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Former SMU Exec Joins TREC as Chief Development Officer

Patricia Addington brings more than 22 years of professional fundraising experience to the real estate group.

Following a lengthy career leading the strategic direction of Southern Methodist University, Patricia Addington will leverage more than 22 years of experience in professional fundraising for higher education to amplify brand equity and awareness with the Texas Real Estate Council.

Last year was a banner year for TREC, as it doubled the investment in the Forest District.

Also, the organization advanced equitable development in the same district, as well as the Bottom and a West Dallas neighborhood, by securing a $6 million-dollar grant from JPMorgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods.

“Patricia’s unique skills reinforce our commitments to making Dallas a better place to live for everyone,” said Linda McMahon, TREC CEO and president. “We are confident that her experience in capital campaign management, fundraising, events and sponsorship development, and community investment will have a meaningful impact on both our organization and our city.”

Now in its 30th year, the organization represents 2,200 commercial real estate professionals and 650 companies. TREC capitalizes on connecting professionals within the community to enhance community investments, influence policy, and develop future leaders.

Addington brings more than two decades of leadership, fundraising, and events and volunteer management to her role with TREC. While at SMU, she was responsible for raising $3-to-$6 million annually for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and solicited a $2 million planning grant to develop a STEM Model School in West Dallas. She played an integral fundraising role in the University’s $1 billion campaign and managed fundraising efforts on two capital campaigns totaling over $59 million to be used for buildings, scholarships, and academic programming.

She has also worked at Syracuse University’s regional offices in New York City and Washington D.C., where she managed a caseload of 100 young alumni prospect donors by cultivating a list of key influencers and securing over $3 million in funding over three years.

Her new role with TREC includes amplifying fundraising, increasing volunteerism, drawing in more event sponsors, and strengthening TREC’s brand equity and awareness.