Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

AvalonBay Communities

Karen Hollinger is Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and is responsible for leading large strategic corporate initiatives. She also is point on innovation initiatives and for venture-capital investment.Over nearly 20 years with AvalonBay, Ms.Hollinger has led several functions and departments at AvalonBay, including technology and operations, establishing an industry-leading shared services center. Other notable large projects included automating the end-to-end transactional processes for construction, development and asset management and creating their newest technology-first concept community and new brand, Kanso Twinbrook.

Prior to AvalonBay, Ms. Hollinger was a Senior Manager at KPMG, with a partnership focused on accounting systems and IT strategy with clients in the US and in emerging markets and started their technology consulting practice in Beijing, China. Ms. Hollinger received a degree in Finance from William & Mary, with highest honors. As part of her involvement in real estate,she has served as the Chair for both NMHC's Innovation Committee and their Systems Technology & Management Committee and has spoken at many conferences on matters related to technology or proptech in the US and abroad. She also often acts as a judge at real estate start-up venture competitions.

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