Schack Institute of Real Estate

The 4th Annual Women in Real Estate Symposium

Conference Host
Sam Chandan

Sam Chandan, PhD, FRICS, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development & Investment, NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

Conference Chairs
Marty Burger

Laurie Golub, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Managing Director, Square Mile Capital

Joanne M. Minieri

Joanne M. Minieri, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of RXR Development Servicesand RXR Construction Services

Darcy A. Stacom

Darcy Stacom, Chairman and Head, New York City Capital Markets, CBRE

DATE
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

TIME
10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

LOCATION
New York Hilton Midtown

COST
$300

AUDIENCE
Public

CONTACT
schack.conference@nyu.edu

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2021 Sponsors

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Gold

CBRE
RXR

Silver

Square Mile Capital
Trimont

Bronze

Fried Frank
GreenbergTraurig
King & Spalding
savills

Premiere

Ackman Ziff Real Estate Capital Advisors
BentallGreenOak

Supporting

Essex Capital
Hines
Oak Hill Advisors
Turner & Townsend

Farah S. Ahmed

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Farah Ahmed focuses her practice on real estate and real estate finance transactions. She has a broad range of local, national, and cross-border experience representing investors, operators, lenders, and developers in the acquisition, disposition, development and financing of various classes of commercial real estate, including office, hospitality, retail, health care, industrial, multifamily, and mixed use properties. She concentrates on mortgage and mezzanine financings, preferred equity, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and construction financing.

Ahmed’s real estate capital markets experience includes representation of real estate private equity funds, investment managers, institutional investors, and REITs in the capitalization and financing of real estate through debt or equity at all levels in the capital stack. She regularly handles joint ventures and preferred equity investments, the origination of permanent, bridge or construction mortgage and mezzanine loans, the purchase and sale of loans, and the negotiation of intercreditor, participation, and co-lender relationships.

Ahmed has earned her a variety of legal accolades. She is listed in Chambers USA Guide as “Up and Coming,” 2021; The Legal 500 United States and New York Super Lawyers magazine. She has also has been part of winning real estate teams including Chambers USA, “Award for Excellence in Real Estate,” 2013, 2017, 2018; Law 360 “Real Estate Practice Group of the Year,” 2012, 2013, and 2015;  U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year in Real Estate,” 2015; , The Legal 500 United States “Top Tier” Firm in Real Estate,” 2013-2014;.

Ahmed has been an active member of the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board. She earned  a  JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an AB from Princeton University.

Abbe Franchot Borok

Managing Director and Head of US Debt

Abbe Franchot Borok is managing director and head of US Debt for BentallGreenOak (BGO). She has overall responsibility for the BGO US Debt business, including oversight of core, core plus, and high yield debt strategies. Franchot Borok also leads the management and business development activities for the US Debt business.

Most recently, she was managing director and head of CRE & Debt Strategies at the Amherst Group. In this role, she was responsible for launching and managing two CRE Debt investment vehicles and overseeing capital markets activity across Amherst’s Debt and Equity businesses. Prior to joining Amherst Capital, Franchot Borok was a senior member of the NYC-based commercial real estate lending team at CapitalSource, a division of Pacific Western Bank. She has broad experience in sourcing and underwriting commercial real estate debt, with a focus on high yield loans backing transitional or value-add business plans.

Franchot Borok holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Board of Governors of CREFC, most recently serving as co-chair of the HYDRA Forum. She also serves as a member of the mentorship committee for WX, which promotes and supports women in commercial real estate, and is a frequent speaker and panel participant at industry events.

Kathe Kramer Chase

Partner and Director of Leasing, Industry City

Kathe Kramer Chase has three decades of New York City centric commercial real estate experience and has played major roles in world renowned projects such as Chelsea Market, the Historic Falchi and Factory Buildings, and now Industry City. Kramer Chase is currently a partner and director of leasing at Industry City, a six million square foot commercial campus on the waterfront in Brooklyn.Throughout her career, Kramer Chase has focused on the redevelopment and revitalization of fringe neighborhoods. In the 1990s, she was at the forefront of the transformation of the Meat Packing District with the 1.5mm square foot acquisition, redevelopment, and lease-up of what is now known as Chelsea Market. In the 1980s, before Long Island City had any meaningful office or residential development, she worked on the conversion (and lease-up) of more than two million square feet of warehouse space in Long Island City’s industrial market into creative office and retail space. Over the course of her career Kramer Chase has been on the cutting edge of real estate trends, pioneering development and leasing concepts that distinguish her in the industry, while overseeing the leasing of millions of square feet valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. She earned her undergraduate degree with a concentration in business from Northwestern University.

