Jeff Handlin
Oread Capital & Development

Jeff Handlin is the Founder and President of Oread Capital & Development (, a Denver-based company that has acquired, developed and managed some of the largest and most successful mixed use master planned communities in the Denver and Boulder metropolitan areas. Mr. Handlin also recently founded Urban Cottages (, a company focused on infill housing opportunities in backyards, side-yards and other ubiquitous spaces within urban and near-urban neighborhoods.

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 (now known as Taylor Morrison). At M.D.C. Holdings, Mr. Handlin managed all land matters company-wide, representing over 12,000 building lots across the U.S.  Also while at M.D.C., Mr. Handlin led the acquisition of SDC Homes, 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, based in Bradenton, Florida.  Mr. Handlin led all Florida activity while at Starwood Land, directing over $100 Million in 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 law.  Mr. Handlin graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Kansas.  Mr. Handlin is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s National Community Development Council; and its Colorado Community Development Council.  Mr. Handlin strongly supports education:  he serves as an adjunct professor at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, and continues to serve on various boards at the University of Kansas.