Who We Are

Experience, Integrity, Values
Akridge's leadership possesses a wide range of commercial real estate expertise and is dedicated to providing service, innovation, and results. Our senior management team represents decades of experience transforming the landscape of our cities.

Akridge Leadership

John E. Akridge III

Chip Akridge, Founder and Chairman of the commercial real estate firm bearing his name, is an innovator in the industry, a committed advocate of community initiatives in the Washington, DC, region, and a dedicated supporter of philanthropic and charitable organizations.

Chip founded the firm in 1974 to specialize in commercial real estate in downtown and suburban Washington, DC. Since then, Akridge has acquired, developed, or entitled more than 14 million square feet of office, industrial flex, residential, retail, and entertainment space in the metro area.

As chairman of the company, he is responsible for corporate oversight and strategic planning. He continually focuses on developing the highest-quality products and delivering superior Client service.

Chip leads the commercial real estate sector in regulatory, legislative, and financial changes in Washington, DC. He was the first to use the “Woodies Act,” which enables developers to lease the air-rights above and below a public area in order to join properties.

Chip was also the first to use the DC Tax Increment Financing Program to build a mixed-use complex that revitalized the city’s downtown core.

He worked closely with the city government to develop innovative legislation that created the housing linkage program, Business Improvement Districts, and regulatory guidelines to improve the water quality of the Anacostia River.

Chip has served as a member of the Economic Development and Executive Committees of the Federal City Council, and as chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Emergency Preparedness Task Force.  He has received numerous industry awards.

A strong advocate for the environment, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Maryland/DC, and various agencies of the city government. Chip testifies frequently in support of environmentally friendly legislation before the DC Council, and the Maryland State House and Senate. He is committed both personally and professionally to sustainable building design – earning numerous Smart Growth awards, more than any other developer, and the LEED Accredited Professional designation. He is also an EPA Energy STAR partner and has been recognized by the Garden Club of America for his environmental work.

Chip is a leader in philanthropic and civic organizations throughout the Washington, DC, area. He is the founder and  chairman of the Trust for the National Mall, a non-profit created to assist the National Park Service to restore and improve The National Mall.

Previous philanthropic leadership initiatives include: chairman of The John Akridge Homeless Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, member of the Board of Trustees of The Georgia Tech Foundation, and member of the President’s Advisory Board of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Chip is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and a Vietnam veteran. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate Development from Harvard University.

Matthew J. Klein

Matt Klein is President and CEO of Akridge, a commercial real estate investor, developer, and operator. Matt has over 30 years of hands-on real estate experience and has been President of Akridge since 2001. Headquartered in Washington, DC since 1974, Akridge has developed, acquired, and/or entitled more 14 million square feet of project in the Washington metropolitan area and currently has over $2 billion in real estate assets under management (including third party management) and over 100 employees. The company has an inventory of development projects in the pipeline totaling more than 9 million square feet. 

Matt is responsible for the strategic and operational direction for all aspects of the company’s business, including property operations, strategic planning, corporate governance, acquisitions, development, finance, and partner relations. Matt initiated and directed the strategy and successful institutional fund raising associated with the Akridge Office Fund, a comingled, closed end, discretionary investment fund. He also led the successful joint venture with Jefferson Apartment Group, the Akridge multi-family affiliate.

Under Matt’s leadership, Akridge has been recognized locally and nationally for its customer service, innovation, investment results, and community involvement. The company has received a long inventory of awards and recognition including, the National Capital Area Business Ethics Award, numerous Firm of the Year Awards, and has been featured in Washingtonian magazine and Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. Akridge has been recognized eleven times nationally by CEL & Associates as the “Best in Industry” for customer service, competing against high-performing, national management companies. The company is also frequently honored with awards for its efforts in community involvement, innovative development projects, and operating practices as well as for sustainability and smart growth initiatives.  

Matt is immediate past Chairman of the ULI Washington District Council and Chair of ULI Washington’s Governance Committee; a past Chair of the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce; past Chairman of the Board for the Downtown Business Improvement District; on the Board of Directors of the DC Policy Institute; a member of The Greater Washington Board of Trade, the World Presidents’ Organization and, the Federal City Council; and, has served on the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee and Streetcar Advisory Task Force.

Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University.

