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Sep 23, 2021

The National Apartment Association recently announced that PeakMade Real Estate’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, The Peak Link, was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion (IDI) Grant, sponsored by Home Depot.  The NAA Diversity & Inclusion committee carefully reviewed grant applications from throughout the country and selected recipients whose objectives align with the ideals set forth by NAA’s Diversity and Inclusion Vision Statement: “As the voice of the rental housing industry, NAA will model inclusion and embrace diverse backgrounds and perspectives to those with whom we work and exist to serve.”

“We are thrilled to have received this grant, and grateful for the incredibly dedicated DEI councilmembers’ hard work in securing it,” said Casey Petersen, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s indicative of our broader organizational commitment to being an inclusive workplace, and our focus on ensuring that our leaders and culture embody that commitment.”

The Peak Link’s grant proposal titled, Fostering Inclusive Excellence and Belonging Through Intercultural Development Competence, was submitted in order to develop an initiative that would provide the tools, education, and resources to leadership team members to foster a more self-aware and inclusive company and environment for all employees. The Peak Link firmly stated in their proposal that they cannot continue the work of inclusion and diversity with on-site teams until they look inward at their own leadership and identify the opportunities to create a more consistent approach to how they communicate and interact with their team members.

“We are incredibly honored to receive the NAA Diversity and Inclusion Grant because these funds will go towards continuing our efforts to fulfill Peak’s diversity vision and mission of creating an inclusive workplace for all our associates,” said Ashly Poyer, Vice President of Sales and Council Chair. “We have seen success with our pilot of the IDI program with our executive team and this grant will allow us to extend this valuable resource to the greater leadership team, allowing them to grow as managers and leaders to better serve our diverse workforce.”

The finalized initiative will expand PeakMade Real Estate’s Intercultural Development Inventory Leadership Programs and provide additional support to leaders through the use of intercultural competency assessments, coaching from professional inclusion leaders, and action plans to strengthen how leaders communicate with their teams.



PeakMade Real Estate, based in Atlanta, GA, is a vertically integrated, diversified real estate development and property management company, operating multiple brands for management, development, and advisory services for multifamily, student, and build-to-rent communities.


The Diversity and Inclusion Council for PeakMade Real Estate is tasked with promoting and supporting the companies’ vision for a diverse and inclusive community for all associates, customers, and stakeholders. Centered on education, awareness and action, the Council aims to collaborate both internally and externally on new ways to approach issues of equality in areas such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. The council plays an important role in ensuring that Peak is a place people can learn, feel valued, and be part of the change.


The National Apartment Association (NAA) serves as the leading voice and preeminent resource through advocacy, education, and collaboration on behalf of the rental housing industry. As a federation of 149 state and local affiliates, NAA encompasses over 93,000 members representing more than 10.5 million apartment homes globally. NAA believes that rental housing is a valuable partner in every community that emphasizes integrity, accountability, collaboration, community responsibility, inclusivity and innovation. To learn more, visit www.naahq.org. NAA thanks its strategic partners Lowe’s Pro Supply and Yardi.

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