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Meet Bisnow's 48 Women Leading Real Estate In NYC

After a two-year hiatus, Bisnow's annual event honoring some of the most powerful women in New York City commercial real estate is back for 2022.


In total, 48 women are on the honoree list from all corners of the industry, selected by a steering committee that considered nominees' efforts to advance the industry amid the challenges of the last few years, as well as their commitment to New York City’s recovery. The committee was composed of BentallGreenOak's Abbe Franchot Borok, RXR Realty's Whitney Arcaro, Hunton Andrews Kurth's Laurie Grasso and Invesco Real Estate's Lesley Lisser. 

While the number of women in real estate has grown every year, it is still a largely male-dominated industry — particularly in the boardrooms and at the executive level. Women made up 23.5% of the highest-ranking executives at the country's largest commercial real estate firms, according to Bisnow’s industry analysis in 2021.

Nevertheless, individual women continue to make their mark on New York as the city faces its toughest economic challenges in a generation. The names chosen reflect the evolving face of the industry as it works to drive the city's recovery forward. Bisnow will be celebrating these honorees at the New York Women Leading Real Estate cocktail event on Wednesday, Sept. 28. While the event is sold out, more seats might be made available in the coming days.

The 2022 honorees, grouped by sector, are: 

Development & Investment

Rebecca D'Eloia, Senior Vice President, Development, RXR Realty 

Hilary Spann, Executive Vice President, New York Region, Boston Properties

Sherry Wang, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Madeleine Roy, Director of Development, Domain Cos.

Pamela West, Managing Director, Real Estate Impact Investing, Nuveen

Amanda Ryzowy, Partner, L+M Fund Management

Julie Ingersoll, Chief Investment Officer, CBRE Investment

Legal, City & Professional Services

Terri Adler, Managing Partner, Duval & Stachenfeld

Edith Hsu-Chen, Executive Director, NYC Department of City Planning

Sandhya Espitia, Chief Operating Officer, REBNY

Michelle Kleger, Senior Vice President, Kensington Vanguard

Elizabeth Gable, Partner, King & Spalding

Alexis Kremen, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Related Cos.


Jessica Bailey, President and CEO, Nuveen Green Capital

Nailah Flake-Brown, Managing Partner, Brookfield Asset Management

Laura Rapaport, Founder and CEO, North Bridge

Melissa Farrell, Managing Director, Head of U.S. Debt Originations, PGIM

Catherine Chen, Managing Director, Apollo Global Management

Julia Butler, Managing Director, KKR

Katie Keenan, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

Sales and Leasing

Janet Woods, Vice Chairman, Northeast and South Florida Lead

Helen Hwang, Senior Executive Managing Director, Meridian Capital Group

Ramneek Rikhy, Executive Vice President, CBRE

Leslie Lanne, Executive Managing Director, JLL Industrial

Susan Mello, Executive Vice President and Group Head of Capital Markets, Walker & Dunlop

Ashley Mays, Senior Vice President and Head of Leasing, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Karen Bellantoni, Vice Chairman, Newmark Retail

Avery Silverstein, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Operations & Asset Management

Linda Foggie, Head of Global Real Estate, Citi Realty Services

Allison Wolfe, Chief Financial Officer and Global Head of Asset Management, Oxford Properties

Heather Moore, Managing Director, Greystar

EB Kelly, Managing Director and Head of Rockefeller Center, Tishman Speyer

Caroline Gadaleta, Head of Property Management, JLL

Rachel Wachtel, Executive Vice President SPACE+, Brookfield Properties

Alexis Michael, Managing Director, Hines Construction

Nancy Goldsmith, Managing Director, Operations, Bozzuto Group

Architecture & ESG

Julie Lurie, Senior Managing Director and ESG Chair, Tishman Speyer

Mimi Raygorodetsky, Principal, Langan

Gina Bocra, Chief Sustainability Officer, NYC Department of Buildings

Sara Kendall, Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction

Nancy Ruddy, Co-Founder, CetraRuddy 

Charlotte Matthews, Head of Affordable Electrification, Google

Marketing and Communications

Sarah Berman, Founder and President, The Berman Group

Cara Faske, CEO, Pace

Abbie Newman, President, LIVunLtd

Terry Villani, Owner, Villani Group

Joanna Rose, Partner and Global Head of Corporate Communications, Apollo

Rosemarie McElwee, Senior Vice President of Marketing, UC Funds

CORRECTION, SEPT. 20, 5:45 P.M. ET: Nailah Flake-Brown is a managing partner at Brookfield Asset Management. An earlier version of this story mistakenly identified her employer as Brookfield Properties. This story has been updated