Sponsor Project REAP
Project REAP welcomes opportunities to work with firms seeking to expand access for professionals of color in commercial real estate. Your support today will:
Build and access a dynamic CRE talent pool
Lay the groundwork for REAP's expansion through our new program framework
Support our work to expand career opportunities for professionals of color seeking to growth their careers in CRE at every stage of the talent pipeline
In 2020, Project REAP—and the entire CRE industry—lost one of its most resonant voices for diversity, equity, and inclusion: Eric Yarbro. Robert Freedman, Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY), the Adolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, and REAP founder Mike Bush donated the funds to establish the Eric S. Yarbro Fellowship Fund. Donations received in 2021 include sums from Robert Freedman, George Schwab, Konstantina Coulianidis, and Linda Smith Gaston.
The Fund has supported REAP fellows and alums in their pursuit of educational opportunities to advance their commercial real estate careers. For the Fall 2021 Academy, five scholarships were awarded to incoming fellows. In addition, the Fund supported the expenses of two REAP alums to attend the November 2021 conference of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF), an incomparable educational and networking event for real estate investment professionals. Interested donors to the fellowship fund can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The commercial real estate industry also mourns the passing in late 2021 of Eric's older brother, William (Bill) Yarbro, Jr., an accomplished CRE broker in Los Angeles. Bill was the past president of the African American Real Estate Professionals of Los Angeles (AAREP LA). Like his brother, Bill Yarbro was a supporter of Project REAP in Los Angeles and a mentor to rising BIPOC real estate professionals. AAREP LA is establishing a separate scholarship fund in his honor which is collaborating with Project REAP. For more information, visit https://www.aarepla.org/fund.