Prea Spring 2021 Hero

Speaker Bios

Christy Fields

Christy Fields is a Managing Principal and Head of Real Estate Portfolio Solutions at Meketa Investment Group. She is also an owner and member of the board of directors of the firm. She leads the company’s Diversity Leadership Committee and participates as a member of the Investment Policy Committee and Private Markets Research Committee. With more than 25 years of institutional real estate consulting experience, she assists Meketa’s clients with strategic planning, policy development, underwriting and structuring of real estate investments, analysis of manager fees and performance, and board education, among other matters. Fields received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration from Yale University’s School of Management.


Mark Finerman

Mark Finerman is the Founder and CEO of LoanCore Capital, which he founded in 2008. Finerman has more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate finance. During his career, he has originated more than $100 billion in mortgage loans. Prior to forming LoanCore, Finerman served as the North American Head of Real Estate Finance and Securitization at RBS Greenwich Capital from 2002 to 2007. Prior to RBS, he served as Head of Real Estate Finance and Securitization at Credit Suisse First Boston (Credit Suisse). From 1993 to 1996, Finerman was a Director and initial member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group at Nomura Securities International. He began his career in 1988 at Sun America, where he was responsible for whole loan originations and trading. Finerman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.


Nickol Hackett

Nickol Hackett is Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer at the Joyce Foundation, a private foundation advancing policy in education, democracy, environment, justice reform, and culture. Hackett is part of the executive leadership team and a partner in the development and implementation of the foundation’s strategy. She also manages the investment program and endowment in support of the foundation’s grantmaking. Prior to joining Joyce, Hackett served as Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Cook County Pension Fund. Reporting to the board of trustees, she was charged with directing strategy and policies for the governance and administration of the fund. Before becoming Executive Director, she served as the fund’s founding Chief Investment Officer, establishing its first investment office in 2008. Additionally, as a member of the deferred compensation committee, she reviewed policy, investment strategy, and manager selection for plan participants. Under her leadership, the pension fund was recognized as the Small Public Plan of the Year by Institutional Investor and was featured as part of the Harvard Business School Case Collection. Hackett has more than 20 years of expertise in investment management and capital markets with prior experience as Vice President at Bear Stearns and Oppenheimer Capital and as a consultant to retirement plan sponsors. Hackett earned an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA in History from Northwestern University.


Diane Hoskins

Diane Hoskins is Co-CEO of Gensler and Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors. She has broad responsibility in running the firm’s day-to-day operations, which span more than 5,500 employees networked across 50 offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She founded the Gensler Research Institute to fuel new advances in the field, using exploration and transdisciplinary collaboration to place design in the context of larger business and social issues. Gensler’s Workplace Survey is the Research lnstitute’s signature study, and it has provided insights that have received extensive public interest and industry acclaim. As an advocate for sustainable design and her industry’s responsibility in global efforts to curb climate change, Hoskins leads Gensler’s Impact by Design, an annual sustainability report dedicated to understanding the environmental impact of Gensler projects around the globe. Hoskins has served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Cities and Urbanization as well as the Real Estate Industry Action Group. She is currently a member of the CEO councils for the Wall Street journal, Fortune, and Forbes. She is Global Governing Trustee for the Urban Land Institute. A registered architect, Hoskins is a graduate of MIT and earned an MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Business.


Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly is Head of Government & Public Affairs for North and Latin America at Deutsche Bank and manages and coordinates relationships with elected officials and political and legislative bodies globally. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Kelly held senior executive positions at both Charles Schwab & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc. Before joining the private sector, he served at the US Securities and Exchange Commission as Chief Spokesman as well as the US Department of Justice as Assistant to the Director for Policy Development, where he focused on international matters including terrorism and war crimes. Prior to these posts, he served in both the George H. W. Bush White House and, earlier, the Ronald Reagan White House, where he started as a writer. Kelly is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Council of the United States, the American Council on Germany, and the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.


Howard Marks, CFA

Howard Marks is Co-Chairman of Oaktree and has been responsible for ensuring the firm’s adherence to its core investment philosophy; communicating closely with clients concerning products and strategies; and contributing his experience to big-picture decisions relating to investments and corporate direction. From 1985 until 1995, Marks led the groups at the TCW Group, Inc., that were responsible for investments in distressed debt, high-yield bonds, and convertible securities. He was also Chief Investment Officer for Domestic Fixed Income at TCW. Previously, Marks was with Citicorp Investment Management for 16 years, where from 1978 to 1985 he was Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager in charge of convertible and high-yield securities. Between 1969 and 1978, he was an Equity Research Analyst and, subsequently, Citicorp’s Director of Research. Marks holds a BSEC cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Finance and an MBA in Accounting and Marketing from the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago, where he received the George Hay Brown Prize. He serves on the Shanghai International Financial Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of Duke Kunshan University. Marks is an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, where from 2000 to 2010 he chaired the Investment Board. He is a CFA charterholder.


