Katlin Jackson

Kaitlin works for HEARTLAND on local real-estate development projects like Melrose Market in Capitol Hill, Seattle


As a Project Manager at HEARTLAND, Katlin combines rigorous financial analytics and innovative practices to help public and private sector clients create projects and places that optimize their social, economic and environmental potential. Her work spans HEARTLAND’s portfolio, from major public/private partnerships to urban adaptive reuse and second home communities. Katlin has worked to launch HEARTLAND Investment Opportunities (HIO), a niche business line, which focuses on pairing local investors with top-of-class local real estate developers. Prior to joining HEARTLAND, Katlin worked with a small entrepreneurial residential real estate development company in Seattle, where she worked on master planned communities and residential construction projects, with an emphasis on project financing.


She was inspired to start Haitibabi after a couple of trips to Haiti, where she learned about the issues around Haitian orphanages. Haitibabi gives moms in Haiti jobs knitting and crocheting high-quality artisan baby goods, empowering them to earn a living while caring for their family. Haitibabi also gives moms around the world an opportunity to use their purchasing power to support a mom in Haiti. By purchasing a Haitibabi product, a mom is empowering a mom in Haiti to care for her child; moms helping moms.

One in ten children in Haiti lives in an orphanage. But 80% of these children have at least one living parent. These children are orphaned because their parents cannot find a job. She realized that the best way to help these children was to empower their mothers to care for them.

She says, “By creating Haitibabi, we are giving mothers jobs so they can earn a living and afford to keep their families together.”

In addition to changing the lives of mothers and their children in Haiti, she hopes that through Haitibabi people also realize their own power, and responsibility, in creating positive change in our world.

“By using your purchasing power to buy a Haiti Babi blanket, you are making a tangible, sustainable, and significant difference to a mom in Haiti,” adds Katlin. “Setting examples for doing business with a positive impact is a core value of mine, which is demonstrated through Haitibabi but also through the projects I focus on in real estate.”

Why Runstad?

When choosing a graduate real estate studies program and intending to stay in the area for the long-term, Katlin didn’t have to go far to find a high-caliber real estate education that suited her needs and provided the opportunity to connect with top industry professionals. At Runstad, she discovered the value in smaller class sizes and an interdisciplinary academic focus.

She was also drawn to the MSRE because of its traditional two-year track that allowed her to have time to build relationships and learn the applicable skills necessary to move her forward in her career goals.

Her favorite elements of the Runstad experience? The opportunity to co-create her education experience based on her goals and professional pursuits. She also enjoyed participating in the Affiliate Fellows program which proved an opportunity to be a part of a small group of graduate students, industry professionals, and professors who studied a chosen topic of interest for a year that culminated in an international study trip to Hong Kong.


  • Project Manager: HEARTLAND, LLC
  • Founder: Haitibabi
  • MSRE Graduate of 2011: Development & Finance specialization
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, UW:
  • Alumni Representative: Runstad Advisory Board
  • Runstad Alumni Committee: Member
  • Sustainable Building Advisor Program Graduate:
  • Certified Permaculture Designer:
  • Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group: Member, Leadership Team
  • ULI Sustainable Leadership Task Force Member:
  • ULI Northwest Product Council Member:
  • WA State licensed real estate broker:

Three Favorite Things About the Pacific Northwest

Seeing water everyday, weekend camping opportunities and passionately creative people

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