Thomas W. Wilbur

Tom Wilbur, Executive Vice President of Akridge, manages real estate development projects and the acquisition of properties for development or redevelopment. Since joining Akridge in 1982, Tom’s expertise in project financing and development has contributed enormously to the company’s growth and success.

Among his many development projects, Tom has overseen the development of The Homer Building (450,000-square-foot office building); 1200 New York Avenue NW (200,000-square-foot headquarters building for the American Association for the Advancement of Science that pioneered green technologies); Gallery Place (1-million-square-foot mixed-use retail, entertainment, office, and residential project); the Victor Building (400,000-square-foot office building with historic preservation); and Rock Springs II (200,000-square-foot headquarters for Lockheed Martin in North Bethesda).

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development, engineering, and construction management. Previously, he was a project engineer at Harza Engineering, an international engineering firm, where he worked in Iran for two years managing the construction of a concrete arch dam and an adjoining hydroelectric power plant.

A leader of professional and civic organizations in the Washington community, Tom has served as the president of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, and as the chairman of the Downtown Business Improvement District.

He is an honorary member of The Real Estate Group and Lambda Alpha International. Tom has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of Washington.

Tom has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Brian A. Cass

Brian Cass is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Akridge. He is responsible for the fiscal management of Akridge. He also oversees the firm’s Finance, Accounting, and Asset Management. Brian also manages the Akridge Office Fund, and provides strategic direction for the operating portfolio and all lender relationships.

Since joining Akridge in 2001, Brian has managed several assets disposition, tax deferred recapitalizations, loan originations, and refinancing. He was heavily involved in funding the Akridge Office Fund in 2005 – both raising capital and the investor subscription processes. The $120 million fund is a discretionary pool of capital used to acquire high-quality and profitable commercial assets in the Washington metropolitan area. The fund has enabled Akridge to have instant access to capital and keep pace with rapid deal flow in the Washington real estate market. Brian provides seasoned management of the fund, thereby helping to bring profitable returns to investors.

Brian has over 20 years of financial and consulting experience, including management positions in corporate finance, management consulting, public accounting, and small business development. Previously, he was the Director of Corporate Finance for Charles E. Smith. He has also been the System Administrator/Accountant for Centennial. Prior to those positions, he co-founded a business which provided computer programming, network installations, equipment and financial consulting to large corporations and non-profits, including Hyatt Hotels and the National Association of Home Builders.

Brian is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information Systems from George Mason University.

Sarah A. Knutson

Sarah Knutson is the Chief Operating Officer for Akridge. She is responsible for the leadership and direction of internal company functions, as well as a member of the Akridge senior management team. Her responsibilities include overseeing daily operations and providing strategic oversight of property operations, marketing and communications, general counsel, information and technology, human resources, and office administration.

Since joining Akridge in 2005, Sarah has developed a comprehensive understanding of the company by dedicating herself to various concentrations within the organization. Sarah began her career at Akridge as a member of the Development team; Initially focusing on interior Client construction management, then moving to base building construction, and ultimately to development management. Sarah has worked on several noteworthy projects including, 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, The Preserve at Westfields, Gallery Place, and the Homer Building. Sarah has managed all aspects of the development cycle including entitlements, design, marketing, construction, tenant fit-out, and disposition. In 2013, Sarah further increased her responsibilities by joining the Management Committee, which focuses on internal corporate operations.

Sarah has over fifteen years of experience in real estate related fields. Before joining Akridge, she worked for Carr America in Dallas, Texas and the Clair Company in Portland, OR.

Sarah is a member of both the DC/Maryland and the Virginia chapters of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). She is also a member of the DC/Maryland chapter’s Board of Directors. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science from Duke University, where she majored in both Mechanical Engineering and Economics.

Kathryn L. Barnes

Kathy Barnes oversees the Akridge regional portfolio and is responsible for all property management and field engineering services. Her focus is on developing innovative Client services and delivering superior building operations management for all Akridge Clients.

Kathy is an expert in many areas of property management, including sustainability, Client-investor relations, financial reporting, operating plans, risk management, and physical structure maintenance.

Under her leadership, the company has been recognized nationally as the “Best in the Industry” for customer service for 11 years by national benchmarking firm CEL & Associates.

Akridge has also won seven TOBY (The Office Building of the Year) Awards, which recognize quality and excellence in office building management as judged by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International.