Linda Chiarelli

Senior Vice President, Capital Projects and Facilities, New York University

Linda is currently senior vice president for Capital Projects and Facilities for NYU and is responsible for the planning, construction, and operation of all NYU-owned and many leased buildings in New York.  She is responsible for a $3.9 billion capital plan.

She is spearheading NYU’s capital project located at 181 Mercer Street. This is a 735,000 square foot building which will house athletics, performing arts, classrooms and residential spaces. In addition to the Mercer Street project, NYU also is completing the total renovation of 370 Jay Street in Brooklyn, a 500,000 square foot building, which will serve as a hub of applied sciences and technology.

Prior to joining NYU, Chiarelli spent almost 20 years working for Forest City Ratner Companies. She was the project executive for the Barclays Center, a 660,000 square foot arena in Brooklyn, including the installation of the three-acre green roof.

She is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Engineering and Brooklyn Law School.

Mariana Circiumaru

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Construction Value- Add Portfolio, BentallGreenOak

Mariana Circiumaru is providing oversight on all projects of all asset classes of BentallGreenOak throughout the United States. She works with the investment and the asset management teams, advising on new deals, leases, and capital improvement projects. Prior to BentallGreenOak, Circiumaru was a project executive at RXR Realty, an assistant vice president of construction at Forest City Ratner Companies and project manager at The Lefrak Organization. She holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Bucharest University of Construction. She is certified by US GBC and by OSHA. Circiumaru has 29 years of experience in the field of design, development, and construction. She was the 2019 honoree of the Council of Urban Real Estate. She also was the recipient of the 2021 GlobeSt Women Of Influence Award for Development Professionals. Circiumaru serves as a guest speaker at Columbia University, NYU, and MIT, and as a panelist and moderator at numerous industry events. She serves on the Board of Directors for Chashama Arts Organization Publications: Design Development and Construction magazine, Commercial Observer.

Keia Clarke ’06

Chief Executive Officer, New York Liberty

Keia Clarke is chief executive officer of the New York Liberty, where she leads and manages all business aspects of the Liberty organization, including strategic planning, revenue, P&L and operations. Additionally, Clarke works closely with stakeholders on key elements of team business, including growing the fan base, maximizing sales and fan engagement, and improving business performance.

Prior to being promoted to CEO in 2020, Clarke was chief operating officer of the team for two seasons, during which time she managed the business and P&L, including strategic planning, budgeting, and day-to-day team business operations.

As CEO, Clarke oversees all business-related operations for the Liberty, including the management of the team’s partnership deal with its official regional TV partner, YES Network. In 2019, Clarke led negotiations to ink a first-of-a-kind deal with YES, as there had never been a WNBA game on the network prior to the 2019 season.

Clarke is in her 11th season with the Liberty,  previously serving as the team’s manager of marketing for four seasons, prior to her promotion to director in 2015, and vice president for Team Business Development in 2017. In her marketing roles, she collaborated with Marketing Partnerships, Ticket Sales, Event Presentation, and Community Relations to deliver first class experiences for Liberty fans each summer.

Prior to joining the Liberty, Clarke worked on all areas of WNBA business as a member of Team Marketing & Business Operations (TMBO) at the NBA/WNBA league office. She also worked as a marketing analyst for Golf Digest magazine, and began her career as an account executive for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Among her many awards, Clarke was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as a 2019 “Notable Woman in the Business of Sports”. In 2020, Clarke also was named to INvolve’s 2020 list of Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives and Sports Illustrated’s The Unrelenting list. Additionally, she serves on the Sports Innovation Lab Women’s Leadership Board.

Clarke attended Canisius College where she was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team, graduating in 2003 with a degree in Marketing. She went on to earn a Master’s in Sports Business from the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Global Sport in 2006.

Clarke resides in New Jersey with her husband, Brian, and their two children, daughter Avery and son Gavin.

