BPDA Director Brian Golden to Speak at a Real Estate Conference on Nov. 7

Brian Golden

BOSTON–Boston Planning & Development Agency Director Brian Golden will speak at a real estate conference on Nov. 7. The conference, known as BCIC Real Estate Annual Summit of 2019, is organized Boston Chinese Investment Club, or BCIC.

BCIC is a non-profit organization founded by Boston Chinese communities in 2010. With over 5,000 registered members now, it serves as Boston centered platform to serve Boston Chinese Communities and to exchange ideas, knowledge, and information in investment and related areas.

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Below is some key information with regard to the conference:

Format: Keynote speech, guest speaker presentations, panel discussion

Time: Thursday, November 7th, 2019, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Z-park, 1000 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

BPDA Director Golden will give a keynote speech and join the panel discussion on the overview of the housing schemes and zoning plans of the Greater Boston Area.

Here is the agenda:


5:00-5:30 Orientation
5:30-5:45 Opening: Introduction of BCIC Urban Development and Real Estate Annual Summit.
5:45-6:10 Keynote Speech: Housing a Changing City.
6:10-7:00 Session 1: How public institutions, private sector and communities can work together to address the Boston housing crisis.

Guest Speakers Presentation

7:00-7:30 Panel Discussion: Working together for changes, the implications for public sector, private sector and communities.
7:30 -7:45 Dinner and Coffee Break
7:45-8:45 Session 2:Participate in the Changes – How to invest responsibly and wisely in the current economic cycle.

Guest Speakers Presentation

8:45 – 9:00 Q&A




Jia Qu,

Operations Manager,

BCIC Real Estate & Community Development Department


Ms. Qu is taking charge of the operation of BCIC real estate and community development department. She has strong interest and rich experience in real estate investment, since 2016, she has invested and managed residential real estate in many cities in the United States and Canada.
Opening and Introduction
Michelle Yin,

Founding Director,

BCIC Real Estate & Community Development Department

Ms. Michelle Yin is concerned with housing public policy issues. She has served several non-profit organizations, responsible for financing, fundraising, grant proposal writing and community organizing. At Urbanica, she led development proposal and private equity financing in multiple community residential developments in the Boston area, as well as housing fund applications through multiple public channels of cities and states. She noticed the important role of Chinese Communities in urban development during her studies at the MIT Urban Planning Department, and founded BCIC Real Estate and Community Development Department. The organization aims to promote dialogue across   Chinese investors, local Chinese communities in Boston, community developers, and relevant departments of the city and state government.
Keynote Speaker
Brian P. Golden,

Director, Boston Planning & Development Agency

Mr. Brian P. Golden oversees all aspects of the organization and focuses on executing its core mission of responsible, community-engaged planning, and economic development. Since 1993, Brian is a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he served the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston. He was also the New England Regional Director at the US Department of Health and Human Services, a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, and a member of the Board of Directors at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.
Session 1: How public institutions, private sector and communities can work together to address the Boston housing crisis.

Guest Speakers

Janelle Chan,

Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development

Janelle Chan joined the Baker-Polito administration in 2016 as the Chief of Real Estate for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and managed an extensive real estate and asset portfolio. Previously, Chan was executive director at Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), where she maintained a real estate portfolio of over $120M in housing and commercial real estate; oversaw the real estate development pipeline, which included the development of the One Greenway mixed-use, mixed-income development with 345 units of both affordable and market rate housing in downtown Boston; and managed the Participatory Chinatown project along with other community-capacity building programs such as housing counseling.
Chrystal Kornegay,

Executive Director of MassHousing

(To be Confirmed)

Chrystal Kornegay became MassHousing’s executive director in February 2018, bringing with her extensive experience and expertise in affordable housing, community development and government. Immediately before joining MassHousing, Ms. Kornegay served as the Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to that, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the community development corporation Urban Edge, and a project manager for The Community Builders.


Kamran Zahedi,

President of Urbanica, Inc

Mr. Kamran Zahedi graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 with a degree in architecture and civil engineering. Over the past two decades, Urbanica has focused on service-developing communities, particularly Boston’s lower-income communities, and has developed several representative projects in the Boston area, including multiple energy+ low-energy demonstration residential projects. He will share the government’s financial support for residential development and rationalize his experience in low-income housing projects.
Bing Wang,

Associate Professor, Harvard

Head of Real Estate and the Built Environment MDes Area Group




Professor Wang’s academic research focuses on the interplays between formal representations of the built environment and its underlying capital forces, social structure and economic engines. She is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, published by the American Real Estate Society, and of the Journal of Planning Theory and Practice, co-published by Routledge and Royal Town Planning Institute of the UK.
Giles Li,

Chief Executive Officer

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

(To be Confirmed)

Giles Li, Chief Executive Officer of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), has led the agency since 2013, and has been at BCNC since 2006. Under his leadership, BCNC opened an office in Quincy and the Pao Arts Center, Chinatown’s community-based arts center.

Giles was named the winner of the statewide 2017 Excellence in Leadership award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and received the prestigious Barr Fellowship in 2018, which celebrates and invests in exceptional nonprofit leaders in Greater Boston. In 2019, he was featured in Boston Magazine as a “new power player” in Chinatown.

He is a cross-sector leader who serves on the board of directors for Philanthropy Massachusetts and has been on advisory committees for the Attorney General, State Treasurer, and Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.

Session 1 Moderator
 Francis Goyes,

Policy Innovation Associate


Ms. Goyes is currently a Policy Innovation Associate at MassHousing, where she works with MassHousing’s Executive Leadership team to generate and evaluate policies and programs that advance affordable housing in Massachusetts. Her work includes research and implementation of strategies to narrow the racial homeownership gap, support neighborhood stabilization, and assist communities plan and build housing that is affordable.
Session 2:Participate in the Changes – How to invest responsibly and wisely in the current economic cycle.

Guest Speakers

Alex Sun,

Data Scientist

MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab

Mr. Sun is currently a researcher and data scientist at MIT Real Estate Technology Innovation Lab, focusing on the real estate market for spatial metrology research, while focusing on the application of new technologies represented by AI in urban construction and investment. He founded GeoREIT, a spatial data processing and analysis company. He will share how alternative data and spatial models support real estate investment decisions.
Andrew Yam,

Private Equity Real Estate Investment Professional

Cross-border Transactions Experience in US and Asia

Andrew is a real estate investment professional with over 15 years of experience spanning real estate private equity, investment banking and property development in US and Asia. Based in Boston, Andrew is currently involved in the investment management of ~$1.5Bn real estate assets in major gateway cities in the US, including Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Andrew has worked on transactions representing Asian investors to invest in the US and US investors to invest in Asia, involving transaction value of ~$4.8Bn and fund raising of ~$2.1Bn across various real estate strategies. Andrew is currently the Director of Investments at Cottonwood Group and previously worked at Phoenix Property Investors, Lehman Brothers Private Equity Real Estate, Citi Mergers & Acquisitions, and Sun Hung Kai Properties. During his master program at Harvard, Andrew focused his research on cross-border real estate investments and building and leading high performance real estate companies.