Kathy joined Akridge in 1981 in an administrative role. Over the following 35 years at the company, she gained extensive experience in commercial real estate management services. Gaining more responsibilities as the company grew, Kathy was a property manager and vice president of property management before getting promoted to her current position.

For many years, Kathy has been active in the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) as a member of the Board of Directors, past president (1999) and treasurer (2000-2002).

In 2006, AOBA awarded her the Sydney Glassman Award, which honors outstanding leaders for their career contributions to the real estate industry on a senior-management level. Kathy is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District.

Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, has earned the Real Property Administrator designation, and is a Certified Property Manager.

Stephanie F. Brown

Stephanie Brown, Senior Vice President at Akridge, is responsible for all aspects of administration and human resources at Akridge, overseeing talent acquisition, benefits strategy and implementation, leadership development and performance management, and employee relations.

Under her leadership, Akridge has been named by the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian magazine as a Best Place to Work, and most recently was named by the Washington Business Journal as the second Healthiest Employer among area companies with 100-499 employees.

In addition, her administration of corporate ethical policy and behavior earned Akridge the National Capital Area Business Ethics Award. She is a tenured executive with over 30 years of experience with Akridge, including service in the roles of Chief Accountant and Controller.

Stephanie is actively involved in the Washington Real Estate Personnel Forum and the Senior Human Resources Roundtable of Washington. She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Her community engagement includes positions at her church, where she served on the personnel committee, taught various classes and previously with the Girl Scouts of America, where she was recognized as the “Outstanding Leader of the Year.” She also has been an active fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma  Society.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech University.

Michael G. Gill

Mike Gill is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Acquisitions for Akridge.  He oversees acquisitions of real estate projects throughout the metropolitan DC area as well as engaging in project financing, entitlements, design, construction, and leasing.

Since joining Akridge in 2003, Mike has contributed to a broad range of Akridge investments that include, Gallery Place, Falls Church Gateway, Loudoun Parkway Center, Urbana Corporate Center, the DC Evidence Control Facility, 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, 1200 Seventeenth Street, 2800 Eisenhower Avenue, 1701 Rhode Island, and 1101 Sixteenth Street. Prior to joining Akridge, Mike was an Associate in Merrill Lynch’s Real Estate Investment Banking program and was an engineer with Schnabel Engineering Associates.

He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and is a member of many professional organizations such as the Real Estate Group, the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Mike has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and holds both a Master and a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Adam M. Gooch

Adam Gooch, the Director of Development and a Senior Vice President for Akridge, supervises the day-to-day efforts of the Development department and provides strategic guidance for the firm’s development and acquisition projects.

Since joining Akridge in 2005, Adam has completed over $550 million of acquisitions and development of mixed-use projects in the Washington metropolitan area. He has been responsible for many of the firm’s projects, including 1690 Old Meadow Road, Half Street, 100 V Street, Carroll Square, the Cato Institute, and the International Monetary Fund Headquarters renovation.

Among many others, he has spearheaded the company’s efforts to locate a $150 million major league soccer stadium on Buzzard Point, created the Half Street Fairgrounds outside of Nationals Ballpark, and managed the acquisition of Burnham Place, a 3-million-square-foot air-rights parcel north of Union Station in Washington, DC.

Adam has over 18 years of experience in commercial real estate construction and development. Prior to joining Akridge in 2005, he worked for a large public REIT in New York City, where he assisted in feasibility analyses of new development projects in midtown Manhattan.

Adam also managed the construction of large hotel and multi-family projects for an international general contractor in Los Angeles, and worked as a civil and geotechnical engineer for an ENR top-100 engineering firm based in New Jersey.

Adam is affiliated with several professional organizations and has been a featured speaker for numerous industry groups focusing on urban mixed-use development. He is currently a member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and the Urban Land Institute.

Adam has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Geology from Bucknell University.

Benjamin A. Meisel

Ben Meisel has been Vice President and Managing Director of Leasing at Akridge since 2008. 

Ben has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of West, Lane & Schlager Realty Advisors, specializing in tenant and landlord representation, strategic real estate consulting, and representing many of the Washington, DC area’s leading landlords. In that position, he was responsible for more than two million square feet of leased properties in which he developed strategies to enhance the value of each asset through strategic positioning of the asset in the marketplace, identifying and target marketing to suitable prospects, and aggressively executing the marketing plan. 

