Our Executive Board:

President - Alex Valente

Alex Valente

Alex Valente serves as Vice President for the Los Angeles Business Unit of Trammell Crow Company. He is responsible for all financial underwriting and market analysis of acquisition opportunities. Alex also manages all equity and debt relationships and is responsible for preparation of all internal Investment Committee funding and development requests. Property types include office, industrial, multifamily, medical office, vacant land and retail.  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 Elkins Kalt, David’s current responsibilities include business development, representing the firm in trade organizations, managing client transactions, training and mentoring associates and recruiting new talent.  He is very involved in various trade groups and in other activities to garner further brand recognition for the firm and for his practice.  All of these activities have helped David to become one of the highest business originating attorneys in the firm.

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.

Secretary - Theresa Cisneros










Theresa Cisneros is the Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Programs for the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. Ms. Cisneros is responsible for the management and development of all Ziman Center programs, including student, alumni and industry events. She oversees the activities and strategy for the Anderson Real Estate Association, Real Estate Law Association, Bruin Real Estate Association and UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group. Ms. Cisneros holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from University of La Verne and Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling from Loyola Marymount University.

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 - 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 - 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 - Adam Lurie












Adam Lurie is a Vice President at Coretrust Capital Partners. His responsibilities include acquisitions, financing, underwriting, and asset valuation of office and mixed use properites. Prior to Coretrust, Adam worked at Bank of America, where he was a Vice President in the Short Sale Strategy Group focused on real estate asset pricing. Adam began his career with internships at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, as well as spending two years as a banker with The Northern Trust Company where he underwrote credit facilities for a number of office and industrial properties in the Chicagoland area. Adam earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.

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 - Dan Pulver












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

Bradley Ross is primarily responsible for originating, underwriting, and executing capital placement opportunities for the debt and equity platforms within Karlin Real Estate, a private investment firm managing $1.5 Billion of equity capital. Prior to joining Karlin, he was a top producing broker with Major Properties Real Estate, a Los Angeles based commercial brokerage. Mr. Ross led sourcing, marketing, and closing efforts for 80+ sale and lease transactions across industrial, commercial, multifamily, and hospitality product types as well as for various development opportunities. Mr. Ross sits on the Board of the UCLA Ziman Center Real Estate Alumni Group and the Los Angeles Mortgage Association, was recently elected as one of Southern California’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders” by Real Estate Forum Magazine, and has been featured in GlobeSt Magazine. Mr. Ross is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.), 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.

Vice President - Babak Zai

Babak Ziai

Babak Ziai is the Founder and Managing Principal of BrandView Inc., an innovative commercial real estate investment, development and advisory firm. Mr. Ziai previously served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at Lowe Enterprises Inc., a diversified, vertically integrated, national real estate company with over $6 billion in assets under management. At the confluence of Lowe’s investment and operating platforms, Mr. Ziai led investments for $300 million in value-added commercial acquisitions in the Western U.S. and mixed use development totaling $800 million in Southern California.

Mr. Ziai began his career as a Consultant for Standard & Poor’s where he advised domestic Fortune 500 and foreign companies on business enterprise and asset valuations. Formal education includes a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

Vice President Orange County Chapter - Srijin Bandyopadhyay


Srijin is a graduate of UCLA Anderson class of ’13.  Currently an Acquisitions Director for Greystar Real Estate Partners, which owns over 50,000 multifamily units across the US, he covers the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area markets and have directly closed over $500 million of multifamily acquisitions since joining Greystar in 2013.  Prior to Greystar, he held acquisition as well as asset management positions at Colony Capital, Lennar and OneWest Bank, with experience in both debt and equity investments for all commercial real estate asset types.

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 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.

Vice President San Francisco Chapter - Robert Banovac

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Rob Banovac is a Senior Associate/Project Manager with Bristol Group in San Francisco.  He is responsible for identifying new acquisition opportunities in Southern California and South Florida and manages over four million square feet of industrial and office properties, including a one million square foot business park under development north of Fort Lauderdale.  Prior to joining Bristol Group, Rob worked for a local residential developer in Arizona and was a CMBS analyst with Countrywide Commercial Real Estate Finance.  Rob graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics and History and received an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is a licensed California real estate broker and general building contractor, and he is an active volunteer with the San Francisco ULI programs committee.


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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