Clare Healy

Clare Healy, Student Ambassador

  • Program: Real Estate Development (MRED)
  • Student Affiliations: President, GT Student Planning Association; Student Co-Chair, GT Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee; Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta Mentor Program
  • Undergraduate degree: B.S., Human & Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University


Why did you choose to study at the GT School of Building Construction?

I worked as a real estate consultant at RCLCO for 3 years. However, I felt like I needed a stronger educational foundation in real estate (as my undergraduate degree is in another field) to continue to advance my career in real estate. GT's MRED program was an opportunity to build my real estate knowledge while also studying urban planning and economic development through GT's School of City and Regional Planning. I was also impressed with how practical and applied the program is, and particularly how much experience the faculty and lecturers have. You're learning from expert practitioners. The program is also run incredibly efficiently from an administrative standpoint; Rick works with you to give you all the support, flexibility, and resources you need.

What is your professional experience?

For the past few years, I worked in Washington, D.C.,  as a Senior Associate at RCLCO. RCLCO is a real estate economics consulting firm that does market analyses and other feasibility studies for developers, municipalities, and institutional investors. Prior to that, I was a fellow at Smart Growth America. This summer, I've been an intern at Urban Realty Partners and Bleakly Advisory Group.

What do you like about Atlanta?

Atlanta's development patterns have created challenging land use and traffic problems to overcome, but also opportunities for the region to become a leader in infill development, transit, and other issues relating to real estate. The BeltLine is one example of this. As a student of real estate and urban planning, Atlanta is a great laboratory.

What are your hobbies?

Bike commuting, going to coffee shops, politics

Other degree program affiliation?

I am also earning a separate MCRP degree from the School of City and Regional Planning.

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