Jeff Phelan ’80


Jeffrey F. Phelan has more than 35 years of experience in the construction and real estate development arenas. Since starting his own company, Phelan Development, in 2006, he has developed an excess of $5 billion in industrial, office and retail properties. In 2010, Phelan Development Company merged with DCT Industrial Trust, Inc., a publicly traded NYSE REIT with approximately 72 million square feet of distribution buildings across the United States. As president of DCT, Mr. Phelan’s focus was to grow the value-add, build-to-suit and development business across the company’s target markets in the United States. In January of 2016, Mr. Phelan re-launched Phelan Development Company, a privately held real estate company headquartered in Southern California. Since then, Phelan Development has expanded to Northern California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Tennessee, Utah and North Carolina markets. Currently, Phelan Development has over $1.2 billion under construction in the United States.               

Mr. Phelan graduated from Jesuit High School in 1980. He lives in Laguna Beach with his wife Elizabeth, and they have 5 children. Mr. Phelan enjoys spending his time at their Phelan Ranch vineyard in St. Helena, CA.