Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee - 2021


Outgoing Chair: Jonathan Manheim, HAL Real Estate,
Co-Chairs: Serena Sayani, Stokes Lawrence and Jenny Chin, Pacific Program Management
Incoming Chair: Gregory Swinton, NBBJ

Board Liaison: Chris Beza, NBBJ and Tess Wakasugi-Don, GLY


Our vision is to build and develop a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within the commercial real estate industry in the Puget Sound. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is established to ensure that the chapter’s programming, events and other activities reflect the cultural, gender, age and other aspects of our diverse market. The focus is on acting as a resource and leveraging partnerships to attract and develop diverse talent industry-wide.


  • To build board/chapter commitment to multicultural and diverse programming and policies and create best practices for application at the member and company level.
  • To actively recruit the next generation of diverse candidates to careers in commercial real estate.
  • To promote, plan and coordinate events that connect diverse members and support healthy careers and growth opportunities.


The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee meets the third Thursday of the month in Seattle. Contact one of our chairs for information about joining this committee; NAIOPWA members have access to the complete member directory via the NAIOPWA app. You must be a NAIOP Washington State member to serve on committees.