People

 

  • David Zucker

  • Chris Achenbach

  • Susan Maxwell

  • Jody Golden

  • Jesse Rivera

  • Renee Laposa

  • Ivan Anaya

  • Christina Vigorito

  • Adena Mansback

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David Zucker

LEED AP—Principal, Director of Development

 

David co-founded Zocalo spurred by a commitment to development that balanced investment returns, community impact and environmental respect.

David focused on downtown development as soon as he arrived in Denver in 1990.  David’s first project was the Lofts over the Wynkoop Brewery. Since the Wynkoop, David established the vision for historic conversions such as the Downtown Denver and Downtown San Diego Courtyards by Marriott, which utilized the Historic Investment Tax Credit. In Denver, David was one of the first developers to work through, develop and sell deed-restricted, for-sale units at Silver State Lofts, a program that codified in the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. 

Since formation, Zocalo has quickly become among the best respected development companies in Colorado, recognized for thoughtful, innovative, well-timed and skillfully-executed projects.  As a LEED-Accredited Professional, David oversees all aspects of project development and management to ensure they meet project specifications, budgets and timelines.  As recognition, David received the Denver Business Journal's Developer of the Year award for 2012.

David received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is interim board chair of the State Housing Board and was chairman of the board of directors of community jazz station KUVO and co-chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership's Housing Council.  David co-founded the University of Denver's Affordable Housing Conference and co-chaired the Conference's first five years.

David has an appointment to Mayor Hancock's Task Force on Affordable Housing.  He received the Affordable Housing Leader of the Year Award for 2006 from the Denver chapter of the Enterprise Foundation.  

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Chris Achenbach

RA, Principal, Director of Construction


Chris is a licensed Architect, General Contractor, and co-founding Principal of Zocalo Community Development, Inc. As Director of Construction, Chris manages the design and construction of urban, LEED certified mixed-use projects for Zocalo, serving as General Contractor or Construction Manager, depending on project requirements. This architect-led, design-build approach maximizes value, streamlines decisions, and is fundamental to the delivery of high quality sustainable projects.

Recent projects include Cadence Apartments, 219 units in the Central Platte Valley Apartments (LEED Gold registered); Solera Apartments, a 120 unit LEED Gold building completed in 2010; Riverclay Condominiums, a 62 unit mixed-use project and the first condominium building in the Rocky Mountain region to be certified LEED Silver; Zocalo Condominiums, a 42 unit mixed use project; and 2020 Lawrence, a 231 unit LEED Gold apartment building.

Chris received a Psychology degree from the University of Vermont and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado. He has served as Chair of the Colorado Urban Land Institute (ULI), member on the ULI Colorado Executive Committee, and is Co-Founder of the ULI Sustainable Communities Committee. He has served as Vice Chair of ULI Colorado, on the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Sustainable Building Task Force, and the Denver Mayor’s Development Advisory Committee.

Committed to sharing green-building knowledge, Chris has been an instructor for the ULI Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI Program), and a mentor for the ULI Partnership Forum program. He is a frequent presenter at conferences including the Urban Land Institute Speaker Events Series, The Colorado Urban Green Conference, The Multi-Family World Conference, and The National Association of Homebuilders. He has served as a guest instructor at regional universities including the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, Colorado State University, and Naropa University of Boulder.

Awards and commendations received included: Denver Business Journal 2012 Powerbook Award - Residential Developer of the Year;  Apartment Association of Denver 2011 Tribute Award - Best Use of Technology at Solera Apartments;  University of Denver Burns School of Real Estate – 2010 Project of the Year Award for Solera Apartments; Environmental Defense Fund – Top Real Estate Innovation of 2009 for the Riverclay Solar Mortgage Program ; University of Denver Burns School of Real Estate – 2008 Project of the year Award for Riverclay Condominiums; Denver Micro Business Development Corp - 2007 Business Leader of the Year; University of Colorado Research Competition – 1st place for the design of An Affordable Alternative Materials House; and the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute Steve Dach Memorial Award – Honorable Mention for the Design of An Affordable Masonry home.
 

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Susan Maxwell

CAPS, Principal, Director of Real Estate

 

Susan Maxwell is a Principal at Zocalo and brings more than 25 years of progressive executive management and leadership experience as the Director of Real Estate.  Having served the multi-family industry for some of the largest, most respected brands she implements an exquisite knowledge of operations and property management that allowed her to create Zocalo’s property management division.  Susan is integral in the acquisition and development planning for Zocalo’s future projects, working directly with equity partners.

Susan leads all community operations for Zocalo Community Development including budgeting, financial reporting, and cost containment procedures from project conception through execution.  She developed Zocalo’s property management foundation, standards of excellence and service culture through the implementation of the entrepreneurial spirit to her team.  She encompasses the communication of the organization’s brand and service mentality through community branding, strategic planning, sales and training, marketing and media relations, process improvement and implementation, online marketing and web reputation. Employing a robust process for evaluating opportunity gaps to capitalize efficiencies, advance reputation and drive performance. These skills are implemented as Susan oversees Zocalo’s latest urban apartment developments 2020 Lawrence and Cadence Union Station. 

Leveraging traditional and online channels to promote communities and their LEED certification lent its hand to Zocalo’s receipt of the exceptional 2012 PowerBook Award from the Denver Business Journal in Residential Real Estate for Solera.   The revenue management and outstanding leasing accomplishments also contributed to Solera being sold at the highest per unit price in Colorado history.

Her inimitable balance of innovation, analytical skills, creativity and leadership have made Susan a pioneer in the operations role for the Metro Denver real estate market and gained her a place as a finalist in the prestigious Apartment Association of Metro Denver’s 2011 Tributes Awards as Most Outstanding Executive.