The Washington, D.C. Association of Realtors recognized Ben with the Multi-Million Dollar Commercial Leasing Club Award and honored him as a life member in 1998. Involved in professional and philanthropic organizations, he is a Member of the Washington, D.C. Commercial Association of Realtors and the Capitol Hill Business Association. Since 1999, he has worked as a volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and currently serves on the charity’s Executive Committee. In addition, he sponsors the Takoma Park Boy’s Club in Takoma Park, Maryland. Ben received a Bachelor of Arts from Elon University.

Andy Pace

Andy Pace, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Akridge, is responsible for overseeing the provision, supervision, and coordination of all legal advice to Akridge and its affiliated entities, whether through the direct provision of services or the coordination of services from outside providers.

He supports all aspects of the company’s operations and serves as the central point of contact for the assessment of legal issues for the firm.

Andy has more than 30 years of legal experience in both private companies and law firms, and he was formerly a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC.

He possesses a broad range of legal experience in the real estate arena, including real estate finance (on both the debt and equity sides), tax matters affecting real estate and joint ventures, and construction contracting.

In addition, Andy has extensive experience in addressing corporate compliance matters. He has worked in the past with private, public and non-profit entities, and has a deep understanding of the unique issues that affect them all.

Andy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, the State of New York, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Wilbur E. Pace

Wil Pace, Vice President of Leasing, oversees more than two million square feet of Akridge’s downtown Washington, DC portfolio. His primary responsibilities include office and retail space marketing, lease negotiation, financial analysis, Client retention and investor reporting.

Since joining Akridge in 1993, Wil has completed more than 550 lease transactions totaling over four million square feet and representing more than $1.3 billion in aggregate lease value. In addition to private sector lease transactions, Wil has significant experience leasing space to the Federal Government, having completed leases with the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Wil has earned CREBA's Multi-Million Dollar Club Award every year since 1999, and he has ranked in the top 10 producing agents in Washington, DC multiple times. Wil holds a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from High Point University. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins University MBA Association and a licensed DC Real Estate Broker.

Thomas A. Russo

Tommy Russo, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, is a nationally recognized leader in technology advancement, innovation, cyber security and the Internet of Things (IoT). Under Tommy’s supervision, the Akridge technology team works closely with development, property management, and building engineering to provide state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise to ensure the most efficient and cost effective support and enhancement of all building systems. Every building system in the Akridge portfolio receives the trained, experienced, and creative attention of the Akridge technology team. Tommy uses the latest technology solutions to confirm that Akridge maximizes property revenue and optimizes performance and reliability.

Since joining Akridge in 1997, Tommy has provided innovative services to internal and external Clients. Most notably, he installed the first complete neutral-host, in-building wireless system in a multi-Client building nationwide (The Homer Building in Washington, DC). Additional creative technology services include the design of a wireless Web-based camera that can be linked to project Web sites for construction monitoring, allowing investors and project managers to observe their asset while under construction. This innovation has proven integral to preventing unnecessary construction expenses, as it provides verification of on-site progress and circumstances. Tommy also assists with Akridge’s green efforts, promoting energy-efficiency across the firm’s portfolio.

Under Tommy’s vision the Akridge technology value proposition includes the optimum performance in building connectivity, rooftop management, riser management, infrastructure security, wifi, and cellular service for every Akridge managed property.

His professional designations include Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA).

Tommy is often sought after to speak on emerging technology trends in commercial real estate. Notable among his speaking engagements are; The MIT Sloan School of Management’s World Real Estate Summit, BOMA’s International Convention, BOMA’s National Advisory Council, and the Building Energy Summit.

Robert E. Schofield Jr.

Bob Schofield, Senior Vice President of Development and Director of Design and Construction, oversees the design and construction of all development projects. His responsibilities also include project feasibility evaluation, acquisition, entitlement, and finance.

With over 25 years of experience in real estate, Bob has managed $1.95 billion of construction and development work, including over 3.5 million square feet of office space and over 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use space.

Bob has a passion for architectural design as well as construction. Since joining Akridge in 2000, he has been responsible for the execution of all of Akridge’s large commercial real estate projects such as Gallery Place, 1201 Eye Street, 900 Seventh Street, Carroll Square, 700 Sixth Street, 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, and 1200 Seventeenth Street. He has also been responsible for the acquisition and planning of Burnham Place, a 3 million-square-foot development to be built over the tracks at Washington’s Union Station. Bob manages the execution of over 9 million square feet in Akridge’s development pipeline.

