Press Release

The Real Estate Board of New York and Coro New York Leadership Center Announce New Class of REBNY Fellows as Part of Ongoing Efforts to Build a More Diverse and Inclusive Real Estate Industry

REBNY Press

February 1, 2022

REBNY Fellows Leadership Program is creating exciting new opportunities for real estate professionals from diverse backgrounds to take their careers to the next level

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the City’s leading real estate trade association, and Coro New York Leadership Center, the City’s premier civic leadership training program, are celebrating the newest cohort of REBNY Fellows.

The REBNY Fellows Leadership Program brings in real estate professionals from diverse backgrounds for a six-month training program designed to help elevate their careers and prepare them for opportunities to increase their impact on the industry and its future. In addition to gaining networking exposure and civic leadership training, REBNY Fellows become part of a lifelong professional network that will support their continued success. This year’s program is supported in part by key sponsors including Fisher Brothers, Koeppel Rosen LLC and Webb & Brooker, Inc.

“REBNY is committed to cultivating diverse talent throughout the industry and ensuring that individuals of all backgrounds can access the resources they need to have successful, impactful careers,” said Yvonne Riley-Tepie, REBNY’s Senior Vice President of Social Impact. “We’re thrilled to welcome our new REBNY Fellows as this incredible program helps us work toward a future in which real estate industry leadership reflects the unparalleled diversity of our great city.”

"At Coro, we are working on building the next generation of diverse leaders who are ready to step up and make a change in New York City,” said Garrett Lucien, Coro’s Vice President of Programs & Training. “More than ever, we need leaders who are ready to take on the biggest challenges we face, and we are proud to partner with REBNY to help us achieve that goal. It is going to take every sector of life in New York coming together to create a more inclusive and fair city and through this collaboration, we can help cultivate the leaders who will make it possible.”

The 2022 REBNY Fellows

For more information on the new REBNY Fellows, see here.

Emarie Bohanon, director, debt capital markets, Tishman Speyer

Eduardo Fiallo, vice president, property management, Hines

Kathleen Meagher, commercial property assistant manager, The Durst Organization

Carla Giarrusso, senior project manager, Suffolk Construction

Kevelyn Guzman, chief operating officer, Coldwell Banker Warburg

Ericka Hernandez, vice president - insurance, Rudin Management

Brandon Joy, vice president, operations, Stonehenge

Patricia Leung, senior associate, Nuveen Real Estate

Anthony Migliore Jr., operations manager - Empire State Building, Empire State Realty Trust

Elizabeth Polanco, general manager, Gotham Organization

Hiro Sato, development manager, Lendlease

Zoe Skyy, associate broker, Keller Williams NYC

Kristina Tougas, project manager, CBRE

Jaesung Yoon, associate, Helmsley Spear

REBNY is dedicated to advancing efforts that help attract, retain, and advance women, people of color, and others from diverse backgrounds in the real estate industry. The REBNY Fellows Leadership Program was designed and launched in 2020 based on an overarching commitment by REBNY’s Diversity Committee to create new professional opportunities and take additional steps to increase diversity and inclusion throughout the real estate industry. 

Beyond the REBNY Fellows Leadership Program, REBNY is actively engaged in other social impact programming, such as collaborating with the City University of New York and the non-profit Project Destined to provide paid internship opportunities to diverse CUNY undergraduate students. Additionally, REBNY partners with Building Skills NY to connect underemployed New Yorkers with jobs and training to create new career pathways into the construction industry, a partnership that has resulted in placing approximately 1,500 individuals from diverse backgrounds in construction jobs since 2016.

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ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE BOARD OF NEW YORK:

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) is the City’s leading real estate trade association. Founded in 1896, REBNY represents commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, and salespeople; banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, and contractors; corporations, co-partnerships, and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate. REBNY conducts research on various civic matters including tax policy, city planning and zoning, rental conditions, land use policy, building codes, and other city, state, and federal legislation. REBNY regularly publishes market data, policy reports, and broker surveys. In addition, REBNY provides for its members: informational, technical, and technological resources; networking and charitable service opportunities; qualifying and continuing education courses; professional education programs, seminars, and designations; career-changing awards; legal advice; and a wide range of additional member benefits. For more information, please visit www.REBNY.com.

ABOUT CORO:

Since 1984, Coro has provided experiential leadership programs for those leading change in New York City. Participants become leaders and influencers, developing innovative solutions to public issues, incorporating different points of view in their decision-making, and inspiring others to lead change. Coro’s 3,000 alumni are corporate and nonprofit executives, entrepreneurs, elected officials, and policymakers, including many in the real estate sector. For more information, please visit www.coronewyork.org