New Jersey



Katie Kennedy


I am honored to serve as the President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Real Estate Lenders Association (RELA).  We are committed to continued growth – both with industry veterans and the future leaders of real estate in New Jersey.  Our mission is to host engaging, meaningful events that foster professional growth and development for all members and attendees alike.  A majority of events will have an educational component; State of Office Panel, Credit Officer Panel, Economic Update Presentations, among others.  These events are crucial to the mission of the Chapter and serve to deepen industry knowledge and insight while connecting people across all stages of their careers. We also believe that often the most meaningful connections are made in social settings. To that end, our board is committed to maintain a mix of social events with highlights being our Annual Golf Outing and Wine Tasting Events.

We are looking forward to a long awaited return of fully in-person events, which will provide many opportunities to network with colleagues and gain industry knowledge in various settings. We encourage you to join our membership and look forward to seeing you at our next event. For more information about membership, please contact RELA headquarters at 212-450-7300. In addition, should you have any questions about our chapter or would like to connect with me directly please feel free to reach out to me via email:

Katie Kennedy


RELA New Jersey Chapter President 2022-2023

Sponsor RELA


New Jersey Chapter Officers


Katie Kennedy, Truist

Vice President


Jim Morris, M&T Bank

Christopher Csontos, TD Bank

Peter Rand, Key Bank

Yagna Rodriguez, TD Bank

Phil Bringuer, Provident Bank

Siobhan Doran, Wells Fargo

Membership Committee

Programming Committee

Sponsorship Committee

Immediate Past President

Sam Higgins, M&T Bank

Chapter Liaison Officer

Colleen Foy, M&T Bank

Young Members Committee

Communications Committee

Special Events Committee

Educational Panel Committee


Community Affairs Committee

Sponsorship & Finance Committee

Past Presidents

New Jersey Sponsors