Jeff Peshut

Jeff Peshut, JD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Finance at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His expertise includes commercial real estate brokerage, asset management, portfolio management and land use consulting. He currently teaches Real Estate Practice and Law and Intro to Real Estate. Peshut is a principal with RealAsset Solutions, LLC, a Licensed Colorado Independent Real Estate Broker and Licensed Colorado Attorney. He is also the creator of the real estate forecasting website/blog,

With more than 35 years of professional experience, Peshut is an active leader of many professional investment and real estate companies, serving as past senior vice president at Clarion Partners as well as vice president and director of marketing and leasing at Lowe real estate company in Colorado.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Peshut taught Real Estate Law in the Leeds School of Business and Real Estate Transactions in the School of Law, both at the University of Colorado Boulder., Additionally, he served as adjunct instructor of Real Estate Broker Pre-Licensing and Continuing Education with Kaplan Real Estate Education, where he created and taught “Commercial Transactions for Residential Brokers”.

Peshut earned his Juris Doctorate in real estate and corporate planning and a Bachelor of Science in Finance concentration in Investments and Banking both from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

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Tony Hernandez

Tony Hernandez, MSW, is an affiliate professor in the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include housing and community, and economic development. He currently teaches graduate courses that include Social Policy Analysis, Advanced Integrative Practice: Clinical, and Advanced Policy and Advocacy.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Hernandez worked on a presidential appointment as an administrator of Rural Housing Services for the United States Department of Agriculture. He was also the director of the Division of Local Government for the State of Colorado. Hernandez served five terms as a Colorado state representative. He is currently the president and CEO of Innovative Action Consulting on the Community, Housing and Economic Development team, where he provides consulting services in policy work, nonprofit training and more.

Hernandez has been recognized for his extensive community involvement and advocacy work. He has won the Excellence in Leadership Award from Rural Housing Services, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Leadership Award, the HUD Secretary’s Customer Service Award and the Good Guys Award from the Colorado Women’s Political Caucus for his commitment to political, economic and judicial equality for women, among many others.

Hernandez received a master’s in Management and Public Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University Pittsburgh in 1981, a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver in 1975 and a bachelor’s in Social Work from Colorado State University in 1973. He is also a certified Housing Development Finance Professional, granted by the National Development Council in 2003.

Hollie Hendrikson

Hollie Hendrikson, M.A., is an affiliate professor in the Department of Political Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Hendrikson has over 12 years of experience working with government agencies, legislatures, advocacy organizations, academic institutions and research think tanks to develop data-driven policies for municipalities, states and organizations. She has worked with several communities to develop data-driven strategic plans that create opportunities for affordable housing. In addition, she ran a small consulting firm that specialized in social policy research and strategic planning, qualitative and quantitative research projects and developed policy options for governments. In this role, she also worked with clients to successfully complete and submit HUD Consolidated Plans and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

Her other previous experience includes working at the National Conference of State Legislatures where she led the organization’s public health policy work. During her tenure at NCSL, she provided technical assistance to legislatures in all 50 states, facilitated policy planning conversations with several groups of public health policy stakeholders as well as wrote over 30 magazine articles, journal articles and policy white papers.

Hendrikson received her master’s in social policy and development form from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009, where she earned the top classification for her research on migrant women’s access to services in the United States. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Colorado.