Why Real Estate
I have always enjoyed solving complex problems with people who are tenacious, creative and thoughtful. I am fortunate to work with like-minded architects, engineers, builders, and many others. Together, we plan the look of physical space, and make sure it is functional, safe, and economical. The work is challenging but rewarding since construction has a lasting impact on the built environment.
I started Matter Real Estate to partner with clients to plan, oversee, and execute complex real estate projects successfully. Through my work, I get to support causes I am passionate about. Real estate projects impact the financial well-being of not-for-profit organizations and property owners. Indeed, I know that financial resources saved during a project can be used to support the client’s mission.
Before starting Matter Real Estate, I led the real estate work for a large charter school network – Uncommon Schools – in Brooklyn, Rochester, and Troy, New York. I managed real estate brokers and oversaw the acquisition of five properties, which met affordability goals and programmatic needs. I also managed large real estate projects, working with accomplished architects and engineers to design ten projects. Additionally, I directly managed skilled construction firms, completing thirty renovation projects on time and on budget.
Before joining Uncommon Schools, I managed large-scale real estate projects from conception through pre-development on behalf of not-for-profits, universities, and commercial developers. I worked with prestigious clients including Princeton University, Columbia University and Teach for America. In that role, I analyzed the feasibility of acquisitions and leases, completed market research, and managed the capital budgeting process. I also managed project design, public approvals, and property tax abatements.
Education, Awards and Publications
Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the School of Architecture at Columbia University.
Selected as a finalist from an international pool of candidates at the prestigious ULI/Hines Real Estate Competition ($10,000 award).
Published in the Cornell Real Estate Journal (article is titled: “Commercial Backed Securities: An Introduction”).