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PREA Foundation Leadership

We are leaders in real estate who hold ourselves accountable for expanding the industry. We invest in young people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to increase opportunities for success.

 

Board of Directors

 

Deborah Harmon

Deborah Harmon
Board Chair
Cofounder & CEO
Artemis Real Estate Partners

Kevin Faxon

Kevin Faxon
President and Finance Committee Chair
Principal
Shadow Hill Partners

 

Linda Assante

Linda Assante
Vice President and Grants Committee Chair
CIO
Uplifting Capital

Yvonne Nelson

Yvonne Nelson
Secretary
Former Head of Real Estate – Bureau of Asset Management
Office of the New York City Comptroller

 

Dhvani Shah

Dhvani Shah, CFA
Treasurer
CIO
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Dean Adler

Dean Adler
Cofounder & CEO
Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P.

 

John Brady

John Brady
Managing Director & Portfolio Manager
Oaktree Capital Management

Manuel Casanga

Manuel Casanga
Director for Real Estate & Real Asset Investments
New York State Common Retirement Fund

 

Jon Davis

Jon Davis
CEO & Founder
The Davis Companies

Mike DiRe

Mike DiRe
Senior Investment Director of Private Markets
California State Teachers’ Retirement System

 

Melinda Ellis Evers

Melinda Ellis Evers
Fundraising Committee Co-Chair
Cofounder & Managing Principal
Ellis Partners

Jeffrey M. Fine

Jeffrey M. Fine
Partner & Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

 

David Gilbert

David Gilbert
Chairman & CEO
Clarion Partners

Gail Haynes

Gail Haynes
President
Pension Real Estate Association

 

Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi
Fundraising Committee Co-Chair
Co-CEO
BentallGreenOak

Eric Lang

Eric Lang
Senior Managing Director, Private Markets
Teacher Retirement System of Texas

 

Chris Lee

Chris Lee
Investment Subcommittee Chair
Partner, Co-President
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Tom Lee

Tom Lee
Audit Committee Chair
Executive Director & CIO
New York State Teachers’ Retirement System

 

Lee Millstein

Lee Millstein
Global Head of Real Estate & Senior Managing Director
Cerberus Capital Management

Christina Scarlato

Christina Scarlato
Principal Portfolio Manager, Real Assets
The World Bank Pension Fund

 

Jonathan Slager

Jonathan Slager
CEO
Bridge Investment Group

Eric Wu

Eric Wu
Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Americas
Blackstone

 

 

Foundation Staff

Ivan Barron

Ivan Barron, PhD

Executive Director
PREA Foundation

Ivan was born in Mexico and immigrated to the US at the age of nine. His life experiences inspired him to pursue a career working to expand economic and educational opportunities for people from all backgrounds. He has launched nationally recognized diversity and inclusion programs in partnership with leading corporations, universities, and foundations. Dr. Barron began his career in the real estate industry as Deputy Director of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director at the PREA Foundation, he was at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Barron has a master’s degree from Harvard University and a PhD from the University of Washington where he teaches courses for entrepreneurs at the Foster School of Business.

 

Ellen Young

Ellen Young

Operations Manager
PREA Foundation

Ellen Young is a dedicated and compassionate advocate who has spent the last two decades serving her community. With a strong passion for youth welfare, Ellen has made a lasting impact through her work and philanthropy as the former Executive Director of Ruby Room and now serves as the organization’s Board Chair. Ellen has focused her career on supporting children experiencing foster care and housing insecurity, positively impacting the lives of thousands of young individuals. In 2019, Ellen received the Mother Ryther Home Award for her dedication to youth in foster care. In 2023, Ellen was recognized as Citizen of the Year in her hometown of Seattle, WA. Again in 2023, Ellen was recognized as a “Legend” by the OL Reign (Seattle’s women’s soccer team) and Starbucks, for her invaluable contributions to her community and dedication to children and individuals in need.

 

Fariha Iqbal

Fariha Iqbal

Foundation Coordinator
PREA Foundation

Fariha is a first-generation Bengali American who was born and raised in Florida. She faced various systemic obstacles on her path to academic excellence and overcame them with determination and hard work. During her time at the University of Florida, her interest in the nonprofit sector grew. Soon after graduating, she secured a vital role within an organization that reduces poverty and provides low-income individuals and families with the tools to become self-sufficient in Central North Florida. Fariha's professional journey has highlighted the importance of ensuring equal opportunities for people from all walks of life. She has come to understand the essential role that diverse perspectives play in driving innovation, making sound strategic decisions, and fostering meaningful connections within any industry.