James M. Underhill

Chief Executive Officer

Cresa Corporate Office

1800 M Street NW
Suite 350 S
Washington, DC 20036
202.628.0300 main
202.930.4021 dd
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Cresa Washington DC

1800 M Street NW
Suite 350 S
Washington DC 20036
United States
202.628.0300 main


Jim is the CEO of Cresa, the largest commercial real estate tenant advisory firm in the world.  The company has offices in over 70 cities worldwide, and is known for client advocacy, thought leadership and analytics, and a special culture from being a 100% employee owned company.

Jim’s focus as CEO is on expanding the firm’s capabilities in key markets, growing its global footprint, and continuing investment in its advisory and service line capabilities.

Professional Experience

Jim was most recently the CEO of the Americas with Cushman & Wakefield, the largest full service, privately held real estate services firm in the world. As CEO he was responsible for an operating budget in excess of $1.2 billion and over 10,000 employees, which was the largest and most profitable in the company.

Previously Jim was the Founder and President of The Staubach Company – Northeast, which grew to become the largest region in the company before its sale to JLL. During his tenure he negotiated transactions with a combined value well in excess of one billion dollars and included World HQ assignments for organizations such as Booz Allen & Hamilton, The Nature Conservancy, MCI and The World Wildlife Fund, among others. 


Jim has served on the Boards of numerous charitable organizations, including Junior Achievement, The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Neediest Kids, the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO), and the Economic Club of Washington and was previously a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Jim received his MBA degree from Harvard Business School and has taught at Harvard College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington & Lee University, where he recently served on the Williams School Board.