Jennifer S. Banner

Ms. Jennifer S. Banner has served as the Executive Director of the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business Forum for Emerging Enterprises and Private Business since 2019. Previously, she served as CEO of Schaad Companies, a privately held real estate company, and SchaadSource, LLC, a related privately held shared services company. Ms. Banner also spent 22 years in public accounting, practicing in the tax area with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young LLP) in Florida and PYA, P.C. in Tennessee. She has been a member of the board of directors of Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC) since 2003, a member of the board of directors of Truist Bank since 2013, a member of the board of directors of Uniti Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNIT) since 2015, and a member of the board of directors of CDM Smith Inc. since 2018.  Ms. Banner is interested in digital transformation of business and has been a public speaker and consultant globally on the board's role in digital transformation. In 2019, she was named an honorary Fellow of the MIT Center for Information Systems Research.

Benjamin S. Butcher

Lead Independent Trustee

Mr. Benjamin S. Butcher serves as a member of the board of directors for STAG Industrial, Inc. (NYSE: STAG).  Previously at STAG Industrial, Inc. he served as the Executive Chairman of the board of directors from 2022 until 2023, and as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2022, and as President from 2010 to 2021. Prior to the formation of STAG Industrial, Inc., Mr. Butcher oversaw the growth of STAG Capital Partners, LLC and its affiliates, serving as a member of their Board of Managers and Management Committees, from 2003 to 2011. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Butcher was engaged as a private equity investor in real estate and technology. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Butcher served as a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he sourced and executed transactions for the Principal Transactions Group (real estate debt and equity). From 1993 to 1997, he served as a Director at Nomura Asset Capital, where he focused on marketing and business development for its commercial mortgage-backed securities group.

Susan Carras

Ms. Susan Carras has served as a Senior Managing Director in the Washington, DC office of JLL Capital Markets, America (NYSE: JLL) since 2019. Previously, she served as Co-Head of HFF’s Washington, DC office from 2011 to 2019 and joined JLL as part of its acquisition of HFF. Prior to HFF, she was a Principal and Managing Director at Sonnenblick Goldman where she served on the operating committee and founded and headed offices in Washington, DC and Tampa, FL.

Ms. Carras has served as a director of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT) since 2021. She is a trustee emerita of Lafayette College and previously chaired the Development and Alumni Relations Committee and served on the Executive Committee. She is active in the Urban Land Institute serving on the UDMUC Blue Council and as co-chair of the Washington Full Member Engagement Committee. Ms. Carras is a past recipient of the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors Top Financing Award and Top Sales Award for the Washington, DC Metro and has been recognized by Real Estate Forum as a Women of Influence, by Bisnow as a Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate, by Connect Media’s Women in Real Estate and by Commercial Observer as a Power Player of Washington, DC, 2022.

Ellen M. Goitia

Ms. Ellen M. Goitia is a Certified Public Accountant and served as the partner-in-charge for KPMG LLP’s ("KPMG") Chesapeake Business Unit Audit practice and a member of the firm’s audit leadership team from October 2011 until her retirement in May 2016. As the partner-in-charge of the Chesapeake Business Unit Audit practice, Ms. Goitia had ultimate operational oversight for five offices in Maryland, DC and Virginia, with responsibilities including business unit financial performance, resource management, human resources, quality client service, and risk management. Ms. Goitia was admitted to the KPMG partnership in 1993 and had more than 30 years of experience as a professional with the firm, including experience as lead audit partner for a variety of publicly traded and private companies. Ms. Goitia was a speaker, panelist and moderator for KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute as well as for other governance programs external to KPMG. In addition, Ms. Goitia served as an independent member of the Nominating Committee of KPMG’s Board of Directors from 2009 until 2011 and has served on several nonprofit organizations’ boards.

Paul T. McDermott

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Paul T. McDermott was elected to the Board and named President and Chief Executive Officer of Elme Communities in October 2013.  Following the 2018 Annual Meeting, Mr. McDermott became the Chairman of the Board of Elme Communities. Prior to joining Elme Communities, he was Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Rockefeller Group Investment Management Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. from 2010 to 2013. Between 2006 to 2010, he served as Principal and Chief Transaction Officer at PNC Realty Investors. Between 2002 and 2006, Mr. McDermott held two primary officer roles at Freddie Mac — Chief Credit Officer of the Multifamily Division and Head of Multifamily Structured Finance and Affordable Housing. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Head of the Washington, D.C. Region for Lend Lease Real Estate Investments. 

Thomas H. Nolan Jr.

Mr. Thomas H. Nolan, Jr. previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. from September 2011 until his retirement in 2017. Mr. Nolan previously worked for General Growth Properties, Inc. (“GGP”), serving as Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2010 and as President from 2008 to 2010. He also served as a member of the board of directors of GGP from 2005 to 2010. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Nolan served as a Principal and Chief Financial Officer of Loreto Bay Company, the developer of the Loreto Bay Master-planned community in Baja, California. From 1984 to 2004, Mr. Nolan held various financial positions with AEW Capital Management, L.P., a national real estate investment advisor, and from 1998 to 2004, he served as Head of Equity Investing and as President and Senior Portfolio Manager of The AEW Partners Funds. Mr. Nolan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Modiv Inc. (formerly known as RW Holdings NNN REIT).

Anthony L. Winns

Vice Adm. Anthony L. Winns (RET.) served as President, Latin America-Africa Region at Lockheed Martin Corporation (“Lockheed”) (NYSE: LMT) from 2018 until his retirement in 2021.  He joined Lockheed in 2012 and also served as President, Middle East-Africa Region and Vice President, International Maritime Programs. Mr. Winns served 32 years in the United States Navy before retiring in 2011.  He served as Naval Inspector General from 2007 to 2011, Acting Director and Vice Director of Operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005 to 2007, and as Deputy Director, Air Warfare Division for the Chief of Naval Operations from 2003 to 2005. Prior to 2003, Mr. Winns served in other staff and leadership positions in Washington, D.C., including at the Bureau of Naval Personnel. He also served as commanding officer of several major commands, including the Pacific Patrol/Reconnaissance task force, the USS Essex, an amphibious assault carrier, and a naval aircraft squadron. Mr. Winns also serves as a director on the board of CareSource and the Navy Mutual Aid Association.