Duke Realty invests in portfolio growth with addition to its leasing and development team

Duke Realty on Monday announced that Mikki Columbus has joined the firm’s New Jersey office as vice president of leasing and development.

Working alongside Duke Vice President of Leasing and Development Ben Rosen, Columbus will focus on growing the company’s portfolio in New Jersey and New York City through new development and leasing. She will be responsible for identifying new development opportunities, executing land acquisitions and managing all aspects of leasing the properties in her region.

“As demand remains at all-time highs for industrial space, especially in markets with proximity to active ports, Duke Realty is committed to growing our 9.6 million-square-foot portfolio in New Jersey. To do that, we must expand our team with experienced associates that have a reputation for driving profitable results in the industry,” said Art Makris, president of Duke Realty’s Northeast region. “Mikki has the reputation and a proven track record for identifying development opportunities and closing deals. She is a much needed and very welcome addition to the New Jersey team.”

Prior to joining Duke Realty, Columbus grew her career over the last seven years in various roles at the Rockefeller Group, most recently serving as director of real estate development. Before the Rockefeller Group, Columbus worked for the nonprofit development organization, Greater Jamaica Development Corp., as a director of real estate and economic development. Columbus started her career in the financial side of commercial real estate, working at HSBC Amanah, a global asset management platform.