When Ashby & Graff first launched in 2017, John mandated that any content produced by the company would always endeavour to reflect the diversity of America, so everyone who encounters the Ashby & Graff brand will instantly know they are welcome and can count on being provided the same effective, honest, and ethical service afforded all clients. John, who is openly gay, says his own personal experiences with discrimination and feeling unrepresented motivated his decree that affects all content, social media and other marketing produced by the company. Externally, John serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS and the California Association of REALTORS where he is heavily involved in promoting minority homeownership, especially among the African-American community which suffers from the lowest rate of homeownership of any group in the US. At the national level, he serves on the Multi-Cultural Leadership Advisory Council, which convenes the leaders of the various multicultural real estate organizations in the United States including the National Assoc. of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the National Assoc. of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the National Assoc. of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP), the Asian Real Estate Association (AREA), and the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR). He currently represents NAGLREP on the council, but works collaboratively with his friends from NAREB and other organizations to find solutions to discrimination against Black Americans in housing.
Faith is chair of Jones Lang LaSalle’s BAME network known as Race for Change (R4C), where her mission is to increase recruitment from diverse backgrounds, improve retention of BAME employees, and improve promotion of BAME employees. She works closely with the Emerging Talent team and mentors BAME undergraduates through graduate scheme applications. To improve retention of BAME talent, Faith launched Career Insight sessions, inviting senior directors of BAME backgrounds to speak about their career experiences to date and improve visibility. She has also assisted in the creation of an unconscious bias training programme for senior management, and has set up a reverse mentoring scheme with the R4C network. Externally, Faith runs weekly tutoring classes for BAME students aged 8 – 10 years old preparing to take the 11+ entrance exam. She is very active in fundraising activities at her church, which is predominantly populated by people of African and Caribbean descent. As a member of the fundraising committee, Faith helps provide funds for the children of her church to receive free weekly singing lessons, perform at various concerts throughout the year, and go on their summer residential course to St. John’s College Cambridge.
Sanjeev is an executive sponsor for the real estate business on D&I including on M&G Group’s Cultural Awareness Network and is an ally in M&G’s LGBT Network. Recently, he wrote an article for M&G Group on International Women’s Day on the importance of gender equality. He extensively promotes the BAME agenda within the organisation, including chairing debates on topics with external speakers such as lack of diversity on UK Boards (Parker Review). He has been involved in D&I initiatives for over 25 years including Race for Opportunity, the National Mentoring Consortium as a mentor, where he has received three awards for his dedicated service, and various other D&I initiatives. He is also on the management committee of Real Estate Balance, which seeks to address gender and broader diversity imbalance in senior positions in the sector. Sanjeev participated in the Deloitte Academy BAMEs on Board Programme for 2018, chairs meetings promoting D&I for the People in Property Network, and participated 2018’s Dive In Festival video “Awareness into Action” as a D&I champion within M&G. Additionally, Sanjeev is a regular speaker at external events on D&I and specifically the need for businesses to focus on ethnic minority considerations. On 9 May 2019 Sanjeev was appointed Non-Executive Director for Urban & Civic plc.
Sanjeev holds the Real Estate Board sponsor role for D&I. This has led the business to being the first real estate firm accredited with the National Equality Standard. He has been involved in D&I initiatives for over 25 years including Race for Opportunity, the National Mentoring Consortium as a mentor, and various other D&I initiatives. He is also on the Management Committee of Real Estate Balance which promotes progression of more women to senior roles in the industry. Sanjeev also promotes wider D&I aspects including ethnic minority inclusion. Additionally, Sanjeev is a regular speaker at external events on D&I and specifically need for businesses to focus on ethnic minority considerations.
Faith has been elected as Chair of Jones Lang LaSalle’s BAME network known as Race for Change, where her mission is to push for further diversity within the firm and wider property industry. She coordinates the running of various events throughout the year that celebrate different religions and cultural backgrounds. Faith also participates in Changing the Face of Property, an initiative which aims to promote the property industry as a career option to children in primary and secondary schools from lower income backgrounds. Outside of Jones Lang LaSalle, Faith volunteers with IntoUniversity, a charity that supports children from lower income background schools achieve their dream of attending university. Through this charity, she was given a mentee from a local school in Brixton with whom she had regular meetings over an 18 month period. Faith’s mentee was successful in getting into her first choice university, SOAS University of London.