Kathy Sorkin serves as Chief Operating Officer for Seneca Commercial Real Estate and its affiliated company, Chapman Ventures, LLC. Joining the company in 2019, Kathy oversees the management of all business operations and staff and helps lead strategic planning and business development activities.
Prior to joining Seneca, Kathy led business development activities for Rosemann & Associates, P.C., helping position the firm to grow its architectural and planning business five-fold during her tenure, which also included handling civic and governmental affairs.
A native of St. Louis, Kathy began her career in New York City as a VISTA Volunteer. She later served as Coordinator of the Mayor’s Urban Action Task Force in New York City and Director of Operations for New York’s Association of Neighborhood Housing Developers underwritten by the Ford Foundation.
She returned to St. Louis and continued to work on housing development initiatives with non-profit community-based developers and served on the St. Louis Community Development Agency’s Board of Commissioners. Later, she led two successful construction disbursing departments at St. Louis title companies, which dominated the market under her leadership for over 15 years.
Her appointment as Vice President of the St. Louis Equity Fund afforded her the opportunity to work with corporate investors, non-profit and for-profit developers, architects, attorneys, and general contractors throughout the region on complex developments, utilizing an array of tax credit and public financing programs. Later as Chief Operating Officer of E.M. Harris Construction Company and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Consultant, Kathy worked on some of the region’s most challenging projects.
For over twenty years, Kathy served as either President, Board Member or Development Council Member for Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis. She also recently served as Executive Committee and Board Member with Missouri Growth Association and the Missouri Workforce Housing Association. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Missouri and currently serves as Chairman of the Economic Development Retail Sales Tax Board for University City.
Kathy has received numerous awards for her work in community revitalization, housing development, and historic preservation. Honors include “Most Influential Businesswomen” from the St. Louis Business Journal, Habitat for Humanity’s Homecoming Award, Missouri Workforce Housing Association’s Vision Award, and Outstanding Achievement in Community Building from the St. Louis Community Builders Network.