Why You Need to Know Her: Because she’s the recently appointed president of The Real Estate Council, an influential group of 1,300 North Texas commercial real estate executives, bankers, lawyers, architects, engineers, and other service professionals. Launched in 1990, TREC goes beyond networking to spearhead community-improvement projects such as The Park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway.

After nearly 30 years in banking—most recently as the Southwest regional director of community development for JPMorgan Chase—McMahon launched a consulting business in 2009 to work on affordable housing and economic development initiatives. Then early last fall, the top spot at TREC became available; it was a perfect fit for her corporate background and community-improvement interests.

“I think businesses have a strong requirement, as well as a corporate need, to be engaged in the community and to do the best they can to help all parts of the city improve,” McMahon says.

TREC  helps them do just that. During the past 20 years, members have provided pro bono professional services valued at $6.5 million. The organization’s fundamental focus is on developing a positive business climate for the DFW region.

“Getting back to our roots on the networking and business development side for our members and then continuing the legacy of our foundation is really where I’m going to be focusing my attention,” McMahon says.