Our Executive Board:

President - Alex Valente

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.

Vice President - David Alvarado


David is a graduate of UCLA School of Law Class of ’06 specializing in Business Law & Policy.  As a partner of Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson, LLP (CGS3), David focuses on purchase and sale, debt and equity financing, development, construction and leasing transactions. He has broad-based experience across all asset classes and property types, from retail and residential to office, industrial and raw land.  David also advises clients regarding day-to-day operational matters and property management issues.

Vice President - Beth Brody


Beth earned her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy at UCLA in ’08 and earned her MBA in the FEMBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management in ’14. She served on the UCLA AREA board for 3 years while at Anderson. Beth is Associate Partner at BW Brody Affiliated Companies, a multi-family focused real estate management, development, and investment company founded in 1949. At BW Brody Affiliated, Beth is involved in all aspects of the company including development, entitlement, operations, finance, and asset management to name a few.

Vice President - Darren Cline

Darren Cline








Darren Cline is responsible for investor relations at TerraCotta. TerraCotta is an Investment Management Firm that invests in commercial real estate credit both through acquisition and origination.

Before joining TerraCotta, Darren was with Grubb & Ellis, where he worked with many corporate clients and completed some of the largest real estate transactions in the San Fernando Valley/Ventura County. Earlier, when he was with Colliers International’s San Fernando Valley office, Darren received extensive training and developed a background in all aspects of brokerage services, including industrial/office sales, leasing and investment.

Darren graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in political science and a minor in international relations. While attending UCLA, he was a member of the UCLA Bruins football team and was a starter for two years.

Vice President - Neil Doshi







Neil Doshi serves as an Acquisitions Manager for TruAmerica Multifamily. Neil manages financial underwriting, market research, due diligence, and closing for multifamily opportunities. Property types include suburban value-add multifamily and new construction lease-ups in major western MSAs. Previously, he was a Senior Portfolio Analyst and directly produced management overview materials for quarterly board meetings with institutional capital partners, managed reporting requirements for limited partners, and led automation efforts for operational reporting. Neil holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego and an MBA from UCLA Anderson where he was the Vice President of the Anderson Real Estate Association (AREA), received three merit-based fellowships, placed 1st place in the UNC Development Challenge, and 3rd in the Pircher Joint Venture Challenge.

Vice President - 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.

Treasurer - Alex Hawkins

Alex Hawkins

Alexander is an Investment Manager in the Commercial Mortgage Lending group at AIG, where he manages a portfolio of $1.3 billion in loans across 9 states in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. He manages the day-to-day asset management functions for his portfolio including lease reviews, escrow releases, future fundings, transfers and assumptions and loan workouts. Additionally, he helps manage the reporting for the entire $17.5 billion loan portfolio. Prior to joining AIG, Alexander spent 7 years in various corporate finance roles for the aerospace company, Raytheon. Alexander received a graduate degree from the full-time MBA program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a Real Estate Specialization, and an undergraduate degree with Honors from Babson College, where he played basketball.

Vice President - Alan Hiller

Alan Hiller


Vice President - Julien Hoisington









Julien is a Development Manager with Serrano Development Group. He is responsible for all aspects of the development process including financial modeling, entitlements, oversight of design professionals, supervision of construction, and assisting the principals with equity syndication. Previously, he held acquisitions roles with two Southern California based family offices where he underwrote and closed over $150M of core and opportunistic real estate investments. Julien holds a BA from Whitman College and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA where he was a Bren Fellow in Entrepreneurial Real Estate.

Vice President - Brandt Hollander

Brandt Hollander

Brandt Hollander is a real estate attorney at Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP and a graduate of UCLA Law School. Brandt represents real estate owners, operators and investors in a variety of complex commercial real estate matters throughout the United States. Prior to his current position, Brandt was an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP where he focused on transactional real estate and was a founding member of the firm’s crowdfunding practice group. While in law school, Brandt served for two years as the president of the Real Estate Law Association and co-chair of the Skid Row Housing Clinic, he was also named a Peter Bren Distinguished Fellow in Entrepreneurial Real Estate. Prior to law school, Brandt was a real estate agent at A.C. Lawrence & Co. in Manhattan where he founded and led the firm’s most productive rental team. Brandt holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University where he captained the varsity football team.

