The Builders of Color Coalition Unveils Eleven Education Task Force Members

Eleven Boston-area Real Estate Developers, Principals, and Decision Makers Lend Experience and Expertise to BCC’s Multi-Year Research and Analytics Study

Builders of Color Coalition is proud to announce the launch of its second task force, the Education Sector, following the recent unveiling of the Capital Task Force and its members.

The Education Task Force will support the Builders of Color Coalition in identifying and convening education providers that inspire interest in commercial real estate for diverse youth and professionals. Collecting this information will support the Builders of Color Coalition in creating an accessible pipeline for adults to advance industry knowledge for adults and support regional youth to identify real estate as a prospective career sector.

The Builders of Color Coalition (BCC) recently announced the launch of its two-year research and analytics study to enhance its mission of increasing access and diversity in the real estate sector. Through identifying current resources in the field, BCC intends to gather and disseminate proven methods and programs that meaningfully advance diversity industry-wide.

With this announcement, Builders of Color Coalition also set out to create task forces focusing on three crucial sectors – Capital, Education, and Project Impact. These task forces are composed of leaders of various stakeholder entities in an effort to deepen the commitments and capacities of their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

●      Taylor Pederson: Marketing Director, Colliers

●      Kendin Carr: Vice President, Colliers

●      Jill Lacey Griffin: Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Accordia Partners

●      Atakelti Desta: Associate, Seyfarth & Shaw

●      Beatrice Thevenot: Director, NorthBridge Partners

●      Intiya Ambrogi-Isaza: Director of Real Estate, Madison Park Development Corporation

●      Jeffery Myers: Research Director, Colliers

●      R.Kelly Cameron: Career Development Officer, MIT Center for Real Estate

●      Sandra King: Advisor, Crest

●      Michelle Landers: Executive Director, ULI

●      Stephen McGovern: Associate Director of Development and Investment, SAI Group Adjunct Prof, Boston Architectural College

“We are delighted to welcome the 11 pioneering members to our new Education Task Force at Builders of Color Coalition. Their expertise and dedication are crucial as we embark on a journey to redefine educational pathways in real estate for both youth and adults in Boston and Greater Boston,” said Colleen Fonseca, executive director at the Builders of Color Coalition. “BCC is setting new benchmarks for inclusivity and excellence in real estate education by demonstrating best practices that will influence and elevate aspiring developers of color.”

With the guidance of the Education Committee, during the landscape identification phase, BCC’s goal  is to identify barriers to entry for professionals and youth of color who are seeking educational opportunities, perform a needs assessment to understand the educational gaps, and improve curriculums to be more inclusive and suitable for developers of color, this includes but is not limited to relevant maps, charts, and data visualizations, identify promising new initiatives and demonstrate best practices.

The Builders of Color Coalition will lead this multi-phase effort to inform and influence the commercial real estate industry to adopt industry-wide best practices, make policy recommendations, and advocate for systemwide changes that transform the landscape of who is represented and gets access to the commercial real estate sector. Although each task force will work on distinct areas and inform different stakeholders, this is a layered approach that will work collaboratively to advance equity across the same ecosystem.

For additional details about the task force and the Builders of Color Coalition, you can access further information at https://buildersofcolor.com/.

About Builders of Color Coalition: 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 BCCplease visit www.buildersofcolor.com.