As a development officer in the nonprofit sector with a passion for real estate development, Jessica Hanmer believes the MS in Real Estate Development offered by Mason School of Business will give her the skills and knowledge to focus on affordable housing development.
“I sought to better understand the inner workings of the real estate development process,” she says of her decision to enroll in the real estate program. “In particular, I hoped to learn about affordable housing finance – an important skill to have as affordable housing demand continues to outpace supply nationwide.”
Hanmer is a grant writer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development nonprofit that connects hard-to-tap public and private resources with hard-to-reach communities. Because real estate is a primary interest of LISC, much of her writing focuses on the financial and technical support LISC delivers to move affordable housing, commercial corridor, and community facility projects forward in under-resourced communities. After graduation in May 2019, she hopes to grow within the organization.
Prior to attending Mason, Hanmer earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University and a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University. She is honored to be an EagleBank scholarship recipient, which will help her complete the program with no additional debt.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree, but it is a significant time and financial commitment. Receiving a scholarship has increased my confidence and confirmed to me that I’m on the right path toward a fulfilling and challenging career.”