Xinyi (pronounced “Shin-Gee”) McKinny has joined the San Francisco offices of Cushman & Wakefield as Senior Managing Director – China Direct Investment. Xinyi will be responsible for supporting and driving new business opportunities with Chinese investor and occupier clients in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
As a global company, we are witnessing an increasing number of Chinese companies seeking to invest in and develop real estate projects in California. We only expect this trend will continue in the years ahead, as Chinese firms seek to diversify their interests outside of China.
The addition of Xinyi, who is fluent in both Mandarin and English, will enable Cushman & Wakefield to meet the needs of this expanding segment of the investor and occupier communities. While Xinyi will officially be based in San Francisco, the newly created role also involves spending two to three days per week in our San Jose and Peninsula offices, as well as regular visits to Los Angeles to support new business pursuits in Southern California.
As a licensed architect, Xinyi most recently worked as a Project Architect for DES Architects & Engineers in Redwood City, CA. Her work experience also includes nearly a decade of working for two other architectural firms, Perkins & Will in San Francisco and Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects in Denver, CO. During her career, she has managed and directed the full implementation lifecycle from pre-design to substantial completion work, including marketing, planning, schematic design, construction document development, consultant coordination and construction administration.
Boulder via Qingdao
Xinyi earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Environment Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with honors. She subsequently received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver. As a native Chinese speaker, Xinyi also completed three years as a Bachelor in Architecture student at the Qingdao Technological University in China, where among other activities, she was the Editor-in-Chief of University Magazine. Today, she is enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley and is pursuing her Masters of Business Administration, with an emphasis on Real Estate.
Among her professional affiliations are HAAS Forté Fellow (Women in Business), LEED AP BD+C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction), NAIOP member (National Association for Industrial and Office Parks), ULI member (Urban Land Institute), AIA member (The American Institute of Architects) and NCARB member (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards).