Diversity Leadership Program

DLP Class of 2023

NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) provides up to 15 individuals of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to develop as rental housing industry leaders, virtually and in-person for free. Your complimentary registration to 2023 Apartmentalize, NAA’s largest rental housing conference, will give you a chance to network with your mentor, the rest of the DLP Class of 2023 and the entire rental housing industry. We’ll continue to foster your professional growth with the prospect of participating on a local or national committee, too. You’ll gain an understanding of how to facilitate healthy conversations around diversity and your cultural background in the workplace; recognize how unconscious bias’ influences your interactions and views of others and what you can do to contribute to your company’s diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) efforts; and how to personalize your career growth plan and position yourself for success in the rental housing industry by using strategic leadership and communications skills.

The call for applications for the Class of 2023 has closed. If you would like to be notified when the application period for the Class of 2024 opens, please contact Stefani Hurst

 

Program Information

  • Active NAA Membership
  • Member of an underrepresented group
  • Junior to Mid-Level, with 3-7 years in the rental housing industry
  • Updated resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Professional Reference
  • Acknowledgement of support by supervisor

Apply to Mentor

Submit your application to mentor a Diversity Leadership Program participant.

Time Commitment

Diversity Leadership Program participants are required to attend monthly virtual sessions and NAA's Apartmentalize Conference.

• March 6 - November 3, 2023: Monthly Virtual Sessions (Education Sessions, Reading Discussions, Capstone Calls and Mentor Calls)
• June 7-9, 2023: Apartmentalize (Atlanta, GA) 

Note: All selected candidates are responsible for travel expenses for attending Apartmentalize.

Timeline

September 19, 2022: Applications Open
November 18, 2022: Applications Due
November 28, 2022- January 4, 2023: Application Review
January 11, 2023: Selected Applicants Notified

Meet the Class of 2023

The much-anticipated announcement was made on February 7, 2023, view press release hereMembers of NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program, Class of 2023 are the next generation of leaders with a lot of ideas for the rental housing industry.

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KrisTina Berry
Property Manager
PRG Real Estate/River Oak Apartments
Member of the Louisville Apartment Association

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Diana Briones
Community Manager
Hawthorne Residential Partners
Member of the Greater Fayetteville Apartment Association

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Jensine Chen
Account Executive
Apartments.com
Member of the South East Florida Apartment Association

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Regina Jones Cruz
Training Specialist
Freeman Webb Company
Member of the Greater Nashville Apartment Association

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Lashyra Escobosa
Senior Property Manager
YS Mgmt / The Edge at Greentree
Member of the Delaware Apartment Association

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Irving Lopez Gallarza
Community Director
Centerspace
Member of the Apartment Association of Metro Denver

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William Hall
Leasing Manager
Mill Creek Residential Trust
Member of the Apartment & Office Building Association (AOBA)

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Gerry Jackson
Property Manager
Berkshire Residential Investments
Member of the Apartment & Office Building Association (AOBA)

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Erik Mancol-Bilbo, CAM
Regional Manager
RPM Living
Member of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas

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Teddi Martin
Sr. Community Manager
Greystar
Member of the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association

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Ruth Nwaturuocha
Director of Operations/COO
Brick Town Management/LeavenWealth
Member of the Apartment Association of Nebraska

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Dayana Quezada
Sales Executive
InterSolutions, LLC
Member of the Atlanta Apartment Association

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Joey Vielma
Area Manager
CARROLL Management
Member of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas

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Duy Vu
Director of Marketing
The Associated Management Company
Member of the Detroit Metropolitan Apartment Association

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Dominique Walker
Senior Property Manager
Pegasus Residential
Member of the Coastal Georgia Apartment Association