James Rea represents tenants in the Washington, DC commercial office leasing
market. He brings to this work a strong background in, and commitment to, a
range of sustainability issues, including brownfield redevelopment, smart
growth, and green building design (dating back to pre-LEED days).
James joined the MGA team specifically because of the firm’s unique
approach to the commercial real estate industry. Rather than seeking an
endless stream of one-off transactions, MGA stays tightly focused on the
strategic objectives of each tenant client. MGA engages its clients early in
the real estate process, and remains long after the ink is dry on the leases
or titles to continue advocating on the clients’ behalf. This long-term,
analytic, relationship-driven model is a natural fit for James’s real estate,
business, and educational background.
James came to MGA after several years in commercial real estate, having
gained experience across the spectrum of the business. His past work includes
representing both landlords and tenants in office, flex, warehouse, and
retail deals throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. As a tenant
consultant, James has successfully guided environmental groups, nonprofits,
public policy firms, law firms, health care practices and national
corporations through the leasing process.
Before working in commercial real estate, James focused on communicating the
myriad concepts of sustainability across a range of media. This included the
creation of multimedia web productions, and work as an NPR reporter. This
latter job afforded James an exhaustive education in the social and economic
development of the entire Washington, D.C. region.
James earned his BA in Economics from Northwestern University and his MBA
from The George Washington University, with a focus on sustainability in the
commercial marketplace. A licensed private pilot and accomplished guitarist,
James lives on Capitol Hill with his wife and twin sons.