As a Professor of Business Law & Management at the nationally recognized Florida A&M University, School of Business & Industry, he not only taught his students the technical skills they needed to advance in their careers, but he also worked to instill the same strong sense of community responsibility that he continues to lead with today.
Prior to co-founding Gragg Cardona Souadi in 1998, with his late brother Nigel Gragg, Vance practiced law as an advisor to business entrepreneurs and community development organizations. In 1993, he became Legal & Financial Advisor to DeGuardiola Development, the firm that that created Abacoa; a 2,000-acre award winning master-planned community in Jupiter, Florida. Since then, he’s been a key player in the planning and development of more than $3.5B of transit oriented, mixed-use real estate investments in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region.
Vance is a graduate of both the Florida State University College of Law, and the University of Miami College of Law.
He currently oversees the firm’s government relations, advises on legal matter, and is a member of the Investment Committee.
Juan started his career in teaching environmental education at a community-based learning center in Washington DC. He pivoted to real-estate, and more specifically, the affordable housing industry where he could serve under-represented communities and continue his support of community development.
Juan volunteers with community-based organizations and serves on the local advisory board of College Track, a non-profit that equips students confronting systemic barriers to earn a bachelor’s degree in pursuit of a life of opportunity, choice, and power.
Juan holds a Master of Science of Real Estate and Infrastructure and a certificate from the Leadership Development Program at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He holds a Bachelor of Science of Architecture from The Catholic University of America.
He currently oversees the firm’s strategic alliances, finance & operations and asset management functions.
Upon relocating to the DC area, Haaziq began working with the Upward Bound Program at the University of the District of Columbia which provides support and college preparation for students from low-income families or ones which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. Haaziq went on to become the Director of Operations at a parking company where he managed the day-to-day and oversaw its primary government contracts.
Since becoming the leadership of Gragg Cardona Souadi in 2012, Haaziq continued to focus on community engagement and began analyzing and negotiating investment opportunities. His strong commitment to community representation and stakeholder engagement underpins the firm’s collaborative placemaking approach to real estate development.
Haaziq holds an Associate Degree in Mental Health from Montgomery College.
He currently oversees strategy and implementation of the company’s acquisition and investment activities.
Prior to becoming partner at Gragg Cardona Souadi in 2017, Oussama was a Senior Program Manager with one of the world’s largest consulting and engineering companies. He managed multiple high-profile projects and gained extensive project management training. Oussama previously held the role of Associate Principal at a Virginia architecture & engineering firm where he led the firm’s strategic planning and development activities and was also responsible for delivery of the firm’s consulting, design, and construction administration services.
Oussama sits on the Northern Virginia Community College’s Curriculum Advisory Board for Architecture Technology, a program that prepares students for employment in the field of architecture, construction and urban design.
Oussama holds a Master of Architecture with a concentration in Real Estate from The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning. He is a licensed Architect in MD, VA and DC.
He currently oversees the firm’s development and project financing activities