CREFC Women’s Network     |    

Chair: Leah NivisonManaging Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Chair-Elect: Natalie GraingerDirector, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Past-Chair: Jan SterninSenior Vice President & Managing Director, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC


  • Enhance the visibility, profile, and advancement of women in the commercial real estate finance industry.
  • Provide a structured platform within CREFC dedicated to women's initiatives.
  • Provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, and development of professional women. 

Get Involved

Become a member of the CREFC Women’s Network and be a party to all communications regarding upcoming networking and programming events.

Sign-up for the CREFC Women's Network (members only)

View the CREFC Women's Network Roster (members only)

Host / Sponsor a Women’s Network Program or Event

Please review our Event Planner webpage for details and to host/submit an event idea to CREFC.

Join a Committee

If you  would like to get more involved, please join a committee during the sign-up process:

Community Outreach
– Co-Chairs:
- Barbara Duka
- Lindsey Wright, C-III Asset Management

Membership – Co-Chairs: 
- Debra Morgan, BlackEagle Real Estate Partners
Kenda Tomes, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Lindsey Wright, C-III Asset Management

Networking – Co-Chairs: 
- Leslie Hayton, Wells Fargo
Elaine McKay, Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group
Debra Morgan, BlackEagle Real Estate Partners

Professional Development – Co-Chairs:
- Meagan Leary, Duane Morris LLP
- Laura Swihart, Dechert
Jenna Unell, C-III Asset Management

Speakers List  - Co-Chairs:
- Marguerite Brogan, Park Praedium LLC
Stephanie Petosa
Kenda Tomes, Stinson Leonard Street


Join the CREFC Women’s Network LinkedIn Group to stay connected

CREFC Women's Network Social Media Policy

CREFC Women's Network Advisory Board

Lorna Banister, Ballard Spahr LLP
Margie Custis, Principal Real Estate Investors
Kim Diamond, Crescit Capital Strategies
Anna Glick, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Greta Guggenheim, TPG Real Estate Finance
Tricia Hall, AIG Investments
Lainie Kaye, Deutsche Bank Securities
Zanda Lynn, Fitch Ratings
Kara McShane, Wells Fargo Securities
Susan Neuberg, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Annelise Osborne, Osborne Capital Partners, LLC
Christine Patterson, Blackstone Group
Stephanie Petosa
Jan Sternin, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage
Kenda Tomes, Stinson Leonard Street
Teresa Zien, Invesco