Anitra is a trusted advisor, real estate industry leader, and change agent in Greater D.C. As counsel in Miles & Stockbridge’s Washington, D.C. office, she represents clients in commercial real estate transactions, including developers in the disposition, acquisition and development of mixed-use, commercial and residential projects. She is the 2015 “Member of the Year” by the African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) and a past honoree on Lawyers of Color’s inaugural “Hot List.”
In addition to her involvement with AAREP, she serves in various leadership roles with the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, the Nominations Committee for the Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section of the District of Columbia Bar, and Commercial Real Estate Women. She also serves on the board of New Endeavors by Women, which partners with homeless women to help them achieve greater self-sufficiency and independence.
While with other firms, Anitra spent the last eight years representing Hines, an international real estate firm, in its development of CityCenterDC, a 2.5 million square foot, mixed-use project in the heart of D.C. It is a career highlight that the high-end project became a reality and attracted high-end retail, while enduring the economic recession and four administrations. Anitra was honored by CREW for this project. She is currently working with an up and coming developer on a “mini city” in a Maryland suburb of D.C.
Flexibility with design changes, market fluctuation, and administration turnover over the life of a D.C. project, make Anitra a “go to” lawyer. She anticipates a long and difficult process with many moving parts and has said, “I wrap my arm around each project, adapt to change and stay the course.”
And others are learning this same approach. Anitra is currently mentoring seven African American women in the early stages of their commercial real estate careers in D.C. Her goal is to create a network that did not exist when she began her career. Each woman is required to “pay it forward” by mentoring seven women of color, so the mentees become mentors. This way, the network continuously grows. In fact, upon her retirement, Anitra expects to read about major commercial real estate deals in which her mentees are involved in and collaborated on together.
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Anitra holds various leadership positions with industry and community organizations. Among them, she is a board member and “2015 Member of the Year” for the D.C. Chapter of African American Real Estate Professionals. She also serves as the co-chair of the Housing Committee for the D.C. Building Industry Association, which emphasizes affordable housing in the area.
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