James Jay Lee
James Jay Lee is President of Rooney Properties, a development company focused on value add opportunities in the Washington, D.C. metro area. With a career of more than 30 years in the commercial real estate industry, Jim was responsible for the development, construction, leasing, asset management and sale of more than 17-million square feet of office, industrial, institutional and retail space, with an aggregate value of approximately $2-billion. He began his career with the OPUS Group in 1983 and became President of Opus East LLC in 2002 and C.E.O.in 2004. He retired from Opus in 2008, upon completion of a successful 25-year tenure.
Jim is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of NAIOP Northern Virginia. He has been active on boards of numerous charitable endeavors, including Stratford Hall, The National Center for Children and Families, George Mason University Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship and the D.C. College Success Foundation. Jim grew up in Moberly, Missouri and graduated from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics.Download vCard
Director of Development
Lex Lefebvre oversees Rooney Properties’ ground-up development projects and co-manages Rooney’s acquisitions and business development activities. He has 13 years of experience in commercial real estate in the Washington, D.C. metro area. After starting his career with a private lender he spent four years with JBG’s finance group, where he managed project financing for a portfolio of more than 100 properties and closed loans totaling nearly $400 million across a wide range of product types. While at JBG, he assisted the fund management team and managed the quarterly investor reporting process for JBG’s equity funds. Following JBG he spent three years at JBGR Retail, where he served as development manager for Downtown Crown, a 260,000-square-foot, $91-million mixed-use project in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Lex also managed feasibility analysis, pre-development and entitlements for a number of retail and mixed-use projects in the D.C. metro area. He is an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and NAIOP Northern Virginia. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in International Business from Georgetown University and received his M.B.A from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Download vCard
Kathleen D. Rooney
Kathleen D. Rooney serves as Vice President of Rooney Holdings, Inc. a privately-held investment company that specializes in commercial and civil construction, energy, and commercial real estate development. Kathleen is responsible for developing, directing, and managing the firm’s investment strategy and investment portfolio. She also serves as Vice President of Rooney Properties, a Washington D.C.-area development company specializing in office, industrial and multi-family projects. Kathleen evaluates and conducts analysis for all potential investments on in-house development and joint-venture projects. Prior to founding Rooney Properties, Kathleen worked in the United States Senate concentrating on legislation related to budget, taxes, trade, and social security.
Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts, Economics and History from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. She is the former Chairman of OAI Electronics, an ISO 900 manufacturer providing turnkey manufacturing and testing services to the aerospace, military, medical and industrial sectors. She is a member of the board of directors of the Washington Jesuit Academy, a tuition-free, independent middle school for young men from Washington, D.C.’s low-income communities. Kathleen serves on the board of directors of the District of Columbia Building Industry Association and is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Georgetown Real Estate Initiative, and currently serves as the National Co-Chair for MAVPAC Women’s Coalition and is a member of the National Board of MAVPAC.Download vCard
Director – Construction and Development
Greg Hoffman is responsible for project origination, development, leasing, finance and sales of office, retail, industrial, and multifamily projects in the Washington DC area. In addition, he oversees construction management on all Rooney Properties assets. Prior to joining the company in 2013, Greg managed numerous complex commercial and institutional projects over 10 years with a local GC/design-builder. Greg is a NAIOP Northern Virginia Developing Leader, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Associate, LEED Accredited Professional, and remains active with the Associated Builders & Contractors of Metro Washington (ABC), Washington Building Congress (WBC), and AHEPA Peter N. Derzis Chapter 438. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from George Mason University where he was awarded both the EagleBank Scholarship and won the NAIOP DC | MD Intercollegiate Capital Challenge in 2015. Greg was born in Washington DC, grew up in Northern Virginia, and is committed to the region having worked his entire career to improve the Washington Metro Area.