• Brooke Akins
  • Mauricio Serna
  • Allison Binns, PhD
  • Isela Rosales
  • Chun Yee Yip
  • Jill Brosig
  • Alex Spilger
  • Anne Peck
  • Alecia Hill
  • Keara Fanning
  • Jessica Bailey
  • Dana Schneider
  • Eric Tilden
  • Jameson Hartman
  • Mike Hogentogler
  • Kelsey Harstad
  • Daniel Lisk
  • Nicholas Hoffman
  • Adam Rochwerg
  • Louie Woodall
  • Kayla Gross
  • Elizabeth Bell
  • Jess Bissey
  • Helen Gurfel

Speaker Profiles

Brooke Akins

Director - Investor Relations & ESG, Virtus Real Estate Capital

Mauricio Serna

Vice President, Starwood Capital Group

Allison Binns, PhD

Head of ESG & Sustainable Investing Strategy, Angelo Gordon

Allison Binns joined Angelo Gordon in 2021 as the Head of ESG & Sustainable Investing for the firm. She focuses on ESG integration and sustainable investing approaches across investment verticals, and is responsible for sustainability reporting. Prior to joining the firm, Allison was an Executive Director for Global Sustainability Research at Morgan Stanley, where she headed ESG research across fixed income asset classes and led corporate governance research for equities. Previously, Allison worked for Chevron where she held a number of senior advisory roles in ESG and geopolitical risk.  Prior to Chevron, Allison worked for the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Boston Red Sox, where she focused on salary arbitration and international baseball concerns.  She serves on the boards of the Poetry Society of America, the FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship.  Allison received her A.B. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Princeton University, and holds an A.M. and PhD. from Harvard University.

Isela Rosales

Managing Director, Head of ESG & Sustainability, Bridge Investment Group

Isela Rosales, CAIA, serves as a Managing Director in the Capital Markets Group as well as of ESG and Sustainability at Bridge Investment Group. She leads the firm’s ESG Steering Committee to oversee the development, implementation and refinement of firm wide environmental, social and governance initiatives and practices, driving sustainable investments and operations. In addition, she is focused on expanding Bridge’s relationships across consultant and select institutional investors, including pension plans, foundations, Community Re-Investment Act groups, family offices, and impact-oriented clients. Isela also Chaired the Bridge Women’s Network (BWN) Inaugural Kick-Off, is a Committee Member of BWN, and an active BWN mentor.

 

Prior to joining Bridge, Isela worked at Brevan Howard in Investor Relations, managing corporate and public pension, endowment, foundation, private wealth, and investment consultant relationships. Previously, she was Head of Client Services for Lyxor Asset Management, Inc. and Director of Marketing & Investor Relations for Coast Asset Management in their New York offices, cultivating institutional level client relationships for each multi-billion dollar firm’s hedge fund and multi-manager products. She began her career at Cambridge Associates, serving on consultant teams for the firm’s endowment, foundation, and family office clients, covering traditional and hedge fund asset classes. Isela received her dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish from Stanford University, graduating with honors distinctions.

 

She has moderated industry panels on Real Assets, Diversity & Inclusion, and Opportunity Zones as well as supported panels as a speaker on Real Estate and Opportunity Zone investing. Isela holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is the Chapter Head Executive for the CAIA San Francisco Chapter. She is fluent in Spanish and has competed in Ironman, endurance cycling, and marathon competitions.

Chun Yee Yip

Director, Social Impact, Lendlease

Chun Yee Yip has more than two decades of experience developing and implementing social impact and corporate social responsibility programs with private and public partnerships. Currently the director of social impact at Lendlease, she oversees and drives the company’s Foundation efforts to create social value in the Americas region. Focus areas include workforce development, mental health and wellbeing, climate action and food security. Prior to her current role, she was the director of social impact at Global Brands Group, a member of the Fung Group developing strategic philanthropy programs, implementing sustainability initiatives, and creating community engagement solutions.