Prior to joining Akridge, Bob founded the Washington office of Construction San Jose, S.A., and developed the company into a $35 million-a-year contractor. He was also Vice President of Operations for Pavel Enterprises, Inc., and spent the first eight years of his career as a general contractor working for Clark Construction.

Bob is a member of many professional organizations such as the Washington Building Congress, the Urban Land Institute, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He participates in the Leadership Committee of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, is the Past Chapter President of NAIOP, and currently serves on their Board of Directors.

Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with a focus on Structural Engineering, from Bucknell University.

 

Joseph G. Svatos

Joe Svatos is responsible for the acquisition and development of new projects, including strategic planning, structuring, and implementing project development and team management.

He has been involved with the entitlement and development of award-winning office, industrial, and mixed-use projects in Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland, and Washington, DC, for over 30 years. Throughout his career, he has developed more than 30 buildings totaling 2 million square feet. 

Some of Joe’s most recent projects include One Reston Town Center, One Tysons East, Westfields, and 555 Mangum Street in Durham, North Carolina.

One Reston Town Center will be a 400, 000-square-foot trophy office building developed in the nationally recognized Reston Town Center. Joe structured a joint venture with the existing land owner.

One Tysons East in Tysons Corner will be developed into a 220,000-square-foot trophy office building adjacent to a recently opened suburban transit station. The transaction was a complicated, tri-party agreement that involved relocating the existing property user to new space and acquiring their existing land. 

Westfields involved the acquisition of 70 acres in a suburban office park that will subsequently be rezoned to mixed-used, increasing its value significantly. 

555 Mangum Street, a 240,000-square-foot trophy office buildng in downtown Durham, marks the company’s first project in the Carolinas as part of a strategic geographic expansion.

Twice, Joe has been instrumental in the largest land sale in the state of Maryland. The first sale was 125 acres to Coca-Cola, and the second was the sale of 65 acres to the Social Security Administration for its $400 million National Data Center.

In 2010, Joe led the team securing the award for the development of the 115,000 square-foot headquarters for Legal and General America, and master planning for the 2 million square-foot Villages of Urbana in Urbana, Maryland.

He has also successfully completed entitlement work for mixed-use projects including the $100 million Spectrum in Falls Church, Virginia, and the $250 million Fitzgerald in Rockville, Maryland. 

Joe formed The Svatos Company in 1988 (a joint venture with Akridge), which developed office and flex/industrial projects throughout Maryland. Prior to operating his own company, Joe managed Lee Sammis Associates Inc., in which Copley Real Estate Advisors invested $200 million. He also worked for the Washington office of Prudential Real Estate.

Joe is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the Urban Land Institute and the Northern Virginia and DC/Maryland chapters of NAIOP. Joe earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia.

David Toney

David Toney, Vice President of Development for Akridge, is responsible for coordinating all aspects of development activities from acquisition to completion. His responsibilities include acquisition, financing, entitlements, design, construction, marketing, and leasing.

In addition to other development pursuits, David currently oversees One Reston Town Center, a planned $220 million, 23-story office tower located in Reston, Virginia, 555 Mangum Street, a planned $85 million, 240,000 square-foot office project in Durham, North Carolina, and 2100 L Street, a planned $150 million office project that includes the renovation of an adjacent historic school building.

Since joining Akridge in 2005, David has completed or assisted in over $1.2 billion in acquisitions and development. He managed the 700,000 square foot Half Street mixed use development in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, the expansion of the Cato Institute headquarters building located at 1000 Massachusetts Ave, 700 Sixth Street, a 300,000 square foot ground up office building, 1016 Sixteenth Street, a renovation and conversion of an historic building to office condominiums, and Gallery Place, a 1 million square foot mixed-use project in Chinatown.

Previously, David was Senior Project Manager at the Clark Construction Group, where he oversaw construction of the US DOT Headquarters building, the Washington Convention Center and Arlington Gateway Office Building. Prior to that position, David worked for Shawmut Construction in Boston and in San Francisco for William Turnbull Associates Architects.

His is an active member of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, the Urban Land Institute, and is a former Vice President of the African American Real Estate Professionals.

David has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Real Estate from Georgetown University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

Meaghan E. Treanor

Meaghan Treanor is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Akridge. She develops and executes Akridge’s corporate and property marketing initiatives, as well as communications, branding, and public relations.

