Real Estate is a Relationship
Meet our team members, and discover how our varied backgrounds and experiences can serve you and the community you serve.
Chief Executive Officer
Landis Graden is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of DCG Strategies. Landis is a serial entrepreneur having founded over 10 companies. Most recently, he is the Co-founder of a technology start-up company as well as a Co-founder and Board Member of United Tech Cities (www.unitedtechcities.com), a non-profit organization focused on preparing underrepresented youth and young adults for fulfilling careers in STEAM fields.
In 1997, Landis founded Penn & Graden Properties, a residential properties acquisition company, leaving behind a very successful career at a Fortune 500 company. At Penn & Graden, Landis managed multiple real estate investment groups that were focused on acquiring, rehabilitating, and selling undervalued Bay Area properties, all of which resulted in positive returns for investors.
Landis currently serves on the Executive Board of Alignment Bay Area, the Advisory Board of the Solano African American Chamber of Commerce and has served prior as Board Member on the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for the Community Democratic Club of Solano County, Board Member for East Oakland Community Development Corporation, Board Member of Brighter Beginnings, Board Member of Glad Tiding’s Community Development Corporation and the City of Hayward’s Economic Development Committee.
As past Chair of the City of Vallejo’s Planning Commission, Landis blends his business acumen with a local grasp of his community’s needs and values. Fusing opportunity, understanding, and experience has enabled Landis to pursue projects that strengthen the community’s economic base, attract new business and jobs, and work towards a sustained, healthy, robust future for the coming generation.
Landis currently coaches youth basketball and is an engaged and active member of his local community. A licensed real estate broker, Landis earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco, an MBA from Holy Names University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology.
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Lauren Jennings is passionate about supporting and creating the advancement and empowerment of women. A graduate of Cornell University, Lauren serves as the President of DCG Strategies and is responsible for the strategic implementation of daily business operations.
Lauren has invested significant time in volunteer and leadership activities over the years, including mentoring high school young women to build their self-esteem and empower them to fulfill their highest potential. Currently, Lauren serves as Worship Leader for Kingdom Builders Christian Fellowship in Oakland. She serves on the board for the Cornell Hotel Society, Northern California Chapter and recently completed her term as the 2020 President of CREW, East Bay, an organization dedicated to enhancing professional growth and business opportunities for women in commercial real estate. Lauren was nominated for and recognized in 2017 as a Rising Rockstar, an award given to exceptional women, thirty-five years and younger, who are influential, dynamic and show early promise as an industry leader.
Lauren is a member of and volunteers with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network. Lauren earned her California Department of Real Estate License in 2015.
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VP of Real Estate Development Services
As the Vice President of Real Estate Development Services, Carl supports DCG’s mission and clients in all aspects of residential and mixed-use development.
As a veteran of the development community, Carl has managed residential and mixed-use projects throughout California since the mid 1990’s. In his prior roles, he has run divisions for large home builders in both Northern and Southern California and is passionate about providing housing for families as well as creating a strong sense of community in the neighborhoods he has developed and teams he has lead.
With his knowledge and expertise, Carl brings valuable strategies for development feasibility and entitlement of property that has a residential focus.
Carl resides in the Bay Area with his wife and family. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, from the University of Southern California.
Aram joined DCG in 2016 and is excited to be a part of a company whose mission is to help community-based organizations maximize the benefit to their community. The ability to help those who help others is a unique opportunity and challenge.
Most recently, Aram worked for Holland America Line as an entertainer. Onboard the MS Maasdam, he was fortunate to travel to different communities around the world. He learned that the cultural and environmental differences of each community are what shape it into something special. Each one can flourish with a little care, support and guidance. Prior to this, Aram was a sales support intern with Marvin Test Solutions, an aerospace test systems manufacturer. At MTS he was responsible for the management and maintenance of the company’s CRM system including data input and integrity and reporting.
Aram obtained a BA in Business Administration with a specialization in accounting from the University of California, Irvine.
Affordable Housing & Financial Consulting Services
Cort Gross has been working with DCG Strategies since 2020 and brings a wealth of community development finance experience to the team.
Most recently serving as Executive Director and Senior Banker at JPMorgan Chase Community Development Bank, with a focus on affordable housing finance, Cort brings with him over 30 years of finance consulting and a true passion for working with faith-based entities.
Previously, Cort has worked with Self-Help Federal Credit Union on business development in California, as well as a host of other firms consulting on community asset management and development, community-based investment, and the financing and development of real estate.
In addition, he was the prior Chief Financial Officer of nonprofit housing developer BRIDGE Housing Corporation, Vice President of Affordable Housing with mortgage banker TRI Capital Corporation, and Program Manager for Lending with nonprofit financial intermediary the Low-Income Housing Fund.
He chairs the finance committee of Mandela Partners, a food justice business incubator in West Oakland, and serves on the Executive Credit Committee of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national CDFI. A former Coro Fellow in public affairs, Cort received his A.B. in history at Stanford University and his M.Div. Degree in liberation theology at Yale University
Commercial Brokerage Services
Gail Henderson joined DCG in 2018 and serves our commercial real estate clients as a Broker-Associate.
With over 10 years of experience in Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Gail is known for her ability to network and negotiate and her organizational, marketing and technical skills. With an extensive background as a Human Resources professional prior to her real estate career, she knows how to keep your transaction on track, on time, and your private life confidential.
Gail holds a Master of Public Administration Degree with a concentration in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with a minor in Personnel Administration Industrial Relations. Prior to obtaining her Real Estate Broker’s license, Gail worked as Human Resource professional as a Manager, Generalist and eventually specializing in Human Resource Information Systems. Her industry experience spans several organizations in the fields of Health Care, Non-Profit, City Government and High-Tech.
As a Project Coordinator, Rachael provides administrative support throughout all aspects of DCG and brings over 10 years of hospitality and operations experience to the team.
Rachael began her career honing in her skills in customer service and hospitality working with Starbucks for over ten years. As a certified barista trainer, Rachael served as a guiding force and mentor for baristas and shift supervisors. She sequentially worked for Crate and Barrel as a Merchandising Manager where she consistently looked for and collaborated on creative solutions to retail challenges in the dynamic and ever changing market.
Rachael is passionate about giving back and is excited to bring functional solutions to community oriented organizations. Rachael received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Advertising from California State University East Bay.
COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE SERVICES
Humberto Vasquez joined DCG in 2018 and serves our residential and commercial clients through brokerage and property management services.
As a Broker Associate and having been born and raised in the Bay Area, Humberto offers an in-depth knowledge of the bay area market. He has been a full time real estate professional since acquiring his real estate license in 2002. Humberto has been recognized as a consistent top producer and his client base is mainly repeat buyers and sellers and their referrals of friends and family. Being fluent in Spanish, his bilingual language abilities provide a unique resource for Spanish speaking clients.
Humberto believes in listening and addressing clients’ needs first. He truly believes in communicating with and being there for every single client, at all stages of the transaction. He believes in service that doesn’t stop after the closings and offers clients a high level of market knowledge, service, loyalty and integrity.