Affinity Groups

Designed to maintain a small group dynamic even as the Association's membership grows, affinity groups allow members to discuss topics of shared interest. Each affinity group, open to a maximum of 40 individuals from member firms by invitation, is devoted to a specific topic, such as green building, international investment or capital markets. Affinity groups meet during the Spring and Annual conferences and members sign on for two year terms.

How do I join?

Affinity groups present excellent opportunities to dig deeper into specific topics during the major conferences. Interested PREA members should complete the application form and email it to Amy Laffargue, Director of Meetings and Events (860-785-3846).

Affinity Group Leaders

Alternative Real Estate Investment

Denise Olsen
GEM Realty Capital, Inc.

Shawn Veldhouse 
New York State Common Retirement Fund

Capital Markets – Blue Flight

Shawn Lese

Nuveen Real Estate

Bleecker Seaman
Broadshore Capital Partners


Capital Markets – Red Flight

Peggy DaSilva
Allianz Real Estate of America

Chris Miers

Defined Contribution Plans

Adriana de Alcantara

Jani Venter
JPMorgan Asset Management



Matthew Claeys

Kristopher Wojtecki
PSP Investments


Laura Craft

Nils Kok


International Real Estate Investment

Joanne Douvas

Roberta Waxman-Lenz
State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio

Reporting & Valuation

Michael Morrell
New York State Teachers’ Retirement System

Candice Todd
Morgan Stanley



Mark Fitzgerald
USAA Real Estate

Gleb Nechayev
Berkshire Residential Investments