10 Outstanding Women Leaders: Julie Gray: Leading, Mentoring and a Passion for Real Estate

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Julie Gray

BOSTON—An Executive Vice President at McCall & Almy, Julie Gray is one of the leaders of McCall & Almy’s strategic advisory team, where she is involved in corporate real estate advisory projects related to acquisition and disposition strategies, strategic planning, and tenant representation.

On Feb. 17, Boston Real Estate Times will honor Gray as one of the 10 Outstanding Women leaders in commercial real estate in a virtual award ceremony. To register for the event, please click here.

Gray works with several major institutional accounts, including McCall & Almy’s one of largest clients, Mass General Brigham. Working on numerous complicated deals at once, her recent projects include the conversation of a long-term capital lease into a condominium interest to generate real estate tax savings and the relocation of a tenant whose building was being taken by eminent domain, resulting in significant savings. Both transactions had several moving parts and many parties at the table.

Over the past several months, Gray’s most rewarding efforts include helping the firm’s large institutional clients navigate real estate decisions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects included working with landlords to allow for temporary tented testing sites and the extension of life sciences spaces within the portfolio, such as 65 Landsdowne Street.

Over her nearly 30-year career in commercial real estate, Gray’s leadership and mentorship have fostered an environment of teamwork and collaboration that provides clients with unparalleled service, with a client roster that has included Berklee College of Music, Mass General Brigham, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

Gray holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition, she is member of the Commercial Brokers Association, CREW Boston, and NAIOP.

Gray’s easygoing and friendly personality make her one of the most approachable people in McCall & Almy’s office. She feels that the tides are changing in the industry from male-dominated to more women in positions of power but is still challenging for young women to find a senior woman to look up to. To change that dynamic, Gray mentored a young woman in the office that started as the firm’s receptionist but is now a vital member of her team. Gray feels the industry has come a long way since she started and sees many women in senior leadership roles, which has improved not only the workplace but helped younger women grow and advance in careers at McCall & Almy.

Additionally, Gray and her colleague, Lauren Donahue, launched McCall & Almy’s all-female advisory services team. McCall & Almy has prioritized increasing diversity within the firm and creating an inclusive environment and culture. In a field that historically has not been the most diverse, McCall & Almy has made a commitment to have women in leadership and managerial roles.

In addition to her work, Gray also finds time to help the American Diabetes Association and The Jimmy Fund.

McCall & Almy is an independent commercial real estate advisory firm that provides a complete range of services locally, nationally, and internationally.