Kathleen Nelson

Senior Director

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    225 W Wacker
    Chicago, IL 60606
    United States

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    +1 312 470-1874

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As a Senior Director in the Tenant Representation Group, Kathleen brings her very diverse background and strong mix of relationships to Cushman & Wakefield. She has spent the last 20 + years in the senior level private industry and government positions in the City of Chicago.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Kathleen served as Managing Director, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors for Ziegler Capital Management, LLC. As general Counsel, Kathleen oversaw multi-million dollar acquisitions that ultimately increased the firm's assets under management by over 2 billion dollars.

Prior to joining Ziegler she worked for the City of Chicago for 11 years under the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley. During her tenure with the City, she held several senior level Mayoral appointed positions including, First Deputy Commissioner with the Department of Planning Development where she managed a staff of 165 employees and oversaw a $40 million budget. Kathleen negotiated redevelopment agreements for complex corporate headquarters, retail, residential and industrial projects that leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments. Prior to her time with the city, Kathleen spent 4 years as a litigation attorney practicing tort, contract, insurance coverage and appellate areas.

Awards & Associations

  • Cushman & Wakefield "Excellence in Client Service Achievement Award, Venture One," 2015
  • Cushman & Wakefield "Excellence in Client Service Achievement Award, Amalgamated Bank," 2014
  • Cushman & Wakefield "Excellence in Client Service Achievement Award, Method Project," 2013
  • Member of Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society
  • Member of NAIOP Legislative Committee
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, SOS Children's Villages of Illinois
  • Board of Directors, Louis L. Valentine, Boys & Girls Club


  • Amalgamated Bank
  • Bridgestone Americas, Inc
  • Chavez Properties
  • Ehlers
  • Manchester Airport Group
  • ML Realty Partners
  • Panattoni Development Company
  • Paper Source
  • Pizzuti
  • US Steel
  • Venture One