CREW Network Foundation Announces 2022 Leadership

November 23, 2021
Written by: CREW Network
2022 CREW Network Foundation Chair
Claire Roberts


Contact: Laura Lewis, CREW Network

Colliers International Vice President Claire Roberts to lead Foundation board


Lawrence, Kansas, USA (Nov.23, 2021) – Five commercial real estate leaders have been appointed to the 2022 CREW Network Foundation board of directors, which will be led by Claire Roberts, Vice President, Colliers International.

“CREW Network Foundation is transforming the future of commercial real estate by funding college scholarships, career outreach programs, and important industry research that advances women,” Roberts said. “Year after year, the Foundation’s success and reach continues to grow, and the impact is life-changing for many. I am honored to lead this board of dedicated women in CRE, and to guide our continued success in 2022.”

As a Vice President for Colliers International | Minnesota, Claire is an experienced and highly regarded office broker with a demonstrated history of success in the commercial real estate industry. Roberts, a member of the MNCREW chapter, is a CREW Visionary and has served on the MNCREW Board and well as CREW Network Board of Directors.

"CREW Network Foundation is the key to industry success through building a more diverse talent pipeline into commercial real estate,” said CREW Network CEO and Foundation President Wendy Mann. “In partnership with our leadership, chapters and donors, we are proud to be the leader in bringing women into the industry and supporting and advancing them throughout their careers."

Joining Roberts on the 2022 CREW Network Foundation board are the following newly appointed CREW Network Champion Directors:

Laura Barbero-Buffa

Laura Barbero-Buffa
Business Development, BASE Consultants
CREW Orlando

Barbero-Buffa is a partner and Vice-President of Business Development for BASE Consultants, Inc., a highly-qualified minority and woman owned structural engineering and construction management firm with the experience of a large corporation and the accessibility and responsiveness of a smaller firm. She is President-Elect and past Treasurer and Secretary of CREW Orlando, and serves on the CREW Network Finance Committee.

Melissa Kroskie

Melissa Kroskie
Manager, Microsoft
CREW Seattle

Kroskie has been in the real estate industry for over 20 years, with 14 of those working on the Microsoft Campus, first as a vendor and now as a Sr. Development Manager. She is a member of CREW Seattle, and has served on the Foundation Committee, including as co-chair.

Yesenia Marili Smith

Yesenia Marili Smith
Vice President, Marketing & Research, Transwestern
CREW San Antonio

Marili Smith oversees all marketing, advertising, public relations and market research for Transwestern’s San Antonio office. She has served on CREW San Antonio’s Board of Directors in numerous roles including President, and President Elect. She is currently serving as Past President.

Jennifer Mazawey

Jennifer Mazawey
Partner, Genova Burns LLC

Mazawey is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Redevelopment Environmental Law, Construction Law Litigation and Education Law Practice Groups. She practices in the areas of commercial real estate, land use and construction law. She has served on the CREW NJ board of directors in numerous roles including President and President Elect, and on CREW Network committees.

Officers and Champion Directors continuing their service in 2022 are:

Jeanette Flory-Sagan – Vice Chair (Immediate Past Chair)
Founder/ President, Cereus Asset Services LLC
CREW Seattle, AZCREW, CREW Washington DC 
Tiffany English – Immediate CREW Network Past President
Senior Director of Architecture, Qualcomm
CREW San Diego
Joy Coleman – Champion Director
Principal Architect, TreanorHL
CREW Kansas City
Michelle Goudeaux – Champion Director
Sr. Manager, Columbia Property Trust
CREW Silicon Valley
Michelle Hunte – Champion Director
Asset Specialist, Facilities Management, Walmart Canada
Toronto CREW
Brenda Karp – Champion Director
Vice President, The Breeden Company
CREW Richmond
Jennifer Nyquist – Champion Director
Senior Asset Manager, Columbia Residential
CREW Atlanta

Wendy Mann, CAE – President
CEO, CREW Network
Justin Hawkins – Treasurer

About CREW Network and CREW Network Foundation

CREW Network is the premier business network dedicated to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. Our members are 12,000 professionals in 75+ markets worldwide and represent all disciplines of commercial real estate.

CREW Network Foundation, incorporated in 1998 as the 501(c)(3), philanthropic arm of CREW Network, continues to stand as the sole foundation dedicating its resources to support the mission of CREW Network while building opportunities for women and girls in commercial real estate.


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