Engel & Völkers Chicago

About Gisela Attlan

I am a citizen of the world! I was born and raised in Argentina, moved to Boston to get my MBA in Finance from Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University, married a Frenchman, and then settled in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood where I have lived with my family for many years. In our home, we speak Spanish, French and English and through business, volunteer work and our children’s school, we are very active in the Latin American and European communities here in Chicago.

Having relocated several times including overseas, I gained a deep understanding of what it takes to make a successful move into a new community. My experience has had a profound impact on how I support my clients in their journey to find a home. I am passionate about creating, cultivating and nurturing new relationships and naturally motivated to help others.

I started my career working in international business for a large industrial group in Buenos Aries. After receiving my MBA, I worked in marketing and product strategy for Nuveen, a global asset management firm. I later became their Vice President for Global Business Development responsible for developing and managing their business in Latin America as well as their international client segment in the US. While I truly enjoyed my 14-year career with Nuveen, the frequent international travel became a challenge for my growing family.

As an advisor with Engel & Völkers Chicago, I bring together my passion for supporting others with my global experience. Well known as a top residential brokerage firm in both South America and Europe, Engel & Völkers allows me to provide my real estate clients with the same caliber of service that is standard in the international business arena. It also provides a platform to collaborate with advisors all over the world, educating them about all that Chicago has to offer.

Giving back is one of my core values. I am honored to have recently been appointed Trustee of the Illinois State Board of Investments. In addition, I served on the Board of Directors of Erie Neighborhood House and am a member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the French American Chamber of Commerce where I am a mentor in its Women 4 Women Committee.

My husband and I are passionate about travel, exposing our children to our own cultures as well as new ones. I stay balanced by doing yoga as well as skiing, playing tennis, enjoying Lake Michigan and spending time with my family.