She Builds

She Builds is a committee comprised of professionals in the real estate industry dedicated to Rebuilding Together NYC’s mission. By volunteering, they not only support RTNYC but also partner non-profits delivering much needed services and supports.

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She Builds is a powerful collaboration between neighbors and partners who are dedicated to advancing housing and community issues affecting women.

SheBuilds Image 3 - Rebuilding Together NYCWomen-led and women-focused, She Builds, provides critical repairs for women-headed households and women-focused community spaces to empower women to maintain safe and healthy homes, make a difference in their communities and build a supportive community network.  Participants come to the builds with a myriad of experiences and skills to share and learn from each another. Programming includes participation in a home or community center renovation led by women, home repair trainings on how to maintain safe and healthy homes and leadership training and mentoring to encourage community participation and empowerment. Participants learn basic carpentry and plumbing skills, electrical safety do’s and don’ts and other on-the-job training while working on these repair projects to improve the health and safety of their own living conditions.

Today, more women are living independently and owning their own home than ever before, yet according to the National Women’s Law Center, more than one in eight women and more than six in ten children live in poverty. Additionally, two-thirds of low-wage workers are women working for just $11.50 or less, most without a spouse’s income to rely on to support their family. Female-headed households with children have a much higher prevalence of repair needs and costs than other household types. She Builds addresses those needs by bringing together neighbors, volunteers, community leaders, local organizations, and corporate partners who are dedicated to advancing the housing and community issues affecting women. 

She Builds program outcomes for women homeowners, community members and volunteers: 

  • Improved ability to perform basic home repair tasks 
  • Improved sense of self-worth 
  • Greater connection to community and network of supportive women 
  • Increased partnerships between women-owned and women-led businesses and nonprofits and women in need 

She Builds in Action - New York City, NY 

Each fall, Rebuilding Together New York City organizes a community revitalization event with 100+ volunteers from the real estate industry to improve a nonprofit facility that supports under-resourced women and their families. The program harnesses the technical knowledge and skills of high-powered female real estate industry leaders to promote safe and healthy living conditions for women and families across New York City. 

In 2019, Rebuilding Together New York City renovated the Sarah Powell Huntington House, a shelter for formerly incarcerated and women and their children managed by the Women’s Prison Association. Volunteers helped with repairs and renovations that included mold abatement, upgrades to the childcare floor, repainting of rooms and hallways, upgrades to the shared outdoors space and more. Volunteers completed nearly 800 hours of volunteer service at the Sarah Powell Huntington House making a real difference in the lives of 29 women, 46 children, and the Women’s Prison Association and local community. 

She Builds Committee


Laura Jackson

Founder, SL Green Realty Corp.
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Laurie Grasso

Co-Chair, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Esi-Kilanga Bowser

Turner Construction

Lauren Calandriello


Mariana Circiumaru

Cain International

Trisha Connolly


Mia Grasso

Helen Hwang WEB

Helen Hwang

Meridian Investment Sales

Ari Kapiloff

Ares Management
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Valerie Kitay


Michelle Kleger

Kensington Vanguard

Lisa Knee

Eisner Amper

Lesley Lisser

Invesco Real Estate
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Rachel Loeb

Benenson Capital Partners

Shallini Mehra

Meridian Investment Sales

Madeleine Roy

The Domain Cos

Amanda Ryzowy

L+M Development Partners

Jessica Sherman

Douglaston Development

Amy Sole

MSM Equities

Maysa Vahidi

Arbor Realty Trust

Register today - Upcoming events

November 14, 2023
8:30 AM
She Builds 2023

Past events

September 30, 2022
9:00 AM
She Builds 2022