Introducing the companies:
Artlifting is a social enterprise that champions artists impacted by homelessness and disabilities. Their artists have earned millions through partnerships with 250 corporations.
coUrbanize is an online community engagement platform that empowers people to share their feedback about anupcoming development in their community – without attending a public meeting. They can share their questions, comments and support online, by text or voicemail, in any language. So far, 450+ projects have used coUrbanize to build better projects faster.
Shaw Lupton is a director on the product management team at CoStar, a proptech company. He works at the nexus of design, engineering, marketing, sales, and executive leadership to develop and launch analytic solutions real estate investment professionals depend on to do their jobs. Before becoming a product manager, he helped grow CoStar’s consulting business to serve over $1T in capital as a trusted advisor to some of the company’s largest public and private debt and equity clients in the areas of fundraising, portfolio allocation, and diligence.
Taidgh H. McClory is the Director of Social Impact & Inclusion for MP Boston and also founder of T.H. McClory, LLC, a leading social impact enterprise dedicated to devising and implementing equity, inclusion & diversity strategies for the commercial real estate industry in New England and across the US. McClory’s career in commercial real estate and advertising has spanned over 22 years and includes expertise in strategic planning, commercial real estate brokerage, marketing, brand planning, market research, and economic development. He most recently served as Managing Director/Partner at CBRE/New England, where he led sales management, business development and civic engagement across the New England region. T.H. McClory, LLC (THM) is a certified minority business enterprise (MBE) and social impact enterprise. The firm is dedicated to designing and implementing capital, career and cultural strategies that generate equity & inclusion across the commercial real estate industry. The purpose of our work is to design strategies that build capacity among professionals, companies and investors of color across the CRE industry by growing access to careers, contracts and capital. More specifically this work involves advocating and executing strategies that build career pathways for students of color/women, increase contract participation among MBE/WBE firms, and create economic opportunities for investors of color in commercial real estate. A civic leader and champion of diversity & inclusion, McClory is an active member of Real Estate Executive Council (REEC), a leading professional trade association formed to promote the interests of minority executives in the commercial real estate industry. As part of REEC, McClory serves on the Steering Committee for the Real Estate Exchange (REEX), a summer college and career immersion program aimed at building generational wealth among students of color by connecting them with knowledge, networks and opportunities in commercial real estate. McClory serves on the Urban Land Institute: Responsible Investment Property Council; the board of Massachusetts Economic Alliance (MassEcon); the Executive Council of Diversity & Inclusion for The Partnership, Inc.; as well as a handful of boards and committees focused on economic development, social impact, diversity/equity/inclusion, commercial real estate, education, and philanthropy. Most recently McClory was the recipient of the National Commercial Real Estate Development Association’s President’s Award by the NAIOP-MA Chapter. McClory graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in History and Studio Art. In his local community on the North Shore, McClory serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. John’s Preparatory School, the Cummings Foundation Grant Selection Committee, and a lector at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Lynnfield where he resides with his wife and three children.
Ms. Dara Kovel is the Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Communities LLC, a multi-family housing development, investment, and management company with properties throughout New England, New York, and the eastern seaboard. The company currently owns over 150 communities with more than 18,000 units of housing, with a wide variety of affordable, mixed income and mixed-use projects. Beacon has over 50 years of history creating and maintaining award-winning residential communities that serve a diverse cross-section of society that make enduring contributions to the vitality of the cities and towns where they are located. Dara began at Beacon in 2015 as President of Beacon Communities Development LLC, overseeing the all development activities for Beacon Communities. Dara has been actively involved in the development of affordable housing her whole career. Prior to her joining Beacon, she was Vice President and Chief Housing Officer at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) where she oversaw all multifamily lending and tax credit allocation activities, as well as the homeownership programs. Before working at CHFA, Dara ran the New England office of Jonathan Rose Companies, a New York-based, green, real estate development and investment company. Her previous work was with Mercy Housing California, where she ran the Southern California office and developed affordable housing throughout the state of California. Dara currently serves on the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center’s Workforce Housing Board and Boston Advisory Board, the CHAPA Board, the Housing Navigator and the Home Connecticut Steering Committee. She is LEED accredited and holds a BA and MBA from Yale University.