Tara Hernandez, JCH Properties+
JCH is a real estate investment, consulting and development company that specializes in delivering urban lifestyle experiences through the conversion of underutilized real estate into “cool”, creative spaces. The company develops multi-family, commercial and special-use projects. Tara has been directly responsible for and/or participated in the development of residential, mixed-use, mixed-income, and commercial development projects throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri.
Tara is actively involved in the entrepreneurial start-up community, as an investor and advisor and Fund Manager of Reform Ventures, LLC.
Tara is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge MA with a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development and a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Finance. She is a Louisiana Real Estate Broker, a member of the Business Council of New Orleans, and in leadership positions on several not for profit boards, including Past Chair Emeritus of Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO,Inc), Secretary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, and Vice- Chair of the PORT of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. She was Chair of the 2016 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) National Hines Competition Jury and a Former Trustee of ULI. She received the 2018 Torchbearer Award for Economic Development from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), selected as one of the 2017 New Orleans City Business’ Women of the Year, as a 2017 Business Hall of Fame Laureate by Junior Achievement, and a 2017 Women of Color Honoree by 100 National Black Men of Metro New Orleans.