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Meet Bisnow’s 46 Women Leading Real Estate In NYC

Bisnow’s annual event highlighting women’s leadership in the commercial real estate industry is back again next month, ushering in the holiday season and celebrating the sector's hard-won successes despite the adversity many faced throughout 2023.

The 2022 honorees onstage at Bisnow's New York Women Leading Real Estate event.

A total of 46 women from all different parts of the industry are being honored. A steering committee evaluated dozens of nominees based on their track records of success on challenging and ambitious projects, especially amid the headwinds faced by industry over the past year. This year's committee was made up of BGO’s Abbe Franchot Borok, Citigroup’s Linda Foggie, RXR Realty’s Whitney Arcaro, Invesco Real Estate’s Lesley Lisser and Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Laurie Grasso.

Commercial real estate remains a male-dominated industry, with women making incremental gains in leadership positions. Women hold 26.2% of roles in the C-suite at the industry's largest companies, up from 25.6% in 2022 and 23.5% in 2021, according to this year's Bisnow analysis of the industry.

Despite the obstacles facing New York City’s commercial real estate sector, individual women’s contributions pushed deals across finish lines throughout the year. The women chosen reflect the industry’s continued evolution as scars left by the pandemic heal. Bisnow will celebrate these honorees at the New York Women Leading Real Estate cocktail event on Dec. 12. More information about the event and tickets are available here.

The 2022 honorees, grouped by sector, are: 

Icon & Influencer Award

Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, NY Tri-State Region, CBRE


Sarah Hawkins, CEO, East Coast, Hines

Colleen Wenke, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, Taconic

Callie Haines, Executive Vice President, Northeast Region Head, Brookfield Properties

Investment & Financing

Alexandra Cooley, Chief Investment Officer, Nuveen Green Capital

Neha Santiago, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Private Credit, Cerberus

Brooke Richartz, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase

Miriam Wheeler, Partner, Goldman Sachs

Wesley LePatner, Global Head of Core+ Real Estate and COO, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust

Jessica Zascki, Chief Transaction Officer, ShopCore

Operations & Asset Management

Reisa Bryan, CEO, Paths Management

Peggy DaSilva, Head of Asset Management, Pimco

Carly Miller, Managing Director, Head of U.S. Asset Management, PGIM Real Estate

Jennifer Perkins, Principal, Head of East Coast Multifamily, BGO

Carolyn Pianin, Head of Asset Management, Lightstone


Marion Jones, Managing Director, JLL

Brett Rosenberg, Senior Managing Director, Debt and Equity, JLL

Marcella Fasulo, Executive Vice Chairman, Capital Markets, Newmark

Development, Construction & Architecture

Mary Serafy, Managing Director, Construction, BRP Cos.

Mariana Circiumaru, Head of Development and Construction, Cain

Julia Murphy, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Monique Henley, Executive General Manager, Development, East Coast, Lendlease

Anna Crittenden, Principal, Gensler

Madeleine Roy, Development Director, Domain Cos.


Valerie Kitay, Chief Legal Officier, Savanna

Maysa Vahidi, EVP, General Counsel, Arbor Realty Trust

Susan Hinkson-Carling, Managing Director, Capalino

Louise Carroll, Partner and Co-Chair, Affordable Housing, Katten

Valerie Kelly, Partner, Fried Frank

Economic Development & Municipal

Melissa Román Burch, COO, NYC Economic Development Corp.

Kimberly Darga, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Development, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Maria Torres-Springer, NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, NYC Office of the Mayor

Clare Newman, President and CEO, Trust for Governors Island

Lindsay Greene, CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.

Noreen Doyle, President & CEO, Hudson River Park Trust

Founders & Business Owners 

Alicia Glen, Founder, Managing Principal, MSquared

Laura Rapaport, President, Northbridge

Deborah Smith, Co-Founder and CEO, The CenterCap Group

Camille Renshaw, Co-Founder and CEO, B+E Net Lease

Valerie Berlin, Founder and Principal, Berlin Rosen

Robin Fisher, Founder, Blace

Jeanne Gang, Founder, Studio Gang


Yael Urman, Chief Technology Officer, Silverstein Properties

Swaroopa Penikelapati, Chief Technology Officer, VTS

Marybeth Coleman, Strategic Director, Dealpath

Minna Song, CEO, EliseAI

Tickets to the New York Women Leading Real Estate Cocktail and Award Ceremony, to be held Dec. 12, are available here.