In the non-profit sector, Chun Yee worked in development and external affairs at Third Street Music School Settlement, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the US Fund for UNICEF. She also has held leadership roles at fashion and lifestyle companies such as Ann Inc., Hello!Lucky and Givenchy developing corporate social responsibility programs, strategic plans, and integrated marketing and communications strategies.

Chun Yee’s commitment to develop and advance environmental and social sustainability solutions in communities comes from her hope to leave a better world for her young daughter. She is engaged with thought leaders in the property sector to further social impact efforts and is a frequent guest speaker on ESG efforts, workforce development strategies and mental health in the workplace. She received her BA in political science at Barnard College and MIA in international economic policy at The School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. During her free time, she enjoys skiing, aerial yoga, traveling and eating dim sum.

Jill Brosig

Managing Director, Chief Impact Officer, Harrison Street

Ms. Brosig joined the firm in 2009 and is a Managing Director and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. With a background in technology, energy, and business operations, as Chief Impact Officer Ms. Brosig oversees the measurement, management, reporting and enhancement of the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. Key areas of focus include climate risk and resiliency, carbon emissions reduction, DEI and human health and wellness.

She began in the environmental arena as a resident student associate, where she was tasked with designing a closed gas system for a particle detector in order to eliminate the emissions of over four tons of Freon into the atmosphere every year. Her first job post-college was as an associate scientist studying inertial confinement fusion. Fusion, while far from commercially viable, could potentially become a clean energy source. There she worked in the department of material science’s cryogenics division and used holographic interferometry to determine how heavy hydrogen targets reacted to extremely low temperatures. This research led to improved alternative energy experimental results.

While at Harrison Street, she worked on the Galvin Electricity Initiative, which was a campaign to transform the United States power system into one that was reliable, efficient and clean. She was involved in ensuring this effort, which later became the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) program was able to scale via acquisition from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Before joining the industry, Ms. Brosig held positions at Motorola, Argonne National Laboratory and KMS Fusion, Inc. Ms. Brosig holds several patents and publications, and was awarded Best Presentation at the annual MOOT CORP® Global Business Plan competition. She is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Ms. Brosig has a BS in Physics from the University of Illinois, an MSEE from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Alex Spilger

Head of Global ESG, Kennedy Wilson

Alex Spilger, Head of Global ESG, is responsible for guiding environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives across Kennedy Wilson’s U.S. platform. He provides overall vision, leadership and strategy to further advance the U.S. ESG program and deepen ESG integration across the company’s investment process and asset management activities, while expanding Kennedy Wilson’s coordinated global program. Previously, Alex oversaw Cushman & Wakefield’s sustainability practice, helping occupier and investor clients develop and refine ESG programs and achieve their ESG goals and commitments across a wide range of commercial real estate portfolios. His areas of focus included energy, water, waste, GHG emissions, renewables, indoor health, ESG reporting and employee engagement. Alex began his career as an Energy Engineer at DNV GL, performing energy audits and maximizing energy performance in the design and operations of commercial and residential buildings throughout the Western U.S., and spent five years at BCCI Construction, a full-service general contractor, building the company’s sustainability practice from the ground-up.

A WELL Accredited Professional, LEED Accredited Professional, and Fitwel Ambassador, Alex holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Anne Peck

Vice President & Director, ESG+R, TA Realty

Alecia Hill

Vice President, Affordable Housing, FCP

Alecia Hill joined FCP in 2022 as Vice President – Assistant Portfolio Manager and is responsible for expanding the firm’s impact investing housing platform, as well as advancing firmwide strategic initiatives within Social Impact and ESG. Alecia specializes in affordable housing and community development finance and works closely with FCP’s Acquisitions and Asset Management teams. Prior to joining FCP, Alecia worked in the Impact Investing Team at Enterprise Community Investments where she focused on new fund development, transaction underwriting, and innovation for a dedicated impact-focused workforce housing strategy.  She is a member of the ULI Washington Women’s Leadership Circle and Women in Housing Finance. Alecia received her MPA in Finance from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

Keara Fanning

Senior Director, Sustainability, Link Logistics Real Estate

Jessica Bailey

President & CEO, Nuveen Green Capital

Prior to co-founding Greenworks Lending in 2015, Jessica led the design, management, and implementation of the nation’s first successful C-PACE program at the CT Green Bank. In its first two years, the program financed $75 million in clean energy projects and executed the first securitization of commercial efficiency assets – more than doubling the volume of C-PACE transactions between 2013 and 2014. From 2004-2012, Bailey worked at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), an $800 million foundation based in New York. As the Fund’s program officer for sustainable development, she co-managed a $7 million portfolio of grants focused on mitigating climate change and promoting clean energy.

