Erica Ruder

Managing Director, Total Workplace • United States

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Erica Ruder

Managing Director, Total Workplace • United States


Erica Ruder is a Managing Director in Cushman & Wakefield’s Total Workplace group, and leads the Americas’ Workforce Analytics Center of Excellence. Erica has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate real estate in both strategy and investment related roles. Focused on the intersection of human capital, real estate and location, Erica develops data-driven recommendations to improve her clients’ real estate‐related operations. Specifically, Ms. Ruder’s area of expertise is centered on the relationship between human resource strategy and labor markets for the purpose of improving corporate real estate portfolios and building competitive advantages. Erica creates solutions for clients across a wide variety of asset types including headquarters and shared services facilities, and also provides recommendations for portfolio-wide strategies. 

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2011, Ms. Ruder worked as an analyst at Lexington Realty Trust, a publicly traded REIT in New York. In this role, Ms. Ruder analyzed a variety of transactions including acquisitions, dispositions and releasing scenarios, and computed internal valuations for Lexington’s entire portfolio by building financial models and conducting research to update market assumptions. 

Author of thought-leadership deliverables pertaining to various CRE and workforce trends and topics including: 

  • Speaker at industry events including Cushman and Wakefield conferences, HRMAC Summit, Area Development, NextGen conference 
  • Cushman & Wakefield Global Management Committee Strategic Taskforce, 2015 
  • Cushman & Wakefield Emerging Talent Program, 2014-2015

  • MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan

  • Member of CoreNet, CREW and the Society of Human Resource Management
  • Prosci Certified Change Practitioner

  • AbbVie 
  • Ameriprise 
  • Aramark 
  • Arizona State University 
  • Blackboard  
  • Grant Thornton 
  • Heartland Dental 
  • Jacobs Engineering 
  • Method Products 
  • Moderna 
  • Raymond James 
  • U.S. Bank 

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