Developer Core Spaces announces promotion, new CFO

Barry Howard

Developer Core Spaces announced that current CFO Barry Howard is transitioning to a newly created role as the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, effective April 5, 2021. He will focus on implementing an environmental, social, and governance strategy.

The company has appointed Lucero Castellanos as the new Chief Financial Officer. Castellanos joined the firm in October 2020 to enhance the company’s financial reporting capabilities, tax compliance program, accounting technology platforms, and overall accounting processes. Castellanos is now the first Latino woman to join Core’s senior leadership team.

Before joining Core Spaces, Castellanos most recently led Global Logistics Properties accounting and financial reporting group through the largest private real estate transaction globally ($19 billion industrial real estate portfolio sold to Blackstone). Prior to that, she spent 12 years working in fast-paced environments for a mix of private and public real estate companies such as JLL and Equity LifeStyle Properties. 

Castellano started her career at Deloitte’s real estate audit practice in Mexico City and transferred to the Chicago office in 2006 as part of a global development program. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Laureates International Universities.