Real Estate Review Editors

Clinical Professor
Director, Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development

Margaret McFarland has been involved in the real estate development arena from multiple perspectives for over two decades. Ms. McFarland began her career in real estate development as an urban planner for the Toledo-Lucas County (Ohio) Planning Commissions. On completing her law degree Ms. McFarland joined O'Melveny & Myers in private practice in Washington, DC assisting clients in financing hotel, office and retail facilities, including commercial properties seeking historic preservation designation.

 

In 1985, Ms. McFarland was appointed counsel to Maryland's housing finance agency (CDA) and mortgage insurance fund (MHF) issuing revenue bonds for affordable housing and infrastructure projects and then expanded her responsibility as general counsel to the underwater archaeology, community development and historic preservation programs of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Ms. McFarland spent two years on special assignment to Lieutenant Governor Townsend's Task Force to establish a quasi-corporate entity and cooperative relationship between St. Mary's College and Historic St. Mary's City – an outdoor museum at Maryland's First Capital.

 

At the close of her tenure with the Maryland Attorney General's Office, Ms. McFarland returned to the private sector providing consulting services to clients, both public and private, looking to use tax credits and other financing mechanisms to build or redevelop new communities including affordable housing. Subsequently, she served as the Executive Director of the Housing Credit Group for the National Association of Home Builders where she developed a national reputation working with private sector bankers, builders, developers, investors, syndicators and property managers for projects financed with the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

 

She most recently served as General Counsel to the District of Columbia Housing Authority as it expanded its mixed income housing and community redevelopment activities in the Southeast and Northeast sectors of Washington, DC. Ms. McFarland is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars and chair of the Practice Division of State and Local Law for the ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development. She is an outside director of the Neighborhood Development Collaborative, Inc., a non-profit real estate company with properties under development and/or management in Georgia, Texas, Mississippi and Nevada. She is a Trustee of both Andrews University and Washington Adventist University and serves on the Board of Directors of the Housing and Development Law Institute and the Advisory Board of the Housing and Development Law Reporter, and the American Real Estate Society.

Alan Ruby

Senior Architect & Senior Editor
Fentress Incorporated

Alan S. Ruby is a Senior Editor for the Real Estate Review. He presently manages the Architectural Services Division of Fentress Incorporated, a Washington D.C. area based real property planning firm providing architectural and analytical services to the Federal Judiciary, General Services Administration, and other federal government agencies.

 

Mr. Ruby has more than 30 years professional experience practicing with large international architectural firms including the Omaha, Nebraska office of Leo A. Daly, and major U.S. corporations including Mutual of Omaha and Pacific Bell. He studied Architecture and Urban Design as an undergraduate at the Ohio State University and holds a Masters Degree in Regional Resource Planning from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

Throughout his career, Mr. Ruby has utilized his combined background in architecture and planning to look beyond the individual building and focus on the urban fabric. He has applied this interest to projects such as new cities in Saudi Arabia, U.S. Military bases in Europe, and infill redevelopment in American cities. Mr. Ruby is an avid scuba diver and cyclist, and a long-time collector of modern art.

Susan Ruby

Susan Ruby is a Senior Editor of the Real Estate Review. She was previously a City Planner and Housing Finance Professional with local governments in Ohio, Nebraska, California and Virginia. During an over thirty year career, she was a Project Manager, Division Manager and Assistant Planning Director, with responsibility in such areas as Comprehensive Planning, Zoning Administration, Housing and Community Development, Facility Planning and Capital Improvements Programming.

 

Ms. Ruby attended Washington University in St. Louis, and the Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts, Cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the Masters program in City and Regional Planning at Ohio State, and later the program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she received a Master’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, with a focus in housing policy.

 

Susan was a Charter member of the American Planning Association and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners for over twenty years. She was an officer in APA in the States of California and Nebraska.

Graduate Assistant

Before joining the Ph.D. program of Urban and Regional Planning at Maryland, Jiemin Wu earned her Master of Public Policy Degree from Georgetown University. Prior to Georgetown, Jiemin got both her first Master Degree of Management and Bachelor of Management from Renmin University of China.

 

Jiemin has several internship and part-time job experiences at public sectors, international research institutes and companies, like China Ministry of Land and Resources, U.S. Landesa Rural Development Institute, and China National Real Estate Development Group Corporation. In addition to her practical experience, she also has published some articles in academic journals and international conferences.

 

Her research interests including housing policy, affordable real estate, sustainable community growth and special policy for China’s Urban & Rural Integrated Development. Jiemin currently works as a Graduate Assistant at the school, as well as serving as Assistant Editor of the Real Estate Review.