Tom Bakewell

President of Development

Tom Bakewell is StreetLights Residential’s president of development, responsible for overseeing all development activities including feasibility analysis, site selection and asset management. As a founding partner, Tom contributes to the company’s unique design-driven philosophy, which targets high job growth markets and brings exceptional talent under one roof.

Throughout his 20-plus years in real estate, Tom has been responsible for more than $2 billion in development and acquisitions of multifamily assets. Prior to his role at StreetLights, he served as the regional vice president of investment for Gables Residential (Dallas market), where he oversaw multifamily acquisitions, site acquisitions and the development of new assets. Early in his career, Tom gained valuable experience in asset management with Phoenix Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm.

Throughout his time in Dallas, Tom has served as a board member for Preservation Dallas, Friends of the Katy Trail and Forest Heights Neighborhood Development Corporation. He currently serves as a council member for Urban Land Institute and an executive board member for the National Association of Home Builders, Crittenden Research, The Real Estate Council, and the SMU Cox Folsom Institute. Tom holds a Bachelor of Economics and Real Estate Finance from Southern Methodist University, along with a Master of Business Administration from SMU’s Cox School of Business.

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