Friday, December 8, 2023

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Welcomes New Vice President of Real Estate

(Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) recently welcomed Diane E. Branch, Esq. to serve as the foundation’s vice president of real estate.

“I am thrilled to bring my experience to the team at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to further support its vision,” said Branch. “I fully recognize the importance of real estate to the overall financial health and well-being of the foundation, and I am ready to meet the challenge.”

Branch brings with her over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry as she takes on her new role with CWF.

According to a CWF news release, “Branch most recently was awarded a grant sponsored by Columbia University. This proposal attempts to broaden and deepen the understanding of racial inequities in real estate that impact the Black community.”

Branch’s past positions within the industry include acting as a senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle where she was responsible for leasing transactions with Fortune 500 clients. She played a role in strategic planning as associate vice president at Howard University, a position where she was responsible for developing the plan for the university’s first real estate office. Branch also served as District of Columbia’s project manager for The Gallery Place and Mandarian Hotel Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Bonds that contributed to early revitalization projects of downtown DC.

“Under Diane Branch’s leadership, we will continue to work closely with the city, our partners, and the Greater Williamsburg community to think beyond our traditional infrastructure to reimagine Williamsburg’s shared spaces and maintain the traditions and history that shape our community,” Colonial Williamsburg’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Kevin Patrick said in a news release.

As Vice President of Real Estate, Branch will manage a portfolio of around 400 parcels.

According to CW, these parcels represent, “[M]ore than 1,900 acres of developed and undeveloped land in the City of Williamsburg, James and York counties.”

For more information on the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, please head over to its official website.

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