Margaret A. Stagmeier (Immediate Past Co-Chair)
Partner, TriStar Real Estate Investment
Marjy Stagmeier is an affordable housing solutionist and a champion of an equitable education-housing model, owning or managing over 3,000 apartment units. She is a founding partner of TriStar, a nationally recognized real estate investment firm in Atlanta. Stagmeier led TriStar to develop its sustainable housing model that targets blighted and marginalized apartment communities near failing elementary schools. In addition to creating equitable workforce housing, Stagmeier and TriStar’s pioneering partnerships with educators, medical professionals, municipalities, non-profits and foundations are reducing tenant transiency and improving outcomes through free after-school programs and summer camps, access to affordable health care and community gardening. A graduate of Georgia State University, she passed the Georgia CPA exam, is the chair of Star-C, Eduhousing Communities Corporation, former board chair of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, former vice president of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, and the author of Real Estate Asset Management: Executive Strategies for Profit Making. Stagmeier also is Advisory Board co-chair of HouseAtl and other organizations dedicated to equitable housing. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, John.
Marjy has partnered with New South Books for the upcoming release of her book “Blighted”, a powerful narrative about the decades-long decay and remarkable two-year reinvention of Summerdale, a 244-unit aging apartment community located in one of Atlanta’s grittiest corridors. From burnt out, mold-infested buildings, to traumatized classrooms, Blighted unfolds in the voices of ruthless drug dealers, phantom tenants, fearless landlords, exasperated healthcare workers, the working poor, educators, and visionary local leaders, and demonstrates a business model which fosters community stability through the delivery of safe, healthy and equitable apartment communities to low-income families.