Senior leadership team
Tom Burkert Senior Vice President, Development Tom Burkert has over 13 years of experience in commercial real estate development. He has developed residential, commercial, hotel, and retail properties throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In his current role at Redbrick LMD, Tom is focused on the development… Continue reading Senior leadership team
Tom Burkert has over 13 years of experience in commercial real estate development. He has developed residential, commercial, hotel, and retail properties throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In his current role at Redbrick LMD, Tom is focused on the development of the Bridge District.
He’s previously held roles as a Managing Director for Wood Partners, concentrating on ground-up development of new multifamily opportunities. His responsibilities included site sourcing, JV financing, entitlement, design, construction oversight, and operations oversight. Prior to Wood Partners, he worked for Alliance Residential and The JBG Companies, now JBG Smith (NYSE: JBGS). Tom has an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BA in economics from the University of Virginia.
Sohael Chowfla has more than a decade of experience in commercial real estate development. In his current role at Redbrick LMD, Sohael is focused on the development of the Bridge District and acquiring and developing new opportunities for the company.
Prior to joining Redbrick LMD, Sohael was a Director of Development for EDENS, where he was involved in the acquisition and development of over 2.7 million sf of residential, retail, office, and hotel assets across the Washington, DC metropolitan area. At EDENS, his primary responsibilities included site acquisition, entitlements and permits, JV structuring and financing, design and construction oversight, leasing, and disposition. Previously, Sohael worked as an architect and urban designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco, CA, where he provided design and development advisory services for commercial and institutional clients in Asia and the United States.
Sohael is a member of the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board and is a licensed architect in DC, MD, and VA. Sohael received a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Rice University and a Master’s in Urban Planning with a focus on Real Estate and Urban Development from Harvard University.
Jason Cross leads Redbrick LMD’s Investor Relations group and supports capital formation, fund administration and stakeholder engagement. As a former licensed securities professional, Jason developed a wealth management practice serving high net-worth individuals and families for Fortune 50 financial institutions & investment banks during his career in financial services.
Prior to joining Redbrick, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Mayor of the District of Columbia serving in the Executive Office of the Mayor, and later as Deputy Director of the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority responsible for day-to-day operations related to the redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His responsibilities included negotiating the acquisition from the US Army and the disposition to the master developer, managing federal grants & contracts, as well as community & stakeholder engagement.
Jason is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Philosophy and a concentration in Economics & Finance. He serves on the board of Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region and as Vice-President of the St. Albans School Alumni Association Board.
Paul Elias has over 35 years of experience in commercial and residential construction, with 25 of those years focused on the Washington, DC metropolitan area. His responsibilities at Redbrick LMD encompass all aspects of Preconstruction and Construction, including managing the design process, permitting, budgeting, scheduling, procurement, contract negotiation and construction management.
Prior to joining Redbrick, Paul was the Senior Vice President, Director of Construction for JBG SMITH, where he managed a large team of construction professionals to complete over 80 ground-up developments valued at $4.5 billion. He was the 2018 Chairman of the Board of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington and presently serves as past chairman.
Sam Hoffman is responsible for capital markets strategy and investment activity at Redbrick LMD. Prior to joining Redbrick he worked for Carr Properties, where his responsibilities included capital markets strategy and execution, financial analysis and reporting, corporate forecasting, and budgeting. During his tenure there, Sam participated in over $3.2 billion of real estate equity and debt capital markets transactions. He previously worked for Hersha Hospitality, where he supported real estate investment and financing activity for a publicly traded lodging REIT and structured operating agreements and contracts for a privately held hotel management company. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves on the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission of Alexandria, VA.
Sam received his B.A. from American University’s School of International Service and his M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Mei Li has the day-to-day responsibility for all areas of entitlement, predevelopment and development of Redbrick LMD’s project at St. Elizabeths East. Mei has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate including acquisitions, dispositions, development and financing.
