What is your involvement in BOMA/San Francisco’s sustainability efforts?
As chair of the Energy & Environment Committee, I work to provide members with relevant education and information on everything from green building certifications to emerging sustainability-related legislation and beyond. I’ve also helped inform some of our advocacy efforts related to sustainability. For instance, last year, I worked with our Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC) and San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s advisors to polish the city’s ordinance requiring commercial buildings to procure 100 percent renewable electricity. Our efforts were successful in ensuring that the interests of commercial building owners were considered in the final draft of the legislation. That’s the power of BOMA!
You’re also secretary of your local association’s Careers Committee. Tell us more.
The Careers Committee, in partnership with CREATE (Commercial Real Estate Alliance for Tomorrow’s Employees), is focused on creating a pipeline of talent from local universities and colleges into commercial real estate. We have a mentor match-up program where students are paired with a seasoned practitioner and a young professional. I’ve had the great fortune of mentoring a few students who have now been hired in the industry—some of the program alum have even joined the Careers Committee! My career has been profoundly enhanced by the mentors and peers I’ve met through BOMA, so being a part of this initiative is a really satisfying way to pay it forward.
Congratulations on joining BOMA International’s Executive Committee. Why is it important for young professionals to be involved at the BOMA International level?
I think emerging professionals bring an important, fresh perspective to the table. As a millennial in this long-standing industry, I offer a glimpse into how tomorrow’s workforce might think, which can help identify gaps in progress and areas where there’s room for improvement.
What’s your advice to other emerging professionals looking to get more involved with BOMA?
Don’t be intimidated. Getting involved is easier than you think. Join a committee that interests you and consider how you can bring value to that group, whether it’s actively sharing thoughts or taking minutes. If you’re not sure where to start, just reach out to your BOMA local association and ask them about the opportunities that are available.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
One of the coolest things I’ve ever done is study in New Zealand. While I was there, I bungee jumped, backpacked three of the 10 Great Walks and spent quality time outdoors—my favorite pastime. I highly recommend that everyone adds New Zealand to their post-COVID travel plans!