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Kendra Stensven

Kendra Stensven

Fresh Coast Real Estate Development

Kendra is a real estate professional with over twenty years of development, finance, property management, and consulting experience. She has an expertise in multifamily residential and mixed-use properties including sustainable, historic, and affordable housing development and financing, and has a passion for transformation.

As Principal of Fresh Coast Real Estate Development, established in February 2022, Kendra consults on
development-based engagements. Her main client is Gro Dev where she assists mission-based organizations, like YMCAs, on real estate strategy and development partnerships.

Prior to consulting with Gro, Kendra was most recently the Vice President of Development at The NHP Foundation where she was part of the team responsible for evaluating over 50 multifamily investment opportunities in ten states, ultimately closing the acquisition and/or development of ten properties totaling over $200 million in portfolio value. Her previous experiences while working at Jonathan Rose Companies, Matthew Adam Properties, HallKeen, and Ernst & Young enhanced her specialty skills in green building, historic preservation, affordable housing, mixed use development, financing, tax credit and bond financing, excel modeling, responsible property investment, on-site property management, market study and valuation, and partnership valuations.

Kendra earned a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Economics / Real Estate & Urban Land Economics) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also completed coursework in real estate and historic preservation through continuing education programs at Boston University and Boston Architectural Center.

Kendra maintains memberships with the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA), Women in Housing and Finance (WHF), New York State Association for Affordable Housing, and Illinois Housing Council. She currently serves as the Northeast Director for WREAA, has served on the board of WHF in New York City for seven years, and is both a LEED-AP and a Certified Credit Compliance Professional (C3P).

Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, to Hell’s Kitchen in NYC where Kendra currently resides, strong communities are what she believes keep us healthy and connected. Kendra regularly volunteers her time with Hell’s Kitchen Litter Legion, Advent Food Ministries, and Greenpoint Cats.

Currently Teaching

Development Process for Affordable Housing

The essential elements of being a developer require understanding the nuances of affordable housing, finance, and development. These items...