Women of Influence: Real estate

Our program spotlights women whose achievements, innovation and leadership are reshaping private markets across a broad range of asset classes.

Eliza Bailey profile picEliza Bailey
Belay Investment Group

In June 2022, managing principal Eliza Bailey was elevated to chief executive and chief investment officer of Belay Investment Group. The promotion came three months after the manager received an additional capital allocation of $350 million from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System for the emerging managers program Belay runs on behalf of the pension plan. With the latest capital outlay, CalSTRS’ commitments to Belay now total $900 million. Bailey oversees all aspects of Belay’s business activities, investment strategy and execution, in addition to investor and operator partner relations, capital formation, and overall business development and strategy.

Jennifer Ciullo profile picJennifer Ciullo

Greystar’s Jennifer Ciullo was promoted to senior managing director, global head of investor relations this year, having previously served as managing director responsible for North American institutional investor relationships and fundraising for all the residential specialist’s global investment strategies. She has led numerous product launches for new investment strategies, including its first pan-European value-add discretionary fund, Greystar Equity Partners Europe I, which closed on €1.55 billion of commitments in June 2022. Managing a global team of 12 people, she is currently overseeing over 15 fundraises targeting total capital commitments of $10 billion.

Deborah Harmon profile picDeborah Harmon
Artemis Real Estate Partners

Deborah Harmon, together with former US secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker, co-founded Artemis Real Estate Partners in 2009. As co-CEO of the Washington, DC-based investment manager, she has since overseen $9 billion of capital raised for equity and debt investment in core, core-plus, value-add and opportunistic real estate strategies across the US. In June this year, the firm held a final close on $2.2 billion for the fourth fund in its flagship value-add diversified series, Artemis Real Estate Partners Fund IV, eclipsing its target of $1.5 billion and attracting commitments from a range of US and international institutional investors.

Beverley Kilbride profile picBeverley Kilbride
LaSalle Investment Management

Beverley Kilbride was promoted to chief operating officer of Europe at LaSalle Investment Management in January. Kilbride works out of the Chicago-based manager’s Paris office and continues to head up the firm’s French-regulated business. In her previous role as head of transactions and asset management in Europe, she supervised more than $4 billion of acquisitions in the region last year. As COO of Europe, she focuses on sustainability, asset management, digital projects and capital markets and currently oversees a development pipeline of over $5 billion. Kilbride is also the chair of LaSalle’s European diversity, equity and inclusion operating committee.

Nancy Lashine profile picNancy Lashine
Park Madison Partners

As founder and managing partner of New York-based placement agent Park Madison Partners, Nancy Lashine led the firm to a record year in 2022, raising over $3.5 billion of capital from institutional investors on behalf of its clients. Under her purview, the firm held six real estate private equity fund closings, including two first-time funds, while its capital advisory team completed a $1 billion programmatic joint venture for Aimco and a $335 million recapitalisation for Elion Partners. According to a colleague, she also “has tirelessly worked to create a more inclusive environment for historically marginalized groups”, including as a member of WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate.

Isabella Lo profile picIsabella Lo
Gaw Capital

As managing director, principal – investments and head of Japan, Isabella Lo spearheads Gaw Capital’s Japan business, which grew by 42 percent year-on-year to $3.7 billion of AUM as of December 2022. Under her leadership last year, Gaw acquired a 32-asset residential portfolio on behalf of the Qatar Investment Authority, completed the $3 billion privatization of Invesco Office J-REIT and launched its first Japan-only and first core discretionary fund in the country. Going forward, she is understood to be tasked with doubling the firm’s exposure in Japan to $8 billion in the next three years.

Cathy Marcus profile picCathy Marcus
PGIM Real Estate

As global chief operating officer and head of US equity at PGIM Real Estate, Cathy Marcus oversaw the completion of $31.5 billion in global transactions during 2022. She is the first woman to serve in both of those roles at the firm and additionally is the first woman on the majority of the firm’s senior investment committees. Marcus has led PGIM Real Estate’s efforts to build a gender diverse and long-tenured senior team. In the past year alone, two senior female investors were promoted to lead their respective areas of the business, managing a combined $45 billion in assets.

Chiang Ling Ng profile picChiang Ling Ng

Chiang Ling Ng joined the firm in 2021 as chief investment officer for Asia and has accelerated the firm’s growth in Asia-Pacific during a period of market volatility and disruption. In the past 12 months, she has diversified the firm’s regional portfolio through a number of high-profile transactions, including its first multifamily investment in APAC via an acquisition in Japan, the formation of an A$1.5 billion ($995 million; €920 million) joint venture with Cadillac Fairview in the Australian build-to-rent sector and its first cold storage acquisition in Australia. She also chairs the One Hines Women’s Network to enhance the firm’s DE&I culture.

Nathalie Palladitcheff profile picNathalie Palladitcheff
Ivanhoé Cambridge

As president and chief executive of Ivanhoé Cambridge since 2019, Nathalie Palladitcheff spearheaded the strategic repositioning of the investor’s portfolio. From 2020 to 2022, Ivanhoé Cambridge achieved this repositioning more quickly than expected, selling nearly C$9 billion ($6.7 billion; €6.2 billion) in assets and investing over C$18 billion in new investments and developments. As a result of this portfolio overhaul, the organization delivered a return of 12.7 percent in 2022, marking its second consecutive year of positive returns and comfortably beating the benchmark index by 3.5 percent. Palladitcheff was also this year’s recipient of affiliate title PERE’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Julie Solomon profile picJulie Solomon
Ares Management

Julie Solomon was named global chief operating officer and partner in Ares Management’s investor relations group last year, focusing on the firm’s approximately
$50 billion AUM real estate business. Solomon’s advancement reflected the pivotal role she played in the growth of the platform, having built and led teams that have raised more than $20 billion of capital across the US and Europe since she joined predecessor firm AREA Property Partners in 2006. As global COO, Solomon, who also serves as head of product management and investor relations for Ares Real Estate, now leads the group’s portfolio management, data and analytics and business development activities.