Usha Chaudhary, President and Chief Operating Officer
Usha Chaudhary is President and Chief Operating Officer at KETTLER, a multifamily housing development and management company. KETTLER is widely considered the most prolific land and multifamily developer and property manager in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region and is quickly expanding in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states. In fact, KETTLER's assets under management now exceed 30,000 units in over a dozen states. Usha's vast responsibilities include overseeing KETTLER's three lines of business and all operations covering 800-plus employees. Usha was recently an honoree of and interviewed by the Washington Business Journal in a commercial real estate feature piece called "Women Who Mean Business" in which she detailed her decision for taking on her latest leadership role with KETTLER. Through her previous near twenty-year career with Freddie Mac, its former CEO Greg Parseghian recommended her for the position with KETTLER knowing she would be an asset and a game changer for the company. Now just 5 months shy of a year with KETTLER, she has the lofty goal of leading the company outside both its long history and the confines of the D.C. beltway to other U.S. markets.
Usha's diverse professional experience encompasses a strong real estate, finance, and operation background with nearly two decades with Freddie Mac as well as a few well-known for-profit and non-for-profit organizations such as United Way of American and The Washington Post. Usha is an MBA graduate of George Washington University's World Executive Program.
Usha has served on several for-profit and non-profit Boards. She is currently on the Board of Nathan Associates, an international economic consulting organization. She is a strong advocate for education and is a supporter of a number of charitable organizations geared toward bettering youth through structured enrichment programs. Just a few of her philanthropic involvements include serving on the Boards of India International School, a well-established Northern Virginia Indian American education and cultural center and a recent start-up called RENEW (Reform Education for a New World).
Ava Ataee, Building Manager
General Services Administration
Ava Ataee is a Building Manager with the White House Service Center, part of Public Building Services at the General Services Administration (GSA). Ava's daily responsibilities include managing communication with tenants, GSA management, contractors, service shops, and visitors. In her fast pace role and high demand position, she believes her deft coordination abilities are a major contributor to her success. She has been with the GSA for nearly five years, which started with an internship opportunity shortly after completing her undergraduate degree in management from George Mason University in 2012. Ava is also a 2016 alum of Georgetown University's prestigious Master's in Real Estate Development.
Ava is currently the newest member of the CREW DC Communication Committee and contributing co-writer of the Link. When asked about her interest in CREW Ava remarked "she wants to surround herself with women in the industry that can be role models for her" and added the wise old saying, "if you're the smartest one in the room, you're in the wrong room." In her free time, Ava is an avid traveler and
practicing yogi. Her commitment to yoga has led her to pursing her yoga teaching certification - a 200-hour training through the Yoga Alliance.
Please join CREW DC community in welcoming these new valued
members to our organization!