Vice President - Scott Kend

Scott Kend









Scott Kend is the Senior Director of Development & Acquisitions for Combined Properties. He is responsible for identifying and acquiring new value-add retail and mixed-use projects as well as redeveloping portions of Combined’s extensive portfolio in the Southern California region. Scott began his real estate career at Canyon Capital Realty Advisors, an institutional real estate investor located in Los Angeles, California. He later worked for Standard Management, an owner/operator of retail and multifamily assets. Most recently, Scott was a principal at DTM Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based investor in the distressed single family residential market. Scott holds a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he was designated a Carter Fellow. He was a United States Fulbright Scholar in Mexico City, Mexico.

Vice President - Andy Meyers










Andy Meyers serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shangri-La Construction (SLC). He is among the founders who formed the company in 2008 as a fresh, pioneering response to the shortcomings they experienced firsthand as clients in the construction industry. As President and CEO, Andy upholds SLC’s vision and purpose, builds culture, provides appropriate resources and oversees and delivers the company’s performance. Under his leadership and business strategy, SLC has rapidly grown into a top contractor in the Southern California market. His commitment to building lasting partnerships has resulted in long-term alliances with individuals and institutions that have unique, multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience that benefit SLC’s clients and their respective projects.

Andy also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Shangri-La Industries (SLI), a diversified private operating platform with primary interests in opportunistic private equity investments, multi-media and general contracting. SLI is particularly committed to the advancement and implementation of green technologies and initiatives ranging from the production of renewable energy to sustainable construction and real estate development. Andy graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree. As an accomplished student athlete in UCLA’s prestigious football program, he was honored as a two-time All-PAC 10 Guard, Third Team All-American, Academic All-PAC 10 and Academic All-District. Andy also played for the Buffalo Bills in the National Football League.

Vice President - Ian O'Neill









Ian O’Neill is an Investment Associate in the Commercial Mortgage Lending group at AIG Investments, where he originates loans ($25MM and up) on all property types in the western United States. He previously worked in asset management at AIG where he oversaw loan workouts, assumptions, and transfers on a portfolio of $2.8 billion across 9 states in the West and Midwest regions. Prior to joining AIG, Ian spent 5 years working as a project manager at a luxury home builder, Nelson Daniels, which specializes in the development of homes in the $1,000-2,000 psf (hard cost) range. Ian holds a BS in Construction Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from UCLA Anderson where he was the Vice President of the Anderson Real Estate Association (AREA) and won the NAIOP SoCal Real Estate Challenge.

Vice President - Dan Pulver










Dan Pulver brings extensive experience in executive search and talent consulting as a member of Korn Ferry’s Los Angeles team and Principal in the Global Real Estate, Infrastructure, Construction and Sustainable Solutions practices. His client list include public and private real estate investment and development firms, real estate / infrastructure-focused fund managers and a diverse set of corporations and NGOs in need of functional leadership in investment, development, asset management, facilities, sustainability and corporate responsibility. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, he was a consultant in Mercer’s Talent Consulting practice where he assisted boards and management teams in developing and executing solutions to complex human capital issues including executive and board compensation, governance and organizational effectiveness. Dan holds an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management and an undergraduate degree in IO Psychology from The University of Maryland, College Park. He previously served as Co-President of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles chapter of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN); a non-profit organization that provides non-competitive athletic events for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities.

Vice President - Austin Richter

Austin Richter

Austin Richter is a Senior Vice President at Westbrook Properties and is responsible for acquisition, value enhancement and realization activities in the residential sector within the western United States. Prior to joining Westbrook, Austin worked for LandCap Partners, a residential real estate investment firm formed by a partnership between Goldman Sachs Whitehall Funds and Northstar Realty Finance. Prior to LandCap Partners, Austin was a Credit Manager at Financial Federal Credit Inc., a $2 Billion NYSE listed company specializing in providing capital to mid-market construction companies. Other prior experience includes roles at Westport Capital Partners and Dinapoli Capital Partners. Austin received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.

