What was your research focus during your master’s?
For my capstone, I looked at 30 U.S. cities and how their public expenditures in placemaking were able to drive new business establishments. Local business growth has a major impact on the demand for all types of real estate in a city. Much of my research focused on how cities can efficiently deploy their budgets to maximize economic growth. [That] got me interested in how the federal government influences economic growth.
How did the MS in Real Estate and Infrastructure program help your career?
Currently, I’m building on the skills and knowledge that were taught in the classroom in my job as a senior associate at the Craddrock Group, a small consulting firm that advises government agencies on real estate and capital planning. In my role, I help government programs conduct gap analyses and market research.
The real estate program provided me with knowledge of how real estate is developed and managed under current market conditions and how to experience real estate from all perspectives while allowing me the opportunity to flex my curiosity in a new field.
Now, I begin each project with the same approach Carey taught me: Start with a question, discuss it with relevant resources and subject matter experts, and end with a solution that better prepares the federal government to meet future needs— building for what's next.