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Our Investors

RealtyShares is supported by a group of world-class investors who have backed some of the most successful technology companies on the planet.

The Senior Leadership Team

CEO
Nav has over a decade of experience in real estate as an attorney, broker, and investor. Nav lectures at UC Berkeley Law School and the Haas School of Business, is a frequent contributor to Forbes, and is often featured on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. He holds a JD from UC Berkeley Law School where he was class Valedictorian.
Chief Credit Officer
Arash has over 20 years of risk management experience. He started his career at Fannie Mae primarily responsible for developing Fannie’s multi-family guaranty fee models. He then moved to RFC/GMAC/Ally where he held various risk management roles. Prior to joining RealtyShares, Arash was Head of Risk Policy and Controls at CitiMortgage. Arash holds an SB in electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD in economics from JHU.
Chief Product Officer
Simon brings a rich peer-to-peer product and technology background to the team after stops at Openwave, Verisign and nine years at BitTorrent, where his data-driven product management experience helped to bring entirely new products to a worldwide market. He earned BA/MA and MPhil degrees from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Stanford University.
CTO
Gene has a broad background in large-scale Web platforms, security, communications protocols, and building high-performance engineering teams. His previous technology leadership positions include Versal, Inadco, Check Point, and The Learning Company.
VP of Finance
Jonathan has 20 years of experience in financial services and technologies. He has extensive experience working with high-growth companies in highly regulated environments. He worked previously at Motif Investing, Wells Fargo, Thomas Weisel Partners, and Charles Schwab. Jonathan holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Corporate Counsel
Lawrence has over 15 years' experience as a corporate attorney and has also run a real estate construction business. He previously worked with Realty Mogul, AVE (acquired for over $4 billion), Shearman & Sterling in NYC, and Cooley in their Sand Hill Road office.
Head of Capital Markets
Javier has deep experience in real estate, finance, strategy and technology. Javier worked in management consulting at Accenture and DiamondCluster before working in investment banking at Barclays and as a VP of acquisitions at 643 Capital, an SF real estate PE firm. He holds a BSE and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
VP of Commercial Equity
Bryan has over 20 years of experience underwriting, structuring, negotiating and closing institutional-quality commercial real estate transactions. He has been directly responsible for the acquisition and development of more than $4B in office, industrial, apartment and retail projects at Realty Mogul, BlackRock, RREEF/Deutsche Bank, Hines and Archon Financial.
VP of Residential Debt
Kelly has 13 years of experience in financial services, real estate and fintech. She has wide depth of experience building high performing sales team that deliver high volume results. She previously held leadership roles at QuickenLoans, United Wholesale Shore Mortgage, MyInsuranceExpert, RME360 and most recently was the VP of Sales and Operations at Movoto Real Estate.
VP of Commercial Debt Originations
Bill has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate syndication and hospitality industries, where he has been responsible for bridge loan originations and underwriting, and has helped raise large, multi-million dollar investment funds from institutional investors. His previous employments include Lehman Brothers, Radisson Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, Thorofare Capital and Partners Capital. Bill has a BA in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Director of asset management
Don has over 30 years of experience in real estate property and asset management. Don's previous experience includes Wells Fargo, RREEF/Deutsche Bank, Sonnenblick-Goldman, and Metropolitan Life.
Director of Investments
Mark has extensive experience in real estate financing, particularly in underwriting and transactions for residential real estate. Mark's previous experience includes Dwell Finance, 643 Capital, Ipreo, and Redwood Partners.
Director of Investor Relations
Amy Kirsch has over 10 year of financial services experience. Amy worked in wealth management for Merrill Lynch, Dearborn Partners, and JP Morgan’s Private Bank before working as Head of Investor Relations for PeerRealty, a Chicago real estate crowdfunding platform. She currently holds her Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses. Amy graduated with a BBA from the Ross School of Business.
Director of Operations
Lani has extensive organizational process experience along with her background in real estate investment. Lani earlier worked with Angelo, Gordon & Co., Capital Trust REIT, W&M Properties, and BMW. She graduated with a B.S. degree from Stanford.
Director of Marketing
Mark was the founder of a national ecommerce platform, where he lead acquisition marketing. His writing and thought leadership has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, SF Chronicle, The Guardian, and Reason Magazine.
Director of Investments
Brian has over 10 years of commercial real estate investment and finance experience. Prior to RealtyShares he was a Vice President at RealtyMogul leading commercial joint venture equity originations. He has also worked with NorthMarq Capital, Beal Bank, and Realty Capital Partners. Brian has a BA from the University of Southern California and an MBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University.
Director of DevOps
Mike is responsible for architecting a secure, scalable and resilient application platform. He brings a comprehensive devops skill set, with stints at Marin Software (IPO 2013) and Stitch Labs. Mike is an advisor to other Bay Area startups and is also a mentor at Holberton Schools.

Advisory Board

Chairman of Fogelson Companies,
Inc
Gerald W. Fogelson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Fogelson Group of Companies. Mr. Fogelson has been actively involved in the real estate industry since 1955. He was inducted into the Chicago Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2003. He is the Co-Founder of the Chicago School of Real Estate at Roosevelt University with the first Endowed Chair for Real Estate in the State of Illinois in his name.
Advisor,
Former VP at LendingClub
Mike was most recently Vice President of Investor Services for Lending Club. During his 4+ year tenure he developed the investor sales, servicing, and operations teams at both Lending Club and it’s subsidiary LC Advisors. At his departure in June 2015, total assets invested between the two divisions was over $2.5B. Prior to Lending Club, Mike held various sales management roles at Fisher Investments.
Managing Director,
Terrapin Asset Management
Darren Rabenou is the Managing Director of Terrapin Asset Management LLC. He was previously a senior member of JP Morgan Asset Management's portfolio management team where he helped oversee small cap active and quantitative strategies as well a a REIT fund. Before that, he held senior positions at Prudential Investments and ING Barings. Darren received his BA from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Board Members and Investors

Managing Director,
Menlo Ventures
Over the past 30 years, John has led Menlo’s investments in more than 40 portfolio companies, primarily in the communications, storage, semiconductor, Internet and financial technology sectors, including companies such as Betterment, Soha Systems and others. John has been the lead investor in multiple venture capital funded companies that have had successful IPOs and achieved billion dollar valuations, including UUNET Technologies and Digital Insight.
Partner,
Union Square Ventures
John Buttrick was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, managing the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group from 1994-2000. From 2000-2004, John was a partner at LiveWire, a private equity group that acquired and managed back-office software companies. Between 2004 and 2010, he was involved in a number of start-up ventures in the US and Europe as an investor, director and consultant. John is an alumni of Northwestern University and Villanova School of Law.
Managing Director,
General Catalyst
Niko Bonatsos is a Managing Director with General Catalyst Partners. Niko joined the firm 5+ years ago as a founding team member of the firm’s Palo Alto office. He has led or co-led the firm's investments in Kiwi, ClassDojo, Flightcar, Livongo Health, RealtyShares and Snapchat. Niko loves partnering with first-time founders with strong product instincts, who treat every decision as a learning moment.

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