Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) is launching a series of Silver Jubilee celebrations commemorating the organization’s 25 years of diversifying the talent pipeline in commercial real estate (CRE) with an event honoring its Atlanta market and Atlanta REAPer of the Year Aisha J. Thomas, Esq. at the Kimball International showroom in Atlanta, GA, on Thursday, December 7 at 5:30 pm. Atlanta has hosted numerous sessions of the REAP Academy as well as various networking gatherings.
Thomas said, “Being chosen as REAPer of the Year is an incredible recognition…It acknowledges my dedication and hard work [and] also motivates me to continue giving my best in everything I do. This award is a testament to the support and encouragement I have received from my colleagues and Project REAP over the years.”
An attorney licensed in the State of Georgia, Thomas operates AJT Law, a boutique real estate law firm focusing on commercial real estate transactions, land use and zoning, and alternative dispute resolution. Through the Thomas Agency she operates as a licensed real estate broker in Michigan and Georgia and is also a licensed salesperson in California.
Thomas has been recognized among Connect Media CRE’s Top 50 Lawyers in Real Estate and was featured in such outlets as Yahoo Finance, Black Enterprise, and HGTV’s My First Place. She was selected for the Power 100 list by the Young Lawyers Division and honored as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star.
A member of numerous groups including Urban Land Institute (ULI) where she has served as the Leader cohort of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, CREW, and Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, she currently co-chairs the City of Atlanta’s In Rem Review Board. Thomas also volunteers with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Housing Georgia.
She holds a B.S. and an M.A. from Wayne State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
REAP Executive Director Manikka Bowman says, “The Silver Jubilee not only commemorates REAP’s first quarter century, it celebrates our evolution into the nation’s leading organization that builds the CRE talent pipeline for people of color. I am proud to honor Aisha, a person who understands that supporting and nurturing diverse talent strengthens the industry, fosters innovation, and drives positive change. Her contributions truly exemplify the goals that REAP was built upon and continues to pursue.”
REAPers of the Year were selected for their leadership roles and notable achievements by a committee of REAP alumni. REAP’s first Impact Report, released this year, Diversifying the Talent Pipeline in CRE for 25Years, noted that 85% of the organization’s alumni credited REAP with significantly impacting their approach to exploring new career paths and professional development goals; 78% said their approach to seeking new entrepreneurial opportunities was also greatly impacted. The ability to assess and accept the risk of making a career transition into CRE – an industry built upon successfully calculating risk – was a direct result of participation in the REAP program.