KARA CORDRAY SUGIMOTO

KARA CORDRAY SUGIMOTO

As the Chief Executive Officer, Kara finds joy in partnering with organizations to develop strategies for attracting, retaining, and nurturing top talent. Before co-founding Devana Partners, Kara launched Origin Advisors, a boutique executive search firm dedicated to the commercial real estate industry. She also held numerous senior-level positions across executive search firms with the same industry concentration. With over 25 years of experience and unique background in capital markets, Kara has fostered lasting relationships, developed unique ways to empathize with one’s core values, and is positioned to help the industry transition into a new era of opportunity.

Organizations
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)
  • City of Hope Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries Council (LARE)
  • LARE’s Building Hope Initiative
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches (PARWCC)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
KARA CORDRAY SUGIMOTO

AMY ST. DENIS

As President & Chief Innovation Officer, Amy has the winning combination of vision, strategic planning, and execution to help build teams, create impact, and sustain success. Before co-founding Devana Partners, Amy’s journey into executive search and organizational development consulting began at an international executive search firm, followed by establishing her practice, St. Denis Group, a nationally recognized search firm focused on real estate investment management. With two decades of experience, Amy provides a deep contact base, in-depth industry knowledge, and a wealth of experience spanning public and private real estate organizations. With a deep belief that relationships unlock opportunity, Amy is always excited to explore people’s stories, connect people, and foster meaningful change.

Organizations
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP)
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)