People Moves: Cortland appoints Jared Ford as President of Construction and Design


Jared Ford (Photo Credit: Cortland)

Press Release (PRNewswire) -- Cortland, a vertically integrated, multifamily real estate investment, development, and management company, has appointed Jared Ford as President of Construction and Design, a new role created to support the firm's rapid growth in the US and overseas.

Ford reports to Cortland's CEO, Steven DeFrancis, and will lead a cohesive strategy for two of the award-winning multifamily company's divisions, Cortland Build and Cortland Design. 

He will be responsible for executing acquisition renovations, ground-up development construction, capital expenditure projects, and design services across Cortland's portfolio of more than 250 communities. Ford will work in partnership with Cortland investment and development platforms as well as its operations and facilities departments.

"I am thrilled to be joining an organization committed to innovation and efficiency in creating resident-centric communities that will change the standard of apartment living," Ford said. "I look forward to collaborating with the super talented Cortland team throughout the design and construction process to consistently deliver an elevated product our residents will love to call home."

Most recently, Ford served as President of Construction for The Dinerstein Companies based in Houston, TX. Ford was a partner in all subsidiaries of TDC and was responsible for leading the execution of development, design, and construction operations for all its investments. Before Dinerstein, Ford was the Senior Vice President for Crescent Communities where he oversaw the execution of development, design, and construction operations across all its multifamily investments nationwide.

"Jared's extensive background and outstanding record of leadership give us confidence he can help take Cortland to the next phase of our evolution," CEO Steven DeFrancis said. "This unifying role is vital to supporting our growth and fostering continued success while preserving the continuity and strengths of the firm's existing business."

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About Cortland

Cortland is a vertically integrated, multifamily real estate investment, development and management company focused on delivering resident-centric, hospitality-driven apartment living experiences. Headquartered in Atlanta, Cortland manages and is invested in, directly or indirectly, over 250 apartment communities comprised of more than 85,000 homes in the U.S. with regional offices in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Orlando, and Tampa. Cortland has significant experience in acquiring, developing, renovating, owning and operating multifamily communities, leveraging the services of its construction, design, and property, asset and investment management affiliates. Internationally, Cortland maintains a management and development platform in the UK.

Cortland is a National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Top 50 Owner and Manager, the Top Brand Performer for online reputation in 2021 (Reputation Score by, and is a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Company (2021). For more information, please visit


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