WOMEN OF FIRE
Vanessa Calderón-Rosado is currently the leader of an organization that has been an installation in downtown Boston for almost half a century, with roots in a high-profile, and successful, protest against displacement in the city’s South End.
After nearly three decades in the Greater Boston design and construction industry, Aurora Cammarata was ready for a mid-career challenge.
A former journalist with a background in real estate, Tina Cassidy, executive vice president and chief content officer at InkHouse, brings a distinctive approach to her role in public relations.
Incorporating her knowledge of both industries, she enjoys helping clients market their projects through new forms of media.
Patricia Cooper, vice president of real estate at Vinfen Corp., doesn’t get a lot of sleep, said her friend and former colleague, Nancy McCafferty.
Looking at Cooper’s schedule, it’s easy to see why. That schedule includes managing a 400-space portfolio for Vinfen, a nonprofit that provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mentoring Boston Public Schools students, volunteering at Rosie’s Place and once, recalled McCafferty, offering a ride to a student who had missed the school bus, even though it was 30 minutes out of her way.
Mary Doyle landed an entry-level job at one of Boston’s largest commercial real estate firms 32 years ago with no guarantees that she would advance particularly far. By the age of 25, Doyle was managing a five-building office park in Woburn. Today she oversees a portfolio of more than 3,000 buildings from Connecticut to Maine for Cushman & Wakefield in Boston.
Sue Goodrich has been with the same company for most of her career. As the company has grown, so has she – as a manager and a mother, a loan officer and a leader.
Jean-Marie Lovett has some important advice for future Women of FIRE: Don’t get discouraged.
Though born and raised in New York, Tricia Pinto got her hands into the Bay State’s environmental engineering scene (literally) when she arrived for a master’s program at MIT following work in the civilian arm of the Army Corps of Engineers.
When Maren Reepmeyer was growing up, the artistically inclined clothing enthusiast wanted to be fashion designer. Then in fifth grade, her art teacher gave her a new kind of drawing assignment: “She asked us to draw a building in perspective, which seems crazy for kids who were, what, 10 or 11?” Reepmeyer recalled with a laugh. “[At first] I thought, ‘What? I don’t even know what this is.’ But I started getting into the assignment and I just loved it. … It really sparked something inside me.”
Sarah Samuels first fell in love with the investing industry when she began her career at Wellington Management Co. at the ground level. Soon after, she made it her goal to become an analyst.
Samuels went back to school to get her master’s in business administration and certified financial analyst designation. She has since worked her way up to the C-suite, and has now been with the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM) for five years. Currently deputy chief investment officer, she is a member of the four-person executive team that runs the business, where she personally manages a pool of $40 billion in assets.
Amy Slotnick got into the mortgage industry straight out of college. She started at MGIC in the early 1980s and soon moved into underwriting at Northeastern Mortgage. Later she became assistant vice president of underwriting.
New Boston Fund, Related Beal, Skanska – at first glance, this may seem like the start to a list of leading names in the Bay State real estate community. But they, along with many other top dogs in the industry, share another important connection: They’re clients of communications and public relations company Solomon McCown & Co. Inc. (SM&) And at the head of the company sits CEO Helene Solomon.
When Jan Triglione got the call that she had been selected as one of Banker & Tradesman’s 2016 Women of FIRE, it was complete pandemonium: she was in the middle of a home inspection and a steady stream of water had just begun to pour from the ceiling.
The 45 Province development in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood may well be one of the many highlights of Tina Bacci’s career. “Five years ago, people were looking at us like we were crazy,” Bacci recalled. But now a once-struggling development commands high...
Whether serving as the president of the board of directors or as a key staff member, Leslie Bos has been a mainstay of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. (JPNDC) for the last 20 years. Currently, she is real estate director of the nonprofit community...
Margaret Briggs got into environmental consultancy right out of college when the arena was in its infancy. She worked for HMM Associates for 18 years; it was bought out by Earth Tech, based in Concord, and later became AEcom. Desiring a return to midsized private...
It might not be the way most people operate, but for Audra Dainora, the more complicated the project, the better. Dainora spearheaded the massive renovation of Junior League of Boston’s headquarters on Newbury Street, a historic building that took over five years to...
Having been born, raised and schooled in California, Jordanna Ferreira was skeptical in 2010 when she got a call from a recruiter about a job opportunity in Boston at a developer called The Davis Cos. “I said, ‘No, thank you, I’m not interested in going to Boston,’”...