Vice President, Corporate Initiatives
AvalonBay Communities



Karen Hollinger is Vice President, Corporate Initiatives and is responsible for leading large strategic corporate initiatives. She also is point on innovation initiatives in development, construction and property operations.

Prior to this position, Ms. Hollinger has led several functions and departments at AvalonBay, most recently as the VP of Information Services where she served as the lead executive for all applications, infrastructure and IT strategy for the organization. Ms. Hollinger also spent several years as a VP, National Operations with responsibility for establishing and managing the Customer Care Center in Virginia Beach, VA, a large industry-leading shared services center. Ms. Hollinger joined the AvalonBay organization in 2001 as a Director in our Human Resources Department.

Prior to AvalonBay, Ms. Hollinger was a Senior Director at KPMG, with a partnership focused on accounting systems and IT strategy with clients in the US and in developing countries. As part of this position, Ms. Hollinger started and led KPMG’s IT consulting practice in Beijing, China and led other long-term technology strategy engagements in Guam, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Thailand and Georgia. Ms. Hollinger also taught English in Japan.

Ms. Hollinger received a degree in Finance from William & Mary. As part of her involvement in real estate, she serves as the Chair for the Systems Technology and Information Management Committee for the National Multi-Housing Committee (NMHC) and has spoken at many conferences on matters related to technology in the US and abroad. She also often acts as a judge at real estate start-up venture competitions including Harvard’s and for NMHC.