Sara Queen joined Mapletree as Head of Operations and Asset Management for the United States in 2018, a new position in the company. Mapletree is a leading real estate development, investment and capital management company headquartered in Singapore, with approximately $45 Billion invested worldwide. Since joining Mapletree, Sara has overseen the firm’s significant growth in the United States and Canada with AUM increasing from $3.5 Billion to over $10 Billion. As the head of North America, Ms. Queen has also been responsible for building out the team, growing it from approximately 20 people to 75, of which 50% are women and/or people of color. During 2020, Ms. Queen closed over $1B of transactions, predominantly in the office and data center space.
Prior to Mapletree, Ms. Queen spent nearly 11 years at Brookfield, where she headed Asset Management for the U.S. office portfolio (approximately 45 million square feet). She was integral in the smooth integration of the $7.2 billion Trizec acquisition, streamlining and optimizing leasing and operations efforts. She was the chief company representative and liaison with co-investors in the U.S. Office Fund, the Downtown Los Angeles Fund, the DC Core Fund, as well as other joint venture partnerships. Furthermore, Ms. Queen was responsible for the company’s occupancy profile and its annual strategic planning/budgeting. She also oversaw the Lease Administration group and served on the Global Asset Management and the Executive Committee for the U.S. Office Division.
Ms. Queen began her career at MetLife and spent nearly 10 years at Clarion Partners, focused on Asset and Portfolio Management, primarily for Separate Accounts.
Ms. Queen has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA cum laude in Economics and History from Wellesley College. She was the WX (New York Women Executives in Real Estate) 2017 Woman of the Year. Ms. Queen was also named to the prestigious 40 under 40 list by Crain’s NY Business (2008); a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scout Council of Greater NY and a 2009 and 2014 Woman of Influence by Real Estate Forum. Ms. Queen is a member of the Board of Directors for Solar One, Friends of Governors Island, and Trinity Church Wall Street, where she oversees their $4B+ real estate portfolio. She is active in ULI, serving on the NY Advisory Council and as a Senior Mentor for WLI in NY. Columbia’s Master of Real Estate Development students also know her as Professor Queen where she teaches classes on Commercial Leasing and Asset Management.