Natasha Thompson

Director, Single-Family Home Development and External Relations

Natasha Thompson, Director of Single Family Home Development and External Relations joined The Menkiti Group development team in July 2016 to assist in growing the single-family home development portfolio. Her primary responsibilities include sourcing, analyzing and acquiring real estate opportunities. Natasha manages all new acquisitions from inception through contract stage, due diligence, and closing. Natasha manages and coaches the development team associates, coordinates on design, construction schedule, budgets, and executive reporting.

Prior to joining The Menkiti Group, Natasha served as the Market Center Administrator of Keller Williams Capital Properties in Bethesda, Maryland for four and a half years. During her leadership tenure, the Market Center experienced exponential growth while becoming one of the top real estate brokerages in Montgomery County, MD. She was instrumental in helping the Market Center win the coveted Home Run Launch award which is given to the Keller Williams Market Center that has the most profit after the first year of launch. Natasha is a native Georgian and owned a boutique real estate company prior to relocating to Maryland.

Kristin Thompson

Development Project Manager

Kristin serves as a Development Project Manager on The Menkiti Group’s Development Team. In her role, she utilizes her civil engineering background and construction management experience to bring a technical perspective to the construction and management of high-value development projects. Kristin’s role spans the development timeline from conceptual design through tenant turnover, where her responsibilities include collaborating with architects & engineers, construction oversight, maintaining construction budgets, and managing tenant buildouts. 

Kristin is a native Texan, from Dallas, who relocated to the DMV in 2015 to further pursue a career in construction management. She began her career working for an environmental consulting firm to bring waste recovery technologies to the US, and later served as a Construction Project Manager overseeing construction and renovation projects in the Northern Virginia area. After five years in construction management in the fast-paced DMV region, Kristin redirected her career by acquiring her real estate license and transitioned into Real Estate and Development.

Kristin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She is a member of the Construction Management Association of America and acquired her Certified Construction Manager designation in 2018. Currently living in Congress Heights (Ward 8), Kristin is a resident of the communities served by the MLK Gateway I & II, St. Elizabeth’s, and The Yards projects the development team currently has underway. She enjoys spending time with friends exploring the city, crafting and do-it-yourself projects, and playing flag-football over the weekends.

Mark Rengel

AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, Development

As Vice President of Development for the Menkiti Group, Mark leads the acquisition and development of multi-family, neighborhood commercial, and office projects. In his tenure with the Menkiti Group, Mark has delivered market-rate multifamily, affordable LIHTC-financed multifamily, neighborhood commercial, and office projects. Recent developments include the adaptive re-use of a historic city block in Mount Rainier, MD, a new public charter school in southeast Washington, DC, and a new office and logistics facility for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Mark currently leads all projects for the enterprise in Worcester, MA including the recently completed transformation of the historic Worcester YWCA into a luxury apartment building.

As a licensed architect in DC and Virginia, Mark has previously served as lead architect and project manager for a wide variety of projects for several highly recognized institutions including the Army Corps of Engineers, US Air Force, US Navy, US Department of State, Architect of the Capitol, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, Gallaudet University, and the District of Columbia Superior Courts.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. He is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional and a former Captain in the United States Air Force. Mark is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He enjoys spending time with family, composing on the piano, and playing ice hockey.

Chinwe Odife

Vice President of Development

Chinwe Odife is the Vice President of Development, and she drives critical development and project management activities across The Menkiti Group’s Washington, DC portfolio which includes the multi-phased MLK Gateway development project and the historical Bond Bread / WRECO Garage redevelopment. Chinwe’s depth of experience cuts across the entire development lifecycle of a project and she is currently managing a portfolio of over $400 million.

Prior to her joining the The Menkiti Group, she served as the Development Director with Hometel Developers Ltd and has extensive experience in business development, deal origination, transaction structuring, project and operations management for various commercial mixed-use projects, with special focus on hospitality developments. Her portfolio of experience spans across working with international private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, development financing institutions, various classes of debt providers, international hotel operators, 1st tier global construction companies and high net worth individuals.

Chinwe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, and a law degree from University of Georgia in Athens. She enjoys traveling with her family and is an avid Formula 1 racing fan, having attended multiple races across 3 continents.

