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With roots in a rural community and being raised on a working Virginia farm in Southside Virginia, Mitzi Mason Lee has always been interested land use and the intricacies of community connections and relations. She is well-equipped to work toward original and inventive real estate solutions thanks to her professional background, distincti
With roots in a rural community and being raised on a working Virginia farm in Southside Virginia, Mitzi Mason Lee has always been interested land use and the intricacies of community connections and relations. She is well-equipped to work toward original and inventive real estate solutions thanks to her professional background, distinctive real estate expertise and experience, and desire for leaving the world better than she found it.
Mitzi has over 30 years in commercial and institutional real estate experience, including 16 years focused on university work. With that background she brings the best in the business under one roof with KindCollabs!
I played a significant leadership role in the delivery of comprehensive services for VCU and its affiliated real estate foundation resulting in approximately $150 million in key real estate transactions and development projects. My experience spans more than three decades in the commercial real estate in the public sector, including higher education and state agencies. My profile and portfolio of real estate work are diverse, comprising innovative transactions and projects ranging from urban to rural to land conservation matters all over the state of Virginia.
My experiences have taught me a deep understanding of how institutions, health, and civic organizations model as anchors in communities where they reside (anchor institutions). Principally, institutional real estate resources can be accessed and leveraged for economic development measures and the greater good of the community. Opportunities exist for owners to embrace the responsibility their economic impact involves and expand their mission to grow into an anchor mission. Consciously combining long-term, place-based economic power with human and intellectual capital to serve their respective communities, institutions become critical anchors of stability at local, state, and national levels. My acute sense of community cross sections and vision lends to leveraging low hanging fruit that identify value-added real estate activities and programming.
I have contributed to and participated in various professional and nonprofit organizations focused on community engagement and development, including VCU’s Council for Community Engagement, Longwood University Foundation, Storefront for Community Design, Richmond District of the Urban Land Institute on the Management Committee, and the Association of University Real Estate Officials as an officer. My deep-rooted interests in “community and environment” led me to grass roots efforts, resulting in the founding of the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia. In 1997, I co-authored one of the first chapters addressing institutional real estate in the Association of Physical Plant Administrators’ manual for facilities management.
B.S. - Longwood University
Graduate Certificate in Public Management - VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute
VA Real Estate License, #0225240828
I spend my personal time with family and in varietal gardening, including Virginia native plants and am a graduate of the Virginia Master Naturalist program.
● Planning Steering Committee and Master Plan Working Group
● Urban Community Engagement
● Storefront for Community Design, past board member
● Urban Land Institute
● Longwood University Foundation, board 2011-2014
● Association of University Real Estate Officers
● Equity & Diversity and EEO Committees
● Organization of Wildlife Lands & Realty Specialists, affiliate of the IAFWA, President, 2004-05
● Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, past president and board member
● Co-Author, Chapter on Real Estate Management, (APPA) Facilities Management: A Manual for Plant Administration, Part IV: Facilities Planning, Design, Construction, and Administration
● Leadership New River Valley
● Town of Blacksburg (town-gown)