From the moment she stepped into the world of finance, Tracey Wingo has had a talent for finding opportunities amid challenging situations. Skilled in cash flow and data analysis—and backed by a degree from Temple University as well as a pending master’s from Georgetown—Tracey’s career has taken her from the finance side of the business to the development side, giving her the uniquely broad experience and insight for which she is known. She entered the field with PGIM Mellon and later transitioned to BNY Mellon, where she was instrumental in creating the firm’s first-ever real estate platform. She also had the distinction of being the youngest person on the BNY Real Estate Portfolio Analytics team before she was promoted to manager Now, at just 29 years old, Tracey serves as assistant vice president of real estate development at Invest Newark, a nonprofit organization supporting numerous economic and cultural development projects throughout New Jersey. The firm is committed to supporting small, and women- and minority-owned businesses while accelerating redevelopment and reducing blight. For Tracey, the best part of her job is seeing the positive impact the company has made on the black and brown community. “I love the leadership and culture of Invest Newark as well as the values we encompass,” she says.
Tracey joined the organization in January 2021, where her overarching mandate is the management of all aspects of real estate, budget, design, and the permitting and construction phases of development and rehab projects. She works closely with the project supervisor to ensure the project meets all financial and regulatory guidelines, including grant and federal procurement requirements. Throughout her career, Tracey has been involved with the development of charter schools. Today, one of her current projects with Invest Newark stands as another shining example of both Tracey’s and the firm’s commitment to transforming neighborhoods—the management of a new artist co-op community comprised of 27 apartments.
Tracey is also a private investor and works part-time as an agent at Keller Williams City Views Realty in Fort Lee, specializing in commercial real estate—purchasing, rehabbing, and selling properties. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. “In what most people would view as insurmountable challenges, I find opportunities instead, and I strive to take advantage of them and empower more young women to pursue their dreams in real estate despite how the industry may look,” she says.
Assistant VP of Real Estate Development