Woman to watch monica mccullough praised as a community-centric leader data recovery broken hard drive

Monica mccullough was not sure exactly what career she wanted to pursue when divine providence led her to an internship nearly 18 years ago in the affordable housing field. During that internship at providence housing development corporation, mccullough was mentored by maggie bringewatt, the founding executive director of PHDC, who set her on her career path in affordable housing.

“maggie taught me a lot, but most importantly she gave me responsibility providing me with a leadership opportunity very early in my career. She saw my potential before I realized it in myself,” said mccullough.

Several years later, mccullough followed in bringewatt’s footsteps when she became PHDC’s executive director, remaining in the position for almost eight years.Development advisors


she then became the senior vice president of housing for pathstone corporation and in 2016 started her own company, MM development advisors, inc., serving as president.

MM development advisors is a real estate development company focused on mission-driven affordable housing and community development. “I founded the business almost 3 years ago and work primarily with not-for-profit organizations to expand affordable housing opportunities for the individuals, families, and communities they serve,” she explained. “there is a huge demand for affordable housing all across new york state for groups including homeless families, foster children who are aging out, domestic violence survivors, recovering substance abusers, the frail elderly, and those with developmental disabilities.Affordable housing we help with site selection, identification of available tax credits, and connecting those who need a variety of housing resources.”

Clearly, mccullough is doing all the right things for both her company and for the community. According to nicole vangorder-pratt, the chief operating officer for upstate special needs planning and a past woman to watch, “monica is one of the sharpest people I know. She thinks outside the box and moves judiciously to take projects from start to finish. Monica is very community-centric which is obvious from the numerous organizations she supports. Professionally, I know she will continue moving up.”

Education: bachelor of arts, university of rochester, 2001; juris doctor, syracuse university college of law, 2005; master of public administration, syracuse university maxwell school of citizenship, 2005.Affordable housing

My recent work achievements: I obtained $1.6 million in grant funds for catholic family center to make significant upgrades to sanctuary house, a homeless shelter for women and children. Construction was recently completed with families moving back in early february. I worked with a neighborhood based not-for-profit in binghamton to obtain over $10 million to purchase and rehabilitate 11 properties that were a blight on the community, transforming them into high quality workforce rental housing.

My current community activities: I’m a founding member of upstate women in housing and finance (now called new york women in real estate), a professional association of women throughout the residential real estate industry.Real estate I’m also the treasurer of the community design center of rochester, a non-profit organization of design professionals promoting healthy, sustainable communities by encouraging quality design of the built environment through thoughtful use of built and natural resources. Additionally, I serve on the villa of hope board and the diversity committee of the monroe county bar association.

The biggest challenge I’ve overcome: taking the risk of starting my own business. I relied on the experience, advice and encouragement of other small business owners and the unwavering support of my husband. I love the flexibility and creativity of owning my own business.Development advisors I moved from my home office into village gate almost three years ago.

What I would like to see for the women of the future: I would like to see women at the table, represented proportionally in all professional disciplines and at all levels of leadership. I would like women of the future to remark how odd it is when they find themselves as the only woman at a business meeting, on a board, on a panel, or among their professional colleagues.

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