The Rt. Theresa May MP

Theresa May served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019. She is currently the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, the constituency in which she lives. As Prime Minister, May led negotiations with the European Union after the country’s historic Brexit referendum. She also oversaw the largest ever cash boost to the UK’s National Health Service and the largest expansion of mental health services in a generation. She launched a 25-year environment plan and introduced legislation to end the UK’s contribution to global warming entirely. She also established the first-ever Race Disparity Audit to shine a light on injustices, and she published the Modern Industrial Strategy to ensure that the jobs of the future are created across the whole country, not just in London. May has been involved in politics at all levels for many years, starting out stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association before going on to be a Councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994. In 1997, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead; she has held various positions in Parliament since. Appointed Home Secretary in 2010, May made history by becoming the longest-serving Conservative Home Secretary in the past 100 years. During this time, she oversaw reductions in crime, reform of the police, and the introduction of the landmark Modern Slavery Act.


Tom Pulley

Tom Pulley is the Head of the Fortress Credit Global Real Estate business, CIO of the Fortress Real Estate Opportunities Funds, and CIO of Fortress Investment Group (Japan) GK. As the CIO of Fortress Investment Group (Japan) GK, he is responsible for the investment programs of 68 real estate opportunity funds. Prior to joining Fortress, Pulley was head of the private equity division in Japan at Credit Suisse, where he managed the successful Asian investment program of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners. He was one of the designated key men for DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners III and was a member of its Investment Committee. Pulley has more than 25 years of real estate investment experience and started his career at Bankers Trust. He joined Fortress in 2007. Pulley received a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Scott Rechler

Scott Rechler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RXR, one of the largest owners, managers, and developers of real estate and infrastructure in the New York metropolitan region. RXR seeks to build and create stronger communities within its buildings and within the areas in which it operates. As Chairman and CEO, Rechler believes that RXR’s success is inextricably linked to the health and vitality of the broader community. From 2011 to 2016, Rechler served as an appointee of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on the Board of Commissioners as Vice Chairman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He later served at the request of Governor Cuomo on the Board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 2017 to 2019. In addition to his role at RXR, Rechler serves as Chair of the Regional Plan Association, a Trustee and Vice Chair of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, Co-Chair of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and a member of the NYU Real Estate Institute Advisory Committee. Rechler is a graduate of Clark University and the New York University Schack Institute.


Eric Resnick

Eric Resnick is Cofounder and CEO of KSL Capital Partners, LLC, a global private equity fund specializing in travel and leisure enterprises. KSL is deeply rooted in travel and leisure dating back to KSL’s predecessor company, KSL Recreation Corporation, a portfolio company KKR formed to make investments in hospitality, which Resnick joined in 2001 as CFO. Following the sale of KSL Recreation Corporation in 2004, he cofounded KSL Resorts, a resort management company, which has managed some of the preeminent resort properties in the US. Resnick’s interest in travel and leisure as a profession began in 1996 when he joined Vail Resorts, serving as VP, Strategic Planning & IR, and Treasurer through 2001. Prior to Vail, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is a member of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council, World Travel and Tourism Council, and Real Estate Roundtable. Resnick holds a BA with distinction in Mathematics and Economics, phi beta kappa, from Cornell University.


Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett is Chair of the US Editorial Board and America Editor-at-Large for the Financial Times. Previously at the Times, she was Managing Editor (US) and a columnist, and she oversaw global coverage of financial markets. In 2014, the British Press Awards named her Columnist of the Year. She has a wide range of expertise in economics and is widely credited with predicting the recession that started in 2007 in the mainstream press. Her most recent book is The Silo Effect: Why Every Organisation Needs to Disrupt Itself to Survive. In addition, Tett is the author of New York Times best seller Fool’s Gold, an in-depth portrait of the world of shadow banking. She also wrote Saving the Sun, about Japan’s financial collapse in the 1990s. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University.


D. Michael Van Konynenburg

D. Michael Van Konynenburg is the President of Eastdil Secured, where he is responsible for overseeing numerous large real estate transactions, including financings, capital raises, sales, and investment banking transactions for institutional real estate owners and lenders. Van Konynenburg was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of Secured Capital Corp, a real estate investment banking firm he cofounded in 1990. SCC merged with Eastdil Realty in early 2006 to form Eastdil Secured. In 1997, Van Konynenburg also cofounded and served as the CEO of Secured Capital Japan, an Asia-­based, real estate private equity platform that went public in 2003. Prior to cofounding Secured Capital Corp, Van Konynenburg was a Senior Vice President in Drexel Burnham Lambert’s CMBS and High Yield Bond divisions, where he was responsible for trading and structuring various CMBS securities and real estate financings for non-investment-grade corporates, as well as trading distressed mortgages. Van Konynenburg graduated with highest honors from the University of California at Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Managerial Economics. He is a founding board member of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a member of the Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee. He is a Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute.


Brett White

Brett White is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield, responsible for management of the global business, and he serves as Executive Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield’s board of directors. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, White had a 28-year career with CBRE, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2005 to 2012 and President from 2001 to 2005. He was also a member of CBRE’s board of directors from 1998 to 2013. In these roles, White played a leadership role in developing the company into the world’s largest commercial real estate firm. As an executive at CBRE, some of White’s accomplishments included co-leading the successful leveraged buyout by Blum Capital Partners and Freeman Spogli & Co. in 2001; co-leading the initial public offering following the buyout in 2004; and leading three transformational acquisitions—Insignia/ESG ($500 million), Trammell Crow Company ($2 billion), and ING Real Estate Investment Management ($1.4 billion). White and his team were responsible for more than 100 other acquisitions from 1997 through 2012.