Meaghan has over ten years of experience in commercial real estate. Since joining Akridge in 2012, she has been involved in every facet of Akridge’s marketing initiatives. Her expertise ranges from corporate branding, Client events, and proposals to developing marketing strategy and executing all marketing initiatives. She manages corporate communications, investor relations, project marketing, and brand management.

Meaghan has extensive marketing experience across the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining Akridge, she worked at Clark Construction, where she led the proposal process for new business opportunities. She directed the submission of multimillion dollar proposals, from RFP issuance through final submission. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst at JLL, where she developed SWOT analysis on both a market by market and a global level to help develop corporate strategy.  

Meaghan is a current member of CREW DC and Commercial Real Estate Marketing (CREM). She also volunteers as a member of the JDRF Real Estate Games Committee. Meaghan graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. 

David Tuchmann

David Tuchmann, Vice President of Development for Akridge, coordinates all aspects of the development cycle including acquisitions, entitlements, design, marketing, financing, leasing, and construction of real estate projects in the Washington region.

Currently, David manages Burnham Place, a proposed 3 million square foot, mixed-use, air rights development adjacent to Union Station. Burnham Place will complement the station’s expansion plans, which will more than double its passenger capacity. He also manages the redevelopment of a 100,000 square foot trophy class office building at 1701 Rhode Island Avenue, the former site of the Dupont Circle YMCA. David is also the Chair of Akridge’s Investment Committee. 

Since joining Akridge in 2005 David has led a successful design and rezoning of a condominium and retail project in Upper Northwest DC. He led initial master planning efforts to build a soccer stadium in Southwest Washington and has also negotiated land acquisitions in local emerging markets.

With 15 years of real estate related experience, David previously worked for several affordable housing nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and also worked for a community foundation and educational institutions. 

David serves on the Board of Directors for the NoMa Business Improvement District. For the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, he served for eight years as the Vice Chairman of the Environmental Committee. He also recently served for three years as a Member of the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership Steering Committee.

David has lived in Capitol Hill, five blocks from Union Station, since 2005. He has a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Real Estate from the Yale School of Management. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.

Dodd Walker

Dodd Walker, Vice President of Development for Akridge, is responsible for land acquisitions and development. He leads development project teams through the processes of design, entitlements, leasing, marketing, financing, joint venture structuring, contractor selection, and construction.

Since joining Akridge in 1998, he has been active in all aspects of acquisitions, development, finance, and due diligence. As Development and Acquisition Manager, he had a leadership role in two of the largest downtown land transactions in Akridge history - Constitution Square and Buzzard Point at 100 V Street. In addition, Dodd was the Development Manager on Akridge’s first LEED Platinum building, which was one of the first in Washington, DC. Currently, he is the Project Manager for nearly $400 million of projects in various stages of production.
 
Dodd has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, specifically as a loan asset manager, commercial real estate lender, and most recently in acquisitions, finance, and development for Akridge.

In addition to being a Member of the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Group, and the African American Real Estate Professionals, Dodd serves on the Board of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District.
 
Dodd received a Bachelor in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

Scott Gaiser

Scott Gaiser, Operations Manager for Akridge, is responsible for the overall operations of all buildings in the Akridge portfolio.

Currently, Scott manages a staff of approximately 30 building engineers. In addition to overseeing the operating conditions of all Akridge’s properties, he ensures that building teams implement preventive maintenance programs so that Clients receive superior service. Scott is also involved in the development, construction, utilities/energy conservation, and due diligence of new and existing buildings.

Previously, Scott served as a Senior Associate of Property Operations for Paramount Group, Inc., where he was responsible for managing the operation of approximately a million square feet of trophy assets in the Washington, DC and Virginia portfolios. In this role he was also responsible for the preparation of operating and capital budgets, as well as the oversight of capital improvement projects and personnel. Prior to joining Paramount Group, Inc., Scott was an Associate in the Investment Banking group at FBR Capital Markets & Co., where he assisted with financial underwriting and developed materials associated with raising new capital. Prior to that, Scott spent seven years on active duty as a Naval Officer in the United States Navy, serving as the Auxiliaries Engineering Officer on a Guided Missile Cruiser and then as a Staff Officer at the Pentagon.

Scott has a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the United State Naval Academy.