Michael J. Berne is one of the nation's foremost experts on the subject of urban retail, with a particular strength in psycho-graphic, socioeconomic and ethnic niche markets.

Aside from working in numerous Downtown and Main Street business districts across North America, Michael has presented at the annual conferences of the International Downtown Association (IDA), the National Main Street Center, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), as well as the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association/Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (OBIAA/TABIA), Artscape (Canada) and the California Downtown Association, among numerous others.

Michael has written numerous articles for the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Urban Land magazine. He has served on expert advisory panels for IEDC and ULI. And he has appeared in high-profile publications such as The Washington Post and The Financial Times.

Michael currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the International Downtown Association (IDA).

Before founding MJB Consulting, Michael worked on leasing, acquisitions and marketing for a high-profile, New York City-based urban retail developer, and was a planner and retail specialist at a highly regarded, New York City-based planning and real estate advisory firm.

Michael received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College (Columbia University) and an M.Phil degree from Cambridge University (United Kingdom). He splits his time between Manhattan and Berkeley.

Direct Phone: 917.816.8367
Direct E-mail: mikeberne@consultmjb.com