Kat Grimsley, Ph.D.

George Mason University  | Director, Masters in Real Estate Development Program
Fairfax, Virginia

Leadership Position: Thomas J. Bisacquino/NAIOP Distinguished Fellow
Chapter: NAIOP Northern Virginia

Kat Grimsley is the Director of the Masters in Real Estate Development program at the George Mason University. She is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the program including community building, curriculum management, and strategic development. Grimsley began her career in the private sector doing market research, financial modeling, and transactional work with commercial real estate firms in the Washington, D.C. area. She transitioned to a global focus when she accepted a role managing an international property development portfolio for the U.S. Department of State, in which she developed acquisition strategies for diplomatic properties in more than 25 countries and represented the U.S. government in the implementation of each.

Grimsley completed her doctorate at the University of Cambridge, where her research addressed global tenure and title insecurity by uniting policy with existing international best practices and technological capacity in the context of global administrative solutions. Her ongoing research is related to this theme and has been presented at the World Bank and United Nations. Currently, she serves as an advisory board member and Vice-Chair of the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe's Real Estate Markets Advisory Group under the Committee of Urban Development, Housing, and Land Management. She has served as a NAIOP Distinguished Fellow since 2018.