David A. Helfand

President & Chief Executive Officer at Equity Commonwealth

David A. Helfand

David A. Helfand

President & Chief Executive Officer at Equity Commonwealth

Overview
Career Highlights

Equity Office Properties Management Corp.
Equity Office Properties Trust
Equity Group Investments LLC

RelSci Relationships

914

Number of Boards

7

Birthday

1965

Age

54

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President at Ounce of Prevention Fund

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Surgeon-in-Chief at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

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Professional at InnerWorkings, Inc.

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President & Director at Erp Holding Co., Inc.

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Founder at Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman LLP

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Co-Founder at Equity Residential

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Chief Medical Officer at Sidra Medical & Research Center

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Physician-in-Chief & Chief Academic Officer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

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Chief Medical Officer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

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President at National Louis University

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David A. Helfand
President & Chief Executive Officer at Equity Commonwealth
Education
MBA

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a graduate business school located in Chicago, Illinois, at the University of Chicago. Formerly known as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago Booth is the second-oldest business school in the U.S., the first such school to offer an Executive MBA program, and the first to initiate a Ph.D. program in business. The school was renamed in 2008 following a $300 million endowment gift to the school by alumnus David G. Booth. The school has the third-largest endowment of any business school. The school's flagship campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the main campus of the university. The school also maintains additional campuses in London and Asia (originally Singapore, but in July 2013 a move to Hong Kong was announced), as well as in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. In addition to conducting graduate business programs, the school conducts research in the fields of finance, economics, quantitative marketing research, and accounting. Chicago Booth is currently ranked first in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek and first globally by the Economist.

BA

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

Career History
President & Chief Executive Officer
2014 - Current

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which primarily owns office and industrial buildings located throughout the United States. The majority of our properties are office buildings located in suburban areas and central business districts, or CBDs, of major metropolitan markets. CWH was founded in 1986 and went public on the New York Stock Exchange as a REIT that owned healthcare related properties. In the 1990’s we transformed into an office REIT by selling healthcare assets and buying office buildings. During this time, we also formed four subsidiary REITs: Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT), a REIT that owns hotels and travel centers; Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH), a REIT that primarily owns healthcare properties; Government Properties Income Trust (GOV), a REIT that primarily owns and leases office buildings that are majority leased to government tenants and Select Income REIT (SIR), a REIT that is focused on owning and investing in net leased, single tenant properties. HPT, SNH, GOV and SIR became separate public companies in 1995, 1999, 2009 and 2012 respectively. In July 2010, we changed our name to CommonWealth REIT from HRPT Properties Trust in order to avoid any lingering confusion that the company may be a healthcare focused REIT. We have been investment grade rated since 1994 and we are included in a number of financial indices, including the Russell 1000®, the MSCI US REIT Index, S&P REIT Composite Index and the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT United States Index

President & Chief Executive Officer
1992 - 2008

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is a self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Chicago. ELS has a controlling interest in over 382 quality communities in 32 states and British Columbia consisting of over 141,000 sites. ELS is committed to providing its residents an attractive and affordable lifestyle

Co-President
2012 - 2014

Equity Group Investments focuses primarily on investments in the real estate sector, homebuilding, retail, warehousing, distribution, office, hospitality, self-storage, senior living and specialty finance sectors. The firm specializes in buyouts, distressed and turnaround investments in large companies.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
Current

Tur Partners LLC provides investment and advisory services. The company was founded on May 19, 2011 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Trustee, President, Chief Executive Officer
2014 - Prior

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which primarily owns office and industrial buildings located throughout the United States. The majority of our properties are office buildings located in suburban areas and central business districts, or CBDs, of major metropolitan markets. CWH was founded in 1986 and went public on the New York Stock Exchange as a REIT that owned healthcare related properties. In the 1990’s we transformed into an office REIT by selling healthcare assets and buying office buildings. During this time, we also formed four subsidiary REITs: Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT), a REIT that owns hotels and travel centers; Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH), a REIT that primarily owns healthcare properties; Government Properties Income Trust (GOV), a REIT that primarily owns and leases office buildings that are majority leased to government tenants and Select Income REIT (SIR), a REIT that is focused on owning and investing in net leased, single tenant properties. HPT, SNH, GOV and SIR became separate public companies in 1995, 1999, 2009 and 2012 respectively. In July 2010, we changed our name to CommonWealth REIT from HRPT Properties Trust in order to avoid any lingering confusion that the company may be a healthcare focused REIT. We have been investment grade rated since 1994 and we are included in a number of financial indices, including the Russell 1000®, the MSCI US REIT Index, S&P REIT Composite Index and the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT United States Index

Member, Board of Directors
1995 - Prior

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is a self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Chicago. ELS has a controlling interest in over 382 quality communities in 32 states and British Columbia consisting of over 141,000 sites. ELS is committed to providing its residents an attractive and affordable lifestyle

Member, Board of Directors
Current

Ounce of Prevention Fund is a non-profit organization, which provides care and education to children who were born in poverty. It offers childhood education, research, and program models that focus on the physical, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age of five. The company was founded by Irving B. Harris in 1982 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Trustee
Current

National Louis University is one of the oldest and most progressive universities in Chicago. It offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through three colleges: the National College of Education, the College of Management and Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. Iti s best known as a “teacher of teachers,” conferring more graduate education degrees than any other university in Illinois. It is also one of the most diverse universities in the Midwest, helping students of all ages and backgrounds achieve their personal and professional goals.

Director
Current

Children''s Hospital of Chicago Medical Center provides healthcare solutions. Its services include academic general pediatrics and primary care, brain tumor, neurosurgery, pathology and laboratory medicine, cystic fibrosis, physical therapy, heart failure and transplants, infectious diseases, transplantation, and rehabilitative services. The company was incorporated on December 13, 1984 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$10K - $25K
2009

The Field Museum of Natural History houses biological and anthropological collections of specimens. It supports both informal and more structured public learning through exhibits and educational programs. Its curatorial and scientific staff conducts research on the fields of Anthropology, Biology, Geology, and Zoology. The Field Museum was founded in 1893 and is located in Chicago, Illinois.

$1,000 - $2,499
2009

Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the fundraising arm of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, raises funds that support the patient-centered mission and strategic goals of Northwestern Medicine. Through our work, we help Northwestern Medicine to provide the highest-quality health care in our communities, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Political Donations
$2,700
2016

Representative from Illinois's 1st Congressional District

$50K
2014

Co-Chairman at Chicago Ideas Week

$2,500
2012

Founder at AP Commercial LLC

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