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Thu, Jun 18


Healthy Buildings During COVID-19

HBS Prof. John Macomber + HSPH Prof. Joseph Allen

Safe and Marketable Real Estate During COVID-19 and Beyond

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HBS Prof. John Macomber + HSPH Prof. Joseph Allen
HBS Prof. John Macomber + HSPH Prof. Joseph Allen

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Jun 18, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Healthy Buildings During COVID-19

About the event

Join HBS real estate alumni and friends via live Zoom webinar to learn from Harvard professors about healthy buildings during the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond. Healthy Buildings is an important topic today as we return to work and as we figure out how to make our investments safe and marketable in a post COVID world.

While this event is free, we encourage you to make a donation to Teaching Matters (ANY amount helps) and partner with us to make a difference to society. Teaching Matters, a 501©3 nonprofit, has been extremely helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic and is collaborating with school districts nationally to provide online curriculum to teachers and facilitate distance learning for K-12 students (more on them below).

This event is not officially affiliated with Harvard Business School. It is an off the record discussion by senior leaders organized by alumni for alumni + friends.

Feel free to share this event with all of your colleagues + friends, including those that did not go to Harvard Business School. Our goal is to add value to everyone.


Dan Dubrowski

Co-Founder and Head of Capital Formation

Lionstone Investments

Dan Dubrowski is a co-founding partner of Lionstone Investments. As Head of Capital Formation, he leads capital efforts across the firm’s investment strategies, with primary responsibility for investor relationships, fundraising, marketing and communications, new business generation, and the structuring of new investment products. Mr. Dubrowski is a voting member of the Investment committee. Prior to Lionstone, he was a senior officer with Hines for ten years. Before that, he was an auditor and consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP in New York. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard University. In addition, he holds the FINRA Series 7 registration.

Dr. Joseph G. Allen

Assistant professor

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, with John Macomber at Harvard Business School. He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings in several hundred buildings across a diverse range of industries, including healthcare, biotechnology, education, commercial office real estate and manufacturing. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program where he created ‘The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’. He is also the faculty advisor to the Harvard Healthier Building Materials Academy. He works with Fortune 500 companies on implementing Healthy Building strategies in their global portfolios and presents internationally on the topic of Healthy Buildings. His work has been featured widely in the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Time, NPR, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Fortune and The New York Times. Dr. Allen is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and an Associate Editor of the journal Indoor Air. He earned his Doctor of Science (DSc) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology from Boston College. More information on his research can be found at:

John Macomber

Senior Lecturer in the Finance Unit

Harvard Business School

John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, and information technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber's work focuses on the future of cities, particularly as aided by the private finance and delivery of public infrastructure projects in both the developed and emerging worlds. His teaching combines infrastructure finance (including public-private partnerships), investing in resilience (notably in the face of sea rise in some areas and drought in others), economic development, and the impact of new technologies in delivering new infrastructure and making old infrastructure more efficient. Mr. Macomber is the Faculty Chair of the HBS Africa Research Center. He is also engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiatives at HBS and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard University Center for African Studies. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education. Mr. Macomber is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor; and remains a principal in several real estate partnerships. He serves or has served on the boards of Young Presidents Organization International (YPO), Boston Private Bank, Mount Auburn Hospital, and the WGBH Educational Foundation. More information on his research and teaching can be found at

Recent publications about healthy buildings and getting back to work from our speakers:

What Makes an Office Building “Healthy”

Harvard Business Review

Healthy Buildings as a Public Health Tool

Urban Land Institute

Why COVID-19 Raises the Stakes for Building Health

HBS Working Knowledge

Who Guarantees that Your Workplace is Safe for Return?

HBS Working Knowledge

Tenants and Investors Will Be Looking for Healthy Buildings

Urban Land Institute

100% of donation/sponsorship proceeds will go to Teaching Matters!

About Teaching Matters

Teaching Matters is a professional learning organization dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, a critical factor in student success. Our mission is to close the opportunity gap of an unequal education system for underserved and historically marginalized children. We envision a nation where every student has equitable access to excellent teaching, regardless of zip code. From states and districts to schools and classrooms, we partner to help teachers and school leaders develop the skills they need to teach well, lead their peers and drive school-wide improvement. From 25 years of working in New York City’s public schools, we’ve developed an understanding of realistic and lasting ways to improve student outcomes, and we’re committed to real, measurable results. Teaching Matters is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Teaching Matters has a 4-star, 91.06 rating from Charity Navigator. See this video to learn more:

Organized by Dionis Rodriguez + The Crimson Connection

This event is brought to you by The Crimson Connection. The Crimson Connection aims to strengthen relationships as well as increase the collective success of attendees, while making a difference to society by bringing attention to/donating to worthwhile charities and causes. The Crimson Connection grew out of the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association (HBSREAA), which Dionis Rodriguez founded in 2008 (along with an incredible group of co-founders). HBSREAA became inactive after transitioning to new leadership and we founded The Crimson Connection to continue to provide value to HBS real estate alumni and friends. The mission of The Crimson Connection is to provide opportunities for HBS real estate alumni and friends to network, share ideas, work on deals together and add value to society. The organization donates a significant portion of its revenues to charity and other worthwhile causes. Thank you for your support!

In addition to founding The Crimson Connection, Dionis Rodriguez is Founder and Managing Partner at Crimson Rock Capital, a highly focused, value-oriented real estate investment firm. In his 20-year career, Dionis has invested in all property types in North America, Europe, and Asia with a key focus on hospitality. He has worked as an entrepreneur, consultant, and private equity investor. He is a board member at Teaching Matters, The Guestbook and Academy of Our Lady School. He founded, was President & Chairman of the Board of the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association (HBSREAA). He is a former member of the Board of Managers of the Harvard Club of New York and is a past Trustee of New York Nativity Centers. Dionis received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Sponsorship opportunities available - 100% of sponsorships go to Teaching Matters! and are tax deductible donations. Email for details.

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