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Katherine Salvatori

Washington, D.C.
B.S., Economics, The
Wharton School University of Pennsylvania

Katherine is pursuing her MSRED with the goal of establishing herself as a developer who specializes in retail real estate. She aspires to discover innovations, advancements, and solutions that can better prepare the retail and shopping center industries for the rapidly changing world.

Most recently, Katherine worked in real estate development at JBG SMITH in Washington, D.C. In that role, she gained experience through the Potomac Yard project, a 1.34-million-square-foot mixed-use development in Alexandria, Virginia. Her work was specifically focused on advancing four office and two residential buildings through entitlement, and tactically repositioning the Potomac Yard Shopping Center for redevelopment.

At MIT, Katherine plans to explore how design and development principles can be applied to a variety of retail environments: revitalized main streets, repositioned suburban malls, reimagined mixed-use centers, and redeveloped city centers. Through research at the Real Estate Innovation Lab, she hopes to explore and understand how data and technology can be used to comprehend retail risk as digital and brick-and-mortar stores merge.

Katherine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in real estate and retail, along with minors in architectural history and urban real estate and development. She has secured her real estate salesperson licenses in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York is an active ICSC member, and has obtained her LEED Green Associate certification. Katherine is honored to join MIT as a 2021-2022 William Wheaton Fellow.