Celebrating 30 Years of Building Community

On December 5, nearly 300 people gathered for a festive evening at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport celebrating 30 years of partnership between the real estate and building industry and United Way to end homelessness.

December 5, 2023

Over the past three decades, the real estate and building industry has invested more than $50 million in United Way’s effort to end homelessness and provide permanent housing, helping make Massachusetts one of the nation’s leaders in reducing chronic homelessness. The event honored New Boston Hospitality and Taylor Smith, LLC of the Omni Hotel Development for their innovative approach to equitable and inclusive development and raised over $400,000 to support programs that build the foundation for successful stable families and communities.

Event Recap

Event Chairs Rob Albro, Lisa Serafin and Chris Guthrie welcomed the participants, and United Way Ansin President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Giannino presented the inaugural Kevin C. Phelan Innovation in the Real Estate and Building Industry Award to its namesake Kevin Phelan, co-chairman of Colliers International’s Boston Office, who, along with Ed Sidman, forged the industry’s collaboration with United Way some 30 years ago. Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll delivered the keynote address on affordable housing in Massachusetts.

Through partnership and innovation, we’re uplifting communities together!

Together we’ve made tremendous inroads. But the need remains. With your continued support, we can help ALL families thrive.


Christopher Guthrie, Event Chair, Senior Vice President Commercial Real Estate, Bank of America
Lisa Serafin, Event Chair, President, Athena Real Estate Development
Robert Albro, Event Chair, Partner/Chief Investment Officer, King Street Properties

Colleen O’Connor – BioMed Realty
Claudia Piper – Webster Bank
Derek Johnson – Perkins & Will
Daniel Perruzzi, Jr. – Margulies Perruzzi
Emily Paparella – Elkus Manfredi Architects
Gary Pease – Nitsch Engineering
Greg Bohenko – Samuels & Associates
Jenna Meyers – Margulies Perruzzi
Jennifer McGrory – Perkins and Will
Jennifer Kiely – Mintz
Kathryn Brown – MIT Investment Management
Kristin Blount – Colliers International
Matt Stegall – Beacon Capital Partners
Michael Pomposelli – JP Morgan
Maureen McCaffrey – MIT Investment Management
Nilesh Bubna – Longpoint Realty Partners
Tara Reilly – Elkus Manfredi Architects
Taylor Russell – Environments at Work