Sayiddah Fatima McCree is an investment associate with the Mission Investments team, focusing on impact investing and creating capital markets that are more equitable. In this role, she conducts due diligence and underwriting for potential investments and builds the field for impact investing.
Before joining Ford in 2018, Sayiddah was a senior researcher at Harvard Business School where she worked with professors who focused on private investing and co-authored cases on topics ranging from restructuring a conglomerate in Brazil to mixed-use real estate development in Miami. She also conducted on-the-ground interviews with infrastructure and pension fund managers in Nigeria and supported the development of an intensive course on business in Africa. Earlier in her career, she served as an associate with the Related Companies focused on the investing in and preserving of affordable housing via a federal tax expenditure program.
Sayiddah has also served as a senior project manager with an engineering services firm, using her architectural and engineering expertise to advise real estate portfolio owners on exterior building facade capital expenditure programs. This experience, combined with her South Bronx roots, deepened her interest in the role of capital in the built environment and how the lack of capital evidences itself in neighborhoods and in community members’ quality of life.
Since her undergraduate years, Sayiddah has contributed her skills to numerous nonprofit organizations and mentored a diverse set of youth in pursuit of STEM, real estate, and business opportunities. Most recently, as an Impact Fellow with Project Destined, she helped a group of students from the Bronx win a real estate design/business competition and helped launch many of the students into selective internship programs with private investment companies and real estate firms.
Sayiddah earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds master of integrated building delivery and bachelor of architecture degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology.