CREC Leadership Team

Profiles of the national Leadership Team of the Cornell Real Estate Council

The Leadership Team Needs YOU!!

CREC is looking for leaders (and those who would like to grow into leaders) to join our Leadership Team. We are reaching out to alumni of Cornell University who work in the very broadly defined ‘real estate industry’ and to current students studying real estate or related fields, to encourage your involvement.

Just as Cornell was founded on a mission of diversity, so too are we focused on building a leadership team with diverse points of view, and varying degrees of experience and seniority. We would like to re-engage those who have volunteered in the past, and attract new leaders, including those who are in the early stages of their careers.

The current CREC Leadership Team includes a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board which oversees the following subcommittees: Development & Fundraising, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Marketing & Membership, Programming & Conferences and University Relations.

Board of Directors

Advisory Board


Taylor Palma


Born and raised in New York, Taylor has had five years of experience in the hedge fund space with the titles of executive assistant and chief of staff, but is new to the real estate industry. She graduated from James Madison University honors college in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management, a minor in business administration with a concentration in leadership. She is now acting as the administrative coordinator for the Cornell Real Estate Council.


Natalie Alechko

Natalie Alechko is a second year MPA student concentrating in Science, Technology, and Infrastructure Policy at the Cornell Brooks School of Public Policy. Natalie is a Fellow of the Infrastructure Project Management and Financing program, working toward a career in commercial real estate or infrastructure investment. She was Vice President of Research at Rhodes Associates, an executive retained search firm focusing on the commercial real estate industry. Through her experience at Rhodes Associates, Natalie developed a passion for real estate and combined it with an interest policy analysis and implementation. Overall, she plans to pursue a career in developing communities and advising on sustainable investment strategies.