Bo Menkiti

Founder and CEO

Bo Menkiti is the Founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group, a real estate services company dedicated to transforming lives, careers, and communities through real estate. The Menkiti Group is focused on strengthening neighborhoods through the strategic development, management, and disposition of real estate in urban markets. It is headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Worcester, Massachusetts. Bo also serves as the CEO and is the Founding Partner of Keller Williams Capital Properties (KWCP), a residential real estate brokerage managed by The Menkiti Group, producing over $2 billion in annual sales. In 2022, KWCP expanded its service offerings, investing in cutting-edge technology and implementing a customer-centric approach to provide a platform-based experience to consumers across their homeownership journey.

Named one of the most powerful and influential executives in the residential real estate brokerage industry in 2023 and 2024 by the Swanepoel Power 200, Mr. Menkiti has also been recently recognized as the 2022 DEI Champion of the Year by the Washington Business Journal, the 2022 Developer of the Year by DCBIA (District of Columbia Building Industry Association), the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic by Ernst & Young, and received the Marcia Lamb Award for Inner City Innovation by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Mr. Menkiti’s work has been featured in David Bornstein’s book on social entrepreneurs, How to Change the World, and in Stephen Goldsmith’s The Power of Social Innovation, and he has been recognized nationally by Ebony and Inc. magazines as one of the most remarkable young entrepreneurs in America.

Over the past 20 years, The Menkiti Group has invested over $390MM in emerging urban neighborhoods in DC and Massachusetts and worked on the development of over 4.7MM SF of real estate. The Menkiti Group currently has over 3.5MM SF in its development pipeline including catalytic projects such as MLK Gateway, Bond Bread with Howard University, The Yards Parcels G1 and G2 in partnership with Brookfield, and St. Elizabeths Parcels 7, 8, and 9 in DC and Parcel D-4 in partnership with The Community Builders in Boston. Committed to addressing the significant access to capital for successful minority developers across the United States, The Menkiti Group’s Obsidian Catalyst Fund aims to scale their Neighborhood Investment Model thesis by deepening the process for identifying and creating additional access points to capital for a diverse set of talented real estate entrepreneurs.

Committed to creating pathways to opportunity through entrepreneurship and social impact, Mr. Menkiti currently serves as a Founding Board member of Founders Bank, a Founding Board Member of the CPMG Foundation, a Board Member of DCBIA, and is a trustee of the Roxbury Latin School and the Federal City Council. He has also served as a former President of the DC Association of Realtors, former Board member of Washington First Bank (a NASDAQ traded community bank, former Vice Chair of the Board of City First Bank, former Board Chair of the Meyer Foundation, and was a mayoral appointee to the board of DC Water.

Mr. Menkiti graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where he excelled as a two-sport Division One athlete in baseball and ice hockey. Residing in Washington, DC, he is a proud father of four dynamic sons.

Brian Burke

Executive Vice President, Development & Finance

Brian is a seasoned finance executive with deep experience in both real estate development and financial services.  At The Menkiti Group, Brian serves as Executive Vice President.  In this role, he is responsible for financing the company’s development projects and portfolio of real estate assets, managing the development team, analyzing potential acquisitions, efficiently allocating capital, investor reporting, and other strategic projects.

Previously, Brian served as the CFO for Ditto Residential, a design focused real estate developer that builds condos and apartment buildings in Washington, DC. In this capacity, Brian was responsible for all financial aspects of the company including proforma modeling of new deals, raising debt and equity to finance the projects, managing the construction budget and loan draws, overseeing accounting, and investor reporting. As a member of the executive management team, Brian was involved in all key decisions, set the strategic direction for the firm, and managed a team of 12 development and construction professionals.

Prior to Ditto, Brian spent eight years with Capital One executing mergers and acquisitions and managing a product development team.  In these roles he led large, multi-functional teams through the financial analysis and due diligence of potential bank and credit card acquisitions, he negotiated term sheets and contracts with external counter parties, and he simplified the small business banking product suite by designing and rolling out a new line up of business accounts.

Brian graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Economics and received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. A California native, he now resides with his wife and son in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.