JULY/AUGUST 2017 REAL ESTATE FORUM
You inspire us
to greater heights.
KeyBank Real Estate Capital® congratulates Jennifer Seamons on being
recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s 2017 Women of Influence.
Jennifer, we are proud of you and your contributions to the industry.
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Chief Executive Officer
Community Investment Strategies
Foglio has dedicated her life to helping others. By doing so, “one receives much more
in return.” She shared those sentiments in a
keynote address at a recent Rutgers
University graduation. In that spirit, Foglio
started her own firm in 1994, Community
Investment Strategies. CIS, which has built
and owns 3,000-plus affordable properties, participated in
Enterprise Community Partners’ three-year Learning Collaborative
for Multifamily Housing Resilience program, to help rebuild communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Foglio works with munici-palities, housing authorities and local officials, and is considered a
go-to affordable housing expert. She also serves on several nonprofit
boards catering to women, minorities and children.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
New York City
Franzel was living in Los Angeles—having
initially relocated there with Gibson
Dunn—when her mentor, the late C.
Ransom Samuelson, invited her to help
launch the New York office. What began as
a six-month trial has turned into a success-
ful 30-plus year career. As of late, Franzel has worked on signifi-
cant aspects of the 10-million-square-foot Hudson Yards for the
developers, Related Cos. and Oxford Properties. Notably, she
arranged an equity transaction with Time Warner to move its
corporate headquarters to a 2.6-million-square-foot tower at the
campus. Franzel, who handles on-campus recruiting for NYU and
Columbia University, enjoys mentoring younger women lawyers,
advising them to take advantage of every chance to bond with oth-
ers and pick up the phone rather than relying on email.
CHELSEY A. GINDER
Vice President, Acquisitions
Known as a brilliant dealmaker and top
performer, Ginder is also said to have a
personable and humble nature. She’s
responsible for identifying acquisition
opportunities for VEREIT, particularly
anchored shopping centers in the West and
office and industrial properties in the
Midwest. In the past year, she has demonstrated flexibility and
adaptability to learning key metrics and markets across multiple
property types since being assigned an additional territory in
VEREIT’s office and industrial practice. Ginder has closed $650
million of acquisitions, including nearly $150 million of single-tenant office and industrial assets, since taking on the territory. For
success in the industry, she says it’s critical to surround oneself with
fellow women through trade organizations or any other means.