Susan Tjarksen

Susan Tjarksen
Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

Susan Tjarksen co-founded KIG CRE in 2015, which was acquired by Cushman & Wakefield in 2018. She has more than 30 years of real estate experience working with both private and public investment institutions throughout the country.

Prior to brokerage, Susan was a leader in apartment and mixed-use development, having planned, built, designed, financed and delivered projects totaling more than $3.5 billion in revenue. She has also successfully developed and sold 12,000 residential units, 2,500 hotel rooms and more than 2 million square feet of retail and office space.


  • Bachelor of Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Finance, Essex University


  • National Multifamily Housing Council
  • Forbes Real Estate Council
  • Roosevelt University‚Äôs MBIRE Advisory Board
  • Lincoln Park Builders Club of Chicago