Young Leaders Group

Young Leaders (YL) bring together younger members involved with ULI SE Florida/Caribbean to strengthen their relationship and participation with the organization, provide opportunities for professional education and mentorship, and offer networking and relationship building with senior members. YLs bring a fresh perspective to the District Council with a vision for the future.

Young Leaders Group

The mission of the ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean Young Leaders Group (YLG) is to create opportunities for young professionals to develop skills and build relationships that will help them advance in their careers, to help foster a connection to, and an understanding of thoughtful land use and development practices, and to build a desire to remain active in the Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council and ULI National after they pass the Young Leader age threshold.

The Southeast Florida/Caribbean YLG is made up of three separate, but cohesive groups, designated by counties, each with their own leadership, programs, goals and initiatives targeted for young professionals.

Membership for those under 35 years of age is offered at a discounted rate of $220 per year. For more information, contact YLG leadership for your county, or you may call the ULI SE FL/Caribbean office at 954-916-7329.


Get Involved

We are always looking for new members of the Young Leaders to become active and contributing members of our group. Contact your district chair or reach out to Mallory Barker, the Young Leaders staff contact:

Interested in attending a local ULI event for free?
Volunteering to work an event, run social media, or write a recap/blog post can get you into our events for free! To learn about opportunities, contact Mallory Barker


YLG Leadership

Chair: Cristina Sanchez

Cristi is the chair of ULI’s Young Leaders Group as well as the Miami-Dade Young Leaders Group. Cristi works in commercial real estate finance at Duane Morris LLP
Contact:, (305) 960-2262

Broward County:
Chair: Jeremy Shir

Jeremy is the chair of the Broward County Young Leaders Group. Jeremy is a government law and land use attorney at Becker & Poliakoff
Contact:, (954) 364-6028

Co-Chair: Denise Castro

Denise serves as co-chair of Broward County Young Leaders Group. Denise is the Director of marketing and business development at Emerald Construction Corp.
Contact:, (305) 928-7653

Chair: Cristina T. Sanchez

Cristi is the chair of the Miami-Dade Young Leaders Group. Cristi works in commercial real estate finance at Duane Morris LLP
Contact:, (305) 960-2262

Co-Chair: Alexander Cahlin

Alex is the Miami-Dade YL co-chair. Prior to becoming co-chair, he served for several years as the district’s Program Chair. Alex is the Vice President of Advisory & Transaction Services at CBRE
Contact:, (305) 381-6458

Palm Beach County:
Chair: Jessica Shapiro

Jessica chairs the Young Leaders of Palm Beach County group. Jessica is a shareholder at Gunster in West Palm Beach.
Contact:, (561) 650-0742

Co-Chair: Juanita Bernal

Juanita is the Palm Beach YL co-chair. Juanita is an architectural designer at GarciaStromberg Architects GS4 Studios.
Contact:, (561) 478-5855