Cushman & Wakefield is proud to share that its very own Betty Castro was recently voted President-Elect of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) New York, the premier business network for women in commercial real estate. Betty, Managing Principal of the Downtown office, has pledged herself to a three-year commitment to serve as President-Elect in 2020, President in 2021 and Past President in 2022.
Q: How long have you been an active member of CREW New York? What inspired you to join?
I joined CREW New York in 2014 because I was intrigued by the group’s mission statement. As an Iranian-born woman who moved to the United States as a child, I have always been passionate about diversity and inclusion initiatives, as they have been a major part of my life. I think representation is crucial and I am really excited to have been voted President-Elect of a group that works so diligently towards the advancement of women who work in commercial real estate. I have found a community in CREW New York and for that, I will be forever grateful.
Q: What are your current responsibilities with CREW New York? What new responsibilities are you looking forward to?
I have been actively involved with CREW New York since joining five years ago. Right now, I’m on the board of directors, am the head of the Legacy Leaders Committee and am heavily involved with the group’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. I’ll continue these responsibilities until I step into the role of President-Elect in 2020 to shadow the next President. Then in 2021, I will be President until 2022, when I will step into the role of Past President to mentor and assist the next President. I’m probably most excited about helping oversee and guide CREW New York’s initiatives. I’m also ecstatic to be a mentor to young women and help them develop their leadership skills.
Q: Do you have any advice for women working in commercial real estate?
I think the greatest piece of advice I could give is to surround yourself with people who will make you a better version of yourself. I feel that part of the reason I have been as successful as I have is because I have surrounded myself with hardworking women who push me to continue growing both professionally and personally. CREW New York is a fantastic resource and I would highly recommend attending an event and meeting some of the incredible women I am so grateful to know.
About Betty Castro
Betty Castro is the Managing Principal of Cushman & Wakefield’s Downtown office and has been working at the firm for five years. With over twenty years of expertise in strategic growth, business development and team building, Betty works closely with C&W’s Tri-State Leadership team to develop and execute strategic plans that direct the operating initiatives and revenue goals for the Downtown market.
Prior to being the Managing Principal of the Downtown office, Betty was responsible for the growth and expansion of the Brooklyn and Queens markets, where she managed leasing brokerage and capital markets professionals in the Brooklyn Heights and Forest Hills offices. She was also responsible for recruiting, M&A, P&L, business development, pipeline management and overall growth strategy.