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How Southern California Women In CRE Are Blazing Trails

The annual Southern California Women Leading Real Estate event shone a light on movers and shakers in commercial real estate, from top-level executives to leaders on the rise.

This year’s award recipients represent the many facets of the industry, from CRE lending and construction to leasing and investment sales. They are partners at law firms, heads of architecture offices, founders and seasoned executives. 

The event was held Dec. 7 at the DoubleTree DLTA.

Working in an industry in which women make up just about a quarter of all high-level executives, many honorees mentioned that they see helping out women and other colleagues through mentorship, networking and other professional connections was something that meant a great deal to them.

“A trailblazer creates a path and brings others along with her,” McGuireWoods partner and Southern California Women Leading Real Estate honoree Lisa Atty said.

— Bisnow Southern California reporter Bianca Barragán

December 8, 2022
Jamboree Housing President Laura Archuleta +
Opportunity Real Estate Services CEO and Founder Alicia Bramble +
Green EconoME CEO and Founder Marika Erdely +
RMA Inc. and Align Finance Partners Co-Owner Dani Evanson +
Greystar Senior Director of Multifamily Developments Kesha Fisher +
Tauro Capital Advisors Senior Director Alisa Freundlich +
CDC Small Business Finance Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate LaKisha Gant +
Coretrust Management Vice President of Property Management Ellisa Glover +
DTO Law Partner MaryBeth Heydt +
Equity Union Executive Vice President of Multifamily Investments Cindy Hill +
JLL Regional Operations Manager Leia Jensen +
KBS Realty Advisors Vice President of Finance Marné Kaufman +
Innovative Housing Opportunities CEO Rochelle Mills +
Behnisch Architekten Partner, Architecture and Interiors Kristi Paulson +
Kilroy Realty Corp. Senior Vice President, Asset Management Lea M. Sandoval +
Vivo Investment Group Chief Financial Officer, Multifamily and Hotels Susan Wallace +
PCL Construction Business Development Manager Bree Wong +
Waymo Director of Real Estate, Workplace Services & Physical Security Nasim Yalpani +
Gensler Principal Denise Zacky-Popoch +
Avison Young Vice President, Capital Markets Group Sally Zesut +