After studying biology and art at the University of South Alabama, Alex Whatley (MSRED ’14) began to explore opportunities involving his lifelong interests of real estate development and green building.
This led the Alabama-native to New Orleans to enroll in the Tulane Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development program. Alex was drawn to the program because, “it combined every discipline involved in creating real estate, including the more practical aspects like business and finance, as well as the socially and environmentally conscious aspects. Finding an academic program that teaches you all of that in one place just felt like a can’t miss opportunity.”
After graduating from Tulane, Alex was hired by local nonprofit housing developer Providence Community Housing. His role has expanded over several years, and he now serves as asset manager and real estate development assistant. As an asset manager, Alex oversees the operations of Providence’s completed portfolio of projects. As a development assistant, he oversees the entire development process from idea conception to grand opening. “Both roles overlap and inform each other, so they give you an extra perspective on the different phases during the lifespan of a project,” Alex explained.
His latest project is a new construction, single-family home located at 1936 Lapeyrouse Street in New Orleans. It is part of a series of 10 homes for sale called Providence Garden Homes, located in the 7th Ward, Treme and Mid City neighborhoods. Targeted homebuyers include those who make 80 percent or less of the Area Median Income.