J. Fernando Barrueta ('94)
J. Fernando “Fern” Barrueta is currently Executive Vice President of Colliers International. In addition to serving as a key advisor internally, Fern specializes in representing nonprofit and educational institutions for their real estate needs. Prior to joining Colliers, he enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate spanning 30 years. After selling Barrueta & Associates, which he founded and built into one of the most respected and successful brokerages in the DC region, he assumed leadership of the Hispanic College Fund. Serving as CEO of the HCF for 9 years, he led its growth from $1 million to $7.6 million in operating and scholarship funds while forming key partnerships with corporations such as Google, Intel, Wells Fargo, Disney, Pepsico, and government agencies such as NASA and DOE. He also served for 11 years as a Trustee for the University of the District of Columbia.
As for community involvement, Fern was founder, President, and board member of the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors, founder and Co-Chair of the Franklin Square Association, which drove the redevelopment of Franklin Square, founder and board member of John Marshall Bank and a founding board member and Co-Chair of the DC Economic Partnership, which rejuvenated the Downtown DC retail market.
Fern currently serves on the boards of Leadership Greater Washington, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region (CFNCR), the Latino Student Fund, and Building Hope, where he is Chair of the Audit Committee. In addition to UDC, Fern’s past board involvement includes the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), of which he was a Charter Office Member, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Montgomery College Foundation, and the DC Chamber of Commerce.
Fern has been recognized with several major awards throughout his career including Washingtonian of the Year (2003), Realtor of the Year (1991), and Hispanic Businessman of the Year, Region V (1994). Fern is a graduate of Georgetown University and a member of LGW’s Class of 1994.