Our leadership

Timothy J. Naughton

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President

Tim is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President and has been a director of AvalonBay since September 2005. He has served as Chairman of the Board since May 2013, as Chief Executive Officer since January 2012, and as President since February 2005. Tim’s prior roles included serving as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Investment Officer, and Regional Vice President—Development and Acquisitions. Tim has been with AvalonBay and its predecessors since 1989.

Tim is a director of Welltower Inc., a publicly traded investor in healthcare real estate, and Park Hotels & Resorts Inc., a publicly traded hotel real estate investment trust. He serves as Chairman of NAREIT, is a member of The Real Estate Round Table, is a member and past chairman of the Multifamily Council of the ULI, and is a member of the Real Estate Forum.

Tim received his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1987 and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Kevin O'Shea

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin has been AvalonBay’s Chief Financial Officer since June 2014. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President—Capital Markets, from January 2013 to May 2014 and Senior Vice President—Investment Management after joining the Company in July 2003 until January 2013.

Kevin is a Trustee of Urban Edge Properties, a publicly traded REIT, where he serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Prior to joining the Company, Kevin was an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank, where his experience included real estate investment banking. Earlier in his career, he practiced commercial real estate and banking law as an attorney.

Kevin received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, his J.D. from Southern Methodist University and his undergraduate degree from Boston College.


Matthew H. Birenbaum

Chief Investment Officer

Matt became Chief Investment Officer in January 2015. He is responsible for AvalonBay’s investment strategy and oversees the Investments, Design, Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility and Market Research functions. Before assuming his current position, he was Executive Vice President—Corporate Strategy, a position he held from October 2011 until January 2015.

Prior to joining AvalonBay in October 2011, Matt was the founding principal of Abbey Road Property Group, LLC, a multi-family development and investment firm based in Arlington, Virginia since 2006 and before that a Senior Vice President at EYA (formerly Eakin/Youngentob Associates). Prior to joining EYA in 2003, he was a Regional Vice President of Development with the Company.

Matt received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and his Masters Degree from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors. He is an active member of ULI and is certified LEED AP, and serves on the Board of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH).


Sean J. Breslin

Chief Operating Officer

Sean is Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held since January 2015, with responsibility for the Company’s operating platform, including Property Operations, Asset Management, Engineering, Redevelopment, and Marketing and Brand Strategy. He was previously the Company’s Executive Vice President—Investments and Asset Management since April 2012 with overall responsibility for AvalonBay’s investment and operating platforms, including property operations, asset management and redevelopment, and investment activity, including acquisitions, dispositions and investment strategy. Sean’s other roles included Senior Vice President—Redevelopment and Asset Management and Senior Vice President—Investments.

Prior to joining AvalonBay in 2002, he was the Chief Operating Officer of CWS Capital Partners.

Sean received his Bachelors Degree from California State University, Long Beach and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas. He is a member of the Executive Committee of NMHC and is past Chair of ULI’s Multifamily Council. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Finance & Investment Center at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross.


Michael M. Feigin

Chief Construction Officer

Michael is AvalonBay’s Chief Construction Officer. Prior to joining AvalonBay in June 2014, he was Corporate Vice President Global Procurement and Travel for AECOM, an engineering and construction services company, from May 2012 to May 2014. Before that he was SVP Corporate Operations at AECOM from January 2012 to May 2012, SVP General Counsel at Weeks Marine from May to August 2011 and Managing Director for Navigant Consulting from September 2010 to May 2011, working with clients to manage risk in their organizations. Prior to that, from September 2006 to December 2009 he was Global Construction Industry Practice Leader for Marsh, an insurance broker and risk advisor. From October 2005 to September 2006, Michael served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Bovis Lend Lease Holdings, Inc. (now Lend Lease Americas) where he was responsible for commercial risk management and deal approval, legal, insurance and bonding, human resources, information technology and corporate affairs.

Michael earned his BA from Yale University and his JD from Brooklyn Law School.


Leo S. Horey III

Chief Administrative Officer

Leo is AvalonBay’s Chief Administrative Officer. He has held this title since April 2012 and was Executive Vice President—Property Operations prior to that from January 2004. Leo joined a predecessor of the Company in 1990.

Leo received his Masters of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Richard H. Jenrette Fellow, and currently serves on the Board of Visitors and the Advisory Board for the Wood Center for Real Estate Studies. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of NMHC.


William M. McLaughlin

Executive Vice President - Development

Bill has served as AvalonBay’s Executive Vice President—Development, with responsibility for all of the Company’s development activity in the Northeast, including New England, New York and New Jersey since 2014. He was Executive Vice President—Development and Construction from February 2010 until 2014 and prior to that was Senior Vice President—Development & Construction since 2009. He has been with the Company or its predecessors since 1994.

Bill serves on the Board of Directors at Caritas Communities, is on the Board of Managers of the industrial real estate holdings company JWF, LLC, the Board of Overseers at Newton Wellesley Hospital, the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Multifamily Leadership Board, and is a Director of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) in Massachusetts.

Bill received his BA in Economics from Harvard College.


Edward M. Schulman

Executive Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary

Ted has served as AvalonBay’s Executive Vice President—General Counsel and Secretary since 2012. He joined the Company in February 1999 and has served as General Counsel since that time. Prior to joining AvalonBay he was a corporate and securities law partner at Goodwin Procter LLP.

Ted is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and received his undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University, where he graduated with high honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Stephen W. Wilson

Executive Vice President - Development

Steve has served as AvalonBay’s Executive Vice President—Development, with responsibility for all development activities for the West Coast, including Northern California, Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Mid-Atlantic region, since 2014. He was Executive Vice President—Development and Construction from February 2010 until 2014, and prior to that was Senior Vice President—Development & Construction for the West Coast and Mid-Atlantic.

Prior to joining the Company in 1998, Steve was a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for SU Development, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington and Senior Vice President of Continental Pacific, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington.

Steve received his B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting) from Washington State University. He is a member of ULI, former chair of the ULI Transit Oriented Development Council, a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and on the Board of Directors of the Housing Industry Foundation.