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Rita G. Brandin

Senior Vice President and Development Director, ewland Communities

With more than 20 years of experience in real estate asset management and development, Rita Brandin provides operational and senior leadership to Newland’s commercial and urban mixed-use development projects. She leads the development team for Newland Sierra, which features 2,100 homes and a variety of amenities along the I-15 corridor. She also led the development of Symphony Park, a downtown Las Vegas public-private development. Brandin came to Newland from Metroflag Management LLC. She serves on the board of the San Diego Building Industry Association, the Lincoln Club and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

ALMA MATER: Agnes Scott College

BEST PART: Creating places where people can live their dreams and make lasting memories.

PROUDEST MOMENT: Being the first person in my family to graduate from college.

BEST ADVICE: “Don’t be a specialist, be a generalist. See the project from 30,000 feet.”

FUN FACT: Competed on a tap dance team in her 20s and later took ballroom dance lessons.