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Kirstin Brown Named an Outstanding Woman of Commercial Real Estate

February 2023

Northstar is pleased to announce that Kirstin Brown has been named one of Boston Real Estate Times’ Outstanding Women of Commercial Real Estate 2023.

Kirstin Brown is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. As a development project manager, her specific expertise spans all phases of the development process.

Working on complex real estate projects and advisory assignments with a combined value of over $2.0B, Kirstin is responsible for two of Northstar’s most visible projects. MIT’s 10-story, 675-bed graduate student housing and BioMed Realty’s Assembly Innovation Park in Somerville, a multi-phase development including three 500,000 RSF ground-up core shell office/lab buildings, above and below-grade parking, adjacent infrastructure improvements, and a one-acre public park.

If managing several multi-million-dollar projects wasn’t enough, Kirstin is the only woman in the partnership of seven that owns and manages Northstar. Everyone is an equal contributor, and all decisions are made through consensus. Northstar has grown every year since its inception in 2010. She has spent the last 12 years driving and managing the firm’s marketing. As a service provider, Northstar’s brand is only as good as its employees. Kirstin plays a critical role in mentoring employees to develop their brands in the industry with a focus on authenticity, ethical behavior, strong communication skills, and constantly providing exceptional service. She leads Northstar’s charitable committee, which supports Boston Children’s Hospital, Home for Little Wanderers, and Heading Home.

Before Northstar, Kirstin worked at Spaulding & Slye Colliers and JLL. Kirstin has a BS in Business Administration from Boston University and an MS in Real Estate Development from the MIT Center for Real Estate.

Kirstin was a member of CoreNet Global New England, where she is on the Board of Directors and previously served as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Real Estate & Building Industry Breakfast for the United Way. In 2015, CREW Boston named Kirstin Entrepreneur of the Year.

Read more about Kirstin and the other outstanding women here:

Team Northstar with Kirstin Brown