As Senior Development Manager, Mr. Leonard is responsible for new development activity in the Southern California region. AvalonBay Communities, Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE : AVB), is in the business of developing, redeveloping, acquiring and managing multifamily communities primarily in New England, the New York/New Jersey metro area, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and Northern and Southern California.. He joined the company in January 2013. He has completed the development of four communities totaling over 1,300 multifamily units and 32,000 square feet of retail for the Southern California region, including a senior affordable, 9% tax credit awarded project. He is instrumental in initiating and evaluating new land acquisitions for the region, Los Angeles to San Diego. He has broad experience in developing in urban and suburban locations with multiple product types including garden, mid-rise, and mixed-use.
Prior to joining AvalonBay, Mr. Leonard was a consultant with Urban Housing Partners, a local developer in San Diego, entitling land for private property owners and publicly traded REITs. While in graduate school, he was an intern for HomeAid San Diego! Before moving to San Diego, Mr. Leonard started his career as an AmeriCorps member in Lincoln, Nebraska working in low income neighborhoods developing policy and programs to help the underserved.
Mr. Leonard holds a Master of Science degree in Real Estate from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska. He grew up wanting to be an architect but quickly realized in college that finance and development were more appealing to his interests. His professional affiliations include being Co-Chair of the ULI Orange County / Inland Empire Young Leaders Group and sits on ULI OC/IE’s Management Committee as well as the Orange County Multi-Housing Council.
Mr. Leonard lives in Irvine with his wife, Barbara, and his 8-year old Labrador retriever, Lacy. In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with Lacy at the beach or walks through Balboa Park. Being from Nebraska, Alex is an avid football fan. He also enjoys spending time at Petco Park watching the Padres.
Mr. Alex Leonard
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Senior Development Manager