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Cresa Washington DC
1800 M Street NW
Suite 350 S
Washington DC 20036
202.628.0300 tel
Cresa Washington DC
2 Bethesda Metro Center
Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814
301.951.6500 tel
Cresa Washington DC

7901 Jones Branch Drive
Suite 340

McLean, VA 22102
703.972.5799 tel


Thomas G. Birnbach
Managing Principal
301.951.6500 tel
Richard M. Rhodes
Managing Principal
410.558.6192 tel
Gene S. Sachs
Managing Principal
410.558.6192 tel
Mindy W. Saffer, LEED AP
Managing Principal
202.783.3896 tel
Steven J. Schaumberg
Managing Principal
410.558.6192 tel
Kathryn I. Thomas
Managing Principal, Project Management

Washington DC


"We believe in standing shoulder to shoulder with our clients in partnership."
- Rich Rhodes, a Managing Principal at Cresa Washington DC explains the company's philosophy and approach to tenant representation in this video.


Cresa is an international corporate real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents Tenants. As professional real estate advisors, we are passionate about understanding the needs of our clients and strive to deliver exceptional service for the long term. We collaborate with clients to provide service-oriented rather than transaction-oriented counsel. By choosing to represent the interests of Tenants alone, Cresa avoids conflicts of interest.

As a company exclusively representing office space users, Cresa is able to serve these ever-growing tenant needs through its three offices in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Led by principals with a combined 60+ years of experience in the real estate industry specific to the DC region, Cresa Washington DC has a proven track record of providing long-term business planning solutions which meets their clients’ real estate strategic needs and ultimately saves their clients money. 


Our mission is to provide customized solutions exclusively for corporate space users by offering fully integrated services that align their real estate needs with their business plans, delivering maximum cost savings and exceeding expectations.


Our vision is to be the exception in the commercial real estate industry: A company that is service-oriented rather than transaction-oriented, with advisors who are client focused not deal focused.


We are guided by the concept, “Do the Right Thing,” both internally and externally. We will always do what is right for the client’s best interest and put that interest before our own. We treat our clients and employees with respect, dignity, and fairness in all matters.


No compromises. No hidden agendas. No conflicts of interest. We put our expertise, insights, and experience to work for tenants and only tenants. 

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Sebastian G. Arrivillaga Senior Advisor 202.783.3885
Jaye Bell Operations Associate 301.951.6500
Shoshanah S. Belzer Operations Manager 202.628.0300
Aaron B. Berkey, LEED AP Principal 301.841.6505
Lauren H. Berkey, LEED AP Vice President 301.841.6511
Elizabeth Binnix Senior Operations Manager 301.951.6500
Thomas G. Birnbach Managing Principal 301.951.6500
Stephanie Bobo Senior Operations Manager 202.628.0300
Noreen Butler Senior Advisor
J. Russell Canard Principal 301.951.6500
Kyle A. Cissel Senior Advisor 202.628.0300
Christopher Crooks Principal 301.951.6500
Tara Davis Creative Services Director 301.951.6500
Paul Ehrenreich Principal 301.951.6500
Cody Emmert Advisor
Austin Evans Advisor, Project Management 202.628.0300
Chris J. Finley, LEED AP Principal 301.841.6514
Joshua E. Freedenberg Vice President 202.783.3891
Alexandra Gardiner Director of Finance 202.930.4019
Robert Gavin Senior Vice President, Finance 301.951.6500
John Gillick Advisor, Project Management
Peter M. Gottesman Senior Vice President 301.841.6517
Liz Grimm Executive Assistant to James M. Underhill, CEO 202.930.4021
Jonathan E. Harms Principal 202.783.3892
Lucia F. Hedke, LEED GA Senior Vice President 202.783.3881
Tim Hedke Senior Vice President
Samuel A. Heiber Principal 202.783.3889
Jeremy R. Henty Senior Advisor 202.783.3897
Michael L. Hetchkop Principal, Lease Audit 301.841.6532
Christine Horab Graphic Design Manager
Regina X. Jiron Senior Vice President, Operations 301.951.6500
Jeffrey Jurick Senior Vice President
LaMean Koroma Advisor
Matthew Kruczlnicki Research Analyst
John P. Kyle Senior Vice President 202.783.3890
Justin M. Lange Senior Advisor
Cindy Lemus Accounting Associate
Julie Matt Vice President
Thomas C. McBride Senior Vice President 202.942.1727
Richard M. Meadows Senior Vice President 301.841.6507
J. L. "Rusty" Meadows II, LEED AP Senior Vice President, Strategic Services
Jeremy Melmed Advisor
George Men Senior Advisor
Christie C. Minch, LEED AP Principal, Project Management 202.783.3882
Hailey B. Morris Senior Advisor
Gabriella Parra Senior Advisor, Project Management 410.558.6192
Kristin L. Rebeck Advisor, Account Management
P. Andrew Renart Senior Vice President
Richard M. Rhodes Managing Principal 410.558.6192
Jeremy Ricci Information Technology Manager 301.951.6500
Lauren N. Rizzo Senior Advisor
Jake C. Ruben Advisor 202.628.0300
Gene S. Sachs Managing Principal 410.558.6192
Mindy W. Saffer, LEED AP Managing Principal 202.783.3896
Kenneth J. Saltzman Senior Vice President
Steven J. Schaumberg Managing Principal 410.558.6192
W. Brennan Shanks Advisor
Daniel J. Shapiro Senior Vice President
Chelsea Shaut Advisor
Evan Solomon Advisor, Lease Audit 410.558.6192
Roxanna Tamayo Accounting
Dennis J. Tapiero Senior Vice President
Kathryn I. Thomas Managing Principal, Project Management
William D. Tidwell Principal
James M Underhill Chief Executive Officer
Shailee Upadhyay Senior Accountant
Matthew D. Ward Principal
Will Wheaton Senior Research Manager
Marita Yarborough Operations Manager 301.951.6500


