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Payne Chair Supports Groundbreaking Real Estate Research



How does the mortgage market affect employment in firms with less than 500 employees? Can an evaluation of energy efficiency be incorporated into commercial mortgage underwriting? These are two of several forward-looking questions that Professor Nancy Wallace has been seeking to answer in her research since being named the Lisle and Roslyn Payne Chair in Real Estate Capital Markets in January 2011.

The chair was created through a gift from Roslyn and Lisle Payne, MBA 67, founders of the San Francisco-based real estate investment and venture capital firm Jackson Street Partners.

In a Department of Energy-funded project with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Wallace is developing a suite of financial models that explicitly includes energy efficiency metrics in the commercial mortgage valuation and underwriting process. In another study, Wallace is examining the role of the mortgage and credit markets in job creation in firms with 10 to 499 employees. Wallace, who predicted the mortgage crisis months before it erupted, has co-chaired the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics since 2001 and has twice received the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award.



Fellowship Supports Health Care Ambitions



When Abi Ridgway, MBA/MPH 11, completes her two graduate degrees in business and public health this December, she will bring a fresh perspective to some of the most pressing problems in the U.S. health care system. Ridgway wants to find new ways to improve the quality and equity of health care. She is especially interested in driving
the move from acute to preventive care, a fundamental shift that should reduce what Americans spend on health care and increase their overall wellness.

For Ridgway, the Brian Maxwell Fellowship has done more than financially support her education. It has given her access to a community of inspiring people, including one of her mentors, Jennifer Maxwell, BS 88, co-founder of PowerBar and founder and chairwoman of the Brian Maxwell Fellows, and the other Maxwell Fellows who exchange ideas with Ridgway. “I came to Haas to learn how to be an effective leader and to collaborate with people who are interested in using business as a tool to create positive change in the world,” she says. In addition to what she has learned in the classroom, Ridgway has also gained valuable knowledge in the field through Haas experiential learning programs and internships with McKinsey & Company and Kaiser Permanente.