Notable Women in Commercial Real Estate 2020

Our 2020 Notable Women in Commercial Real Estate honorees have industry expertise in areas ranging from construction and architecture project management, to investment and asset management, to marketing and legal counsel. They’ve built and managed shopping malls, office parks, residential buildings, senior care facilities, and universities. They’re a tight-knit group of decision makers who support each other, and also, mentor other future leaders in commercial real estate.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials submitted. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only people who were nominated and accepted after an editorial review. To qualify for this list, individuals must self-identify as female, be serving in a senior-level role at a firm or institution in Minnesota, and have at least five years of experience in commercial real estate. They must have shown the ability to effect change in their roles or areas of practice.

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Anne Behrendt

Anne Behrendt

CEO, Doran Companies
As CEO and majority owner, Anne Behrendt oversees every aspect of Minneapolis-based Doran’s growth and strategy. Since Behrendt joined the company almost 10 years ago, Doran has opened an office
Naomi Burchett

Naomi Burchett

Director, The TEGRA Group
Naomi Burchett is a director at The TEGRA Group where she focuses on design, project management, and leading various facility projects for TEGRA’s clients. For the past three years, she
Lisa Christianson

Lisa Christianson

President, Christianson & Company Real Estate Services
Lisa Christianson founded Bloomington-based Christianson and Co. in 2001. She is a licensed real estate broker in Minnesota and Florida and a member and past president of the Minnesota Commercial
Erica Delain

Erica Delain

General counsel, Doran Management and Doran Family Development
As general counsel at Doran Management and Doran Family Development, Erica Delain is responsible for all legal aspects for new development projects including entitlements, title issue resolutions, partnership structures, and
Valerie Doleman

Valerie Doleman

Senior vice president of luxury operations and marketing, Sherman Associates
Valerie Doleman’s focus within Sherman Associates is on client experience, corporate communication strategy, property marketing programs, and creating initiatives like social influencing and public relations strategies. Doleman has directed marketing
Lynette Dumalag

Lynette Dumalag

Senior vice president, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) Minneapolis
As a senior vice president at JLL Minneapolis, Lynette Dumalag focuses on tenant representation and corporate real estate consulting. She has worked in commercial real estate for almost 15 years,
Beth Duyvejonck

Beth Duyvejonck

Regional vice president, Opus Design Build LLC
The most tenured female project manager in Opus Design Build history with 23 years of experience, Beth Duyvejonck was named regional vice president in April. Transitioning into a leadership role
Wendy Ethen

Wendy Ethen

President and owner, Guaranty Commercial Title
Wendy Ethen is the president and owner of Guaranty Commercial Title, as well as an attorney and a real estate property law specialist. She focuses on commercial title, combining legal,
Ann Hansen

Ann Hansen

Senior advisor, Cresa Minneapolis
Ann Hansen is a senior advisor at Cresa Minneapolis where she has spent 22 of her more than 30 years in commercial real estate. She specializes in downtown offi ce
Jean Kane

Jean Kane

CEO, Colliers International Minneapolis-St. Paul
Jean Kane has over 35 years of experience working in commercial real estate—and the majority of those years have been spent at Colliers International and its predecessor company, Welsh. Today,
Julie Kimble

Julie Kimble

Founder and CEO, KimbleCo
In 2014, Julie Kimble founded KimbleCo, a full-service commercial real estate services fi rm providing specialized expertise in fee development and consulting, leasing, sales, and project management. In the past
Emily Nicoll

Emily Nicoll

Senior vice president, CBRE Minneapolis-St. Paul
Emily Nicoll is senior vice president at CBRE Minneapolis-St. Paul, where she focuses exclusively on providing real estate solutions to corporate occupiers, including Cargill, Dorsey & Whitney, Northwestern Mutual, and
Tricia Pitchford

Tricia Pitchford

Principal and senior vice president of leasing, Mid-America Real Estate Minnesota
Tricia Pitchford collaborates with owners, developers, and retailers to provide leasing, strategic planning, and market research to her clients. Some of her notable clients include Heitman, Lincoln Property, Ryan, and
Jill Rasmussen

Jill Rasmussen

Principal, Davis Healthcare Real Estate
Jill Rasmussen has established herself as an office and health care specialist, providing clients with brokerage, investment, and development advisory services. Her work focuses on health care organizations, corporate office
Shannon Rusk

Shannon Rusk

Senior vice president of development, Oppidan Investment Company
Shannon Rusk is the senior vice president of development at Oppidan Investment Company. She is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships with an emphasis in strategic real estate planning.
Traci Tomas

Traci Tomas

COO, Doran Companies
Traci Tomas oversees operations functions for Doran Companies, including human resources, IT, marketing, and diversity and inclusion. She establishes company systems and procedures for reporting strategy execution, financial controls, and