With more than 30 years of experience in higher ed, Ms. Byrne brings a university perspective to forming innovative, multi-sector partnerships at the nexus of infrastructure, technology, and workforce training. She has managed the university-related real estate development process from concept through long-term operations and has extensive experience navigating the complexities of P3 projects including university approval processes and stakeholder engagement.
Before joining B&D, Ms. Byrne was President & CEO of the University of New Orleans (UNO) Research and Technology Foundation, responsible for a portfolio of 1,000,000+ SF of leased office, laboratory, and conference center facilities in the UNO Research and Technology Park. Prior to that appointment, she served as Vice President & CFO of the UNO family of affiliated foundations. Ms. Byrne previously held several positions at UNO including Assistant Vice Chancellor for Property and Facilities Development and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs.
In her various roles, Ms. Byrne has managed over $250 million of debt financing through revenue bonds issuance, bank lending, and capital leasing and has developed $400 million of capital construction projects. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from capital financing and facilitating public-private partnerships (P3s) to leadership training and disaster recovery.