Jessica has received numerous awards and positive recognition for her work. Most recently, she was selected for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women of 2019 program. In 2014, Bailey was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House for solar deployment. For her work designing the successful Connecticut C-PACE program, The Hartford Business Journal dubbed her a “Green Warrior;” and after co-founding Greenworks Lending and scaling C-PACE nationally, Jessica was named to Connecticut Magazine’s 2018 list of “40 under 40.”

Jessica received her graduate degree from Yale University and undergraduate from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of YPO and sits on the board of PACENation, the League of Conservation Voters, CT and CTNext.

Dana Schneider

Senior Vice President, Director of Energy, Sustainability and ESG, Empire State Realty Trust

Eric Tilden

Senior Director, ESG, WashREIT

Jameson Hartman

Vice President, RET Ventures

Jameson joined the RET team in March 2020 after spending 4 years with Goldman Sachs' Real Estate IB group in New York. Jameson spends most of his time working with energy and construction tech startups and has a particular interest in sustainability. He is a local to Northern Utah, with a B.S. in Finance from Utah State University. Jameson enjoys anything and everything related to the outdoors but more often than not he spends his free time playing soccer with his wife or skiing the slopes of Alta.

Mike Hogentogler

Chief Operating Officer, LCOR

Kelsey Harstad

Senior Vice President - Belay Investment Group

Kelsey Harstad is involved in all aspects of Belay Investment Group’s investment activities, focusing on sourcing and evaluating new investments, investment execution, and asset and portfolio management. Ms. Harstad has over 15 years of real estate industry experience in acquisitions, debt origination, joint ventures, fund investments, asset management, multifamily property management, client development and accounting/reporting. Prior to joining Belay, Ms. Harstad was a Senior Vice President at Aulder Capital, a vertically integrated multifamily value-add investment company, where she co-led the Acquisitions team and managed the Property Management business line. During her tenure Aulder invested approximately $500 million of gross asset value via 15 acquisitions encompassing over 3,000 units across seven states. Ms. Harstad also led the Social Impact Initiative at Aulder and was a founding board member of the Aulder Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides resources (both capital and volunteering) to communities in need. Prior to Aulder, she was a member of Stockbridge Real Estate’s Client Relations team with primary responsibilities for capital raising and new business development. Prior to joining Stockbridge, she spent seven years on the Investments and Asset Management team for Partners Group based out of the San Francisco and New York offices, where she committed over $1 billion of capital to real estate funds and invested over $100 million in JV equity and debt originations. Ms. Harstad began her career at Ernst & Young, LLP, where she was on the Audit & Assurance Team and became a Certified Public Accountant.

Ms. Harstad holds a B.A. in Business Administration / Accounting from the University of Washington.

Daniel Lisk

Partner- Haynes & Boone

Daniel Lisk is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in the New York office. Daniel represents real estate funds, financial institutions, developers and property owners in a range of commercial real estate transactions, including mortgage and mezzanine financing, equity investments, construction lending, loan syndication, property acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, workouts and restructurings. Daniel is an active member of the Board of Directors of WaterAid America and the Board of Trustees of Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts. Daniel serves on the firm’s Alumni Committee, Attorney Integration Committee and Sustainability Committee.

