David Nelson

Senior Vice President


M.B.A. - Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology


Urban Land Institute (ULI)

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David uniquely brings both technical engineering and business skill sets to deliver strategic real estate solutions.

As a senior vice president for Carter’s development team, David leads the development efforts for off-campus private student housing projects. His background and experience with both institutional and private owners for multi-family development projects makes him an ideal candidate to manage this initiative. David has experience managing almost $1 billion worth of complex project portfolios balancing their various risks, exposures and opportunities to maximize value. During his time at Carter, David has worked on student housing projects totaling nearly 3,500 beds valued at approximately $255 million. He continues to achieve meaningful results through his ability to develop new insights and create lasting relationships.

David’s clients benefit from his industry knowledge and hands-on project experience gained working both on- and off-campus. His responsibilities have included: financial, as well as market feasibility studies and analyses; due diligence research; project management through design, construction and turnover; sales and marketing oversight; and sustainability analysis.