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By contributing to the UCLA REAG Endowment, you gain an opportunity to join the REAG Endowment Circle – a select group of real estate professionals who believe in the strength of the UCLA REAG network and have contributed financially to REAG’s growth. The Endowment Circle is invited to multiple exclusive events throughout the year and receives additional benefits such as complimentary invitations to select UCLA Anderson/Ziman Center research events, access to the Distinguished Small Group Dinner series, a Board Associate designation for the Ziman Center, an invitation to at least one Ziman Board Meeting every two years, complementary REAG membership for two years, and an opportunity to serve on a REAG Board committee of your choice.

The REAG Endowment ensures stable funding for the continued growth of UCLA REAG. Earnings from the Endowment have been used to fund a full-time Director focused on conducting outreach to promote REAG in the industry. The Director also serves as the primary point of contact for all REAG members, connecting alumni and professionals across the organization as well as facilitating ties between alumni, industry and the university.

The endowment, which now stands at $1,000,000, was seeded with a $500,000 matching challenge grant from John Long, President & CEO of Highridge Partners, which was matched by donations from dedicated alumni in the industry. John is an alumnus of UCLA and Founding Chairman of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. His commitment to the creation of the REAG Endowment supports a vision to increase engagement of the UCLA real estate alumni community among all levels of experience.



Robert De Forest

Robert is founder and Managing Principal of The Pinyon Group. Prior to founding the firm, Robert served as Vice President of a New York-based real estate private equity fund manager where he was a key acquisition and asset management officer for the Western Region. Prior to that Robert was Urban Projects Specialist for a public agency that acquired and manages over 60,000 acres of public land. Over the course of his career, Robert has personally worked for and with his clients and partners to successfully originate, underwrite, close, and/or provide advisory services for $1.1 billion of urban real estate and/or real estate secured notes. He holds a B.S. in Biology, an M.A. in Urban Planning, and an M.B.A., all from UCLA.

Natalie Greenberg

Natalie Atun Greenberg is a Vice President at Entrada Partners, where she is responsible for all acquisitions, due diligence and financing. Prior to Entrada, Natalie was a Director at Rexford Industrial in their acquisitions team, where she completed more than fifteen acquisitions and was responsible for all asset dispositions.Prior to Rexford, Natalie was a Senior Asset Manager at Colony Capital, where she managed a portfolio of non-performing loans. Previously, she worked at Wells Fargo as an Asset Manager in their Real Estate Owned group as well as at Lowe Enterprises, a leading national real estate developer, operator and manager. While at Lowe, Natalie worked in the finance group, and was responsible for closing over $800 million in aggregate loan transactions. Natalie began her career as an investment banking analyst with UBS, where she focused on real estate M&A transactions and private equity placements.

Natalie received a graduate degree from the full-time MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College at Columbia University, where she received summa cum laude honors, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Bradley Ross

Mr. Ross joined Madison Realty Capital in April 2018 and is a Vice President of Originations for the firm’s first West Coast based location. He has over a decade of experience sourcing and underwriting real estate investment and lending opportunities nationwide, including senior, mezzanine, and structured bridge debt financing. Prior to joining Madison Realty Capital, he served as a senior originator at Calmwater Capital, a real estate debt fund. He also spent three years at their parent company Karlin Real Estate, an opportunistic investment firm operating on behalf of a high net worth family office. He began his career as a top producing broker with Major Properties Real Estate, a Los Angeles based commercial brokerage, where he won such awards as Rookie of the Year and later Salesman of the Year. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.) and the UCLA Anderson School of Management (M.B.A.), and is a licensed California real estate broker.

Alex Valente

Alex Valente serves as a Vice President for the Los Angeles Business Unit of Trammell Crow Company. Alex focuses on all multifamily acquisition opportunities within Greater Los Angeles.  In his role, he is responsible for deal sourcing, financial analysis, debt and equity partnerships, entitlements, vertical development coordination and leasing.  Alex holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College where he was Phi Beta Kappa and an MBA from UCLA Anderson where he was the President of the Anderson Real Estate Association (AREA) and the winner of the John Long Award for Most Outstanding Student in Real Estate.

“The ultimate measure of a great real estate center is the integration of academic excellence, industry relevant research, industry out-reach, and exceptional alumni participation and value and UCLA REAG will be the force that drives the last piece of making UCLA the premier institution for real estate,” John Long.


Britta Schort
Director of Corporate Relations and Alumni Affairs
UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate / UCLA REAG
Tel: (310) 825-3203