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Welcome to CREW NoVA, Liz!
December 6, 2017
Describe your current position:
I currently am a Senior Associate for Greystar - providing market analysis, underwriting, and predevelopment consulting for multifamily transactions and development projects. I focus on the DC Metro region, but also support our team and underwrite projects in Philadelphia, Northern NJ and NYC. While I assist in new business development and RFP process for clients (ranging from regional real estate developers to institutional investors), my trending specialty is on predevelopment advisory services on a number of upcoming multifamily developments in the DMV area. I love the opportunity to help others in the industry envision the future of our market!
Describe your career history (years of experience, previous employment, etc.).
After graduating Virginia Tech, I began my real estate career as a leasing associate with Bozzuto, and quickly grew through the company as Senior Leasing, Assistant Manager, and Property Manager at one of the flagship lease-ups in Northern Virginia – a 4 building, mixed use project. I also began night school at Georgetown, studying to get my MBA with a focus in Strategy & Finance. I quickly found that I had a stronger affinity toward the financial side of real estate, and turned my focus to developing that skill set by joining the Multifamily Asset Management group at Freddie Mac. Our team developed and streamlined the financial review process to prepare loans for securitization with Freddie Mac’s CMBS program, which securitized $52.2 billion in 2016 – the highest volume to date in the history of the program. In late 2016, I was contacted by Greystar regarding a unique opportunity to join their underwriting and market analysis team – and that’s where I am now!
What attracted you to CREW NoVA?
I feel like the circle you surround yourself is so important in developing who you are as a person – the friends you have, the company you work for, and so I want to extend that to a network of women who share my same passion in real estate. Chatting with other friends in the real estate industry is so fun and enlightening - to be able to integrate those women into a larger network who share a common passion is very exciting.
Name a woman that inspires you and why.
This is such a difficult question! I try to be inspired to be the best version of myself from many women I admire – whether it be in my personal or professional life. As I mentioned above, the circle you surround yourself with has such a power to help you grow and develop. My mother has definitely played a big role in who I am today - she has always pushed me to be my best in both education and career. She graduated from Vanderbilt as one of the few female engineers in her class, and then took night classes at Tulane to complete her MBA while working full time (as I did!). She joined the 1st round of recruited women to actually be hired as engineers vs. administrators at Exxon Mobil, and has since worked there for over 30 years. She is always there to remind me that no matter how far you think you can go, you can always go further. There is no glass ceiling.
Tell us about your family.
My husband and I live in Alexandria with our German Shepherd/child Ranger, a 90 lb aggressive cuddler. My husband is a wonderful support, and always amazes me at how he manages an incredibly crazy work schedule (he is a federal law enforcement agent) and still shows up at home with a smile on his face and ready to clean/run errands/continue our house renovation.
I love true crime/murder mysteries. I know a lot of people say that – but even my husband (who works in law enforcement and has his bachelor's & master's in Criminology and National Security) thinks I take it to another level. I watch every single episode of Dateline (priority before even Real Housewives) and can't get enough of true crime podcasts, audiobooks, and movies!