President’s Message – April 2018

We concluded the first quarter of 2018 and are excited to share a few announcements that will help us continue to represent and advocate for our members and supporters:

  • We hosted our Annual Meeting and Membership Drive in February 2018.  During our Annual Meeting, we set the agenda for the year, shared our proposed goals and solicited valuable feedback from members to help shape our 2018 initiatives.  This year’s meeting was a success and we hope to receive your continued input and support.  
  • We welcomed Smoot Construction, Banneker Ventures and the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency as 2018 Corporate Sponsors!  We are excited to have the formal support of these three industry leaders and look forward to partnering with them throughout the year.  Please visit their respective organizational websites for more information on their good work in the industry and our community.  
  • We released our 2018 Calendar of Events.  Each of our planned events is targeted to enhance the intellectual, professional and economic development of our members.  Click here for the Calendar of Events and stay tuned for additional information.

Membership is key for maximum benefit.  AAREP’s cornerstone is supporting connections, strengthening relationships and sharing knowledge that allows its members to close deals! 
You want to be a part of what we are doing in 2018.
Together, We March Forward!
Carisa Stanley
AAREP President

President’s Message – Nov 2017

Carisa Stanley

First Vice President, Amalgamated Bank


It is my pleasure to welcome you to our 14th Annual AAREP Awards Gala.  Tonight, we acknowledge a collection of leaders for their achievements in commercial real estate and contributions to AAREP, the community and our industry.  AAREP is honored to celebrate their success, which highlights our theme of “Impacting Our Community Through Inclusive Development.”


2017 was a year of hard work and execution for AAREP.  We delivered impactful programs that resulted in new business opportunities, a copious exchange of ideas and relationship building for our membership.  A few notable highlights of the year include our 2nd Annual Access to Capital Symposium and our Women in Commercial Real Estate Forum.  We also had the privilege of hosting a Conversation with Councilmember McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development. During that event, we released our 2017 Legislative Platform, a living document that defines our principles and guides our advocacy activities. 


For more than 20 years, AAREP has served as a voice in a dynamic industry and its commitment to the advancement of its members is unwavering.  I am thankful for our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and corporate sponsors who contributed resources and support to the organization.  This year’s success is a direct result of your efforts.   


Together, we march forward.


Carisa Stanley

AAREP President




President’s Message – July 2017

July 2017

We have reached the halfway mark of 2017 and are excited to share several notable achievements that will help us continue to represent and advocate for our members and supporters:

  • Conducted our first AAREP Membership Survey.  The survey will help demonstrate the impact our members and supporters have on the region’s real estate industry and local economy.  Based on our survey results, AAREP represents real estate developers, real estate brokers, general contractors, service providers, attorneys, consultants, financiers, municipal agencies and community and improvement business districts, the majority of which have at least 10 employees and gross revenues in excess of $2 million annually. 


  • Adopted 2017 Legislative Policy Platform.  On July 11, 2017, the AAREP Board of Directors adopted a Legislative Policy Platform that will serve as the principal guide for our advocacy efforts.  The Platform is available for review on our website.  We look forward to working with both the local and federal administration to shape the legislative environment. 


  • Updated the AAREP website.  Over the past three months, we have made significant changes to our website, including the addition of a new AAREP In the News” feature that will allow members and supporters to submit project awards, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, contract awards, promotions, accomplishments, milestones and other appreciable recognition for AAREP to highlight.  There is much to celebrate in our community.  Please use this feature to share with us and we will share with the over 1,500 strong AAREP network!

We will continue our work in the second half of 2017 and invite you to join us on August 1st at the 2017 Access to Capital Symposium and in November when we host our 14th Annual AAREP Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building.  Details for upcoming events can always be found on the Events page of our website. 
This year is an important one for AAREP.  We are working to improve our value proposition and look forward to sharing new and exciting benefits.  We remain committed to standing, united, and advocating for our collective best interests.
Together, We March Forward.
Carisa Stanley
2017 AAREP President