Selected Client Representations

  • $200 million pre-development financing for a residential condominium development, which included the negotiation of an intercreditor agreement with the mezzanine lender and the syndication of the senior loan to four participating lenders.
  • $500 million sale of the condominium office portion of a Chicago trophy building.
  • $250 million mortgage and mezzanine financing of a portfolio of seven NYC hotels, which included the secondary market sale of the senior loan to a syndicate of five lenders.
  • $100 million preferred equity investment and refinancing of a NNN industrial portfolio with assets located throughout the country.
  • $1 billion acquisition and mortgage and mezzanine financing of a national portfolio of 50 brand managed and franchised hotels.
  • $400 million deed-in-lieu acquisition of a portfolio of 150 hotels, including the negotiation of a joint venture agreement and subsequent single asset and portfolio sales.
  • $85 million build to suit construction financing for a medical office building.
  • $40 million construction financing and mezzanine loan for a residential condominium development.

 

Professional and Community Activities

  • WaterAid America, Board of Directors, 2019 – present
  • Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, Board of Trustees, 2020 – present

Nicholas Hoffman

Partners - Haynes & Boone

Nick Hoffman is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in the New York office of Haynes and Boone. Nick regularly represents investment banks, commercial banks, and foreign and domestic private equity clients in sophisticated real estate transactions, including structured loans, mezzanine loans, construction financing, preferred equity investments and joint ventures. Nick devotes a significant portion of his practice to capital markets and syndication work in the debt space including note sales, intercreditor arrangements and participations. Nick also has experience with debt restructurings work-outs, and single asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions.

Nick has a developing practice in property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, helping clients access cost-effective, revenue-neutral financing for energy-efficient improvements and renewable energy systems, which are repaid through assessments on the property.

Before joining the firm, Nick was a senior executive with the Ruben Companies, a Manhattan based developer, and was involved in all aspects of the management and development of its office and residential portfolio in New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston. 

Nick is a frequent speaker at the NY iGlobal Mezzanine Finance Summit. A summary of his most recent presentation is located here.

Adam Rochwerg

Manifest Climate

Adam is a lawyer with experience in climate-related policy, law, disclosure, and liability. He leads clients in a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and managing climate impacts.


Prior to joining Manifest Climate, Adam worked for a leading plaintiff-side class action law firm in Toronto where he led large public-interest litigation files. Previously, Adam worked at the United Nations in New York, where he served as an advisor for the Permanent Mission of the Maldives and as a policy advisor for an intergovernmental organization focused on small island state development. He also brings experience as a government affairs advisor for the United Nations Environment Programme, advising for the Oceans and Environment Division of Global Affairs Canada, and as a caseworker at Canada's largest environmental law charity, Ecojustice Canada.

Adam is currently a Global Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, and he serves on the executive board of the Environmental Law Section at the Ontario Bar Association. He clerked for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and is called to the Bar of Ontario.

Adam holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, a Master of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. 

Louie Woodall

Manifest Climate

Louie Woodall is a financial writer specializing in climate-related risk management for banks, insurers, asset managers and asset owners. He is the editor of Climate Risk Review, a leading newsletter on the intersection of climate change and the financial sector, with subscribers from across major European and North American banks as well as central banks and supervisors — including the European Central Bank, Federal Reserve, and US Treasury.


Prior to joining Manifest Climate, Louie was a senior editor at Risk.net, a leading business-to-business publication covering the financial sector. While there, he founded Risk Quantum, a data-driven news service that mined financial institutions' public disclosures for cutting-edge insights.

Louie holds a Modern History and Politics degree from the University of London.

Kayla Gross

Principal, Project Finance & Consulting, Value360

Kayla Gross is a Principal in CohnReznick’s Project Finance & Consulting team with more than 15 years of experience and is a member of the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate Industry Practice.

Kayla specializes in real estate finance and community development with a concentration in historic tax credits, new markets tax credits, and renewable energy tax credits.  She provides transaction advisory and consulting services to real estate developers, CDEs, lenders, investors, and syndicators nationwide.  She assists her clients in transaction structuring, financial projections and transaction negotiations and has closed thousands of tax credit transactions throughout the country.  Additionally, Kayla lends her expertise presenting at conferences and workshops about various tax credit programs.

Prior to joining CohnReznick, Kayla was a senior financial analyst for a large, privately-held corporation.

