Glenn Williamson is the owner and managing director of Amber Real Estate LLC, an international real estate advisory firm specializing in emerging markets in Washington DC and across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
A graduate of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service (SFS '83) and the University of Chicago (MBA '86), Williamson lived and worked overseas for 9 years in Bulgaria, Russia and Poland developing office properties as these countries transitioned towards market based economies in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Williamson formed Amber in 2002 to carry out CEE projects initiated while at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Warsaw. Over the past 20+ years, he has represented US and European investors seeking to enter CEE markets and advised individuals, corporations and non profit organizations with the finance, development and disposition of office, hotel and mixed-use properties. In 2014, he published a memoir, "Inside Out: Building a Glass House in Russia," detailing the experience of developing a class A office building in St. Petersburg in the 1990s. Here in Washington, DC, Amber has advised DC agencies including the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Department of Health on preparing major infill redevelopments such as Hill East as well as the investment of $70 million in Tobacco Settlement Funds to develop 8 primary / urgent care centers. Amber has also become involved with analyzing the latest "emerging market" in sustainability for storm water management and energy savings.
As full-time Faculty Director for the MPRE Program, Williamson has overseen the doubling of enrollment through continued evolution and expansion of course offerings on campus and online. He teaches Ethics in Action, Capstone and Exploring Opportunities in Europe. The experience of teaching both campus and online courses has provided insights into how lessons learned from one type of course can be shared among faculty and adapted in other courses.