2020-2021 Committees

Membership Committee

Laura Rapaport, North Bridge Opportunities
Deputy: Carly Miller, PGIM Real Estate

The Membership Committee identifies potential new members, processes applications for membership, integrates new members into the organization, and hosts various events and gatherings for new and existing members to get to know one another.


Scholars Program Committee

Jennifer Schwartzman, Newmark Knight Frank
Deputy: Maria Kastanis, People’s United Bank

The Scholars Program Committee establishes Scholars criteria and works with universities with dedicated real estate programs to identify candidates to become WX Scholars. The committee establishes eligibility criteria for both Scholars designation and scholarship awards, reviews applications, interviews candidates, and selects recipients. Learn more about the Scholars Program.


Mentoring Committee

Lola Bellini, Wafra Inc.
Deputy: Marta Sanders, Architecture Outfit

WX Scholars are eligible to participate in the Mentoring Program for two years. The Mentoring Committee recruits mentors from the WX membership, matches mentees to Scholars each year, and plans both networking events and substantive programming for the mentees and their mentors throughout the year. Learn more about the Mentoring Program.


Gala Committee

Lauren Cahill, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

The Gala Committee plans the Annual Woman of the Year Gala, WX’s principal fundraising event that supports the WX Scholars and Mentoring Programs, as well as other philanthropic and community involvement initiatives. Learn more about the WX Woman of the Year.


Program Committee

Miriam Harris, Trinity Place Holdings, Inc.
Deputy: Katherine Kelman, L+M Development Partners Inc.

The Program Committee organizes WX’s monthly breakfasts and evening events open to members, WX Scholars and invited guests. Speakers and panelists discuss timely and relevant real estate related topics. Learn more about Programming.


Networking & Special Events Committee

Jean Marie Apruzzese, DRA Advisors LLC
Deputy: Amy Boyle, GTIS Partners

The Networking and Special Events Committee plans the members-only annual welcome back reception, holiday event, year-end reception and summer outing, as well as other networking events for the WX members. Learn more about Programming.


Communications Committee

Mimi Raygorodetsky, LANGAN
Deputy: Deborah Ginsberg, TPG  Real Estate Finance

The Communications Committee develops WX internal and external communications, including the WX website, to keep members informed of WX events and initiatives, and to increase the visibility of the organization.


Philanthropy Committee

Ione Wilsmann, USAA Real Estate

The purpose of the Philanthropy Committee is to evaluate the appropriateness of certain charitable endeavors based on established criteria approved by the WX Board of Directors, and to make recommendations to the WX Board of Directors regarding contribution amounts and activities for member engagement with the selected non-profit organizations.