NAA Selects 2022 Diversity Leadership Program Participants

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ARLINGTON, VA|March 7, 2022– The National Apartment Association (NAA) has selected the candidates for the 2022 Diversity Leadership Program (DLP).

Founded in 2020, NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program annually provides 15 individuals of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to grow and learn from leaders in the rental housing industry. Participants, who are considered junior to mid-level (3-7 years in rental housing), gain leadership experience through mentorship and training as part of the yearlong program. The program is a crucial aspect of NAA’s leadership diversification strategy intended to identify, mentor and engage individuals from underrepresented minority groups.

“This year’s Diversity Leadership Program class represents the next generation of leaders in rental housing,” said Bob Pinnegar, NAA President and CEO. “Building off the program’s successes in its first two years, I look forward to working alongside our leaders of tomorrow to find tangible solutions to advance diversity and inclusion throughout our industry. NAA is hopeful that the DLP will cultivate strong, diverse and reflective industry leaders for generations to come.”

The DLP Class of 2022 will meet virtually each month through November. Throughout the year, participants will take part in education sessions, reading discussions and mentor meetups. The program will conclude with a virtual graduation and capstone project presentations, where participants work in small groups to develop and identify a real solution for advancing diversity and inclusion in rental housing.

Members of this year’s class are listed below. Additional details on the program and the Class of 2022 participants can be found here.

Faith Barker

Pioneer Acquisitions

Nikita Bhappu-Abbaspour

Valet Living

Camil Davis

SL Nusbaum

Amanda DeHart


Vanessa Grayson

Lincoln Property Company

Ariel Guzman


Heydyn Hernandez

CORT Furniture

Ricardo Lawson


Caleaya Miller

Highmark Residential

Christine Munda

Berger Rental Communities

Eddy Perez


Gio Ponce

Element 47 by Windsor

Saniya Regmi

Goodman Real Estate Management

Epiphany Smith

Blue Ridge Communities

Nicole Wiley

BRG Realty Group


About NAA
The National Apartment Association (NAA) serves as the leading voice and preeminent resource through advocacy, education, and collaboration on behalf of the rental housing industry. As a federation of 145 state and local affiliates, NAA encompasses over 91,000 members representing more than 11 million apartment homes globally. NAA believes that rental housing is a valuable partner in every community that emphasizes integrity, accountability, collaboration, community responsibility, inclusivity and innovation. To learn more, visit NAA thanks its strategic partners Lowe’s Pro Supply, Yardi and The Home Depot.