Jeffrey B. Handlin

Chair, Honors Program Advisory Board
Founder, Manager of Oread Capital & Development
Primary office:


Jeff Handlin (C'98) received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Duke University. He is a member of Phi Betta Kappa.

Mr. Handlin is the President of Oread Capital & Development, a Denver-based company that invests in, develops, operates and manages real estate projects across multiple asset classes, primarily in large-scale residential and mixed-use asset classes. In addition to holding investments in residential communities in Florida, in December 2011, Oread Capital partnered with Wheelock Street Capital to acquire and manage the Anthem Colorado master planned community in Broomfield, Colorado. Anthem Colorado currently contains approximately 1,400 built and occupied single family homes, and is entitled for more than 3,000 homes at build-out. Voted Denver's Community of the Year, Anthem Colorado has consistently been in the top five best-selling master planned communities in Colorado throughout its history. Oread Capital & Development serves as the operating partner in Anthem Colorado.
In addition to Anthem Colorado, Oread Capital has acquired and operates additional residential communities in the Colorado market, including two recent acquisitions in Boulder County:  Provenance and Somerset Meadows. 

Oread Capital was founded and is managed by Jeff Handlin. Prior to founding Oread Capital & Development, Mr. Handlin served in executive roles at recognized national homebuilding and real estate development companies including: Founding Partner of Starwood Land Ventures; Officer and National Vice President for M.D.C. Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Richmond American Homes; and Vice President with Taylor Woodrow (currently known as Taylor Morrison). At M.D.C. Holdings, Mr. Handlin managed all acquisitions company-wide, representing over 12,000 residential lots across the U.S. between 2009 and 2011, with acquisition costs over $600 Million. Also while at M.D.C., Mr. Handlin led the acquisition of SDC Homes, which was at the time the third-largest homebuilder in the Seattle market. Beginning in 2007, prior to his time at M.D.C., Mr. Handlin was a founding partner in Starwood Land Ventures. Mr. Handlin led all Florida acquisitions while at Starwood Land, representing over $100 Million in direct acquisitions, including the acquisition of substantially all the Florida assets of Tousa-Engle Homes from its bankruptcy estate.

Upon receiving a J.D. from Duke University, and prior to his work as a land development and homebuilding executive, Mr. Handlin began his legal career at the law firm of Carlton Fields in Tampa, Florida, where he focused on real estate development, finance, and homeowners association work, representing homebuilders and community developers. Mr. Handlin graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Kansas, where he was a Summerfield Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar.

Mr. Handlin is a member of the National Residential Neighborhood Development Council within the Urban Land Institute. He remains a licensed attorney.

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