Sandy Apgar is an international authority on housing, real estate and infrastructure. He advises senior executives and boards on strategy and operations in large, complex urban projects and designs and manages public-private partnerships. A Senior Counselor on Real Estate to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he has counseled more than 150 companies, institutions, governments and not-for-profits on some 500 portfolios and projects in 12 countries with an aggregate value over $500 billion.
In professional practice, public service, teaching, research and writings, Sandy has positioned real estate as a strategic asset, combining urban policy and public interests with practical business know-how and innovative analytical methods. As a partner of McKinsey and BCG, and in independent practice, he has led or advised numerous consulting teams on growth and location strategies, organization and operations planning, and systems design and management issues. His teams developed Saudi Arabia's national urbanization plan and Aramco's massive community infrastructure program, as well as the UK Government's urban guidelines, published as "Tackling Urban Problems." He founded and led BCG's Infrastructure and Real Estate practice and Apgar & Company's strategic advisory practice, during which time he was awarded a US patent for a corporate real estate portfolio system.
President Clinton appointed Sandy as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment, with oversight responsibility for the Army's global real estate portfolio, environmental remediation, and the base closure / realignment process (BRAC). In this role, he pioneered the Army's award-winning military housing privatization program known as RCI (Residential Communities Initiative).
He has taught at Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Oxford and is an "Eminent Fellow" of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Counselor of Real Estate. He has received the Counselors' Ballard and Felt Awards, and the May Award of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers. He is a long-time leader of the Urban Land Institute, co-founder of ULI's International Committee, Vice Chair-at-Large of ULI's Public Development and Infrastructure Council, and a Governor of the ULI Foundation. He also co-founded the International New Towns Association, with British and French government sponsorship.
His book, "New Perspectives on Community Development," was a cornerstone of Japan's business-based new communities program in the 1970s and his testimony to the US Congress and UK Parliament helped ground both countries' new communities' policies in strategic business imperatives. His real estate series in the Harvard Business Review is an industry, academic and research reference, and he has authored over 90 other publications.
Sandy holds a BA from Dartmouth College, where he was s Rufus Choate Scholar, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a National Fellow and Executive Editor of The MBA. He also undertook independent graduate research on the British New Towns at Oxford University.