Ms. Crist began her real estate career in Denver in the mid 1980's as a commercial real estate appraiser with a large local appraisal firm, Ginther Wycoff. She subsequently achieved the designation of Member of Appraisal Institute (MAI) and ran her own appraisal company in Denver serving local and national clients. In 1993 she joined Bank One as a review appraiser and helped finance numerous acquisition and development loans. She then joined a conduit in Boulder, CapSource, where she underwrote loans for Conti, an investment-banking firm in New York City. Ms. Crist joined Mile High Properties in 1998 as an underwriter for an exclusive lending relationship with Prudential. In 1999, she joined Mile High Development as a project manager assisting in the analysis of potential and on-going development opportunities. She was in partnership with Mile High Development from 2004 through 2011 and facilitated three residential mixed-use developments: Museum Residences, DU Light Rail Station Housing and an Affordable Senior Housing project known as The Apartments at Yale Station. She is currently the President of the Morrison Group specializing in the development of affordable housing properties in the Denver Metropolitan Area.
Ms. Crist has an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Finance from the University of Denver. She is a licensed real estate broker and held the Appraisal Institute's MAI designation from 1988 through 2013. She participates as a Co-Chair of the Housing Committee for the Colorado Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), she was a mentor in 2011 and 2012 for the Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) - a collaboration between the City and County of Denver Office of Economic Development and ULI, and she is the President of the Bonnie Brae Neighborhood Association.