CREW Utah Elevate Scholarship Winner: Wendy Leonelli

August 12, 2021

CREW Utah Elevate Scholarship recipient and Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer for Zions Bank, Wendy Leonelli began her career in real estate in 2004. Her experience as a Licensed Residential Appraiser, Commercial Real Estate Agent, and now Lender has provided Wendy with the opportunity to work on projects throughout the Intermountain West.

Leonelli joined Zions in 2010, and is currently responsible for the growth and management of a $200 million loan portfolio of Market Rate and Affordable Housing, Assisted Living, and Retail properties located across Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.  She is a go-to financing resource, especially for those tricky affordable housing projects financed with LIHTCs. 

Wendy has been a member of CREW Utah since 2014, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2016, as the 2019 Chapter President and currently as Treasurer. 

Wendy was also recently featured in the “Public? Private? Partners in Finance” article in the May 2021 issue of Utah Construction & Design.  In the article, she describes her team’s approach to underwriting a development project.  Check it out at http://utahcdmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/may.singles.pdf starting on page 54.  You just might pick up a few tips for analyzing your next development project.