Linda Foggie

Executive Vice President and Head of the East USA, Turner & Townsend

Linda Foggie currently serves as executive vice president and head of the East USA for Turner & Townsend, based in New York. She also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. She leads all business functions and operations for a large team of professionals.

Immediately prior to assuming her position at Turner & Townsend, Foggie served as vice president at Wells Fargo, where she led design and construction for a large portion of their portfolio in the USA. Prior to Wells Fargo she served as  director of project management with CBRE.

A licensed architect, Foggie holds executive education certifications from MIT and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Columbia University.

Foggie is proud to be a mother to two teenage sons. Together with her husband, they reside full-time outside of Philadelphia.

Pamela M. Frederick

Chief Financial Officer, Battery Park City Authority

Pamela Frederick is the CFO of Battery Park City Authority, a multibillion dollar commercial and residential real estate leasing entity.  She manages a $600 million dollar investment portfolio and nearly $1.0 billion in senior and junior tax-exempt and taxable municipal bonds.  She leads the Board Audit and Investment Committees.

Frederick previously served in senior financing roles at Citigroup, GE Capital, Fieldstone Private Capital Group, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Chase Manhattan Bank. Her expertise includes fixed income derivatives, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending and global infrastructure project finance.

She holds an MBA and BA from the University of Michigan, attended Hautes Etudes Commerciales in France, and previously held Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Frederick resides in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut where she serves as a Retirement Board Trustee.  She serves as a Governors of the Municipal Forum of New York Board.

Laurie Golub

Chief Operating Officer/Senior Managing Director

Laurie Golub is responsible for oversight of Square Mile’s ongoing business operations.  Prior to joining Square Mile, “LG” (as she is known) held leadership positions with HFZ Capital Group, Africa Israel USA, and Forest City Ratner Companies. Prior to that, she was an attorney in private practice for more than a decade, representing clients on a broad range of real estate and corporate transactions. LG has over 30 years of extensive experience in the industry with respect to real estate finance and capital markets, investments, development and construction, and ownership and operation of mixed-use properties. She earned a JD from the NYU School of Law and a BS from Boston University.

Sarah Hawkins

CEO, Hines East Region

Sarah Hawkins is the CEO of the Hines East Region, and a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee.  She is responsible for all development, acquisition, asset management, and operations activity in the East Region, which includes active offices in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.  Previously, Hawkins served as the East Region’s Chief Operating Officer, and prior to that she was a managing director in the New York regional office.  She joined Hines as an associate in 2011.  Prior to joining Hines, Hawkins was an associate at Fortress Investment Group and before that, an analyst at The Blackstone Group.  She earned a BA and BBA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Edith Hsu-Chen

Manhattan Director, NYC Department of City Planning

Edith Hsu-Chen is the director of the Manhattan Office for the NYC Department of City Planning. She has served as the borough’s chief city planner since 2008, leading the team responsible for the planning, zoning, urban design, and other land use activities across Manhattan. Edith specializes in incentivizing the private sector to deliver public amenities such as open spaces and transit improvements. Recent accomplishments include the implementation of the Greater East Midtown Plan, a major rezoning that induces the development of state-of-the-art office towers in the Grand Central area to ensure its global competitiveness as a premier business district. She is currently working on the Soho and Noho Neighborhood Plan, an Administration priority initiative, to expand housing opportunities and enhance economic and cultural success in these areas. Hsu-Chen has been with the NYC Department of City Planning since 1997. She hols an MA in Urban Planning from Harvard University and BA in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sabrina Kanner

Executive Vice President of Development, Design, and Construction, Brookfield Properties

Sabrina Kanner is the executive vice president of Development, Design, and Construction and responsible for overseeing development in the Northeast US.

With Brookfield Properties and its predecessor, Olympia & York, for over 35 years, Kanner joined the construction division of Olympia & York in 1982. In her tenure with the company, she has played a key role in the construction, design, and development or redevelopment of over 40 million square feet of signature Brookfield projects such as World Financial Center, Brookfield Place, 300 Madison Avenue, Halley Rise, the restoration/renovation of the Winter Garden at World Financial Center after 9/11, and Manhattan West.

Kanner holds a BA from Union College and is a member of WX and the National Academy of Construction. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors of the New York Building Congress (Vice Chair), The Salvadori Center (Chair), The Regional Plan Association, Urban Green Council (Secretary), The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Cedar Realty Trust, and The Opus Group.

