ULI Triangle Hosts History of Segregation Part I: Land Use Policies and Beyond
ULI Triangle Presents History of Segregation in the Triangle Part I: Land Use Policies & Beyond.
In this program, our expert panelists discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion throughout various sectors of the built environment including development, land use, and affordable housing. Click here to view a recording of the program.
About Our Speakers
Mavis Gragg| Founder
The Gragg Law Firm
Mavis Gragg’s Bio Mavis is a seasoned attorney and conservation professional with nearly two decades
of experience in real estate, conflict resolution, estate planning, and probate. Mavis serves as the Director of the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Project at the American Forest Foundation. Prior to this role, Mavis founded the Gragg Law Firm, PLLC in which she assisted her clients in estate planning, estate administration, and heirs property matters. Drawing from her experience, in 2020 Mavis co-founded HeirShares, which is developing an app designed to empower landowners to navigate complex heirs property ownership.
Mavis serves on the Board of Directors for Triangle Land Conservancy and is a member of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority. With her sister, Mavis co-founded Black Women Drone and the Gragg Family Fund. A native of Black Mountain, North Carolina, Mavis is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., Industrial Relations) and Pepperdine University School of Law (Juris Doctor and Master of Dispute Resolution).
Robb Brown | President & Founder
Denver Retail Group
A prominent retail strategist who leverages his extensive experience in commercial retail and airport environments to stimulate purposeful community engagement with real estate and improve financial performance. Robb’s entrepreneurial intent is refreshed through the lens of the self-coined field of “Social Impact Software “or (SIS) as represented by Guard My Vote. For each project engagement, DRG companies seek to deploy SIS to derive custom citizen segmentation forecasts, performance metrics, and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) benchmarks. The leading authority on “Social Capital Stack” implementation to drive targeted and monetized involvement of local community members in real estate development.
Robb is the founder of The Denver Retail Group, a collaborative retail advisory that assists airports, landlords, public agencies, and tenants in mixed-use environments. Prior to DRG, he was the Regional Director of Leasing for Forest City Enterprises. Robb graduated from Bates College (B.A, Spanish with concentrations in Economics and French) and attended Harvard School of Design’s Real Estate Program.
Nicole Furnace | Founder
Nicole has over a dozen years of experience in corporate real estate strategy and residential development and sales and is licensed real estate professional in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC. Her real estate interests focus on middle housing, boutique residential and mixed use development and the design and the acquisition, renovation and sustainability of naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH). In her community focused work, Nicole works to change policies and advocate in the affordable housing space, community engagement, equitable development and new urbanism to support less car dependent, walkable and bikeable communities. Impacted by her professional experiences as a Black woman in White centered real estate industry, she founded Roots Consulting, as an effort to coach and consult with peers and colleagues in the industry to educate and understand the history of racial discrimination in land use/acquisition, real estate policies and the impact these policies have on communities of color. Roots Consulting aims to create equity and racial justice allies and advocates to generate sustainable change in the real estate landscape.