Notable Women in Commercial Real Estate 2022

They manage millions of dollars in acquisitions, oversee ever-expanding portfolios of properties, and guide tenants through the space challenges the pandemic has presented. On top of that, they give back to their communities, create more inclusive teams, and mentor young women entering the commercial real estate industry. Meet 25 standout commercial real estate professionals in the Twin Cities.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive; it includes only people who were nominated and accepted after editorial review. To qualify for this list, individuals must have at least five years of experience in their field and have shown the ability to effect change in their roles or areas of practice.

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Kari Broyles

Kari Broyles

Vice president – deputy general counsel and chief property development counsel, Life Time Inc.
Kari Broyles leads legal strategy for the Chanhassen-based fitness and lifestyle company’s growing portfolio of real estate developments throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Life Time Athletic, Life Time Work,
Lisa Christianson

Lisa Christianson

President and owner, Christianson & Co. Commercial Real Estate Services
A 30-year industry veteran, Lisa Christianson’s Bloomington-based firm, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, provides real estate services to tenants, owners, and investors of office, retail, industrial, and multifamily properties
Martha Dayton

Martha Dayton

President and principal designer, Martha Dayton Design
Martha Dayton’s portfolio of interior design projects includes some of the Twin Cities’ most prestigious, high-profile commercial and multifamily developments, including Hotel Ivy, Borealis North Loop, Gibson Apartments, and the
Tami Diehm

Tami Diehm

President and shareholder, Winthrop & Weinstine
Tami Diehm began her term as the first woman president of Minneapolis-based Winthrop & Weinstine during a global pandemic, civic unrest, and economic uncertainty. Stakeholders in the firm were confident
Julie Drewes

Julie Drewes

Partner, Taft Law
Julie Drewes leads the Minneapolis real estate department for Taft, and she’s made it one of the firm’s most successful practice areas. A proven leader in her firm and the
Megan Eaton

Megan Eaton

Director of real estate development, Life Time Inc.
A director of real estate development at Chanhassen-based Life Time Inc., Megan Eaton is a rising star. She skillfully manages several high-priority issues for Life Time without ever losing her
Shannon Van Gemert

Shannon Van Gemert

Managing director, Eagle Ridge Partners
Shannon Van Gemert leads Eagle Ridge Partners’ investor relations team, with $100 million of new investor equity commitments over the last five years. She also oversees the capital markets team,
Jen Helm

Jen Helm

Managing director, Newmark
Jen Helm specializes in tenant representation and sale/leasing advisory services for retail and hotel properties in the Twin Cities and throughout the Midwest for the Minneapolis office of commercial real
JoAnna Hicks

JoAnna Hicks

Principal and co-founder, Element Commercial Real Estate
Known for leading transformational developments that have helped shape neighborhoods, JoAnna Hicks has led more than $275 million of office, retail, mixed-use, housing, and award-winning historic projects for the Minneapolis-based
Tina Hoye

Tina Hoye

President, NTH Inc.
Tina Hoye is a founding partner of NTH Inc., a real estate and project management firm in Minneapolis. Since 1995, when she was one of the few women in commercial
Jodi Johnson

Jodi Johnson

Attorney and shareholder, Moss & Barnett
A trusted advisor to developers, owners, landlords, and tenants, Jodi Johnson’s specialties range from land acquisition to leasing for the Minneapolis-based law firm. Recent achievements include leading the legal team
Mary Jo Kelly

Mary Jo Kelly

Vice president, Kraus-Anderson
Mary Jo Kelly built her 45-year career with Kraus-Anderson starting in an administrative role and rising to an influential voice at the table for the financial services group in Minneapolis.
Julie Kimble

Julie Kimble

Founder and CEO, KimbleCo
Julie Kimble was one of the few women in commercial real estate when she began her career in the mid-1980s as a development assistant at Boisclair Corp. In the course
Jackie Knight

Jackie Knight

Chief operating officer, Ackerberg Group
Jackie Knight oversees all aspects of commercial services for the Ackerberg Group in Minneapolis, including asset management, property management, and investor services, but she’s particularly proud of her work on
Jamie Korzan

Jamie Korzan

Vice president of investment relations, Oppidan
Maintaining a strong relationship with investors is key for any property development firm, and at Excelsior-based Oppidan, Jamie Korzan is that single point of contact for partners and investors. She
Kelly Manke

Kelly Manke

Senior vice president, Bell Bank
With degrees in real estate and urban land economics as well as an MBA in finance, investment, and banking, Kelly Manke manages many of Bell Bank’s largest commercial real estate
Jaclyn May

Jaclyn May

Executive director, Cushman & Wakefield
In her 13 years at Cushman & Wakefield, Jaclyn May has become a leader in both real estate advisory services and mentorship of young leaders in the company. A consistent
Stephanie McDaniel

Stephanie McDaniel

President and CEO, BWBR
In December, architecture firm BWBR entered its 100th year and named Stephanie McDaniel president and CEO, the first woman in the firm’s history to hold the title. She brings a