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Katrina Peebles

Katrina Peebles

Featured in Chapter Seven: Legacy Building
Katrina is an active woman with many passions who finds time to express them all. Her marriage to real estate magnate R. Donahue Peebles, best known as “Don,” is a partnership of two dynamic individuals. Today the Peebles own large real estate developments in Washington, D.C.,  Las Vegas, and Miami— including a multibillion- dollar portfolio of luxury hotels, high rise residential buildings and high- end commercial properties. Among many other accomplishments in her field, Mrs. Peebles spearheaded the development of the Peebles real estate tax assessment appeal business, which went on to become the most successful real estate tax appeal firm in the District of Columbia.

Don Peebles was the recipient of the 2009 Reginald F. Lewis Award for successful African American entrepreneurs under fifty.

As the mother of two multiracial children, Katrina is determined that her children grow up to appreciate the legacy of all their ancestors. When she was in the hospital, she refused to check one or another box for ethnicity for her children. She then spearheaded a movement in the schools they attended to allow children to check multiple boxes for their ancestry. She makes sure they understand all the strength of the many cultures that are part of their heritage: Scottish, Austrian, African American, and Native American.

Katrina is also aware of the challenges of being a mother to very privileged children. She works hard to keep her children in touch with the challenges of those less fortunate.

Katrina combines all her passions when it comes to philanthropy. She works with children, supports cancer research, and has worked hard at the historic preservation of the buildings that the Peebles real estate business acquires. She is a member of Honey- Shine and a former copresident of the Women’s Cancer League. She is cofounder of the Recreation Wish List with former Washington D.C., First Lady, Cora Barry, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the renovation of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation facilities. She is a former Member of Miami Beach’s Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors and was awarded the Key to the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach. She is a former vice president and current board member of the Vizcayans. Katrina was appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts in 2011.

One of her favorite projects was the historic restoration of the Bath Club. It is South Florida’s oldest private beach club. Established in 1926, the Peebles turned the club into an award- winning project combining the historic structure with luxurious tower residences overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

In addition to working on charitable causes, the Peebles are very involved in politics as Democratic party supporters. Katrina and her husband
have hosted more than one hundred fund- raisers for major candidates, including two U.S. presidents: President Bill Clinton, and President Barack Obama.

Professional Website: peeblescorp.com