Rachel Loeb

President, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Rachel Loeb is president of New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she oversees NYCEDC’s portfolio of projects focused on life sciences, land use, investments in infrastructure, and innovation. Prior to her appointment as president in 2021, Loeb served as acting president, and chief operating officer since 2018, overseeing and directing NYCEDC’s strategic priorities for real estate, asset management, and neighborhood planning. Highlights of her work to date include negotiating with Steiner Studios to develop a new film and television production hub at the Made in New York campus in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which will support 2,200 jobs and fund local workforce development to diversify the film and television industry; and advancing plans to activate the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal as a staging, installation, and maintenance site for the growing offshore wind industry.

Rachel also has been instrumental in supporting NYCEDC’s work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for the city’s economic recovery.

Prior to joining NYCEDC, Loeb was a senior executive member of World Wide Group, overseeing all aspects and phases of the development process. Before joining WWG, she was a senior director of development for AvalonBay, where she was responsible for the development of over 1,400 apartments. Loeb began her career in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she worked on the Saigon South development, an 8,000-acre new town community.

Loeb is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a master's in city planning. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

Jillian Mariutti-Nieder

Senior Director, JLL

Jillian Mariutti-Nieder is a senior director on JLL’s Debt and Equity Financing team in New York. She arranges and structures real estate capital on an exclusive basis for the nation’s premier owners, investors, and developers. Previously, Mariutti-Nieder was a director at Mission Capital on the debt and equity finance desk. Prior to Mission, she worked at JCRA Financial LLC as the head of Real Estate North America, and was responsible for providing foreign exchange and interest rate risk management services to Real Estate clients.Mariutti-Nieder joined JCRA from Wells Fargo in New York where she was a vice president and marketed and structured interest rate management solutions for Public REITS, Multi Family, and Hospitality Finance clients. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Melanie Meyers

Real Estate Partner, Fried Frank

Melanie Meyers is a real estate partner at Fried Frank. Her practice focuses on real estate development, with an emphasis on land use, zoning and structuring complex projects, environmental review, public approvals, and private/public partnerships. She has represented clients in obtaining entitlements for some of New York City’s most transformative projects, including Hudson Yards, Pacific Park, Greenpoint Landing, Governors Island, and Cornell Technion University on Roosevelt Island. Prior to joining Fried Frank, Myers served as general counsel to the New York City Department of City Planning.

Meyers is included on Commercial Observer’s “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New York real estate, has been named to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, and was selected by Globe St. Real Estate Forum as the nation’s top Commercial Real Estate Legal Counsel of the Year in its Women of Influence special edition in 2019.

Joanne M. Minieri

Senior Executive Vice President, RXR Realty (RXR); Chief Operating Officer, RXR Development Services and RXR Construction Services

Joanne Minieri is a senior executive vice president of RXR Realty (“RXR”) and the chief  operating officer of RXR Development Services and RXR Construction Services, overseeing an  over $6.0 billion development pipeline of 6,100 multi-family and condominium units along with  over 2.0 million square feet of commercial space. RXR is a vertically integrated private real estate  company with expertise in investment management, development, design, construction, leasing,  financing, and property management. RXR is focused on New York City and the surrounding  metropolitan area markets. Its portfolio comprises approximately 25 million square feet of commercial properties as well as the projects under active development.

From 2012 through mid-2016, Minieri served as the deputy county executive and commissioner for Suffolk County Economic Development and Planning, and was responsible for attracting and retaining business, promoting new industries, fostering transit-oriented  development, managing land use, preserving open space, and expanding affordable housing options for one of the largest counties in the United States. In her first public sector role, Minieri  leveraged her private sector experience to improve Suffolk County’s business climate, build consensus and commitment for development projects to effectuate the economic development initiatives necessary to retain and create jobs in the region.

Previously, Minieri served as president and chief operating officer of Forest City Ratner  Companies, one of the largest developers in the New York metropolitan area. During her tenure,  she was responsible for implementing the company’s business plan, and directed the executive management team, which devised the company’s long-term strategy and evaluated  business development opportunities. Under her management, the company diversified its portfolio with the development of 24 retail centers, 10 office buildings, two hotels, two residential projects, the acquisition of the NBA franchise and the development of a new state-of-the-art sports and  entertainment venue, the Barclays Center, which opened in 2012. In addition, Minieri oversaw  all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations, with an emphasis on the development and  management of financial strategies, programs, and procedures.

