The Ancora Team

Innovation Personified

Ancora’s collective character might at first appear as a dichotomy.

Tremendous talent both new and renowned.
Careers highlighted by relationships as much as results.
Industry insights coupled with personal interests.

We’re a unique mix and innovative in nature.

Together, our principals and professional staff represent decades of deep experience in commercial real estate development, investment, finance, and leasing. We offer capabilities in all the core functions of development – pre-development and master-planning, design, financing, construction, and leasing.


Josh Parker

Chief Executive Officer

Josh Parker is Ancora’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He leads the Board of Directors and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee. As Chairman and CEO, he is responsible for overseeing all firm strategy, policies and procedures as well as day-to-day operations.

A national leader in the anchor institution, life sciences, and innovation real estate sectors, he has unique real estate experience spanning adaptive re-use, urban redevelopment, innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives, university-leased real estate and mixed-use development.

After a stint in NY theatre, Josh began his real estate career in Durham, NC. In the two decades since as a serial entrepreneur, he experienced industry success that includes developing a combined 3.5 million square feet totaling over $2 billion in value.

While leading Ancora, Josh remains committed to public service. He has served in a variety of roles for non-profit and government appointed positions. He is currently a member of the Selective Service Board (local board member), full member of the Urban Land Institute serving as Vice-Chair of the University Development & Innovation Council, a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC, a member of the Council on Competitiveness and Commissioner on the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers.

He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University.


Jeff Kingsbury

Co-founder, Chief Connectivity Officer

Jeff leads our Connections & Insights (C&I) team focused on building relationships within the communities where we operate and creating new partnerships with anchor institutions and tenants that drive innovation.

Jeff has 30 years of experience in planning and developing communities, including partnerships with leading colleges, universities, health care systems, and cultural institutions. As an urban planner and developer, Jeff has worked at the intersection of economic development, placemaking, and sustainability with private sector clients as well as cities, counties, and non-profits in 16 states and internationally.

He is committed to thought leadership and co-authored the book, Developing Sustainable Planned Communities for the Urban Land Institute, and is the founding chair of ULI’s Redevelopment and Reuse Council.


John Philipchuck

Co-founder, Chief Investment Officer

With experience guiding some of the world’s largest institutional real estate portfolios, John serves as Ancora’s director of investment and strategy. He manages Ancora’s investment portfolio strategy with a steady hand and quick wit.

His background spans all institutional real estate sectors across public and private debt and equity structures. John has managed a variety of real estate development projects, including land entitlement, retail, industrial, apartments, mixed-use, senior housing, student housing, single family homes, and master-planned communities.

An active member of the Urban Land Institute, John serves on ULI’s Global Exchange Council, which expands knowledge and understanding of the global real estate market.


Nicole Brognano Morrill

Chief Real Estate Officer

Nicole oversees all development and construction activities for Ancora. Her nearly two decades of experience include leading development and construction projects for both privately held and publicly held companies. Nicole’s experience spans the full life cycle of development and multiple asset classes, including complicated master planned and phased projects.

An adept negotiator and navigator, Nicole has crafted agreements with cities, public utilities, and transportation entities. Her knack for collaboration (with colleagues and clients alike) has informed her success throughout complex entitlements and planning in multiple jurisdictions, urban and suburban.

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Sujee Rajah, FCA

Chief Financial Officer

Sujee brings 15+ years of diverse financial services experience to his role as Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for Ancora’s financial strategy, corporate accounting, and reporting. Over the last decade, he held various senior roles at Legal & General Group, most recently as Director of Investor Relations.

Prior to Legal & General, Sujee worked in corporate banking in the UK after starting his career with Deloitte’s Assurance group, helping companies to reduce risk, accelerate performance, and meet the assurance demands of regulations and standards.

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Kristina St. Charles

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Kristina is responsible for overseeing legal, compliance, governance, risk management, and administrative matters. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors. In her previous role as Deputy General Counsel at LGIM America, she provided legal advice and strategic expertise across all areas of the business, primarily on investment fund structures and private credit.

Prior to joining LGIM America in 2020, Kristina was a Vice President at Sterling Partners, where she provided support to portfolio companies, and managed legal and compliance matters including private equity, venture capital and equity investing. In addition, Kristina was a Director and Senior Counsel at Pine River Capital Management L.P. and an associate at Sidley Austin LLP.


Megan Abney

Development Associate

Megan supports all aspects of planning, development, and construction. She assists in the management of site selection, project budgets, design development, and construction management, working closely with architectural and consulting teams. She especially enjoys working on adaptive reuse projects.

A LEED Green Associate, she’s passionate about sustainable development. Megan occasionally moonlights as a muralist.


Peter Calkins

Vice President, Development

With experience including biotech, pharmaceutical, and institutional R&D-oriented organizations, Peter is responsible for sourcing and delivering on new development opportunities.

