DMAR Connect Powered by our Community Alliance Committee
WHEN: Friday | May 21, 2021 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
WHERE: Online, hosted through Zoom
WHY: How can we work to ensure that homeownership is not only available but attainable? There are solutions. Join us for a special discussion on race, real estate and the contemporary effect of redlining on neighborhoods and residential property values. Our guest speakers - Katie McKenna, Denver Market Director at Enterprise Community Partners, Jamar Hardy, a founder of Just Deeds and real estate broker at Edina Realty and Michael Brooks, Sales Executive at Fidelity National Title Denver - will discuss how real estate practices, federal loan programs and even local ordinances combined to reinforce the process known of redlining, which may have been outlawed decades ago, but its effects are still very much evident to this day. This is your opportunity to learn how you and your business can grow while working to be part of the solution.
PRICE: Free for DMAR members
About Our Speakers
Katie McKenna, Denver Market Director at Enterprise Community Partners, leads the organization’s work to advance equity through community development and affordable housing programs in the Denver Metro region. Katie has expertise in affordable housing policy, community engagement, organizational sustainability, affordable multifamily development and affordable homeownership. She holds a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Jamar Hardy is the managing broker of Edina Realty’s office at 53rd Street and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his nearly two decades in real estate, he has emerged as a leading voice in the industry, particularly in the area of expanding opportunities for historically underserved communities in housing, real estate careers and beyond. Jamar chairs Edina Realty’s Diversity and Inclusion team and is responsible for helping guide the area’s largest real estate company into the future with an eye on increasing diversity within each of the 70-plus company offices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. He is an active member of the company’s recruiting panel and has contributed to a number of corporate initiatives and events, including a guest appearance on Edina Realty’s podcast where he encouraged people to “join the conversation” around inclusion.
Michael Brooks enjoys playing an active part in helping clients realize their dreams of homeownership. Known for his calm demeanor, foresight and extensive knowledge of the industry from over 20 years of experience, Michael is an indispensable member of the Fidelity team. Michael is a board member of the LGBTQ+ Alliance and the Asian Real Estate Association of America's Greater Denver Chapter. He is also a member of NAR, CAR and DMAR, and sits on their Community Alliance Committee. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and is an Accredited Jewelry Professional through the Gemological Institute of America.