Homeport Employee Profile: Natalie Minklei

Natalie Minklei

Natalie Minklei

Title: Real Estate Development Analyst

Natalie helped paint a home in Milo-Grogan for Realtor Care Day in 2018.

Natalie helped paint a home in Milo-Grogan for Realtor Care Day in 2018.

Responsibilities: Researching potential rental property acquisitions; Low-Income Housing Tax Credit application support; writing and submitting applications to fund construction of single-family residences for home ownership; construction management support.

What do I like most about the organization?

Homeport is a big family of smart and kind people who make work fun, even when it is difficult. Work/life balance is valued at Homeport, and I’m grateful for having worked here during the most difficult time of my life.

What have I done in my life that I am most proud of, that people may not be aware of?

Before a few hundred people my senior year of high school, I sang a duet version of the Beetles’ “If I Fell.” This was a huge personal feat for me – overcoming my fear of singing in front of an audience.

Favorite things I do outside of work?

Drawing, singing, tennis and biking are some of my favorite local activities. While in college, I studied abroad in Paris. The five-and-a-half-month foreign experience has encouraged me to travel. I have since visited Belgium, Spain, England and Costa Rica, not to mention a Caribbean cruise that took me to Mexico, the Cayman Islands, Honduras and Belize.

Personal heroes?

Both of my parents.

My mother is also a real estate developer, after many career changes. She worked full time and attended graduate school while taking care of two high schoolers, two Great Danes and a Labrador. She is strong and smart and has always pushed me to think for myself.

My father was a witty and irreverent English professor at Denison University in Granville, who, without me even realizing, trained me to automatically scrutinize and recognize when media and advertising are furthering harmful stereotypes. He passed away from cancer in 2017. I miss him every day.

I’d be happy if I turned out like either of them.

What do I like about Central Ohio?

Something about Columbus makes it feel like a big small town. Despite being the nation’s 14th largest city, it remains relatively affordable. An added bonus -- sometimes you can see the sun!