Nikki Merkerson

Nikki Merkerson is a Community Development and home ownership expert. She is a real estate investor, advocating for and empowering others to make smart investments.

Nikki is passionate about making wealth-building opportunities attainable. She is the founder of Urban Leisure, a co-living space based out of Brooklyn, New York. Co-living is one of the best and most direct means to achieve optimal density and affordable housing in the modern urban context.

Nikki is also the founder of Pairgap, an innovative web platform that matches ideal partners to one another with the intent of buying property together. The platform makes home ownership both accessible and affordable. Nikki strongly believes that by leveraging today’s shared economy and matching potential buyers to one another, more people will have the opportunity to build wealth through home ownership. 

Prior to pursuing her entrepreneurship ventures full-time, Nikki spent 23 years in the financial services industry. She most recently held the role of a Community Reinvestment Officer at JP Morgan Chase covering the Northeast markets and was responsible for building long term relationships supporting key community stakeholders and assisting low and moderate income individuals with greater economic opportunity. In her former role, Nikki also provided home ownership opportunities through the facilitation of educational seminars which included Money Management, Understanding Credit and Affordable Mortgage products and programs. Prior to JP Morgan, Nikki served as a Loan Officer for over 15 years at various financial institutions.


Born and raised in Queens, New York, Nikki is a proud mother of two college students.

Board Leadership Positions & Honors 

Board Member, Hope Community Inc - Housing organization, New York NY

Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia: Community & Economic Development Committee Member

Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia: Co-chair of Impact Development Round Table

Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia: Financial Wellness Committee Member

2019 Friends of the Coalition Community Partner award

Mount Airy CDC, Philadelphia: 2017 Community Champion Award

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