In our 100th episode of Leading Voices in Real Estate, Matt speaks with David Radcliffe, the head of real estate at Google, and the first corporate real estate guest on the podcast. David is responsible for managing all aspects of Google’s global real estate portfolio, industry-leading workplace services, and physical security services that enable the company to thrive. Through his leadership, David and his team create inspiring environments where 130,000+ employees in over 170 cities spanning more than 60 countries can do their best work every day. The conversation revolves around Google’s mentality to create unique, collaborative workspaces for employees to engage daily, corporate residences and communities beyond the workplace environment, and how the global tech giant is bringing personnel back in the office following COVID.
In his 15+ years at Google, David has built and led teams that continually scale, evolve, and innovate Google’s dynamic workplace environment and services, promote employee health and drive sustainable solutions for both Google and our broader communities. From Google’s offices and workspaces to the food, events, and transportation options offered, the Real Estate & Workplace Services teams work closely together to provide an integrated workplace experience that’s a cornerstone of Google’s culture of collaboration and innovation. The Global Security & Resilience Services team work to keep Google and the Google community safe and ensure business continuity.
David has deep roots in commercial real estate. Before joining Google in 2006, he served as a Senior Vice President at the Trammell Crow company, overseeing corporate accounts outside the U.S. Prior to that, he led global real estate and corporate services at PeopleSoft and JD Edwards. In 2011, CoreNet Global’s Northern California Chapter recognized David as its Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year.
David earned an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He currently serves on the External Advisory Board of Harvard’s Master of Design Engineering program, and holds CoreNet Global’s Master of Corporate Real Estate designation.