Lucy Kitchin to Focus on Expanding Government Services in New Role at Transwestern


Lucy Kitchin, formerly with JLL (JLL), has taken a role with Transwestern as its new managing director, charged with leading the firm’s government services advisory group. 

“This is an opportune time to expand government services both locally and nationally,” Kitchin told Commercial Observer. “I believe the next few years will have a significant impact on the government leasing landscape and we are prepared to capitalize on that momentum.”

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Working out of Transwestern’s Washington, D.C., office, close to the action in the government space, Kitchin noted she was excited about the opportunity to come to the firm to lead a national practice and drive market share.

In her role, Kitchin will handle both private- and public-sector leasing business on behalf of owners and investors, while also advising clients locally and nationally on the sector.

“Transwestern’s platform, along with its collaborative, innovative culture, are huge differentiators that are vital in addressing the challenges clients face today,” she said. “We’re at a dynamic moment in GSA leasing right now with the change in government and release of stimulus packages that provide an opportunity to spark growth in the market.” 

As she strategies for 2021, Kitchin’s goals are to continue assessing where the government market is from a demand and dynamics perspective, and respond to those opportunities and challenges in a way that creates value for Transwestern and her clients.

During her 20-year career in commercial real estate, Kitchin has facilitated nearly 15 million square feet in government leases, including transactions for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Her last role was as managing director of JLL’s government investors advisory group. 

“Lucy’s well-known position in the industry combined with her keen market sense, financial acumen and trove of GSA experience will bring tremendous value to our organization,” Phillip McCarthy, Transwestern’s executive managing co-director, said in prepared remarks. “We know she will continue to raise the bar in delivering sound, creative solutions for our clients.”