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.