For decades, the people who put together big real estate deals in this city have mostly been male and white.
But that is slowly starting to change. The move toward greater diversity gained a little momentum this week with the appointment of Jeanne Pinado as an executive vice president at Colliers, a prominent Boston real estate firm.
The longtime executive director of Madison Park Development Corp. — a Roxbury-based housing nonprofit — Pinado will be a rare Black woman to reach the senior ranks of the city’s major real estate companies. She’s joining Colliers’ Capital Markets Team — which puts together financing packages for large deals — at a time when city and state officials, and even private landowners, are placing a greater premium on attracting a more diverse array of investors for often-lucrative commercial sales and construction projects.
“It’s important now. It’s been important forever. It just hasn’t really been accomplished,” said David Goodhue, who runs Colliers’ Boston office. “Even in my first conversation with Jeanne, I saw somebody who not only could bring an element of diversity to the table but also