Minieri first joined Forest City Ratner Companies as chief financial officer in 1995; she was  promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1998 and to president and  chief operating officer in 2007. Previously, she worked for Kenneth Leventhal & Company,  where she monitored the development of a number of New York City real estate projects. Her experience in the real estate and financial services sectors spans a full range of  professional accounting, tax, and consulting services, which she has provided for both private and  public companies.

She also served as the chairman of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency Board and  the Suffolk County Economic Development Corporation. Minieri serves on the Board of  Trinity Place Holdings, Inc., Hofstra University, NEW (Non-Traditional Employment of Women),  Girl Scouts of Greater New York, the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, and co-chairs its annual National Women in Real Estate Symposium. She is a member of numerous professional  organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has received several awards for her  accomplishments and leadership.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Minieri is a CPA and holds a Bachelor’s of Business  Administration from Hofstra University.

Christine O’Connell

Partner, King & Spalding

Christine O’Connell is a partner in King & Spalding’s Corporate, Finance and Investments practice group, specializing in real estate finance. She represents major investment banks; private equity funds; and other institutional lenders in the origination, acquisition, disposition, structuring, and restructuring (including work-outs and deed-in-lieu arrangements) of both mortgage and mezzanine loans, covering construction, bridge, balance sheet, and securitized loans for various asset classes throughout the United States. O'Connell also advises clients on secondary market transactions, including note-on-note financings, secondary market sales and acquisitions, repurchase facilities, and participation arrangements. Additionally, she is a strong advocate in the development and retention of female attorneys in the real estate industry and sits on the steering committee for the CREFC (Commercial Real Estate Finance Council) Women’s Network, where she focuses on growing membership and reaching out to female lawyers and non-lawyers to become involved in the organization.

Sara Queen

Managing Director, Head of Equity Strategies

Sara Queen is head of equity strategies for MetLife Investment Management’s (MIM) Real  Estate group. She is responsible for leading MIM’s direct property investment platform,  investing on behalf of the MetLife general account as well as third-party institutional  investors, including public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and  insurance companies.

Queen joined MIM in March 2021. Before joining MIM, she was with Mapletree Investments,  a global real estate development, investment, and capital management company headquartered in Singapore, where she was head of the company’s North America  business. Prior to Mapletree, she spent 11 years at Brookfield Property Partners as head of asset management for the company’s US office portfolio, in addition to overseeing strategic planning and management of their expanding closed end accounts business. Before Brookfield, Queen spent nine years at Clarion Partners in a variety of asset management and portfolio management roles. She began her asset management career at MetLife in 1991, before departing in 1996 to pursue her MBA.  She has nearly 30 years of industry experience.

Queen currently serves as the board chair for Solar One, an organization, which provides  education and resources that create more sustainable and resilient urban environments. She also is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street, serving on the investment committee overseeing a $5 billion endowment. She recently served  as a board member of WX Women Executives in Real Estate.

Queen holds a BA in Economics and History from Wellesley College. She also has an  MBA from Harvard Business School. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she has developed and currently teaches commercial leasing and  asset management classes to graduate students as part of the Master of Science of  Real Estate Development (MSRED) program.

Ramneek Rikhy

Senior Vice President, CBRE

Ramneek Rikhy is a senior vice president in CBRE’s Consulting Group in New York City. She provides real estate advisory services to corporate and institutional clients with a focus on professional services, financial services, and media. Rikhy is responsible for developing, analyzing, and executing real estate strategies, including the negotiation and structuring of lease, sales, new development, and other occupancy agreements on behalf of a variety of clients. With a strong consulting background and an in-depth understanding of the economic and financial statement implications of various complex real estate transactions, Rikhy has creatively structured transactions to accomplish her client’s financial and operational goals.

Since joining CBRE in 2004, Rikhy has completed in excess of 20 million rentable square feet of transactions comprised of large, complex transactions including anchor leases at new and re-developments, recasts and expansions, purchases/leasehold condominiums as well sales/sale leasebacks, dispositions, and terminations. 

