Highlighting Diversity in CRE: Honoring Black History Month



Diversity is something important to our team at The Content Funnel. Our executive team has often discussed ways we can push inclusivity across the spectrum. This blog is one part of that effort.

In honor of Black History Month, we partnered with REAP (The Real Estate Associate Program) to highlight some of the incredible professionals bringing fresh perspectives to the commercial real estate industry. REAP is an industry-backed, market-driven program that empowers talented minority commercial real estate professionals to rise to the top of their field. Its recruiting process is competitive, and many successful companies turn to REAP to find top talent in their field. Over 1,000 persons seeking a career in commercial real estate have graduated REAP programs. Many graduates have been placed in leading firms across the world.


We partnered with REAP to list honorees last year. Again for 2019, we would like to bring focus to minority professionals making big waves in CRE. The honorees are:


Shmel Graham (REAP Los Angeles ’11 & REAP Board Member)

Associate, Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton LLP

Shmel C. Graham is an associate in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. Ms. Graham has been a featured speaker on driving innovation in operations in local government, best practices for leveraging public-private partnerships as well as optimizing publicly owned land to support civic and economic development initiatives. She serves as a board member for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles Advisory Board and the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP). Read full biography.

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Justine Martin (REAP New York ’10)

Department Attorney, Nixon Peabody

Justine Martin is a department attorney in the Real Estate practice. She focuses her practice on cooperatives and condominium law. Justine represents luxury, middle-market and affordable housing developers in all stages of the marketing and sales process from inception through to closing. Justine also works with cooperative and condominium board clients as a transfer agent. Read full biography.


Inga Harmon (REAP Atlanta ’16)

Vice President of Harmon and Harmon Realtors Inc. & President of Harmon Solutions

Vice President of Harmon and Harmon Realtors Inc. and Project Manager, Harmon Construction, Inc. She is a second-generation real estate broker specializing in commercial, residential, and investment property sales in metro Atlanta and middle Georgia for over 18 years. She is also the President of Harmon Solutions, a woman-owned construction/project management firm specializing in residential/commercial interior renovations and build-outs. This company collaborated with Harmon and Harmon Realtors to assist investor clients in the acquisition, renovation, and resale of residential investment properties. Read full biography.

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Christyn Henson (REAP Chicago ’18)

Founder, Project Forward

Ms. Henson, founder Project Forward, is a creative economic development professional and develops actionable strategies that assist clients in growth through business planning, operational support, marketing, and sales strategies.  Ms. Henson’s extensive experience includes work with community development organizations (CDCs, Chambers of Commerce) to offer BID/SSA management, technical assistance in business operations, access to capital and technology utilization. Her work has influenced multiple scales of growth, helping to spur entrepreneurial spirit and community development. Read full biography.

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Roberta Bosfield (REAP DC ’18)

Associate, CSG Urban Partners

Ms. Bosfield currently serves as an Associate for CSG Urban Partners, where she manages advisory engagements and pre-development efforts for the firm’s Washington D.C. development projects. She leads real estate knowledge distribution activities for clients that seek to strategically leverage existing real estate assets through development, including market and feasibility analysis, deal transaction review and underwriting. Read full biography.


Lloyd Doaman (REAP NYC ’18)

Director of Lending at the Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund

Lloyd is the Director of Lending at Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund. In his role, Lloyd is responsible for strategic management, underwriting, product management, business development, and portfolio risk management. Lloyd has over 14 years of banking, underwriting, portfolio management, and project management experience.  Read full biography.


James Daughrity (REAP LA ’14)

Sales & Acquisitions, Californian Estates

James Daughrity is a 15-year residential and commercial real estate industry veteran in a wide array of real estate transactions. He has built a solid foundation or corporate and individual clients through his real estate consultant services. James Daughrity is an active member of ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), member of The Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, member of Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Realtors Association, Alumni of Real Estate Associate Program, and a candidate for Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).  Read full biography.


Natalie Hooper (REAP NYC ’11)

Director of Real Estate at Nike

Natalie Hooper is a real estate professional with experience in retail pipeline and portfolio management, negotiation, architecture, design, planning, financial analysis, and strategy. Read full biography.

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Jacquelyn Dillon (REAP DC ’18)

National Real Estate Representative, McDonald's Corporation

Jacquelyn Dillon has over eight years of experience in commercial and retail lease administration and management. In her previous role as Leasing Manager at Five Guys Burgers & Fries, she was responsible for managing the full spectrum of property assets as it relates to the corporate portfolio of restaurants, from lease execution to daily management. This includes accounting matters, property management, and all other activities related to the lease contract. She holds a MPS from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Real Estate Development.  Read full biography and here.

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Maximillian Howell (REAP Kansas City ’17)

CEO | EE Dev. Co. by Entrepreneurs Enterprises

Maximillian D. Howell is a motivated and successful Retail Business Solutions Sales Consultant highly proficient in Challenger, Ziglar, Fisher, and Karrass strategies. Throughout his professional career, he has excelled in a variety of very complex and technical positions in engineering, software development, and database administration. All of these positions have provided him with the technical experience to accent his natural aptitude for consulting and sales. Read full biography.


Jason Wells (REAP Columbus ’14)

Vice President, SBA Division, Ohio Region at U.S. Bank

Jason Wells is a team leader in providing financial solutions to emerging and growing businesses serving Central Ohio and its surrounding communities. He provides SBA (Small Business Administration) Lending Programs to help emerging and growing businesses with Working Capital, Equipment or the Purchase, Construction, Refinance or Renovation of Commercial Real Estate.  Read full biography.

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Kadaicia-Loi Dunkley (REAP NYC ’17)

Project Manager, JP Morgan Chase & Co

Dunkley is earning a master’s degree in business administration at Columbia Business School. She is interested in using real estate to really impact communities. She is a project manager with JPMC’s Consumer Bank Distribution NetworkOperations team focused on retail retrofit project management, capital planning, and pilot initiatives. Her included assistant vice president in the chief investment office at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  Read full biography and here.

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Angela Thompson (REAP Cleveland ’13)

Owner, Realtor®, Real Estate Investor at Monument Real Estate Services

Angela is an enthusiastic individual with a proven track record in delivering results in real estate, sales, marketing, and promotions. She is equally effective at handling multiple projects and responsibilities, detail oriented and able to work with a diverse profile of clients in fast-paced environments. Read full biography and here.


Bernard Harkless (REAP DC '10)

Principal, Lynx Ventures

Bernard manages development and execution of Lynx projects, relying on his experience in architecture, construction, planning, and finance. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and dual master’s degrees in real estate development and city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read full biography.

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Akintunde Hardy (REAP ATL ’17)

Economic Development Liaison - District E, City of New Orleans

A public servant and commercial real estate professional, Hardy has a background of 15 years combined sales, marketing, and business consulting experience. Most recently, Mr. Hardy is a proud graduate of the NOLA Busines Alliance Economic Development Program 2018 cohort. Mr. Hardy also completed the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate from the University of Southern California (USC). Read full biography.

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Brie Bythewood (REAP NY ’17)

VP Marketing & Communications/Partner, La Cite Development, LLC.

Brie Bythewood is a third generation New Yorker, with an established 11-year reputation in real estate working as a Partner and VP of Marketing & Communications for the development firm La Cité Development. Through her position, Brie has experience and knowledge investing in strategic real estate ventures in the United States and abroad. Read full biography.

All profiled biographical information was retrieved from company websites, LinkedIn, or other sources as attributed above.

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