Building Opportunity Course Graduates

Dawanna Williams

Dabar Development Partners, LLC

Dawanna Williams was a member of the development team awarded the 1921 Atlantic Avenue site through the M/WBE Building Opportunity RFP competition.

Dabar Development Partners is a real estate development and investment firm focused on the conversion, renovation and new construction of real estate properties primarily in New York City. The founder of the firm, Dawanna Williams ('15), has 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to founding Dabar, Ms. Williams worked as a commercial real estate lawyer, spending most of her career at prominent law firm, Sidley Austin LLP where projects involved millions of spatial square feet and over $10 billion in transaction value.

Since 1997, Ms. Williams has purchased, developed and/or operated numerous multi-family and commercial properties in landmarked communities. Ms. Williams serves as Vice Chairperson on the Board of the New York Real Estate Chamber (NYREC), and is a member of the acquisition committee for the Studio Museum in Harlem. In addition, she has taught law and real estate development at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture in the Master of Real Estate Development program. Ms. Williams holds an A.B. in Economics/Government from Smith College, an M.P.A. from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland, School of Law.