The Building a Better Future Summit examined how technology can be used to make buildings be more sustainable. It is relevant for anyone in real estate, PropTech, sustainability, and investments to understand the opportunities of what is possible through new technologies. The Summit explored real-world applications that leverage data, sensors and transformative technologies to achieve higher productivity, better wellbeing, and sustainability goals. In light of the US's Climate Mobilization Act and New York City's Local Law 97 the topics covered are especially relevant today on how create a sustainable future for real estate.
Calandra Cruickshank is the founder and CEO of StateBook International, a patented, digital location intelligence platform that provides strategic economic insights powered by data science to inform the optimal locations for real estate investments . She supports companies expanding and relocating with data-driven risk analysis, labor assessments, and more, and works with opportunity zone funds to determine which markets indicate the best opportunities for investment. Calandra also works closely with economic development organizations (EDOs) to provide them with technology-driven, digital marketing tools to help attract new businesses, jobs, funding and resources to their communities. She also partners with site selection firms to provide SWOT analyses, industry assessments and strategic plans for EDOs.
Passionate about data, Calandra advises proptech, fintech and govtech firms on how normalized public and private data can be integrated into their own platforms and applications to derive deeper and more meaningful data insights for their customers.
As co-chair of Women in PropTech in New York City, Calandra advocates increased adoption of innovative and disruptive technologies in real estate and is dedicated to promoting thought leadership, tackling diversity, and empowering women in the industry.
Emily King is currently the Head of Innovation at the Consulate General of Canada in New York, leading a team of Trade Commissioners who support Canadian companies in developing their international business. As a diplomat and Trade Commissioner with seventeen years’ experience with Global Affairs Canada, Emily has served in assignments as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Ottawa, Syria, Jordan, Halifax, and New York. Emily is also a former restauranteur, a parent of three, and holds a BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University. She inspired by the power of the public service to tackle both practical and systemic challenges, with an eye toward the greater goals of progressive improvement and shared growth.
Chief Development Officer at Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Johanna is the Chief Development Office at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, overseeing Real Estate Development, Planning, Transportation, and External Affairs as the Yard embarks on a new era of expansion and building. She leads the rezoning and Master Plan development efforts for the Yard, particularly the creation of a new building typology for urban manufacturing and its ground-up construction. Prior to joining the Yard, she served as the Director of Planning and Development at Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company focused on urban innovation, where she oversaw program (residential, commercial, and retail) as well as land-use negotiations and engagement with the real estate community for Sidewalk’s development project in Toronto. Before that she was in private real estate development, designing, entitling, and building a large-scale mixed-use project on the Brooklyn waterfront. She is a land-use lawyer by training and spent five years working for Mayor Bloomberg, helping to lead the economic development team at City Hall. She was responsible for delivering the first-micro unit building in NYC, completing the Highline, and implementing the Citi Bike system.
Rachel Loeb is Chief Operating Officer of New York City Economic Development Corporation where she oversees and directs the Corporation’s strategic priorities for real estate, asset management and planning. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Loeb was a senior executive member of World Wide Group, a NYC-based private real estate development company. She served as Project Executive overseeing all aspects and phases of the development process. Before joining WWG, Ms. Loeb was a Senior Director of Development for AvalonBay, where she was responsible for the development of over 1400 apartments. Ms. Loeb worked in Boston for GLC Development and began her career in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she worked on the Saigon South development, an 8000-acre new town community. In her career, she has built over 2,000 residential units and executed over $1.5B of mixed-use real estate. Ms. Loeb was named one of Bisnow’s Power Women of New York Real Estate and to the Crain’s NYC 2011 40Under40. She received the Spirit of the City Award, given by the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Ms. Loeb is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in History, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned a Masters in City Planning. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
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