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Meet The Women Leading By Example In D.C. Commercial Real Estate

The challenges they face may be evolving, but from finance to construction to development, women are leading the way in every corner of the commercial real estate industry.

Over the past few years, several of this year's honorees for the first D.C. Region Women Leading Real Estate awards have found that remote and hybrid work has changed the way they approach the industry.

That has led to more opportunities to be at home while still participating in networking opportunities, Raedun de Alba, associate director of engineering at Van Metre Cos., told Bisnow.

It has also forced a broad re-examining of how the actions of one can help or hurt the lives of many, something that FCP Vice President Moriah Thomas Parker hopes will lead to more support for underrepresented groups in commercial real estate.

"I believe there is a wave of empowerment more broadly as it relates to women in CRE," Parker said. "I’d like to see more women in CRE practice true allyship toward other women and underrepresented groups who can sometimes be blocked if self-ambitions aren’t properly aligned."

A nominations committee selected 25 professionals to be honored at an awards ceremony hosted by Bisnow on Dec. 6 at 1812 North Moore in Rosslyn, Virginia.

Read more about some of the honorees below. This story will be updated with additional profiles. 

— Jacob Wallace, Washington, D.C., Reporter

November 22, 2022
Rockefeller Group Managing Director Katie Lenss +
Jair Lynch Senior Development Manager Kaleena Francis Lee +
HOK Global WorkPlace Director Kay Sargent +
Of Place Founding Partner Robin Mosle +
Women in Real Estate Co-Founder Brittany Rose +
Holland & Knight Partner Janis Schiff +
Van Metre Cos. Associate Director of Engineering Raedun de Alba +
Whiting-Turner Superintendent Mary Madden +
Bozzuto Management Co. President Stephanie Williams +
HOK Global Sustainable Design Director Anica Landreneau +
Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures Principal and Founder Gina Merritt +
Newmark Vice Chairman Christine Espenshade +
Environments CEO Erin McDannald +
Offit Kurman Principal Bryn Sherman +
FCP Vice President Moriah Thomas Parker +