Carnegie Mellon University

Kim Ford, SIOR, LEED

Kim Ford, SIOR, LEED

Founder and CEO of Rise Pittsburgh


Real Estate


Official Member Forbes Business Council | Host of evolve - Leadership Innovation streaming on YouTube (video) and Spotify, Apple, and Google Podcasts | 2022 CREi #14 Top US Influencer | 2021 CREi #30 Top US Influencer | 2021 Otso Top Woman Influencer CRE| 2019 Business Journals Influencer CRE Award | 2019 Globe St. Elite Woman of Influence Award | 2019 SIOR Office Lease of the Year | 2019 Tech50 Award for PropTech Startup 2021 SIOR Top 50 Office Deal in the US | 2022 CREi Movement List of Influential Women 

Kim has 25 years of Commercial Real Estate experience exclusively representing businesses, never Landlords in Pittsburgh, and over 200 U.S. markets. 

As a former PropTech startup Co- Founder & CEO, Kim helped to build, launch, and scale a software company, growing it to over 200 US markets. This start-up became part of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) inaugural Reach Commercial Accelerator Program and won numerous national awards. Kim recently sold her shares to focus on growing her brokerage business.

Kim represents startups to Fortune 50 companies including robotics, life sciences, advanced manufacturing R/D, switch/data centers, SCIF locations, build-to-suits, laboratories, office, retail, land, distribution, manufacturing, and industrial. Some of the firms Kim has represented include American Express, Vollmer, Innovation Works, Aurora, Castle Biosciences, Fidelity National, Allegheny Technologies, Inc., Aptiv, Dell, Oracle Corporation, Wells Fargo, Michael Baker Corporation, MassMutual, and FedEx Ground. 

Kim is a member of WPO (Women Presidents Organization) and Vice-Chair of the Innovation and Technology Committee at SIOR Global. Kim also serves on the Community Advisory Board for Renewal, Inc. She recently served on the Board of Directors for NAIOP Pittsburgh.