Laura Craft Executive Leadership

Global Head of Portfolio Sustainability Strategies

Laura is a Senior Vice President, Heitman’s Global Head of Portfolio Sustainability Strategies, and an equity owner of the firm. She leads the firm’s sustainability platform and interacts across business lines and regions to establish systematic approaches to incorporate sustainability into investment decision-making and management of investments with the goal of creating value, reducing risk, and enhancing investment returns. Currently, Laura is the co-chair of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Innovation Affinity Group and is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint’s Performance Committee. Prior to joining Heitman, she spent 10 years at LaSalle Investment Management, where she began in LaSalle’s valuation and asset management groups and transitioned to develop the firm’s Global Sustainability Platform. Laura’s early career experience includes market data coverage at Grubb & Ellis | Barkley Fraser, a real estate brokerage company, as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM) research and development at SmartBIM. Laura’s past industry involvement has included advising ULI Greenprint Center, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) on their reporting frameworks and environmental data platforms.

Laura received a double BA in Real Estate and Business Management from the University of Georgia, where she was one of 30 UGA students to earn a Leonard Leadership Scholar Certification. She is also a graduate of the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership program and is a LEED Accredited Professional, having overseen over 100 LEED, IREM, Energy Star, and Green Globes designations.