Who We Are

An Employee-Owned, Women-Owned Business Enterprise

Mary Hashem

Mary is the founder of Adaapta. She is an MIT-educated geoscientist with over 30 years of business experience in real estate, environmental consulting and management, the last 20 years of which has been in the Brownfield redevelopment industry. Her career has focused on the underwriting, remediation, redevelopment, and divestiture of commercial and industrial properties, including distressed assets with significant financial and environmental challenges.

Patricia A. Gage, CRE

Patricia Gage, CRE has worked as a developer, lender, and contractor in commercial real estate for over 30 years. She is responsible for the firm’s advisory services in the areas of financial analysis, capital procurement, public-private partnerships, community land trusts, real estate market studies, and development planning. Ms. Gage has secured more than $750 million in financing for land acquisition and construction over the course of her career, including brownfields loans, public TIF and PIF financing, and conventional debt and equity.

Kate Lucas, AICP

As a planner specializing in entitlements, conceptual site design, land planning, and community engagement, Kate Lucas has worked with over 30 different municipalities and numerous resident groups. She has managed the design, entitlement, and CEQA process for projects ranging from quarter-acre single-use sites to mixed use projects of several hundred acres.

Claire Skougor

Operations and Marketing Coordinator
Claire Skougor joined Adaapta in 2019 in the role of operations and marketing coordinator. Her duties include overseeing marketing and collateral creation, meeting coordination, invoice processing, and administrative support. Ms. Skougor is an energetic professional who uses her excellent communication skills to bring teams together.

Richard Lesser

Environmental Scientist
Richard has managed development projects on environmentally impaired properties, providing due diligence screening, remedy selection, cost estimating, and insurance underwriting support on numerous brownfield properties throughout the US. He has authored or co-authored twenty-nine public presentations and publications, most focusing on the technical rudiments that drive environmental cleanups.

Michael M. Kimmelman

Financial Analyst
Michael leads Adaapta's financial analysis services, including underwriting a multitude of property types. He brings experience in asset management, property management, market research, and community engagement. Michael specializes in creating customized financial models and is proficient in educating community users at all levels on how to leverage them in the redevelopment process.


Co-Canine Executive Officer
Bailey has over one year of experience in being the office's resident napper and co-mascot. Her favorite activities include sleeping on feet and chomping on Ninja's ears.


Co-Canine Executive Officer
Ninja is Adaapta's co-mascot. Her favorite things include tennis balls, treats, and playing fetch.