In the public sector, Shawna directed real estate procurement services for the General Services Administration (GSA)’s Public Building Division. She managed office lease contracts from the initial requirements phase to lease execution, and tenant move-in phase. During her tenure, she closed over $225 Million in transactions, and was recognized for negotiating an office lease in record time.
Shawna’s earlier work with LRES focused on both landlord and tenant representation to procure retail leasing opportunities by providing market analysis of shopping centers, urban retail storefronts and land parcels. Some of her projects where she provided leasing services included; Lowe Enterprises’ City Vista, WC. Smith Company’s Shops at Park Village, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Anacostia Economic Development Corporation’s Anacostia Gateway, United House of Prayer’s 7th Street Retail, The Salvation Army’s Solomon G. Brown Center, and Forest City Enterprises’ Science and Technology Park at John Hopkins (Phase I). Shawna’s efforts contributed to the sale or lease of several challenged real estate sites.
Prior to LRES, Shawna provided commercial real estate services for NAI Michael Companies. She completed sales transactions for residential land, industrial, office and retail properties. Her most prominent work for the Prince Georges Redevelopment Authority, resulted in a mixed-use redevelopment project valued at $15 Million. The project, Victory House and Palmer Park Village Shopping Center, (69 Senior Units and 47,000 sf of retail), included land assemblage, use of eminent domain, environmental clean-up and tenant relocation services.
Shawna is a member of several industry trade associations including, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)., Past President, and Executive Board Member for Women In Retail Real Estate (WIRRE), Member of the District of Columbia’s Building Industry Association (DCBIA), Founding Board Member and Past President of the Landover Revitalization Coalition (LARC), (an organization dedicated to community redevelopment and neighborhood improvement).
Shawna attended Morgan State University and Howard University, and holds a BS Degree in Telecommunications. She volunteers her time as a guest lecturer on Commercial Real Estate Practice for graduate students. Shawna additionally mentors aspiring commercial real estate professionals, and shares her passion for transforming and improving neighborhoods.