Karl Zavitkovsky served as Director for the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development for 12 years until his retirement in June, 2017. Prior to joining the City, Karl worked for Bank of America’s Real Estate Group for 16 years as the Managing Director and Commercial Real Estate Division Executive for the Central United States, He also supervised the Commercial Real Estate Advisory Group. Karl spent the early years of his banking career in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Caracas, Venezuela where he ultimately led Citicorp’s real estate lending activities in Northern South America and the Caribbean. He relocated to Dallas in 1984 to head Citicorp Real Estate’s Southwest Region.
Karl served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and Peace Corps Director in Bolivia. Actively involved in the real estate industry for most of his professional life, Karl currently serves as an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Governor and is a former Trustee and member of the ULI Executive Committee. He also participated on the Trust for Public Land (TPL) National Real Estate Advisory Committee and serves on TPL’s North Texas Advisory Council. Karl is a former chairman of The Real Eatate Council (TREC), The Dallas Affordable Housing Coalition and the Dallas Ballet.
Karl received the TREC “Community Spirit” award in 2011, and was recently honored by D CEO Magazine as one of “The Most Powerful 500 Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.” Karl graduated from The College of William and Mary and earned a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.