Michael J. Berne is one of North America’s leading experts and futurists on urban and Downtown/Main Street districts as well as the retail industry more generally.
As the Founder and President of MJB Consulting, Michael has amassed more than twenty years of experience in conducting retail market analyses, devising tenanting strategies and spearheading implementation efforts across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Michael is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at industry conferences, including those of the International Downtown Association (IDA), the National Main Street Center, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the American Planning Association (APA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), among others.
Michael has lectured at University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on expert advisory panels for the ULI and IEDC. He is quoted often in high-profile publications such as the Financial Times, TheStreet and the Washington Post.
In addition, Michael has penned numerous articles for ULI’s monthly magazine, Urban Land, and has authored a chapter for a recently-published book on the urbanization of the suburbs (“Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places”, Island Press, 2018).
Michael has also served on IDA’s Board of Directors, including a term as the Vice Chair of its Executive Committee.
Before founding MJB Consulting, Michael worked on market studies and commercial revitalization for a planning consultancy, leasing and acquisitions for an urban retail developer, and policy analysis for a citywide elected official.
Michael received a B.A. degree from Columbia University (Columbia College) in New York City, and an M.Phil degree from Cambridge University (Gonville & Caius College) in the U.K.
Michael currently splits his time between residences/offices in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood and Manhattan’s Union Square.