Gayle Farris is the former CEO of Forest City Enterprises (NYSE) Science and Technology Group. For 25 years, she led her division and multi-disciplined team, successfully fostering tech-transfer in partnership with MIT, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania and other major institutions. These tech parks created a new paradigm-setting innovation campus real estate asset-class.

  • She completed and operated two million square feet of mixed-use technology/medical research parks valued at more than $2 billion in current operation with another 8 million square feet in development rights.
  • These projects established the national standard for state-of-the-art buildings supporting entrepreneurial culture and intensive technology, biotech/pharma uses anchoring revitalized 24/7 urban neighborhoods.
  • These public-private partnerships generated significant economic development, job creation, technology commercialization, and 1,000+ mixed-income housing units