Kat Grimsley

Kat Grimsley, Ph.D.

George Mason University  |  Director, MS in Real Estate Development

Fairfax, Virginia

Leadership Position: 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. Dr. Grimsley's appointment as Director builds on of her unique blend of professional and academic experience with commercial real estate. She began her career in the private sector doing market research, financial modelling, and transactional work with commercial real estate 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. Specifically, Dr. Grimsley led multidisciplinary technical teams; conducted political, transactional and contract negotiations; and engaged in constant inter- and intra-agency coordination and consensus building. 

Dr. 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 on-going research is related to this theme and has been presented at the World Bank and U.N.. Dr. Grimsley currently serves as a member of the Real Estate Market Advisory Group for the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) Committee of Housing and Land Management.