Vice President - Bradley Ross

Brad 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.

Vice President - Adriana Vesci


Adriana is a graduate of UCLA School of Law class of ’02.  She currently works at Cox Castle Nicholson where she counsels institutional investors and developers in connection with real estate acquisition, disposition, joint venture, pooled investment, and financing activities. Adriana represents every type of lender, from large national banks and life insurance companies, to community banks and private lenders.  Adriana’s experience extends to a variety of property types, including raw land, retail, industrial, office, single and multi-family residences, hotels and resorts, and medical office buildings.

Vice President - Robert Wilshusen








Robert Wilshusen serves as Senior Associate at the Los Angeles office of Clarion Partners. He works on the acquisition team and is responsible for all financial underwriting, market analysis, and due diligence for acquisition opportunities in particular submarkets of the West Coast. Property types include office, industrial, multifamily, and retail. Prior to Clarion Partners, he worked at the Los Angeles office of HFF focused on office and retail investment sales. Robert holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Vice President - Phillip Wintner

Phillip Wintner

Phillip Wintner is the CFO of the Multifamily division of Kennedy Wilson, a Beverly Hills based global real estate investment and services firm. Phillip has been with KW since 2005 and is responsible for the oversight of financial reporting, debt financings and risk management of the US multifamily assets. Prior to joining KW, he was an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Yeshiva University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a CPA in California and New York.



Our Regional Board Members:

Vice President San Francisco Chapter - Spencer Atkins








Spencer Atkins is an Analyst at Eastdil Secured in San Francisco. Eastdil Secured is a premier real estate investment banking company. At Eastdil, he assists in the underwriting of both debt and equity transactions across all asset classes in various geographic regions through unique investment strategies. Spencer graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Entrepreneurship. While at UCLA, he was a member of the UCLA Bruins football team during his freshman year.

Vice President Orange County Chapter - Brian Burke









Brian Burke serves as a Vice President and Relationship Manager in Real Estate Banking in the Irvine office of City National Bank. He is responsible for client management and underwriting of investor real estate loan requests which include those for ground up construction, value-add projects, and long term financing. He is also responsible for portfolio management including monitoring credit quality and overseeing ongoing construction projects. Property types include multifamily, industrial, office, retail, and for-sale housing. Brian holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from UCLA Anderson where he was a recipient of the J. Fred Weston Award for academic excellence in finance.

Vice President New York Chapter - Daniel Dokhanian








Daniel is a member of the structured finance group of real estate capital advisory firm Ackman-Ziff where he focuses on raising debt and equity capital on behalf of institutional clients for real estate assets across all product types and geographies. Prior to joining Ackman-Ziff, he worked in both acquisitions and asset management for Levy Affiliated Holdings, one of the largest real estate operators in the Los Angeles area with $1B+ of assets under management, concentrating on the acquisition and repositioning of distressed retail assets throughout the Western U.S.

Daniel holds a B.A. summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.S. in real estate from Columbia University where his graduate thesis was awarded publication in The Real Estate Finance Journal.

Vice President San Diego Chapter - Kirsten Worley









Before starting her own law practice, Kirsten was a partner with a national firm. She is experienced in all aspects of business and commercial litigation, surety bond defaults and construction litigation, and brings a decade of sophisticated construction and surety law experience to her practice. Kirsten also handles complex and routine commercial transactions, including business formation, joint venture and LLC structuring, construction finance, and secured transactions, and serves in the capacity as outside general counsel for many businesses with respect to corporate compliance, contract formation and business disputes.

She represents lenders, loan servicers, sureties, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, private equity capital investors, suppliers and businesses of all sizes from large corporations to local small businesses, and business owners. Kirsten is Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy Subdivision of the American Bar Association (ABA) Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (FLSC) Law Division of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). She is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum. In addition to her representative matters, Kirsten regularly volunteers time with the Orange County Bar Association/Public Law Center Chapter 7 Pro Bono Bankruptcy Legal Clinic at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.



