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Jessica Brown


Sterling Bay

Oversees all leasing efforts for company's portfolio

Active ICSC and Women in Retail Leasing (WIRL) member

As Sterling Bay’s Managing Director, Jessica Brown is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s leasing efforts across its growing portfolio and focusing on the firm’s premier office and retail projects in Chicago’s Fulton Market and at Lincoln Yards, a 53-acre mixed-use development in Chicago’s North Branch Corridor. Brown specializes in overall asset strategy, lease negation and retail placemaking.

In recent years, Brown expanded her leasing expertise beyond office and retail, taking on leasing management for the firm’s new life sciences assets, including 1229 W Concord Place at Lincoln Yards and 2430 N Halsted in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. She secured notable leases with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Greenberg Traurig at 360 N Green in Fulton Market, bringing the still-under-construction building to more than 70% occupancy.

Before joining Sterling Bay in 2015, Brown worked at CBRE on the Urban Retail Team. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is part of the Board of Advisors at James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate. Brown is an active ICSC and Women in Retail Leasing (WIRL) member.

These are just a few reasons we chose Jessica Brown as one of the Chicago-Midwest Connect CRE’s 2023 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect CRE’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected leadership positions and play key mentorship roles for others.


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