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 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.

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 - 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

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.



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.


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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