The BOMA Foundation

The mission of the BOMA Foundation is to serve the commercial real estate industry by fostering a future vision, forward thinking research, innovative thought, and global best practices.

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt organization (501(c) 3) dedicated to sponsoring and encouraging educational activities, innovative research, and future workforce development to advance the commercial real estate industry and profession into the future. In addition, the Foundation looks to initiate programs that will guide commercial real estate into the next decade, while seeking to enhance the public appreciation of real estate and its significance in society. The Foundation is affiliated with the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the nation's oldest and largest commercial real estate organization.

The Foundation’s future-oriented focus concentrates on such areas as future workforce development and industry diversity, cutting educational and innovative idea development, and energy efficiency and sustainability issues and programs.

Foundation programs are supported through tax deductible gifts and grants from BOMA members, real estate related companies, foundations and trusts, and interested individuals.

The Work of the BOMA Foundation

The BOMA Foundation has been an innovative force throughout much of its history, benefiting the industry and blazing a path to a better future. Its many successful programs include:

J. Michael Coleman Scholarship Fund for Emerging Professionals - In honor of Mike Coleman, who retired in 2016 after more than 30 years with AlliedBarton (now Allied Universal) Security. Mike has touched the lives of every member of BOMA, promoting the highest level of customer service as Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for Allied Universal, and supporting BOMA International and BOMA local associations through sponsorships and leadership. Mike is an active member of BOMA Philadelphia, a BOMA Fellow, and has served on the BOMA Foundation Board and BOMA International Executive Committee.

Two scholarships are available from the J. Michael Coleman Scholarship Fund:

  1. Annual Conference/Expo Attendance - Awarded to young/emerging professionals to attend BOMA International's Annual Conference & Expo.
  2. Certified Manager of Commercial Properties (CMCP) - Awarded to an early-career property manager pursuing the CMCP certification

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Apply for the J. Michael Coleman Annual Conference/Expo Attendance Scholarship

Download Scholarship Application Instructions
(Applications due April 1)

Apply for the J. Michael Coleman CMCP Scholarship

Download Scholarship Application Instructions
(Applications due October 1, 2019, March 1, 2020, June 1, 2020, September 1, 2020 and December 1, 2020.)

Questions? Contact BOMA International's Vice President of Education & Meetings, Amy Chisholm.

Congratulations to the 2019 Coleman Scholarship recipients:

  • Claudia Adams, Cushman & Wakefield, BOMA/Kansas City
  • Giovanna Caffrey, JLL, BOMA/Chicago
  • Ashlyn Cox, Bozzuto Management Company, BOMA/Baltimore
  • Shell Kirk, Transwestern, BOMA/Nashville
  • Samantha Reiter, RiverRock Real Estate Group, BOMA/Orange County
  • Myrna Santos, CBRE, BOMA/Oakland East Bay
  • Meghan Schlotzhauer, MC Realty Group, BOMA/Kansas City
  • Liza Skorupski, Steelwave, BOMA/Seattle
  • Gregory Squassi, Brandywine Realty Trust, BOMA/Philadelphia
  • Sarah Tessmer, Cushman & Wakefield, BOMA/St. Louis


Inaugural recipients of the J. Michael Coleman Scholarship attend the 2017 BOMA International annual conference (from left to right): Anh Truong, Grace Malinder, Maggie Calloway, Melanie Bellinger, Daniel Williams, Lucinda Alipio and Mason Bodie.

  • Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce: Supporting REAP – the BOMA Foundation is a major sponsor of the Real Estate Associates Program (REAP), the commercial industry’s leading diversity program bringing the country’s most talented minority professionals into the world of commercial real estate.
  • Developing Today’s Workforce: New Asset Management Course Development – the Foundation was instrumental in providing needed funding for the development and launch of the Asset Management Course series. Target for commercial real estate course managers with 3-5 years of experience, these courses are designed to help property managers better understand the function of asset management in order to be a more valuable contributor.
  • The BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP)— a series of educational programs developed by the Foundation, offering industry practitioners strategies for reducing energy usage and costs in commercial office building. Beep teaches property owners, managers, and operators important strategies for optimizing their equipment, people, and practices.
  • This innovative, award-winning program has educated nearly 15,000 industry practitioners to date. In partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® program, BEEP has and will continue to develop industry standards for operational excellence, document success through recognition programs, and communicate those successes to our industry and stakeholders.
  • Emergency Assistance Needs—The Foundation works to forward disaster relief to local charity organizations in the case of catastrophic events such as 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina.

2019-2020 Foundation Board of Directors

Scott O. Jones, Chair and Chief Elected Officer
Vice President
San Francisco, CA

Shelby Christensen, LEED Green Associate, Chair-Elect
SVP, Director of Property Management
Liberty Property Trust
Wayne, PA

Mark Dukes, BOMA Fellow, CCIM, RPA, Vice Chair
VP, Asset Management
Physicians Realty Trust
Atlanta, GA

Keith Major, Secretary/Treasurer
Managing Partner, Canadian Office and Industrial Services
BentallGreenOak (Canada) LP
Toronto, Canada

Henry Chamberlain, APR, FASAE, CAE
President and Chief Operating Office
BOMA International
Washington, DC

We Value Your Support

The potential of the BOMA Foundation to truly "make a difference" in the real estate industry rests with its ability to secure the committed support of the entire community. BOMA members, individuals and real estate-related companies are encouraged to give a tax-deductible financial commitment to the Foundation.

Supporting the BOMA International Foundation provides:

  • A unique way for a company to achieve positive visibility among dedicated real estate professionals
  • Opportunities for individuals or real estate companies to underwrite programs that will have a positive impact on the future of the industry
  • A special means to ensure the continued growth of the profession and industry through enhanced education, innovative research and a well-trained and dedicated workforce.

The BOMA Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to contribute today so that we can enhance our efforts on behalf of the commercial real estate industry.

To Contribute and Receive More Information

To either contribute to the BOMA Foundation or receive additional information on its programs, including information on support through wills and bequests and formal recognition of gifts, please contact:

BOMA Foundation
1101 15th St. NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 326-6300
Fax: (202) 408-2699


Pat Areno, BOMA International's Senior Vice President, at