James Otto

Advisory Board

James Otto serves as a member on the Advisory Board for Workstorm. For the past seventeen years, Otto has worked at CBRE, Inc., a multinational real estate services firm. In his role as senior vice president, he advises his clients on how to best align their business, talent, and real estate strategies.

Otto also serves on CBRE’s National Life Sciences Practice and Nonprofit Practice groups. He spent two years in CBRE’s Tokyo office, and currently sits on the board of the Japan America Society of Chicago.

Since 2015, Otto has been focused on advising and transacting on a wide range of real estate projects throughout Chicagoland, and supporting the growth and development of the life sciences ecosystem throughout the region. Otto is also very active in the local philanthropic community. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Cook County Health Foundation (CCHF)—a fundraising board supporting Cook County Health Systems, delivering health services and programs to individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

A native Chicagoan, Otto lives downtown with his wife Alli, son Owen, and dog Elaine “Lainey” Benes-Otto.