REAG Committee Members:

Roman Bootman - Charity







Roman is a Vice President at Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment firm with $18bn in AUM, where he is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, structuring, executing, and managing new commercial real estate investments on the West Coast. Prior to Kennedy Wilson, Roman was a Vice President at George Smith Partners, a real estate investment banking firm, where he focused on arranging debt and equity financing across the U.S. Roman began his real estate career at Pacific Life Insurance Company in their Real Estate Investment Management Division working on originating construction and permanent debt financing across the West Coast.

Roman received a B.S. in Business Administration and Minor in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management with a focus in real estate.

Alexandra Caniglia - Undergraduate








Ms. Caniglia is an Associate in the Los Angeles office of HFF.  She specializes in multi-housing and land investment sales transactions throughout Los Angeles County.  Since joining HFF, Ms. Caniglia has been involved in the sale of approximately 1,500 units totaling of more than $389 million in volume.

Ms. Caniglia joined the firm in July 2015.  Prior to joining HFF, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied economics and accounting. While attending UCLA, she was the President of the Bruin Real Estate Association and was a member of the Women’s Rowing Team.

Clarissa Chiang - Education









Clarissa is a Business Development Director for Cumming, an international construction advisory firm, where she supports the firm’s strategic growth efforts for the Southern California offices. She is responsible for developing and implementing client relationship management strategies, conducting market research to guide regional growth, building relationships with strategic business partners, and assisting marketing and technical leaders with building the company’s brand equity. Clarissa is also a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW), and Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). She holds a BA in Communications and International Studies from UC San Diego and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Theresa Cisneros - Undergraduate










Mark Davidson - Athletics








Mr. Davidson is a Director of Asset Management at Hanover Financial, LLC. He works with joint venture operating partners to develop and to implement asset management plans. This includes overseeing closings, monitoring developments, budgeting, and participating in dispositions. Prior to joining Hanover in 2015, Mr. Davidson spent the previous eight years at GE Real Estate evaluating and recommending new debt deals, performing real estate valuations, and underwriting West Coast suburban office acquisitions. Prior to GE Real Estate, he worked in institutional real estate consulting at the Townsend Group and in public accounting with Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Davidson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Davidson is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant. Davidson holds a California real estate broker’s license.

Danielle Duenas - Education









Ms. Duenas is a Vice President of the asset management team with Mesa West Capital where she manages a loan portfolio totaling over $1.2B secured by real estate assets located in the South, South East, and West Coast. Prior to joining Mesa West in June 2017, Ms. Duenas was a Vice President Relationship Manager in City National Bank’s Real Estate Division where she was responsible for originating and managing a portfolio of real estate secured debt comprised primarily of bridge and construction loans. In her role as a relationship manager, Danielle originated $1B in new real estate secured loans, and as an analyst, underwrote over $650M of first mortgages.  Ms. Duenas received an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management (2015) with a focus in Real Estate Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Administration from University of San Diego (2009). She holds a California Broker License and is active in ULI, YLG, and CREFC, among other organizations. She belongs to the alumni committee of the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group Board and is a Board Member of Old Yeller Ranch Rescue.

Max Friedman - Jobs








Max Friedman founded and runs Mandri Capital, an investment platform focused on acquiring, improving, and operating commercial real estate properties in the United States. Additionally, the firm maintains an active capital advisory practice, placing debt and equity for middle market developer and investor clients. For the past decade Max worked at several boutique commercial real estate investment banking firms in Los Angeles – structuring and arranging senior debt, mezzanine debt, preferred equity, and joint-venture transactions for middle market operators and investors nationwide. Before entering the real estate market Max worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Equity Derivatives group in New York.

Max completed his (bilingual) MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He has a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York and a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from Tufts University in Boston. Max has lived in Europe and South America. He speaks Spanish and can communicate in Portuguese.

Max resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife Patricia and their three children. On weekends, you can find him hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains or watching Premier League soccer.

Sara Kramer - Membership








Sara is a Vice President based out of RCLCO’s Los Angeles, California office. Since joining the firm, she has worked across multiple functions, strategizing on a wide-range of projects with clients in different sectors of the industry. While she has spent time working with the firm’s institutional and strategy clients, she currently focuses on market and financial feasibility analysis (in both urban and suburban settings, and largely concentrated in the western half of the country).  Sara has experience with a variety of product types, including for-rent/for-sale residential, retail, office, and industrial.  Her clients include developers, investors, universities and public agencies, among others.

