Kevin Ratner is a co-founder and Managing Partner of The Max Collaborative. Prior to founding The Max Collaborative, Ratner ran Forest City Realty Trust’s Los Angeles office, where he’d been employed since 1998. During his career, he has been extensively involved in the entitlement, development, rehabilitation, and repositioning of over 10 million square feet of real estate, including over 3,000 apartment units. He developed market rate, affordable, and high-density urban housing, both new and through the adaptive re-use of preexisting structures. Additionally, Ratner oversaw several mixed-use developments focused on placemaking and today’s innovation economy; as a result, he has significant expertise in revitalizing urban neighborhoods.
Ratner has spent the majority of his professional career working in California and is deeply embedded in its civic community. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for SCI-Arc and The Hammer Museum. His past involvement includes serving on the LA Conservancy Board, the Board of Directors for the Center for Creative Land Recycling, as an Advisory Board Member of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, and membership in the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Leadership Council.
Ratner graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA degree and holds a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.