SVP – Development
Vicky Lee is Senior Vice President, Development at Focus where she manages and leads the company’s expansion into different markets across the Southeast region of the country. As a Management Team member, Vicky is responsible for defining and implementing internal strategies and policies with the goal to grow the organization. In addition, she leads real estate acquisition, development, and architectural design activities on multiple projects, totaling more than $800mm for both Focus and third-party clients.
Within seven months of kicking off the Focus expansion, Vicky and her team tied up two sites in Florida and are currently full-steam-ahead in the predevelopment process of both sites. Other notable achievements include spearheading entitlement and acted as owner’s rep for The Atworth at Mellody Farm. She maintained an excellent relationship with the Village of Vernon Hills, achieving and maintaining mutual respect. This has led to Focus recognition in suburban placemaking, catalyzing the company’s most recent 4 new mall-redevelopments in Vernon Hills and Aurora.
Vicky’s combined experience in urban planning, architecture, and business has propelled Vicky into an industry leader. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for ULI Chicago, Chair of ULI Chicago Product Council (Green), Member of ULI Public Private Partnership Council (Blue), and Chair of Cornell Real Estate Council Chicago Chapter. Her philanthropic activities include serving as Board of Directors for the nonprofit organization, Teachers Supporting Teachers.
Vicky received her MBA at the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a BA in Architecture at University of Notre Dame.