Real Talk: Erin Allen

Erin Allen is the public relations and communications manager for JPI, a multifamily developer and builder that has completed or is in development on more than 342 projects with more than 100,000 units in 141 cities spanning 27 states and Canada. 

JPI’s primary markets are Dallas-Fort Worth, southern California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

One of the ways JPI is giving back to the Dallas-Fort Worth community is by participating in Parade of Playhouses, which is open at NorthPark Center through July 31. 

During the signature fundraiser for Dallas CASA, shoppers can view and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win custom-built children’s playhouses. Dallas CASA trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children removed from unsafe homes.

Tell us about the JPI team.

Our team is comprised of peers and colleagues who hold a shared passion for community service. We are proud to represent a company who encourages and sponsors community service to improve the lives of our community members. Our team represents different skills and talents in the construction sector. Our combined 50+ years of construction experience will help us construct a quality and safe treehouse for young kids to enjoy for years. Here’s who we are: Anish Joseph – senior design manager, Leny Navarrette – construction trainer, Mariana Abud – quality control director, Jennifer Wright – risk management coordinator, Edward Avila – preconstruction manager, Victoria Sum – preconstruction coordinator, and Duane Ford – assistant design manager.

FROM LEFT: Anish Joseph, Leny Navarrette, Mariana Abud, Jennifer Wright, Edward Avila, and Victoria Sum. NOT PICTURED: Duane Ford.

How did you become involved with Dallas CASA and the Parade of Playhouses?

To promote community service across the company, JPI sponsors a “Community Involvement” affinity group that includes employees from across the organization. Members of this affinity group are encouraged to seek out organizations, charities, and fundraisers that resonate with their values and inspire them to get involved!

Like Dallas CASA, JPI aims to provide a sense of safety, comfort, and belonging to community members. The Parade of Playhouses seemed like a fantastic cause paired with a fantastic opportunity to put our construction abilities to the test.

A special thank you to Victoria Sum, Mariana Abud, Edward Avilla, Pani Sedighzadeh, Anish Joseph, Jennifer Wright, Leny Navarrette, and the rest of the Community Involvement team for their pre-work in bringing this project to life.

What is your outlook on the Dallas market?

People from across the country are moving to Texas — DFW specifically, to take advantage of all the opportunities in this market. We feel fortunate to be in the multifamily sector during this season and view it as an opportunity to provide quality homes for all members of the community. As the area continues to grow and expand, unique and vibrant sub-communities are born. JPI is committed to serving these communities as they exist today and hopefully making them better for the future.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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