Center Leadership

Andra Ghent, Academic Director

Andra Ghent is a Professor of Finance at the University of Utah where she holds the Ivory-Boyer Chair in Real Estate in Summer 2021. She is the Academic Director of the Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center. Her current research interests are real estate finance, financial intermediation, and urban economics. Her research has been cited in U.S. congressional testimony and by media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Bloomberg. Her research has been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Review of Financial Studies. She is an Associate Editor at the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. She teaches courses on housing affordability and real estate finance. More information about Professor Ghent can be found at

Danny Wall, Executive Director

Danny Wall comes to the University of Utah after a decade in the real estate field, where he did appraisals, consulting, commercial lending, and commercial brokerage. He has spent the past seven years as a full-time appraiser and consultant, working in brokerage in Boise, lending in Denver, and as a product developer for Deckers Outdoor Corporation in California.

Wall’s primary focus has been forensic appraisal and consulting, and he’s applied that focus to a wide range of markets and property types, including large industrial and manufacturing operations, large land-development projects, special-use facilities, commercial and residential properties, and recreational and resort properties. He’s been tapped for expert analysis in tax disputes, damage claims, bankruptcy cases, estate-planning, and other areas. He has served clients ranging from individuals to financial institutions, corporations to government at the city, county and state levels.

Alicia Brooks, Associate Director

Alicia Brooks has over a decade of experience planning events for a variety of stakeholders including members of the arts, education, philanthropic, and political communities. She comes to the University of Utah from Salt Lake’s own Ballet West where she worked in annual giving and Washington, DC where she planned events for the Ford’s Theatre Society. Her focus is matching the mission to the moment, carefully orchestrating events to fulfill the organization’s mission, and helping expand the focus to move forward. She is a native Utahn who is thrilled to be a part of the team taking the Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center to the next level and ensuring its reputation as the premier place in Utah for the next generation of Real Estate leaders.