Success Stories

Client Location Sq. Footage
ACDI/VOCA Washington DC  45,766 
BAE Systems, Inc. Washington DC  23 million 
Bonner Kiernan Trebach & Crociata LLP Washington, DC  24,774 SF 
Business Roundtable Washington DC  26,000 
EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc. Hunt Valley, Maryland  74,500 
ESI International Washington DC  45,000 
EYP Washington, DC  21,000 SF 
National Association of Manufacturers Washington DC  42,000 
National Democratic Institute Washington DC  57,000 
Paley Rothman Bethesda, MD  29,336 
Snyder Cohn Rockville, Maryland  19,105 
The Motley Fool, Inc. Alexandria, Virginia  113,616 
Watkins Meegan LLC Washington DC  40,910 
Winter Has Arrived; OpEx Reconciliations Up Next
Not long after office tenants have entered a new calendar year, an inconspicuous but impactful real estate expense statement is issued to tenants from their property managers. Read More
Thank You, Veterans
By Winters Heafey, Co-founder of Real Estate Careers for Armed Forces (REC4AF) When I woke up this morning, I reached over to turn off my alarm and saw I had a few texts. They all said happy Veteran’s Day, thank you for what you did. I have an […] Read More
Training in the Military Translates into Advantages in the Workforce
In my first blog, I wrote about my challenges in transitioning from the military into the workforce. What some employers may not appreciate is how many skills and values imparted through the military are beneficial on the job. Read More
My Transition from the Military to Civilian Life
The second semester of my senior year at Denison University in Granville, OH, was the opposite of my peers. I had enlisted into the United States Army on February 22nd. I was scheduled to report to Basic Training June 22nd, a little less than a […] Read More
Building a Team and Realizing a Dream to Help the Armed Forces: Part 2
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Armed Forces Practice Group (AFPG)

Cresa’s Armed Forces Practice Group (AFPG) is a service dedicated to meeting the needs of companies that work with the Armed Forces. Our team of experts, which includes two veterans, understands the specific needs and requirements of the hundreds of organizations that support the Armed Forces.  Leveraging all of Cresa’s service lines, we are able to provide customized, integrated services to meet a variety of needs.

Founded by Cresa professionals Chris Crooks, Jeremy Melmed, and Winters Heafey, AFPG is currently the only commercial real estate practice group that specifically serves the Armed Forces.  

AFPG is:

  • Based out of the Cresa Washington DC office, servicing the Greater Capital Area, Baltimore, and Denver, where Heafey is based, with plans to expand nationally.
  • Sustaining member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) which has 500 member companies.
  • Actively pursuing memberships with the US Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Additionally, AFPG is the founder of Real Estate Careers for the Armed Forces (REC4AF), a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing the commercial real estate community in training and hiring veterans and their families within the industry.  Cresa is pleased to lead this major initiative to bring together multiple disciplines in our industry in support of a great cause.

Lease Forensics & Enforcement

Welcome to Cresa's Lease Forensics & Enforcement Division, the Washington, DC region’s leader in operating expense and real estate tax pass-through reviews. We specialize in thoroughly examining our clients' lease documents to assure that their lease and accompanying pass-through expenses are being properly administered by the landlord. In our experience, we find that a majority of landlord pass-through statements require further review, and half the time our closer look results in savings for our clients. Please contact us to learn more on how our success has saved our clients millions of dollars in the past few months alone.



