New Leaf is owned and operated by Emily Meyer, a real estate developer who promotes sustainability and community redevelopment through historic preservation and infill. As a passionate advocate for community heritage and economic health, Emily leverages her knowledge of real estate finance to envision, plan, fund, and execute rehabilitation of historic and existing buildings.

Formerly Director of Development for Ryan Companies, she continues to shepherd buildings through the redevelopment process by assembling funding, consulting on design, and assisting with tax credit syndication. She has directed the tax credit process for projects totaling more than $150 million, securing more than $55 million in incentives for clients. 

Beyond her award-winning redevelopment projects, Emily works within the community as an advocate for preservation of landmarks, previously as Vice-Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission and now as a founding member of the nonprofit Save Cedar Rapids Heritage. She is past president of the Mound View neighborhood association, where she helped establish a walking tour of Grant Wood sites and coordinated a historic district along B Avenue NE.

Past board affiliations include the Affordable Housing Network, the Community Development Innovation Council for the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, the Indian Creek Nature Center, Iowa Great Places, the Replacement Housing Task Force, and the Historic Tax Credit Stakeholders Group.