NAA Selects 2023 Diversity Leadership Program Participants

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ARLINGTON, VA | February 7, 2023 – The National Apartment Association (NAA) has selected the participants for the Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) Class of 2023.

Founded in 2020, NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program annually provides 15 individuals from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to grow and learn from leaders in the rental housing industry. Participants, who are considered junior to mid-level (3-7 years in rental housing), gain leadership experience through mentorship and training as part of the yearlong program. The program is a crucial aspect of NAA’s leadership diversification strategy intended to identify, mentor and engage individuals from underrepresented minority groups.

“Over the past three years, NAA has been incredibly proud to work alongside some of the most inspiring and dedicated future leaders in rental housing,” said NAA President and CEO Bob Pinnegar. “This year’s Diversity Leadership Program class carries the same drive to cultivate a more inclusive and encouraging industry. I look forward to working with the next generation of leaders to help turn the vision of a more diverse and inclusive workforce into a tangible reality.”

The DLP Class of 2023 will meet virtually from March through November. Throughout the year, participants will take part in education sessions, reading discussions and mentor meetups. The program will conclude with a virtual graduation and capstone project presentations, where participants work in small groups to develop and identify a real solution for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in rental housing.

Members of this year’s class are listed below. Additional details on the program and the Class of 2023 participants can be found here. More information on NAA’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) efforts can be found here.

KrisTina Berry
PRG Real Estate

Diana Briones
Hawthorne Residential Partners

Jensine Chen

Regina Jones Cruz
Freeman Webb Company

Lashyra Escobosa
YS Mgmt

Irving Lopez Gallarza

William Hall
Cortland Partners

Gerry Jackson
Berkshire Residential Investments

Erik Mancol-Bilbo, CAM
RMP Living

Teddi Martin

Ruth Nwaturuocha
Brick Town Management

Dayana Quezada
InterSolutions, LLC

Joey Vielma
CARROLL Management

Duy Vu
The Associated Management Company

Dominique Walker
Pegasus Residential


About NAA
The National Apartment Association (NAA) serves as the leading voice and preeminent resource through advocacy, education and collaboration on behalf of the rental housing industry. As a federation of 141 state, local and global affiliates, NAA encompasses over 95,000 members representing more than 11.6 million apartment homes globally. NAA believes that rental housing is a valuable partner in every community that emphasizes integrity, accountability, collaboration, community responsibility, inclusivity and innovation. To learn more, visit NAA thanks its strategic partners Lowe’s Pro Supply, Yardi and The Home Depot.