2021 Young Professionals

Class of 2021

By November 1, 2021 9:00 AM
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2021 Young Professionals.

Every parent living with young children has thought long and hard about whether the last 20 months or so of isolation has had a permanent effect on their kids’ development.

How much does a child learn sitting in front of a screen instead of sitting in a classroom? Can the pixilated teacher really offer the same attention and focus as the flesh-and-blood kind? Will a child be ready and able to socialize in the same way if there had been no lost COVID years? It has made plenty of normally level-headed parents worry.

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The first few years as a broker is not unlike those first few early years of educational development. They occur under the watchful eye of a mentor. The classroom is an office. One’s peers quickly educate the broker in the customs and mores of business much like the young masters of the playground.

And, yet, as we look at the men and women of this year’s Young Professionals list, we feel at ease. The best that the business has to offer remains as bright, as enthusiastic, as energetic and as savvy as those who went before. Even when the real estate world shut down and they were enclosed in their own personal cells like modern-day inmates at Shawshank, these professionals were quietly, methodically chipping away at their tunnels. Freedom is so close we can all feel it.Max Gross

Jacqueline Ryu, 33

Kramer Levin

Komal Sankla, 26


Erin Saven, 33


Yafit Shafer-Sull, 27

Fifth Avenue Association

Jayda Shanks, 32

L+M Development Partners

Max Stember-Young, 33

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Thomas (T.J.) Sullivan, 30

Cushman & Wakefield

Matt Swerdlow, 28

Ariel Property Advisors

Cierra Taylor, 24

Cerberus Capital Management

Kylie VanBuren, 28


Jessica Verdi, 26

Colliers International

Jane Zhu, 31

Clarion Partners