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Real Estate Team Lead

Germantown, Maryland, 20874, United States
May 23, 2010

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Nina Penna

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Germantown, MD **874

(301) *** **** (cell/home)


Seeking a position that will benefit from my experience as a researcher and

analyst. I possess excellent organizational, communication and

interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated abilities in handling multiple

projects simultaneously while working with diverse groups in a dynamic

environment. Extensive expertise in providing analyses and recommendations,

and in interacting with senior executives, via phone and in person.


CoStar Group, Bethesda, MD

Research Team Lead, July 2009 - present

o Supervise and coach team of researchers working on commercial real

estate research.

o Conduct audits by interviewing brokers over the phone to ensure data

captured is accurate and complete.

o Author quarterly market reports on trends in commercial real estate.

RiskMetrics Group (acquired Institutional Shareholder Services Jan. 2007),

Rockville, MD

Department Research Team Lead, Sept. 2007 - July 2009

o Maintained quality and integrity of department's research products and

projects, reviewing and editing analyses.

o In preparation for annual peak proxy season, analyzed department's

historical and projected workload and performance and made

recommendations with respect to resource and training needs, as well as

timeline for implementation of action plan.

o Communicated with analysts in various offices to ensure consistent

application of polices.

o Compiled various documents outlining operating procedures for the


o Represented department in meetings with clients (institutional investors)

and corporate executives.

o Served as a member of the company's Policy Board (responsible for

formulating company-wide voting policies for clients).

Institutional Shareholder Services (acquired by RiskMetrics Group Jan.

2007), Rockville, MD

European Research Team Lead, Jan. 2002 - Aug. 2007

o Wrote and reviewed high-profile analyses, trained analysts, and

maintained delivery timeliness of team's analyses.

o Conducted research on corporate governance related topics as part of

annual policy formulation efforts.

o Liaised with company representatives, solicitors, and clients during the

research process to educate issuers and facilitate shareholders'

participation at annual and extraordinary general meetings.

o Oversaw annual gathering of data for corporate governance ratings


Institutional Shareholder Services, Rockville, MD

Research Analyst, Feb. 1999 - Dec. 2001

o Analyzed proxy materials for shareholder meetings of corporations and

provided vote recommendations, applying company's policy guidelines.

o Provided in-depth assessment of issues affecting institutional investors,

which included mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation plans,

and issuance of equity securities.

o Authored quarterly reports and articles on corporate governance


o Regularly engaged with companies and regulators on corporate governance


o Collected corporate governance data for the Corporate Governance Quotient

("CGQ") ratings product.


M.S. in Economics - Graduated Magna Cum Laude Dec. 1998

University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

B.A. in International Economics - Graduated Summa Cum Laude May 1996

American University of Paris, France

Language Skills

Fluent in: English and Swedish

Knowledge of: Finnish, French, German, and Spanish

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