He brings experience in mixed-use project planning and development, accentuated with a focus in life sciences. Peter is no stranger to planning and implementing complex multi-phase development projects. In fact, he rather enjoys them, which figures, given his aptitude for solving problems and building community.


Jill Collins

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Jill oversees administrative duties, ensuring the smooth operation of Ancora’s business, while providing support to the CEO, team, and clients no matter where they are.


Matt Gilhooly

Senior Director, Development

As Senior Director of Development, Matt has a broad range of responsibilities driving the management and execution of development opportunities across the Midwest.

His career began with custom homebuilding. Between that and Ancora, his accomplishments include generating or overseeing the execution of over $450 million in multifamily assets across five states. He resides in a 1920’s Sears kit house in Indianapolis with his family.


Meyosha Love

Senior Accountant

As Senior Accountant, Meyosha brings over 9 years of professional accounting experience to Ancora, assisting with daily accounting operations and ensuring timely and accurate financial statements.


Mark O’Neall

Regional Director, Connections & Insights

Mark oversees anchor partner relations, innovation assessments, and new business development in select markets. Through his consulting and work experience with public and private sector institutions, he has developed an approach that combines rigorous analysis and fresh thinking.

A decade of consulting experience to his name, Mark continues to build trust and forge new relationships in growing knowledge markets. He continues to volunteer with the Urban Land Institute, leading multiple groups focused on young professional development and membership.


Ursula Powidzki

Senior Vice President, Connections & Insights

Over a career of 35+ years in both private and public sectors, Ursula has explored and expanded the intersection of commercial real estate and economic development. Her role at Ancora taps into both disciplines.

Ursula pursues and assesses new markets and institutional partners and finds partnerships and tenants that generate innovation buzz and substance. Ursula’s public/private identity includes a portfolio management role for a publicly held real estate investment management firm and six-year stint leading the State of Maryland’s core economic development programs.

Ursula has a leading role on the Connections & Insights team, where this active gardener nurtures her knack for developing relationships.


Kylie Ruffalo

Associate, Investments

Kylie is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, capitalizing, and closing Ancora real estate investments. With a magna cum laude degree in Finance, she’s on track to earn her MBA from the University of Chicago in 2023. As sharp as she is on the numbers side of business, we were not surprised when she came in first in the company’s fantasy football league.


Benjamin Sherer

Senior Analyst, Development

Ben oversees the financial modeling and forecasting of current and prospective development projects. He spent three years in the research, valuation, and advisory business unit of a global real estate consulting firm. There, he offered commercial real estate appraisal and consulting services primarily focused on valuation, including acquisitions/dispositions, portfolio management, and more.

His graduate studies saw Ben working with a large PE firm in Madrid, conducting in-depth research into the Spanish and Eurozone real estate markets across all asset types. He earned his BA in Philosophy from Rutgers and MSc in Finance from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.


Natisha Sloley-Hamilton

Controller and Vice President, Accounting

Spanning 20+ years and multiple industries, Natisha’s experience includes financial reporting, planning and budgeting, systems of internal controls, and corporate and benefits accounting. Phenomenal at follow-through, her ability to anticipate needs borders on precognition. Natisha is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of North Carolina.


Phil Storch

Vice President, Construction

Phil oversees all construction activities for Ancora, building on nearly two decades of experience in construction and real estate within multiple asset classes. Having managed general contractor and real estate company projects, he’s very capable at collaborating with jurisdictions, public utilities, and multiple stakeholders, not just direct project owners, contractors, and design professionals.

Phil is an active member of NAOIP, where he takes part in the NAIOP Research Foundation through its Visionary program.


Holden Thorp

Senior Advisor, Connections & Insights

Provost and venture partner. Technologist and teacher. Scientist and Science family of journals editor-in-chief. Holden’s experience is as impressive as it is broad.

He brings a deep understanding of the ecosystem to anchor-driven projects, engaging universities and academic medical institutions on the research and commercialization side of Ancora.

Tapped into today’s trends and R&D in life sciences and able to tap into long-standing relationships in academia, the value Holden brings to Ancora and our clients is indeed multifaceted.


Hank Webber

Senior Advisor, Connections & Insights

Hank is a nationally recognized higher education and community and economic development leader – with good reason. He’s spent the past 35 years making significant contributions to Chicago and St. Louis, helping to lead two of America’s largest and finest research universities: the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis.

Hank advises and helps shape the programming and activities that drive productive community relationships. This takes shape through relationships with local business and government leadership, real estate and financial sector stakeholders, and university administration.


Katie Wertz

Vice President, Connections & Insights

With experience in consulting, community development, and real estate development, Katie is accomplished in integrating master planning with market-based strategies. She produces visionary and actionable solutions proving advantageous to clients, while at the same time proving the value of C&I.

She has managed numerous planning and redevelopment efforts across the country, from small college towns to booming metros. Despite her role and active membership with the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Diversity Initiative, Katie finds time to volunteer, supporting equitable development, food access, and youth.