Our leadership

Timothy J. Naughton

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Tim is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.


Tim has served as Chairman of the Board since May 2013, CEO since January 2012, and as President since February 2005. Previously, Tim served as COO since February 2001. He has been a director of the Company since September 2005. Prior to becoming COO, Tim served as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, and prior to that he was the Company’s Regional Vice President, Development and Acquisitions in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Tim has been with the company or its predecessors since 1989.


Tim has served on the board of directors of Health Care REIT since December 2013, serves on the Executive Board 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 National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), where he serves on the Executive Committee.


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


Kevin O'Shea

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin is Chief Financial Officer responsible for the Financial, Capital Markets, Investor Relations, Risk Management, and Accounting operations of the Company. He is also a member of the Company’s Management Investment Committee.


Prior to assuming his current role, Kevin served in several capacities within the Company’s Financial Services Department, including Executive Vice President Capital Markets, Senior Vice President Investment Management, and Vice President Investment Management. Before joining AvalonBay in 2003, Kevin was an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank, where his experience included REIT capital markets and M&A transactions as an investment banker. Earlier in his career, he practiced commercial real estate and banking law as an attorney.


Kevin holds an MBA from Harvard University, a JD from Southern Methodist University and a BA from Boston College. He also serves on the board of trustees of Urban Edge Properties (NYSE: UE), a real estate investment trust that owns, manages, acquires, develops, redevelops, and operates retail real estate in high barrier-to-entry markets.


Matthew H. Birenbaum

Chief Investment Officer

Matt is Chief Investment Officer responsible for the Company’s investment strategy and oversees the Investments, Design, Sustainability and Market Research functions. Matt also chairs the Company’s Management Investment Committee.


Most recently, Matt had been the founding principal of Abbey Road Property Group, a boutique development and investment firm focused on infill multifamily and mixed-use projects in the greater Washington DC area. Prior to founding Abbey Road, he was Senior Vice President at EYA from 2003-2006 (formerly Eakin/Youngentob Associates), where he directed and supervised all activities in the land acquisition and development group for this award-winning builder and developer of architecturally distinguished townhomes and condominiums. Prior to EYA, Matt spent over seven years at AvalonBay, developing a wide variety of luxury rental communities ranging from garden apartments to mid-rise with structured parking to high-rise with ground floor retail and underground parking. When he left AvalonBay, he was Regional Vice President of Development with responsibility for the Washington, DC, New Jersey and Chicago regions. Earlier experience includes work with Tishman Speyer Properties in both Houston and Northern Virginia, developing residential, office and retail uses.


Matt received his MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he graduated with honors, and a BA from Brown University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has served on the board of the L’Enfant Trust, a historic preservation group in Washington, DC, is an active member of ULI, and is certified LEED-AP.


Sean J. Breslin

Chief Operating Officer

Sean is Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Company’s Asset Management platform, including Property Operations, Asset Management, Engineering and Redevelopment, and Brand Strategy and Marketing. In addition, he is a member of the Company’s Management Investment Committee.


Prior to assuming his current role, Sean held various leadership positions at AvalonBay including responsibility for the Company’s Investment and Redevelopment platforms, directing the company’s portfolio management strategy, and leading the Market Research function. Prior to joining AvalonBay in 2002, he was the Chief Operating Officer of CWS Capital Partners, where he was responsible for that company’s operations and investment activity.


Sean received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and his BS from California State University, Long Beach. Sean is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Multi-Housing Council (NMHC), a board member of the American Red Cross National Capital Region, and is Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Multifamily Council. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Estate Finance & Investment Center at the University of Texas at Austin.


Michael M. Feigin

Chief Construction Officer

Michael is Chief Construction Officer responsible for all of the Company’s construction activities.


Prior to joining AvalonBay in 2014, Michael held the following leadership roles: Corporate Vice President Global Procurement and Travel for AECOM, a Fortune 500 engineering and construction services company; Managing Director for Navigant Consulting, working with construction clients to manage risk in their organizations; Global Construction Industry Practice Leader for Marsh, the world’s largest insurance broker and risk advisor; and Executive Vice President, 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 is the past President of Canopy, Inc., Lend Lease’s Captive insurance company, and was on the Board of the WTC Captive, the insurance company established to cover liability at Ground Zero. Michael also held the following positions at Bovis Lend Lease: Head of Risk, General Counsel, and General Manager of the Northeast Region. This is Michael’s return to AvalonBay, where he was a Development Director in 1998.


Michael earned his JD from Brooklyn Law School and his BA from Yale University. He has held several board seats and has worked with several charitable and scholarly institutions including the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the ACE Mentor Program, Archive Global, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh, and Junior Achievement.


Leo S. Horey III

Chief Administrative Officer

Leo is Chief Administrative Officer responsible for corporate functions, including Strategic Business Services, Revenue Management, Information Services, Property Taxes, Human Resources and Corporate and Administrative Services. He is also a voting member of the Company’s Management Investment Committee.


Previously, Leo served as Executive Vice President Operations and was responsible for the management of all the Company’s apartment communities since April 2004. He was Senior Vice President Property Operations from February 2001 through December 2003. Prior to assuming that role, he was Regional Vice President for West Coast operations.


Prior to the merger that created AvalonBay, Leo served as Vice President of Operations for Avalon Properties, Inc., where he was responsible for the management of all communities in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota. Leo initially served as Regional Manager of Property Operations for both Avalon Properties, Inc. and Trammell Crow Residential Services. In this capacity, he directed property operations for numerous communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He began his career with Trammel Crow Residential in 1989 in development in Princeton, NJ.


Leo received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Richard H. Jenrette Fellow. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the Kenan-Flagler Business School.


William M. McLaughlin

Executive Vice President - Development

Bill is Executive Vice President of Development and has been with AvalonBay or its predecessor, Avalon Properties, Inc., since 1994. He is responsible for all of AvalonBay’s development activity in the Northeast including New England, New York and New Jersey. He is also a member of the Company's Management Investment Committee.


Before joining AvalonBay, Bill was with Lincoln Property Company for seven years, where he was responsible for multifamily development and acquisitions in eastern New England. He was the 2008 Chairman of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB), was also the Chairman of GBREB’s Political Action Committee (PAC) and is a two-time past President of its Rental Housing Association (RHA) division. Bill also 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 is Executive Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary and has served as General Counsel since joining AvalonBay in February 1999.


Prior to AvalonBay, Ted was a securities law partner in the corporate department of Goodwin, Procter & Hoar LLP, where he worked extensively with real estate investment trusts on a wide variety of matters, including capital markets transactions, business combinations, asset acquisitions and tax, regulatory and governance matters.


Ted received his JD from Harvard Law School, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and received his BS in economics from Princeton University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with high honors.


Stephen W. Wilson

Executive Vice President - Development

Steve is Executive Vice President of Development responsible for all development activities for the West Coast, including Northern California, Southern California and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Mid-Atlantic region. He joined the company in March 1998. He is also a member of the Company's Management Investment Committee.


Prior to AvalonBay, Steve was a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for SU Development, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington, where he developed multifamily and condominium developments. Prior to that, he spent nine years at Continental Pacific, Inc. in development, debt and equity financing, property management, and institutional sales.


During his career, Steve has been directly involved in the planning, development and construction of over 15,000 multifamily units, many in transit oriented locations. This includes over 1,500 units at BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations in the Bay Area.


Steve received his BA in Business Administration (accounting) from Washington State University. He is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chair of the Transit Oriented Development council at the Urban Land Institute, member of the Board of Directors for the Housing Industry Foundation and member of the Policy Advisory Board at the UC Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics.