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Diversity Leadership Program

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Diversity Leadership Program

The National Apartment Association is pleased to announce that the 2021 Diversity Leadership Program Call for Applications is now open for participant and mentor applications.​ NAA will be accepting applications from November 9 through January 15, 2021. 

NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) provides up to 15 members of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to develop as a leader in the rental housing industry. Participants who are considered junior to mid-level will gain leadership experience through mentoring, and training as part of the yearlong program. The program is a crucial aspect of the NAA’s leadership diversification strategy intended to identify, mentor and engage members from underrepresented minority groups.

Upon completion of the Diversity Leadership Program, participants will be able to:

  • Gain understanding and comfort of your cultural background. 
  • Learn how unconscious bias’ impact your view of others and interactions with them. 
  • Develop insight on how you can contribute to D&I efforts at your company.
  • Advance your leadership and communication skills to position yourself for success in a diverse world.
  • Learn how to facilitate healthy conversations around diversity in the workplace.
  • Develop a personalized career growth plan to achieve a leadership role within the rental housing industry

To apply as a participant or mentor for the 2021 NAA Diversity Leadership Program, please complete the online participant application form or the mentor application form by January 15, 2021. 

Apply Here

**Application deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021

Time Commitment

DLP members are required to attend all virtual education sessions, as well as participate in mentor calls and capstone project calls.


If accepted, DLP participants will receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary registration to NAA’s Apartmentalize.
  • Assigned a mentor who is a leader in the rental housing industry and will be involved in regular mentorship calls.
  • Opportunity to participate on a committee at the national or local level.
  • Applications will be reviewed based on letter of recommendations, personal statement, and program commitment during the review period in early February.
  • All selections will be made by members of NAA's Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Application Requirements
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Professional Reference
  • Letter of Support by Supervisor
  • Considered Junior to Mid-Level Career from an Underrepresented Group.
  • Employed a Minimum of Three Years in the Rental Housing Industry
  • Current NAA Member
Contact Information

For a program overview and application information, please email Sara Keene.


November 9, 2020: Applications Open

January 15, 2021: Applications Due

February 1-12, 2021: Application Review

February 19, 2021: Selected Applicants Notified

February 26, 2021: Diversity Leadership Program Kick-Off Call

Mentor Details
Mentoring is a vital to the Diversity Leadership Program participants success. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for one of the 2021 participants, please apply here by January 15, 2021.

2020 Diversity Leadership Program Class

Jordan Campbell
Community Manager
Shippy Properties
San Antonio, TX
  Angel Davila
National Maintenance Trainer
Monarch Investment & Management Group
Franktown, CO
  Dion Harris
Community Manager
Burkely Communities
Greensboro, NC
  Moneque Horsey
Director of Sales
BG Multifamily
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Delila House
Regional Training Specialist
Germantown, TN
  Cristina Istrate
Asset Management Senior Analyst
Chevy Chase, MD
  Jeremiah Mangrum
Property Manager
Somerset Apartment Management
Little Rock, AR
  Jamie Medina
Property Manager
Bella Investment Group
Flagstaff, AZ
Brian Polley
Senior Regional Manager
Sundance Property Management, LLC
Cincinnati, OH
  Sierra Rasmussen
Community Manager
Portland, OR
  Camron Shelton
Regional Director
Minneapolis, MN
  Lynett Smith
Property Manager
Atlantic Pacific Management Company
McDonough, GA
Gicel Suarez
Property Manager
Apartment Homes by Tonti
Metairie, LA
  Sara Wood
Director of Operations
Sunset Property Solutions
Cincinnati, OH