Education

·         Northeastern University: Bachelor of Science, Finance

Elizabeth Bell

Principal - Hamilton Lane

Elizabeth Bell is a Principal on Hamilton Lane’s Real Assets team, where she is responsible for due diligence of primary, secondary, and co-investment opportunities in real estate.    

Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2022, Elizabeth was a Managing Director with Jaguar Growth Partners where she was responsible for leading Latin American real estate private equity investments.  Previously, Elizabeth was an Investment Manager at Aberdeen Asset Management on the Property Multi-Manager team and was a Vice President at Equity International, responsible for investing in emerging markets real estate companies.  Earlier in her career, Elizabeth was an Associate at real estate private equity firm, JER Partners, and an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank.    

Elizabeth received her M.B.A from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from Princeton University.   

Jess Bissey

Managing Director, Chief Sustainability Officer, AEW Capital Management, L.P.

BOSTON, MA (date) – AEW Capital Management, L.P. (AEW), a leading global real estate investment manager, today announced the appointment of Jess Bissey as Managing Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, a newly created position. Ms. Bissey will assume leadership over AEW’s longstanding Environmental, Social Governance and Resiliency (ESG+R) Committee, working with executives and professionals across the firm to drive a cohesive approach to ESG+R performance and its integration into AEW’s investment processes. Based in Boston, Ms. Bissey will report to Jon Martin, CEO, AEW North America.

“AEW has long been committed to prudent property stewardship, and we welcome Jess in this new role designed to elevate our strategic focus on ESG+R principles. Working across our global team, she will bring her extensive experience and vision to augment AEW’s systematic approach to ESG+R, building on our efforts to enhance our property and portfolio performance in a way that delivers long- term value for our clients, the environment, and the communities in which we invest,” said Mr. Martin.

Jess brings to AEW deep expertise in leading and advising companies on sustainability, governance, social impact, and transformational change. In taking the ESG+R helm at AEW, she will implement innovative systems, enhance responsible transparency, and foster exploration and adoption of best practices, while leading a team of subject matter experts for the firm’s operating partners, investors, property managers, and other vendors.

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead AEW’s strategy for ESG+R,” said Ms. Bissey. “AEW has an impressive industry track record, and I look forward to building on their momentum to break new ground in this space. I am eager to leverage the firm’s ESG+R impact to meet our growth and stewardship objectives while contributing to the betterment of the built environment.”

Prior to joining AEW, Jess was Director of ESG at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she launched and led an enterprise-wide ESG function and was responsible for establishing a data-driven, integrated approach to corporate sustainability, reporting, and stakeholder engagement. While at Booz Allen, she also served as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Previously, she was Deputy Chair of the Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Practice Group at the global law firm, Morrison & Foerster LLP, and practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Jess earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, a B.A. from Cornell University, and a professional certificate in Corporate Citizenship Leadership from the Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Jess has been a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on social innovation, impact investment, and ESG.

Helen Gurfel

Head of Sustainability & Innovation - CBRE Investment Management

Helen Gurfel is Head of Sustainability & Innovation for CBRE Investment Management. In this role, Helen collaborates closely with the firm’s teams around the world on sustainability and innovation-related matters, ranging from product architecture and capital-raising initiatives to asset-level strategies and solutions. 

With an exceptional track record of developing and executing effective ESG and venture investment strategies during her more than 25 years in the industry, Helen has spoken regularly on the economics of sustainability. She is responsible for achieving the ambitions set out in the firm’s Sustainability Vision and ensuring that CBRE Investment Management maintains a leading sustainability strategy in a rapidly evolving market. 

A true thought leader within her field, Helen has championed environmental performance improvement across the real estate industry. Prior to joining CBRE Investment Management in 2021, Helen was a managing director for LENX, Lennar Corporation’s venture group, where she helped develop the firm’s venture capital investment strategy. Prior to that, she ran the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance where she led a global consortium of 40 real estate owners, investors and partners to enhance returns through ESG data analysis, benchmarking and best practices.
Helen began her career at PwC in 1996 before going to GE Capital where she established GE Real Estate’s global ESG vision and strategy and advised the firm’s energy venture capital group on prospective investments. 

Helen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University, a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.