Taylor Pederson Interviews Colleen Fonseca, Executive Director at Builders of Color Coalition

Colleen Fonseca is the Executive Director of the Builders of Color Coalition (BCC), where she is responsible for leading the development and expansion of programming to increase access and diversity in Boston’s commercial real estate sector. Prior to her role with BCC, she served as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Jorge Elorza on COVID Recovery and as the Director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity for the City of Providence. She currently sits on the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) Board of Directors, City of Boston Steering Committee to Advise on Reforms to Article 80 Development Review, DCAMM Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Access, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and City of Providence Equal Pay Task Force. Colleen is a graduate of St. John’s University.

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Taylor Pederson is a founding member of BCC and currently serves as the President of the Board. Taylor is skilled in strategically developing long-term client relationships and helping to deliver inventive, cost-effective marketing solutions. As the Senior Business Development Manager at Neoscape, Taylor assists the sales team in driving new business and growth for the company. With 8+ years of experience leading operations, finances, and the execution of over 55 corporate events and educational programs annually before joining Neoscape. Projects achieved previously include growing membership through student initiatives, developing educational content for NAIOP MA University, Executive Leadership Institute, and launching the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Strategy and Mentorship Program.

Taylor graduated from Simmons University with a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Public Affairs.

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Interview questions:

Q1: What is BCC and what do you do?

Q2: What are BCC’s successes today and what are tangible goals for the organization in the next year?

Q3: Why is the organization beginning research and advocacy work?

Q4: What keeps you motivated in this work?

Q5: What are BCC’s biggest needs at this time?

Q6: How is BCC different from other non-profits?

Q7: What are some ways businesses and organizations can support BCC, and what’s the best way for them to get more information?

Builders of Color Coalition (BCC) increases access and diversity in Boston’s commercial real estate sector, and to promote the economic well-being of minority businesses and the communities we serve. BCC convenes real estate professionals of color, private firms, government agencies, trade organizations and community nonprofits to collectively create greater opportunities for education, employment, partnership and financing. Our minority real estate network comprises developers, investors, architects, attorneys, bankers, contractors and brokers working across a range of firms, from family-owned enterprises to multinational companies. BCC collaborates closely with other initiatives working to diversify Boston’s real estate sector, including African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP), Minority Developers Association (MDA), Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST), Real Estate Executive Council (REEC), NAIOP, Urban Land Institute (ULI), Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) and CREW Boston. For more information on BCC, or to become a member or a supporter, please visit www.buildersofcolor.com.

Recent News & Events: https://buildersofcolor.com/news-events

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