Ms. Effron was appointed to our Board of Directors in December 2021. Ms. Effron is a commercial real estate finance executive, angel investor, entrepreneur, and change-maker. She has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, capital markets, asset management, and capital raising. Ms. Effron was a Managing Director at Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, where she specialized in debt and mezzanine financing and has financed over $1 billion in transactions. In 2016, she co-founded Declare (f/k/a Parity-Partners), a community-driven leadership platform focused on mentorship and professional development for women and minorities within finance. For the past decade, Ms. Effron has been an active angel investor and advisor to diverse founders including Learnvest, Springboard, Finhabits, The Helm, and OurOffice. She is a Limited Partner in several women- and diverse-led funds including 645Ventures, Avid Ventures, Inspired Capital, Stellation Capital, Clerisy, and Invictus Global Management. Ms. Effron is a Founding Member and the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for a newly formed New York non-profit, IDiF, which seeks to advance representation of woman and minorities in the asset management industry, create a culture of capital that embraces diversity and accelerate economic justice. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Code Nation, which strives to equip students in under-resourced schools with fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology.
The Board of Directors has concluded that Ms. Effron should serve as our director due to her diverse business and leadership experience in the commercial real estate and capital markets industries.