Starting her career at Oxford Properties Group in acquisitions, Mei has completed $4 billion transactions and has managed the development of 1.8M SF of office and 750 multifamily units. Mei is active in CREW DC and ULI Washington. She holds a BA, MBA and is a graduate of ULI Washington’s Regional Land Use Leadership Institute.
Trisha A. Miller oversees fundraising, investor relations, marketing, operations and product development for Redbrick LMD. She has over thirty-five years of experience working with various wealth management platforms in the distribution of investment products. She is a Certified Financial Planner® and holds several securities licenses, including the Series 7 and 24 licenses.
Previously Trisha acted as Executive Managing Director of Robert A. Stanger, where she served as a consultant to institutional real estate managers and other alternative asset managers to assist with the development and implementation of their retail fundraising capability. Prior to that, she was CEO of Starwood Capital, LLC, the broker/dealer affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a $60 billion private equity firm with a primary focus on global real estate. In addition, she was CEO, Head of Distribution and National Sales Manager at Carey Financial, LLC, W. P. Carey’s broker-dealer, where she led the capital raising function for real estate and credit funds for nine years. Trisha earned her B.A. from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
Lindsay Morton serves as Redbrick LMD’s Director of Community Engagement and Corporate Impact. She is staunchly involved in and focused on community preservation, engagement and progression, with experience at both the local and national levels. Lindsay recently served as the Director of Community Engagement in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where she advised the senior attorneys and led community initiatives under the direction of Attorney General Karl A. Racine.
Before that role, she served as Director of the Healthy Markets Program at Martha’s Table where she launched Joyful Food Markets — an after-school grocery program that provides healthy food and nutrition education to over 6,000 elementary students each month. She also aided in the development and opening of a one-of-a-kind Whole Foods Market "community store" in New Orleans, LA. Lindsay earned her B.S. in business from Boston College and a Master’s in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.
Amber Smith has over a decade of experience in accounting, private equity fund management, and commercial real estate. At Redbrick LMD, she oversees the accounting and finance team. In this role she is focused on strengthening the core accounting and finance functions and assisting with company-wide decision-making and performance tracking.
In prior roles she oversaw the accounting and daily operations for investment funds with over $1.25B of assets under management at JBG Smith, formerly JBG. In her most recent role as a Senior Manager at Baker Tilly Amber audited and advised real estate private equity investment funds and closely held real estate companies. She was also chair of the Growth and Retention of Women committee and focused on mentoring future female leaders at the firm.
Amber is a member of CREW DC. She is a CPA and received her B.A.s from the University of Maryland where she graduated Cum Laude.
Britt Snider has two decades experience working in real estate development, investments, asset management, and leasing and has overseen the development of office, residential and retail assets across the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Prior to joining Redbrick LMD, Britt held positions as Executive Vice President at JBG SMITH and Principal in the Development group at The JBG Companies. Previous to JBG, he worked in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Friedman Billings Ramsey where he participated in over $750 million of real estate capital markets transactions. Britt is a Trustee Emeritus and former Chair of the Board of Trustees at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the DC Building Industry Association and is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute, NAIOP and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He received his B.A., Cum Laude, from Amherst College and his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Todd Steighner has over 30 years of experience in commercial design, development and construction, including 20 years in the Metropolitan Washington Area. He started his career in the traditional practice of architecture and over the last half of his career has applied that experience representing owners.
At Redbrick, LMD, his main responsibilities include Preconstruction and Construction, focusing on all stages of design and construction with an expertise in mixed-use, multi-family projects.
Prior to joining Redbrick, LMD, he was Vice President of Construction for JBG Smith, formerly JBG, where he focused on design, quality assurance, product procurement and construction. During his 12-year tenure there, Todd completed over 15 projects with combined construction costs in excess of $1.1 billion. He was on the Board of Directors for the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects from 2015-2019 where he offered an owner’s perspective relative to architectural services.