In 2017, Sara founded RCLCO’s Women’s Network, whose mission is to grow and engage women within the firm. The group focuses on the advancement of corporate policies, mentorship opportunities, and recruiting initiatives. Network members meet regularly to share information and support one another’s professional development goals.

Prior to RCLCO, Sara worked as an independent consultant, specializing in market research studies and retail real estate advisory. Her most notable project was performing retail advisory and proposal authorship for Full House Resorts (NASDAQ: FLL) on a $650 million mixed use development in Indiana. From 2005-2015, Sara worked at Westfield in a variety of both development and operations finance functions. She also performed internal consulting for Westfield Labs (Westfield’s technology and innovation arm) and Bespoke (a technology-focused, new-concept trifecta of co-working space, event space, and digital advertising space). Notable projects Sara worked on include: the World Trade Center and the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Prior to Westfield, Sara worked as an Analyst at Sperry Van Ness.

Sara earned a dual Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Sara enjoys living in L.A. with her husband, and spends her free time hiking, cooking and traveling.

Greg Levitan - Undergraduate







Greg Levitan is a Director and co-founder of Archbell Capital, where he focuses on loan origination.  Mr. Levitan has a diverse institutional commercial real estate finance background with an expertise in structured and complex real estate transactions including bridge loans, mezzanine, loan-on-loan, construction, and note acquisitions.

Prior to joining Archbell Capital, he was a Vice President with Guggenheim Partners’ Structured Real Estate Group where he originated over $600 million of stretch senior and mezzanine loans, and underwrote over $3 billion of potential transactions.  Prior to Guggenheim, Mr. Levitan was an Assistant Vice President with OneWest Bank, and was responsible for origination, asset management, underwriting, and closing senior bridge loans ranging from $15MM – $150MM, secured by transitional CRE assets and Notes.

Mr. Levitan earned his MBA from the University of California Los Angeles, graduating in the top 5% of his class, and his BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Levitan also serves on the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group Executive Board, was accepted to the MBA Future Leaders Program, and is a licensed real estate Broker in the state of California (CA DRE #01874613).

Andrew Loeb - Charity









Andrew Loeb serves as a Vice President in the Real Estate group at Oaktree Capital Management. Andrew is primarily responsible for leading a variety of portfolio, fund and asset management activities for the group’s opportunistic, value-add and core-plus vehicles. He also provides strategic input and helps oversee the team’s efforts in fundraising, due diligence, new product development and investor reporting. Andrew received a B.S. degree in business administration summa cum laude from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in real estate and finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Thomas Malayil - Membership

Mr. Thomas C. Malayil is a commercial and retail real estate executive. Mr. Malayil is the MD of TCM Property Advisory LLC. He spent most of his career in the US with NYSE-listed retail REIT Macerich. In Asia, he served as CEO of Lippo Malls Indonesia. Mr. Malayil has a degree in accountancy from ASU, a law degree from Oregon and MBA degrees from UCLA Anderson and NUS. He is a member ICSC (and serves on the Asia Pacific Advisory Board), UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate (and serves on the Real Estate Alumni Group Board), Pacific Council on International Policy, ULI Asia Pacific, and Asia Society (and serves on the Southern California Advisory Board).

Steven Nunez - Jobs









Steven is a Director at Whitman Peterson and responsible for the oversight of new investments in the multifamily, senior housing, and hospitality sectors. Prior to joining the team, he spent five years at Barings Real Estate Advisers where he worked alongside senior management in the acquisition of new office, retail, industrial, and multifamily investments in the Western U.S. During his time at Barings, he was involved in the acquisition, underwriting, due diligence, and closing of over $2.0 billion in new investments. Prior to Barings, Steven was an analyst at CenterSquare Investment Management where he worked in acquisitions and was involved in the oversight of a $430 million portfolio. Steven earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and has a B.S. in Public Policy, Management, and Planning from the University of Southern California where he graduated magna cum laude.