Nina Roket

Partner, Olshan

Nina Roket is a nationally recognized commercial real estate lawyer, focused on leasing,  lease and loan restructuring, conveyancing, and finance transactions. She acts as a trusted  business advisor to companies and investors.

Roket leads Olshan's commercial leasing practice and advises clients across the US on  sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including leasing, sales, acquisitions and  mortgage, mezzanine, and preferred equity financings.

She actively represents and advises landlords and tenants in lease restructuring situations  across the country. 

Roket also represents landlords and tenants in flexible workspace leases and structured  revenue sharing deals. She acts as landlord's counsel at numerous office buildings in Midtown and Downtown New York City and also represents hedge funds, sports and entertainment companies,  technology companies, medical institutions, start-ups, and finance companies in leasing space for their headquarters.

In addition, Roket manages complex retail leasing transaction projects on behalf of  numerous developers and owners at significant, high-profile retail sites across the US,  including New York, Miami Beach, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, and Atlantic City, and has a  specialty in food and restaurant leases, representing both owners and food and restaurant  operators.

Roket acts as a co-administrative partner at the firm, chair of the firm's Hiring Committee,  and founder and chair of the firm's Women’s Committee. She is a member of WX, New  York Women Executives in Real Estate and a member of the International Council of  Shopping Centers (ICSC). She serves as a board member of the Sarcoma Foundation of  America.

Roket has been consistently acknowledged as a leading lawyer and influencer in Real Estate,  including being named as a Leading Women Lawyer in New York by Crain’s New York  Business, induction by Real Estate Forum into the Women of Influence Hall of Fame list,  and election by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law.

Megan Sheehan

Managing Director, Leasing, New York

Megan Sheehan joined Tishman Speyer in 2005 and is currently responsible for overseeing leasing efforts across a number of assets in the New York Metropolitan region. She has spearheaded a number of large, complicated leases during her tenure, as well as managing leasing for signature properties including 200 Park Avenue and 520 Madison Avenue. Prior to joining the company, Sheehan worked at CBRE where she focused on tenant representation for large corporate clients. She also is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Lisa Paterson Simonetti

Managing Director, US Credit, Oak Hill Advisors

Lisa Paterson Simonetti serves as an investment professional with primary focus on Real Estate. Prior to joining OHA, she served as a managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc, and was responsible for institutional client coverage and direct real estate loan originations. Previously, she worked at Gramercy Capital Corporation as director of asset management and was focused on the restructuring of distressed real estate investments. Prior to that, Simonetti started her career at Bear, Stearns & Co. and subsequently became an acquisitions associate at Reckson Associates Realty Corp. She holds a BA in Economics from Fordham University.

Hilary Spann

Executive Vice President, Boston Properties

Hilary Spann serves as executive vice president at Boston Properties and will assume responsibility as  head of the company’s New York region effective January 1, 2022. Spann has more than 20 years of  real estate investment and development experience, most recently as the head of Americas for Real Estate at CPP Investments. During her tenure at CPP, she was responsible for leading all aspects of the  Americas real estate business, including investment strategy and execution, talent acquisition and  management, and portfolio management. Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2016, Spann held  several executive roles in acquisitions and asset management in the Global Real Assets Group at J.P.  Morgan Asset Management, including as the head of the northeast region for real estate.

Spann is a governing trustee of the Urban Land Institute, as well as a member of its Americas  Executive Committee, and she also serves as a director of the ULI Foundation. She graduated  from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of City Planning,  both from the College of Architecture. She also studied architecture at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris – La Villette. She lives in New York City.

Darcy Stacom

Chairman and Head of New York City Capital Markets Group

Crowned the “Queen of the Skyscrapers” by The Wall Street Journal in 1997, Darcy Stacom has sold both the largest residential and office transaction in history.  Stacom’s prolific résumé is diverse to deal type and size, from $35 million trust and estates dispositions to the $5.4 billion sale of Peter Cooper Stuyvesant Town for Metropolitan Life. She has completed over $100 billion in sales, financing, joint venture, leasehold. and development transactions. Stacom is chairman and head of the NYC Capital Markets Group. She is co-chair of the New York Restoration Project, trustee of Phipps Houses, co-chair of the Diversity Committee and on the Board of Governors at REBNY, and serves on the Women’s Network Board of CBRE and is on the board of the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate.