“It’s all about people.”
I started my career during the financial crisis and saw the downturn up close. My first job out of graduate school was to invest in non-performing loans, which shaped the way I think about opportunities. I spend a lot of time thinking about downside mitigation and risk-reward and try not to get swayed by momentum. Balancing my focus on fundamentals, I also recognize that there is a large human element to investments and understand that in any deal, the people involved are just as important as the numbers analyzed.
I joined Tishman because of the opportunity to work with talented, yet humble and open-minded people. The emphasis on humanity and philanthropy aligns with my own ethos and value system. I have spent many years mentoring and teaching students with a similar philosophy, which has been deeply fulfilling and rewarding. I’m excited to work in a culture that maximizes people’s potential, rather than just slotting them into roles.
I am also an active angel investor (100+ deals), which has been a great way to learn and form partnerships. My currency is not necessarily just capital, but also the help I can provide the companies I back and the investors I can connect them with. Fortunately, the investments have performed well, but the lessons I have learned from people of many different backgrounds and expertise have been even more valuable.
Jiho Lee is currently a Managing Director at Tishman Capital Partners, where he heads private investment activities and real estate strategies. Previously, Jiho was a partner at Drake Real Estate Partners. Prior to Drake, Jiho was a member of the acquisition group of Hanover Street Capital (a platform of Deutsche Bank Commercial Real Estate Special Situations Group). Jiho graduated with a BS in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds an MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, where he also serves as a faculty member. Additionally, he is a board member for FC Harlem, and the president of the Korean Real Estate Professionals Association (KREPA).