What is your role at ELDI?
I am the Project Manager for the real estate department at ELDI and report directly to Jonathan Huck (Director of Real Estate). My role is to help Jonathan and the team manage our diverse portfolio right from pre-development stage to the handing over of the project. I am responsible for day-to-day project coordination, liaising with various government agencies, preparing scopes of work for contractors, and facilitating meetings with stakeholders.
What were you doing before this position?
I came to the United States in 2016 for my master’s in construction management. During the course of the program, I worked with a number of community-based organizations and knew right then, that I would like to be a part of one. Before joining ELDI, I worked as a Real Estate and Planning Associate at Hill Community Development Corporation and Amani Christian Community Development for over a year. During my time there, I learned a lot about community development and how real estate can help reduce blight in a neighborhood.
What are you most excited to work on or develop at ELDI?
My biggest task at ELDI is to create mixed-income home-ownership opportunities in the neighborhoods we serve. What is affordable to one person might not be affordable to another; therefore, we need to make sure that we are catering to people of different affordability levels. I share ELDI’s vision of community development and would like to contribute towards their goal of providing safe, affordable, and sustainable development to the neighborhood.
What’s your favorite spot or thing about East Liberty?
It is really tough to choose one thing from such a plethora of options, but I will go for Choolaah. Their paneer cheese wrap is to die for!
Anything else you’d like to share?
I would like to thank ELDI for welcoming me into their esteemed organization, and to all the readers, I just want to say that please stay safe in these tough times. This too shall pass, and I am sure we will come out stronger.
Thanks, Shivam! We’re glad to have you on board.