President, Watt Cos. Inc.
THE LATEST: Watt's company, a multigenerational family business, has constructed 8 million-plus square feet of office space, developed more than 50 shopping centers and more than 100,000 homes. In August, the Watt Family Foundation launched the LA Homelessness Challenge, an initiative that will award two grants totaling $400,000 for proposals to serve the area's homeless population.
BACKGROUND: Watt oversees all commercial investment activities, including acquisitions, development and asset management for the company's portfolio of multifamily, industrial, office and retail properties. She led a 2011 strategic reorganization of the company to shift focus beyond property management and leasing to acquisitions and real estate development. She is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and holds a master's degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.
WORTH NOTING: Watt is a member of the USC Board of Governors and the Marshall School of Business Board of Leaders as well as the Lusk Center for Real Estate and the USC Associates.
YEARS ON THE LA500: 3
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