Leatha Clark accepted to North State BIA BUILD Program

Leatha Clark, a Project Manager for USA Properties Fund, has been chosen to participate in the North State Building Industry Association’s prestigious BUILD Program, a yearlong program designed to educate and expose future leaders to many sides of the industry – from acquiring and developing land to marketing and selling a completed project.

Clark, who joined USA Properties in July 2018, was nominated for the BUILD program and completed the interview and selection process this fall.

Clark and 17 other young leaders will participate in educational workshops, leadership projects and be involved in industry-wide and community efforts through the North State BIA in 2022.

“Leatha has been a strong performer since she joined the company,” says USA Properties Vice President of Development Milo Terzich, who nominated Clark for the BUILD program. “She is a quick learner and motivated to expand her expertise. She is also very smart and isn’t afraid to ask challenging questions.”

Clark says the BUILD Program is a “good opportunity to meet more people in the industry … and learn more about the construction and marketing side.”

‘A sense of purpose’

Clark, who is currently managing four development projects and has completed the entitlement process of four others for USA Properties, says the BUILD program will educate her how the front end of development affects the end product.

And Clark, who earned her bachelor’s degree in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning from San Jose State University, knows the importance of her expertise and hard work.

“She has a sense of purpose in the value that housing brings to people,” Terzich said. “She has an innate desire for service and community benefit.”

Clark appreciates Terzich’s nomination for the BUILD Program, and the company’s ongoing support to help her learn more about the ever-changing construction industry. “He’s always looking for opportunities to push me a bit and get me out of my comfort zone,” she says of Terzich. “I appreciate that, because it shows that he has confidence in me and wants to see me grow.”