Diversity Leadership Program

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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 been extended through Friday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m.

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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.


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 2022

Members of NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program, Class of 2022 are the next generation of leaders with a lot of ideas for the rental housing industry.


Faith Barker
Marketing Director
Pioneer Acquisitions
Member of the Chicagoland Apartment Association


Nikita Bhappu-Abbaspour
Director of Communications
Valet Living
Member of Bay Area Apartment Association


Camil Davis
Assistant Property Manager
SL Nusbaum
Member of the Virginia Apartment Management Association


Amanda DeHart
Digital Marketing Manager
RPM Living
Member of the National Apartment Association


Vanessa Grayson
Business Manager
Lincoln Property Company
Member of the Apartment Association of Kansas City


Ariel Guzman
Regional Director
Member of the New Jersey Apartment Association


Heydyn Hernandez
Regional Sales Manager
CORT Furniture
Member of the South East Florida Apartment Association


Ricardo Lawson
Community Manager
Member of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association


Caleaya Miller
Assistant Community Director
Highmark Residential
Member of the First Coast Apartment Association


Christine Munda
Regional Support Specialist
Berger Rental Communities
Member of the Pennsylvania Apartment Association


Eddy Perez
Regional Property Manager
Wendover Group
Member of the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando


Gio Ponce
Senior Property Manager
Element 47 by Windsor
Member of the Apartment Association of Metro Denver


Saniya Regmi
Training and Development Associate
Goodman Real Estate
Member of the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association


Epiphany Smith
Community Manager
Blue Ridge Companies
Member of the Upper State Apartment Association


Nichole E. Wiley
Senior Community Manager
BRG Realty Group
Member of the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association


Capstone Presentations

Within NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program, participants work in small groups to develop real solutions for advancing diversity and inclusion in rental housing. Watch the Capstone Presentations from the Class of 2021.

The Bridge Program
DLP Participants Monica Frazier, Meaghan Mannion and Wesley Dean present “The Bridge Program”, a year-long program designed to “bridge the gap” between corporate and onsite team members.

DLP Alumni and Mentor Network
DLP Participants Buddy Bryson, Jason Cantu and Staci Hasman present “Diversity Alumni Network and Resource Center”, a mostly virtual hub for knowledge and resource sharing for past, current and future members of the DLP program.

Inclusive Spaces
DLP Participants Samantha Harvey, Ishea Shepherd and Ruha Vorha present “Inclusive Spaces”, a network and education initiative for emerging leaders.

From Onsite to Insight
DLP Participants Dana Duckworth, Destiny Igiebor and Rita Khan present “From Onsite to Insight”, a comprehensive plan to move minority women from onsite and vendor suppliers to the executive level.

D&I Hubspace
DLP Participants Crystal Dukes, Julianna Kim and Jessica Romero present “Diversity & Inclusion Hubspace”, a platform where individuals can share their stories, offer support, and access Diversity & Inclusion resources.

Stay tuned for the DLP, Class of 2022's Capstone Presentations!