Susan has worked across multiple channels with Greystar Real Estate Partners, Riverstone Residential Group, and Lincoln Property Company overseeing new developments, identifying new management opportunities and cultivating relationships with future and existing clients.  She enhanced relationships with equity partners to increase business development across portfolios.  Prior to joining Zocalo, Susan served as the Regional Vice President for Campus Advantage where she oversaw a fluid portfolio of over 4000 beds in a variety of markets ranging over numerous states. 

Susan lends her expertise to the Metro Denver market by her involvement in the Apartment Association of Metro Denver serving on the Executive Board as Secretary. She is also a designated Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor through the National Apartment Association.
 

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Jody Golden

Director of Accounting

 

As a CPA with over 20 years experience, Jody is the Director of Accounting, overseeing the day-to-day accounting operations with a high level understanding of Real Estate Investment Trusts. She has worked at such national firms as CarrAmerica Realty Corporation and Archstone Smith Real Estate Investment Trust. At Carr she was a Finance Manager for the Denver, Salt Lake City, Arizona and Nebraska markets overseeing the accounting, budgeting and forecasting initiatives. At Archstone she was a Manager of Joint Venture Reporting gaining expertise in variable interest entities and consolidation of them. In both positions she contributed to SEC reporting requirements. Jody has worked in other local real estate firms and in the investment industry.


Jody earned her MBA from Regis University, Denver, Colorado in 2004 and her Bachelors at LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1990. She obtained her CPA license in 1993 and worked for the international accounting firm, Coopers & Lybrand, as an auditor (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Jody is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Currently she is an active volunteer at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, home to over 280 large carnivores.

 

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Jesse Rivera

Assistant Director of Accounting

As a CPA with over eight years of experience Jesse is multifaceted, handling accounting for property management, development and construction accounting. His background includes extensive third-party property management in addition to owner managed.  Jesse has had the opportunity to work on accounting for asset acquisitions and dispositions as well as owner development projects.  His experience includes full cycle accounting including financial reporting, cash analysis and management, lender reporting, budgeting, and tax compliance.

 
Jesse earned his Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas Austin in 2005 and his CPA license in 2011.  He is currently a member of the Texas Society of CPA’s.
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Renee Laposa

Business and Marketing Coordinator

 

Renée joined the Zocalo team in October 2013 as Business and Marketing Coordinator under the direction of Susan Maxwell, Principal and Director of Real Estate.  In this position, Renée supports Zocalo’s industry-leading marketing and branding initiatives and oversees operational processes related to new property set up.  Renée plays an integral support role for new communities as the first point of contact for prospective residents, and she is actively involved in outreach campaigns for all current and future projects. 

Ms. Laposa has worked in the multifamily housing industry since 2007, primarily in on-site property management.  Renée has a strong background in customer service across multiple industries, and believes in a personalized approach to property management.  Renee shares the Zocalo vision to make a positive impact on and enrich the communities in which we live and work, and to challenge ourselves to continue to set the bar higher as we grow and change as an organization.  

 

 

 

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Ivan Anaya

Development Manager

Ivan joined Zocalo in 2014 as a Development Manager, under the direction of David Zucker. In this position, Ivan manages the development process and guides the development team to ensure that each project’s goals are met, driving its financial and sustainable success. Ivan plays an integral role in conducting due diligence, community outreach, executing financial plans, and determining project sustainability goals. 

 

Ivan’s professional background includes Portfolio Risk Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Finance, and Project Management. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007.  

 

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Christina Vigorito

CAM, Community Director

 

Christina began her career in property management in 2005 as a leasing professional at one of metro Denver's largest apartment communities. Identified quickly as a top performing property management professional, Christina advanced rapidly to the position of Community Manager.

Christina joined Zocalo in 2011 to lead operations of Zocalo's award winning Solera. While leading exceptional individuals, Christina and her team realized stabilized occupancy and played a key role in the record breaking sale of Solera in October of that year.

As Community Director, Christina works collaboratively with the Director of Real Estate implementing exceptional customer service practices, team training and development, brand awareness, marketing and media relations and asset preservation efforts. Christina leads the property business operations, authoring the annual budget, completing revenue and expense projections and monthly financial reporting to our client.

Christina serves her community as an active member of the Ball Park Neighborhood Association and Apartment Association of Metro Denver. Prior to joining Zocalo, Christina managed properties for both Greystar Real Estate Partners and Holland Residential.

 
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Adena Mansback

Community Director

Adena began her career in property management in 2006 as a leasing professional in one of metro Denver’s largest apartment communities where she won ‘Leasing Professional of the Year’ in 2007 and was quickly promoted to Leasing Director. 

Adena was instrumental in the lease up of a new construction, luxury apartment building in the heart of downtown Denver’s Lodo district and achieved rents averaging $3.00/SqFt and leading the community to nearly full occupancy during the economic crisis of 2009. Simultaneously, Adena managed the lease up of an active adult community in Washington Park.  Beginning in 2010, Adena managed a 241-unit apartment community in Denver’s RiNo district, directing the property to 95% occupancy as well as surpassing budgeted NOI. These achievements lead to Adena’s recognition as ‘Property Manger of the Year’ in 2012. 

As Community Director, Adena works collaboratively with the Director of Real Estate implementing exceptional customer service practices, team training and development, brand awareness, marketing and media relations and asset preservation efforts. Adena leads the property business operations, authoring the annual budget, completing revenue and expense projections and monthly financial reporting to our client.

Prior to joining Zocalo, Adena managed properties for both Equity Residential and Sares-Regis Group.