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 www.andraghent.com.
Danny Wall is an Associate Professor of finance at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. He leads the school’s Master of Real Estate Development and Master of Science in Finance programs and serves as the Executive Director of the Ivory Boyer Real Estate Center. He has taught courses on real estate finance, corporate finance, financial modeling, consulting, and housing affordability. He currently teaches the capstone course for the Master of Real Estate Development program.
Prior to joining the University of Utah Danny had a successful career in commercial real estate. His early career included stints in lending and brokerage before establishing himself as a commercial appraiser. This combination of experience created an opportunity to transition into consulting where his expertise was sought in matters involving complex transactions, tax disputes, environmental damages, fraud, economic damages, eminent domain, condemnation, bankruptcy, foreclosure, estate-planning, etc. His clients included individuals, law firms, financial institutions, corporations and government entities at the city, county, state, and federal levels.
Danny holds a Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah. He is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate and holds the MAI and CCIM designations.
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.