With a background in city government,
Danielle Handy holds extensive exper-
tise in land use planning and project
management. She carries her estab-
lished relationships and successful part-
nerships with elected officials, govern-
ment agencies and
the public to
role in pri-
opment, as a project manager for
RocaPoint Partners. She effectively coordi-
nates construction efforts through a keen
understanding of the development landscape’s future. As an inte-
gral player in various developments throughout the Southeast, she
continues to bring multi-million and billion-dollar projects to life.
Throughout her tenure with Lendlease,Claire Johnston has established herselfas a well-regarded executive through avariety of leadership roles. She is currently spearheading the firm’s largestAmericas project as managing directorof Google Ventures; the business unitresponsible for a $15 billion project.Within the role, she is overseeing thedevelopment of an estimated 15 millionsquare feet of residential, retail, hospitality and other community uses. She has led numerous complexprojects and business units for the company; from supporting USmilitary families though sustainable housing, to redevelopingunderutilized neighborhoods around the globe. Creating thrivingcommunities, she continues to ensure success for everyone involved.
Throughout Holly Knight’s more than
25 year industry career, she has advocated for affordable housing. In 2015,she formed BGC Advantage to acquire,create and rehabilitate housing communities. As CEO, she partners withnon-profit and housing authority entities, and has completed 65 affordablehousing transactions, resulting inmore than 3,800 units. She remainscommitted to bettering residents’lives, while integral to each development’s financing. Throughher limitless creativity, she ensures every project detail is carefullyselected for maximum livability and sustainability. She closed thelargest multifamily tax-exempt bond deal in Mississippi, and lastyear, she expanded the company’s footprint to 13 states acrossseven new markets.
Co-founding RAAM Construction in 2004, Lisa Lara has served as
the driving force behind the growth of the firm. With a strong
financial background and an analytical mind, she ensures success
in contracting market-rate and affordable multifamily construction
projects throughout California. As EVP
of operations, Lara has led the firm to
transact more than $81 million in pro-
jects to date. While managing a team of
professionals and implementing proper
technology to streamline processes, she
works closely with project stakeholders
to ensure needs are met. As a female
and a minority in the male-dominated
field, Lara additionally works to incor-
porate diversity throughout the com-
pany and industry.
Bringing 20 years of architecture andconstruction experience to her position, Jo-E Lopez serves as VP of SnyderLangston; overseeing strategic planning, marketing, client relations andbusiness development activities. She isthe second female to achieve partner atthe firm and she is additionally one ofthree company leaders selected tocarry out the firm’s succession planning. Supporting the firm’s growth tocontinually meet its annual revenue mark, she sustains salesthrough a continuous project flow. She elevates the status of thefirm, helps build the brand and ensures the best experience forclients.
A dynamic leader in the San Diego market, Penny Maus is reshaping and reinvigorating the bayfront to ensure equitable coastal access to all. As real estatedepartment manager for Port of SanDiego, Maus is at the forefront of localefforts to strengthen the city’s waterfronts. She seeks and promotes development opportunities, spearheadscommunity improvement projects,attracts new businesses, enhances existing lines of business, represents tenants and landlords andincreases access to the area’s bayfronts. Maus leads her team tomanage a vast portfolio of assets, provide enhanced amenities totenants, and offer visitors and residents solutions for low-cost, overnight accommodations along the coast.
CAROLYN T. MENDEL
Originally joining The NRP Group in
2017 to spearhead its expansion
throughout Massachusetts, Carolyn
Mendel continues to increase the
firm’s geographic footprint through-
out the US as VP of development.
With a mission to create exceptional
rental opportunities for people,
regardless of income, Mendel tailors
creative, multifamily projects to the
unique needs of their site and com-
munity. She directs all aspects of multifamily development, while