Why do a "desktop" audit?

  • To determine your actual "all-in" lease costs
  • To determine if your lease and lease pass-through escalations are being properly administered
  • To determine if there have been any mistakes resulting in possible overcharges
  • To determine if your "all-in" costs exceed the building's market rate


  • Inadvertent Errors - Inclusion of expense items that should not be passed-through to the tenant under the terms of the lease 
  • Calculation Errors - Mathematical errors and/or the use of factors that are not specified in the lease
  • Intentional Errors - Landlord's conscious effort to pass-through expenses that cannot be passed through under terms of a lease. 


  • Improper or no gross-up of variable expenses 
  • Operating expense exclusions 
  • Incorrect base year or base amount 
  • Early commencement of pass-through liability 
  • Incorrect proportionate share 
  • Incorrect accounting methodology: cash vs. accrual 
  • Calendar vs. fiscal year real estate taxes 
  • Incorrect sublandlord billings 


  • We read more than 150 leases each year
  • Cresa's team includes in-house CPAs and MBAs who have commercial property management experience
  • Cresa's lease auditors have formal training in the lease and associated documents
  • Cresa has numerous resources for comparing market ranges for expense items, including BOMA reports
  • Cresa's lease auditors know the acceptable psf ranges for line items such as utilities, cleaning, management fees, insurance, repairs and maintenance, etc


Contact our Lease Forensics & Enforcement division for more information.

Michael Hetchkop Evan Solomon
Principal Advisor, Lease Audit
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Community Service

DC Scores

At Cresa, our mantra of “Do the Right Thing” extends beyond the office and into the communities we serve. That’s why Cresa Washington DC and Cresa Baltimore have been a proud supporter of DC Scores for the past five years. 

DC Scores is an award-winning, 21-year-old nonprofit organization that provides free, safe, fun, and enriching after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth in our area.  DC Scores’ programs, which include soccer, poetry, and service-learning projects, focus on “whole-child” curriculum that help build the skills needed to break the cycle of poverty. 

Summer vacation can be a particularly difficult time for low-income children who often don’t have access to safe and structured activities. DC Scores addresses this by offering free soccer and arts camps that engage over 250 kids and provide enriching summer learning opportunities. Cresa is the sole corporate sponsor of ”Couch to Camp,” an annual fundraising campaign that raises money needed for camp counselors, equipment, supplies, healthy snacks, and buses. Each year, our employees serve as “Camp Champs,” setting up personal online fundraising pages and asking friends, family, and colleagues to make donations. Each individual contribution is then matched by the company. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our Camp Champs, we have funded a number of summer camps since 2014, and Cresa’s fundraising has resulted in over $50,000 donated since 2011.

But it’s not all work and no play. On the last day of each summer camp, our employees join in on the fun and host an end-of-camp celebration, providing food and fun activities. During this time, our employees interact with the kids and family members and see the positive impact their fundraising has made. 

“Cresa’s support of our Couch to Camp fundraiser is extremely important as a way to keep our summer programs free,” says Bethany Henderson, DC Scores ‘Executive Director. “And the end-of-camp celebration wouldn’t happen without them.” 

“Cresa is dedicated to giving back to the community,” says Chris Finley, Cresa Washington DC Senior Vice President and former DC Scores Board Member. “DC Scores is a terrific cause, and supporting them brings us closer as a team.”

To learn more, donate, or volunteer, please visit

Real Estate Careers for the Armed Forces (REC4AF)

Real Estate Careers for the Armed Forces (REC4AF) is a nonprofit organization that was formed in response to significant employment challenges faced by veterans of the military. Our goal is to mobilize the commercial real estate community in Greater Washington, DC, Baltimore, Denver, and beyond in training and hiring veterans and their families within the industry. We are here to address the unmet real needs of real heroes through real estate career opportunities.

REC4AF is managed by the new Armed Forces Practice Group (AFPG) at Cresa, co-founded by Cresa professionals Chris Crooks, Jeremy Melmed, and Winters Heafey. AFPG includes two veterans from Cresa.

  • REC4AF is affiliated with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and its 500 member companies.
  • We are pursuing memberships with the US Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
  • We are grateful for the guidance of American Freedom Federation (AFF), which works to better the lives of veterans and their families.
  • We are partnering with many other associations, veteran-owned companies, and government agencies.

For more information or how to support, visit