Dean’s Speaker Series: Santa Monica Place Speaker Bios

2010-2011 Dean’s Speaker Series: Sharing the Vision
Presented by the Athenian Society

Santa Monica Place:
A Case Study in Public-Private Collaboration

Featured Speakers:

Arthur M. Coppola
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Macerich

Art Coppola

As Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Macerich® (NYSE: MAC), one of the premier real estate investment trusts in the country, Art Coppola guides among the most highly regarded and high-performance portfolios of retail real estate.

The second-largest U.S. mall REIT by market capitalization, Macerich aligns exceptional retail properties with the business goals of the world’s retailers and the shopping preferences of local consumers. Optimally located in the nation’s most important markets – all defined by dominant market share, strong long-term growth prospects and powerful demographics and psychographics – Macerich’s expansive national portfolio generates among the highest sales productivity in the sector.

During Mr. Coppola’s tenure with the company, Macerich (NYSE: MAC) has grown through signature acquisitions and strategic development initiatives from a privately held real estate enterprise into a dominant, publicly-owned national regional mall company with a portfolio of 71 properties encompassing approximately 73 million square feet of gross leasable area. The company’s portfolio of high-performance assets includes fortress centers such as Queens Center in New York City, Tysons Corner Center outside Washington, D.C., Washington Square near Portland, Ore., Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif., Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona, The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago, Danbury Fair in Connecticut and the recently opened Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, Calif. In addition to Santa Monica Place and Broadway Plaza, Macerich owns and operates 19 shopping centers in California, including Westside Pavilion, Lakewood Center and Los Cerritos Center in metropolitan Los Angeles, The Oaks in Thousand Oaks, Pacific View Mall in Ventura and Carmel Plaza in Santa Barbara.

Mr. Coppola is a long-standing member of The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and International Council of Shopping Centers. He served as the 2007 Chair of the Board of Governors for NAREIT and received the organization’s distinguished Leadership Award in 2009.


Rod Gould
City Manager, City of Santa Monica

Rod Gould

Rod Gould was appointed City Manager of Santa Monica in January of 2010. Mr. Gould was born on April 28, 1957 and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale in 1979, and earned Master’s Degrees in Education in 1982 and in Public Administration from Harvard in 1985.

As City Manager of Santa Monica, Rod Gould oversees a $555.8 million budget for a highly engaged City Council, representing a community of 91,000 residents with a daytime population of 150,000, and 14,000 businesses with 79,000 jobs. Before becoming City Manager of Santa Monica, Rod spent four years as City Manager of Poway, nine years as City Manager of San Rafael, five years as City Manager of Monrovia, and five years as Assistant City Manager of Walnut Creek. He distinguished himself in these cities by streamlining operations, reinforcing community policing, and developing award winning housing and financial reporting. Rod was President of the City Managers Department of the League of California Cities in 2005 and served on the League’s Board of Directors in 2007. He served as City Manager in residence at USC in 2008 and UC Berkeley in 2000.