We are proud to announce the winners of our first ULI Rising Leaders Scholarship Program, supported by the ULI YLG Member Engagement Committee. Meghan Trossen, Stephanie Roa, Dave Johnson, and Garrett Jerkovich were selected over many qualified candidates based on their prior involvement in ULI, their professional goals and how this scholarship will help them to advance their contribution to ULI. The goal of this program is to increase involvement in the ULI Washington community by affording the recipients the ability to attend several signature events throughout the year to build relationships. For more information on the winners, please see their bios below!
The following ULI Washington events and activities are included in the scholarship program package. You can follow the winners’ experiences after each event through blog posts on ULI Washington’s website and on Linkedin.
ULI Membership ($220 value)
ULI Fall Meeting, September 2019 ($1440 value)
Annual Mentor Program, September 2019 – May 2020 ($75 value)
Trivia Night, October 2019 ($100 value)
Annual ULI Trends Conference, April 2020 ($150 value)
Learn from the Best, March 2020 ($40 value)
Plus one event of their choice (up to $40 value)
Congratulations again to the recipients of this year’s scholarship program. Please reach out to ULI’s Membership Engagement Committee with any questions you may have about the scholarship.
2019 ULI Rising Leaders Scholarship Program Scholarship Winners
Assistant Project Manager
Connell & Schmidt
Dave has a background in coding but pivoted to real estate after moving east of the river and seeing the need for equitable development. He currently manages development and construction for a residential design-build firm on Capitol Hill. He’s an advocate of creating mixed-income communities and a contributor to Greater Washington.
Stephanie is a landscape architect at LandDesign – a highly-collaborative design firm offering urban design, planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering and branding services both nationally and internationally. She enjoys working at a variety of scales ranging from urban mixed-use design to agrarian-focused master planned communities to small complex site design. As a socially responsibly designer, Stephanie is passionate about creating high-performance landscapes that strengthen connections between people and place. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park and is an advocate for sustainable landscape solutions, achieving both LEED Green Associate and SITES AP credentials. Stephanie is a contributing writer for Land8, where she enjoys writing about the pressing issues and transformative innovations that are driving the profession forward.
Director of Programs and Partnerships
The Tysons Partnership is a nonprofit membership with a mission to accelerate the transformation of Tysons into a 24/7 live, work, play urban destination. Meghan oversee Board Member recruitment, growth of Tysons Council Program (Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Land Use and Emerging Leaders), new signature Tysons campaigns and events, volunteer coordination, and internal continued education programs
Garrett J. Jerkovich
NorthMarq Capital Finance
DUS Production Management Analyst
Garrett Jerkovich left his hometown of Council Bluffs, IA and joined NorthMarq Capital Finance in Washington, DC after graduating from the University of Iowa in 2017. NorthMarq Capital Finance (NCF) is one of Fannie Mae’s Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS ® ) Lenders and a subsidiary of NorthMarq, the nation’s largest privately held servicer and provider of commercial real estate debt and equity. As the head analyst of NCF’s western region, Garrett is the point of contact for financing multifamily properties with Fannie Mae at each of NorthMarq’s mortgage banking offices from Colorado westward. Specializing in the origination and underwriting of multifamily loans,
he has screened or underwritten billions of dollars in debt, including a transaction recently featured at Fannie Mae’s 2019 DUS ® Meeting last May. In addition, Garrett is significantly involved in the implementation of technology and various projects at NCF.
As a member of ULI since November 2017, Mr. Jerkovich has served as a committee member, participant, and moderator. He is currently a member of the ULI Young Leaders Group Education Committee, ULI Washington Real Estate Trends Conference Committee, a participant in the ULI Mentorship Program, and attends various events (happy hours, Learn from the Best, etc.) throughout the year.