Brad Pennington - Undergraduate









Mr. Pennington is responsible for the acquisition, asset management, and disposition of assets in the Southern California market.  Prior to joining MAC, Mr. Pennington was a member of the acquisition team at MetLife Real Estate Investors covering all asset types in Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada.  Previously, Brad worked for Brooktree Realty Investors as a member of the acquisitions team, as well as for Transwestern as a member of the capital markets team working on investment sales and debt financing for institutional clients.  Brad holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

Mr. Pennington received a B.A. degree from San Diego State University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management where he was named a Peter Bren Distinguished Fellow in Entrepreneurial Real Estate.

Tori Robinson - Membership







After graduating from UCLA in 1985, Ms. Robinson began in the real estate industry as an appraiser and then mortgage broker. In 1989 she began her career in title insurance.

In her many years in the real estate industry she has gained invaluable experience assisting her fellow industry members in expediting and closing the sale and financing of real property. She is currently responsible for revenue generation for the Los Angeles National Commercial Services office of First American Title Insurance Company.

Ms. Robinson is a Past President of Commercial Real Estate Women of Los Angeles (CREW-LA) and currently serves as a CREW Network Foundation Champion Director. She was named as the 66th CREW Visionary in 2018, a recognition for charitable giving to advance the careers of women in commercial real estate.  She is also a member of the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group (REAG) and serves on the Membership Committee as well as being a member of the Endowment Circle of the organization. Other trade association involvement includes being an affiliate member of The American Industrial Real Estate Association (AIREA) and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Additionally, Ms. Robinson serves on the Real Estate Charitable Giving Committee for Providence St. Joseph Foundation in Burbank, CA.

Ms. Robinson has been featured as a panelist at the Marcus & Millichap Forum in Downtown Los Angeles, numerous CREW-LA events, the California Bar Association Real Property Section Retreat in Lake Tahoe. Also, for the Crocker Symposium, a legal conference joint venture between the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. She has also been a panelist at the San Fernando Valley Economic Summit held in Universal City, CA.

In 2012 she was honored as one of the “Women at the Top” by the Los Angeles chapter of CREW. She was honored in 2009 as one of the 40 “Women of Influence” by Real Estate Southern California Magazine. She received “The Best Commercial Title Professional” award for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s “Honoring Women in Commercial Real Estate”. Personally, Ms. Robinson enjoys charitable activities, yoga, cooking and playing live music. She is married and resides in Calabasas, California.

Austin Rogers - Education









Austin Rogers is a co-founder of VMG Properties, LLC and oversees VMG’s overall operations including acquisitions, financing, entitlements, and investor relations.  Prior to co-founding VMG, Austin spent five years at Curt Pringle & Associates, where he directed the strategy, entitlement, and development of both market rate and affordable multifamily housing, retail, and industrial assets throughout Southern California, including collaborating with local elected officials, real estate investment firms, as well as corporate clients such as CVS/Pharmacy, McDonald’s, and Chase Bank.  Austin received his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA, and graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science from UC Irvine.


Our Ziman Center Members:

Director of Corporate Relations and Alumni Affairs - Britta Schort









Britta Schort is the Director of Corporate Relations and Alumni Affairs for the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. She works with the UCLA REAG Board on strategic initiatives to grow membership and promote REAG to the greater real estate community in Los Angeles. Britta conducts outreach with UCLA REAG members and serves as a central point of contact between UCLA real estate alumni and the University.

Britta spent ten years in the commercial real estate industry. Earlier in her career, Britta worked in acquisitions and portfolio management at Clarion Partners, LLC in the company’s New York and Los Angeles offices.  Most recently, she was a Director at CBRE Global Investors in Los Angeles where she raised capital for the company’s value-added, closed-end fund series.

Prior to joining the Ziman Center, Britta was an Associate Director at UCLA Anderson’s Parker Career Management Center where she advised MBA students pursuing careers in real estate and finance. Additionally, she conducted corporate outreach in the real estate and finance sectors.

Britta received a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She is a third generation Bruin.

Assistant Director Student and Alumni Programs



Our Ex-Officio Board Members:

Ex-Officio President Robert De Forest

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.

Ex-Officio President Ronnie Gul

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