Emily Watkins

SVP of Real Estate & Construction

Charlotte Russe


Emily Watkins was a featured speaker at RetailSpaces ’16 & ’17.

Emily Watkins leads real estate, store design, store development, facilities, lease administration and procurement functions for Charlotte Russe, a fast fashion retailer with approximately 540 stores nationally, and their newest brand Peek Kids, an upscale specialty kids and baby brand with 11 stores. She is responsible for establishing strategies, finding store locations, designing and building the stores, and managing and maintaining all corporate and retail assets. She is always searching to stretch herself and her organization in new and challenging directions to drive innovative thinking and end to end business process improvement.

Prior to her current role, Emily spent 3 years with JLL in their Corporate Solutions business, and 14 years with Gap Inc. where she held various roles in Real Estate, Store Design, and Architecture & Construction. Emily holds Masters of Business Administration degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University (joint Executive MBA program) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural (Structural) Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a Six Sigma Champion and Green Belt and an active member of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley. She resides in San Diego.