market research, identifying and evaluating real estate alternatives, and analyzing the impact of real estate decisions. Her experience includes financial analysis, life cycle cost estimates, market research, policy development and analysis, business case analysis, and project management. Kristie has been actively engaged in FRPA for over 8 years and is currently serving as the Association’s Treasurer. Kristie received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration and her MBA from James Madison University.
Stuart Burns - Government Liaison
Stuart Burns became the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Portfolio Management and Customer Engagement (PT) for the United States Public Buildings Service (PBS) in July 2015. As Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Burns is responsible for managing a real estate portfolio of 371 million square feet, which includes 8,700 owned or leased assets and 564 historic properties. The office helps provides quality, effective, and optimum workplaces and housing solutions for federal agencies to meet their mission need at the best value. This involves the development of national strategies that optimize the utilization and performance of our real property portfolio by executing sound investment, operational and divestment decisions. Furthermore, Mr. Burns manages PBS’ customer relationships for more than 70 agencies to develop and drive successful service delivery to help GSA and customer agencies meet their goals and improve operations. Mr. Burns is responsible for supporting the missions of our customers; practicing sound financial management; providing incentives for cost-effective operations, and supporting social and economic programs of the Federal government. Portfolio provides the value our partner agencies need in real estate so they can focus their resources on fulfilling their important missions to the American people. Mr. Burns became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.
Keith B. Cunningham is an Assistant Director of physical infrastructure issues at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative and audit arm of the U.S. Congress. Mr. Cunningham has developed a broad expertise in real property policy and management issues during his 21 years at GAO—having led the work for more than 40 GAO reports and testimony statements. Mr. Cunningham’s recent work on federal real property includes reports on various issues related to property ownership, realignment, leasing, disposal, and financing. Prior to government service, Mr. Cunningham directed research on worldwide military base closure and reuse efforts for the Bonn International Center for Conversion in Germany and Business Executives for National Security. Mr. Cunningham holds a Masters of Policy Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Social Science from Miami University, Ohio.
Norman Dong serves as Managing Director at FD Stonewater, a real estate brokerage, development, investment, and asset management firm. As the former Commissioner of the GSA Public Buildings Service, Mr. Dong managed the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management and disposal of approximately 372 million square feet of government-owned and leased space. In addition, Mr. Dong served as Acting Controller at Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for Federal real property management, and as Chief Financial Officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In addition to his Federal experience, Mr. Dong has held leadership positions at the state and local levels of government, including Deputy Mayor for Operations and City Administrator for the District of Columbia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Tom Fukuda is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Real Estate & Location Strategy Federal practice. He manages and is involved with several consulting assignments covering Federal real property asset management solutions, real estate business strategies, and operational process improvements. Mr. Fukuda’s areas of expertise include real estate asset management strategies and solutions; business process improvement and change management; and general project management. He serves on the Federal Real Property Association's Executive Board and have been an active member of the organization since 2005.
Since 2013, Melanie F. Gilbert has served as the Chief of the Facilities and Security Office at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. She is the senior executive responsible for the Federal Judiciary’s facilities, security, and emergency preparedness programs and portfolio. She provides executive oversight over the more than $1.6 billion dollar budget for facilities and security throughout the United States in over 880 primary courthouses, federal buildings, and leases. She is also responsible for the multi-million dollar operation of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, DC. She serves as the Judiciary’s executive-level liaison with the Executive Branch’s General Services Administration, the Department of Justice’s U.S. Marshals Service, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service and regularly works with members of Congress and congressional staff on space and security issues. Melanie has worked for the AO for 25 years, and was first hired in the Magistrate Judges Division in 1992 as an attorney advisor. In 2004 she was selected as the Chief of the Security and Facilities Policy staff where she served in that capacity for 8 years. An attorney by trade, she is a cum laude graduate of New York Law School, and holds a B.A. from Indiana University in Political Science and Theater.
Gordon Griffin is a federal real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Gordon represents building owners, real estate developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and asset managers nationwide in all aspects of General Services Administration (GSA) lease procurement and negotiation, lease administration and litigation of lease disputes. Gordon is the co-author of the 2016 Federal Government Real Estate Leasing guide published by LexisNexis. Gordon's work covers a variety of aspects of federal real estate, including: Counseling real estate clients through the federal procurement process, including bid protests of overly restrictive or unfair RLP provisions at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; assisting clients in the federal claims process, and litigating federal lease disputes under the Contract Disputes Act at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, as well as the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and Civilian Board of Contract Appeals; and counseling real estate clients through the purchase and sale of properties with government tenants.
Genevieve Hanson has spent over 11 years overseeing real estate planning transactions and assets valued over $7 Billion, including activities such as planning, entitlements, design construction and disposition. In addition, Genevieve has more than 10 years’ experience as a strategy and operations consultant performing process re-engineering, developing business cases, creating financial models and managing organizational change. In addition to Genevieve’s current role as a Principal in EY’s Corporate Real Estate Practice, focused on Government & Public Organizations, she has held leadership positions at U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, U.S. General Services Administration, District of Columbia’s Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development, Booz Allen Hamilton and Computer Science Corporation. She earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Michael Karau has been with the Management Directorate Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer since 2009. He is currently responsible for the strategic management, oversight, internal controls and support for the Department of Homeland Security’s Real Property Program. The DHS Real Property Program consists of 54,000 real property assets providing ~100M square feet of space (buildings, land and structures) housing 240,000 employees valued at $28B with an annual budget of $5.4B including a rental outlay of ~$1.6B. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security Mr. Karau served in real estate management positions with the Treasury Department and General Services Administration. Mr. Karau is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Security and Defense Master’s program. He received his B.A. from the University of Richmond. He has completed the following certification programs; Project Management Professional (PMP), Real Property Administrator (RPA) and Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM). Mr. Karau is a ranking member of the National Research Council, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, Federal Facilities Council and is currently serving a two year appointment to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.
Bob Peck is a Principal at Gensler and is co-leader of the firm's Government & Defense Industry sector. He served for eight years as Commissioner of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, responsible for design, construction, leasing, and management for more than 375 million square feet of space housing more than 1.1 million employees with an annual budget of more than $9 billion. He has been a land use attorney, commercial real estate mortgage banker and broker, and has also served as President of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Vice President for Public Affairs at the American Institute of Architects. He received his B.A. cum laude with distinction in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Yale Law School. A Gensler Principal, Bob has been a visiting Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a visiting lecturer at Yale College. An Honorary Member of both the AIA and American Society of Landscape Architects, in 2012 he received the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.
Sarah Burns Williams
Sarah Burns is a Strategy & Operations Senior Consultant with a strong record of leadership and rich client interaction. She brings to Deloitte over seven years of experience in commercial real estate. Her business acumen spans client service management, database management, business process improvement, market research, and data analysis. Sarah has experience analyzing real estate trends in major markets across the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as maintaining a complex, global real estate database. Having managed large teams both domestically and abroad, she has a proven track record of team-building and driving maximum performance.