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Career Conversation with Nicholas Martinez ’08, MPS ’15 Real Estate Development Director, Holistic Growth Initiative - America

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00pm

Rockefeller Hall, 429
Central Campus

Real Estate Developer for Housing and Co-Working Spaces for Change-Makers (Lunch will be provided!!!)

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Nicholas Martinez ’08 Government with a Latina/o Studies minor and MPS ’15 first fell in love with Cornell at the age of 15 when he attended a workshop on community well-being sponsored by the Cornell Extension Center in New York City. Since then, Cornell has played an intricate role in his personal and professional development.

Nick currently is the Real Estate Development Director of Holistic Growth Initiative (HGI) America, Inc. HGI America develops housing and co-working spaces for change-makers addressing societal issues in communities. Prior to joining HGI, he previously worked at Citigroup and the Local Initiative Support Corporation focusing on community and economic development. He has sourced and underwrote over $500MM in real estate debt and equity in projects across the United States.

Nick credits Cornell with providing him the exploratory pathway from his childhood to his current career. As an invested member of the Latino community at Cornell, Nick was the recipient of the LSP Outstanding Graduating Senior Award in 2008. “When I first arrived at Cornell, I had an idea of what I wanted to do in my career but had no idea how to get there. I don’t think I would have been afforded the same opportunities had I not gone here. Cornell is special in that sense. It truly lives the values of “Any Person, Any Study.’ This university has given me so much and I hope to pass on that opportunity to future generations of Cornellians.”

*This event is part of the LSSO Thrive Series with support provided by the Latina/o Studies Program and the Arts and Sciences Career Development Center.

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Special Event, Networking, Career


College of Arts & Sciences, Latino Studies Program, Diversity, The Society for the Humanities, Arts & Sciences Career Services


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Juliette Corazon, Maria Montesano

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Nicholas Martinez

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Cornell alumni

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