Multifamily business leaders who work on the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion believe DEI isn’t a problem to solve, but rather, a strategy for solving problems that affect an organization’s marketplace and business planning. NMHC General Counsel, Betsy Feigin Befus; Nareit’s SVP for Social Responsibility & Global Initiatives, Ayris Scales; and Jeff Brodsky, Vice Chair at Related Companies, join host Alison Johnson for a discussion about the challenges to diversifying networks in the multifamily space, and the resources and solutions that are available to address those challenges.
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Betsy Feigin Befus
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Strategic Initiatives
Betsy Feigin Befus is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Strategic Initiatives, with principal responsibility for developing legal strategies and providing guidance to advance organizational goals across NMHC’s functional areas. She also has primary responsibility for the Council’s legal advocacy and amicus brief program. Betsy leads NMHC’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, a comprehensive effort to advance diversity and inclusion for the multifamily housing industry. Learn More About Betsy >>>
SVP for Social Responsibility & Global Initiatives
Ayris is a tri-sector executive who brings years of experience designing and executing fundraising strategies, culturally sensitive communications & equitable initiatives. She has been called on to provide team-building, crisis management, policy development and turnaround operations for prominent elected officials, global brand executives, and highly recognized nonprofit organizations. Her expertise lies in building authentic public-private partnerships, stakeholder engagement, dynamic teams and stakeholder engagement strategies that generate both purposeful and profitable outcomes. Her work supporting benefiting women, entrepreneurs and underinvested communities has landed her in numerous media publications, on main stages and diverse boardrooms. Learn More About Ayris >>>
Jeffrey I. Brodsky is Vice Chairman of Related Companies where he works closely with Related’s executive team to optimize business development and drive improved performance and results across the platform and internationally. Mr. Brodsky joined Related’s affordable housing development group in 1982, has been an Executive Vice President of Related Affordable for 18 years, and served as President of Related Management from 1997 through 2015. He also leads Related Companies’ initiative to increase diversity, equity and inclusion within the company and the broader real estate industry. Learn More About Jeff >>>
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