Colleen Fonseca

Episode 69: Colleen Fonseca

EP 69 with Colleen Fonseca from February 22, 2024

Colleen Fonseca is the Executive Director of the Builders of Color Coalition (BCC), where she is responsible for leading the development and expansion of programming to increase access and diversity in Boston’s commercial real estate sector. Prior to her role with BCC, she served as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Jorge Elorza on COVID Recovery and as the Director of Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity for the City of Providence. She currently sits on the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA) Board of Directors, City of Boston Steering Committee to Advise on Reforms to Article 80 Development Review, DCAMM Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Access, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and City of Providence Equal Pay Task Force. Colleen is a graduate of St. John’s University.

During this episode, we chat about:

  • How Colleen got into her role as the Executive Director of the Builders of Color Coalition (BCC)
  • What it was like for her to start a career in commercial real estate with no prior experience in the sector
  • The differences between Providence and Boston
  • How BCC has supported people of color and minorities in commercial real estate
  • Success stories of BCC
  • Programs that BCC is offering
  • How having a mentor has helped Colleen
  • Attracting talent in the commercial real estate space
  • The many boards Colleen is on and how they’ve helped her career

And more. Tune in as we chat about all things commercial real estate.

Access the full transcript here.

Watch the episode on YouTube here.

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