Meredith Despins
Senior Vice President, Investment Affairs & Investor Education

Meredith Despins is senior vice president, Investment Affairs & Investor Education for the Nareit, the not-for-profit trade association of the real estate investment trust (REIT) and publicly traded real estate industry.

Ms. Despins leads Nareit’s institutional investor education and outreach for the pension, endowment, foundation, and sovereign fund investor markets.  She is a frequent speaker at industry events, delivering a research-based perspective on the role REITs can play to build portfolio value, deliver income, and manage risk within the real estate investment program.

Prior to joining Nareit, Ms. Despins held executive positions with State Street Corporation’s Institutional Investor Services and Wealth Management Services divisions; and with State Street Global Advisors where she was responsible for delivering integrated fiduciary and investment management solutions including asset allocation and investment manager selection, strategic and tactical portfolio implementation, and risk management to pension and retirement plans, endowments, and foundations.

A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, with honors, Ms. Despins is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


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