Kenneth J. Bacon was appointed to Arbor Realty Trust’s Board of Directors in April 2020 and serves as a member on the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees.
Mr. Bacon is co-founder and managing partner of RailField Partners, an investment management firm that invests in and operates multifamily properties on behalf of institutional investors. Prior to forming RailField, he spent 19 years at Fannie Mae as the Executive Vice President of Multifamily Mortgage Business, where he grew the firm’s portfolio from $56 billion to more than $195 billion. He also managed the American Communities Fund at Fannie Mae, which was established to provide loans and equity to for-sale and rental housing developments to increase the supply of affordable housing and to revitalize communities. Before joining Fannie Mae, he was Director of the Office of Securitization for the Resolution Trust Corporation and held officer positions at Morgan Stanley and Kidder Peabody.
Mr. Bacon also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Welltower and Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Martha’s Table and is also a board member at Comcast, Ally Financial, and the Urban Institute. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Dominium, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned affordable housing development and management companies. Mr. Bacon is active in several nonprofit and trade groups, including the Board of the Real Estate Executive Council, the National Multifamily Housing Council, and the Advisory Board of the Stanford Center on Longevity.
Mr. Bacon is an alumni and former trustee of Stanford University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts. He also has a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the British government in recognition of his service to the Marshall Scholars program.