David Cottingham

David Cottingham

Vice President of Real Estate

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David Cottingham is the Vice President of Real Estate Development for Housing on Merit. With over fifteen years of experience, David has served as a real estate portfolio, finance, and risk management executive representing private, local, and federal government entities, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the U.S. Department of State.  He has expertise in the development and management of commercial real estate portfolios from strategic development through completion with over $25B in completed projects.

David is a recognized Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and active participant in both the Building Industry Association and the Commercial Real Estate Developers Association.  He is an associate of the Project Management Institute, the Urban Land Institute, and the Appraisal Institute.  As a certified general appraiser, David has valuated over 100,000 properties, including numerous special use properties, such as power plants, sewer and water treatment plants, natural gas pipelines, and communications towers, as well as traditional commercial and residential properties.

He received his Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University in Human Resource Development and a Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University. In 2019, David completed the Certification of Negotiations Mastery program at the Harvard University Business School.

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