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Jessica OConnor


Standard Communities

Spearheaded addition of a human resources information system to streamline HR functions

Created and implemented recruitment and onboarding processes

Jessica O’Connor is the HR Business Partner at Standard Communities. She took on the role in late 2021 and immediately transformed how Standard Communities and its HR department functioned. She plays a crucial role in retaining employees by fostering a positive workplace culture, addressing concerns, and providing growth opportunities. She has designed programs and initiatives to boost employee engagement.

Initiatives she spearheaded include adding a human resources information system to streamline activities and functions, bringing performance metrics to the HR function, increasing employee headcount by 26%, creating and implementing recruitment and onboarding processes and building the framework for an employee annual focal review process. O’Connor also helped expand and renovate the company’s New York City, Los Angeles and DC corporate offices.

These are a few reasons we chose Jessica O’Connor as one of the Washington DC 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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Standard Communities' Jessica O'Connor

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