THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Co-Presidents

 

Michael O'Connor
Clarion Partners

Michael O’Connor is Managing Director, Portfolio Manager at Clarion Partners. Prior to joining Portfolio Management, Michael was an Acquisitions Officer with the firm and structured investment transactions in the private and public markets. He also previously served as a Vice President with Clarion’s Research Team. Michael joined Clarion in 1997 and has more than 27 years of real estate experience. He earned his B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University and his MBA in Finance from Columbia School of Business. Michael is a member of the Urban Land Institute and has been elected as co-president of Defined Contribution Real Estate Council.





Sara Shean
PGIM Real Estate


Sara Shean is an Executive Director at PGIM Real Estate. Sara has nearly 20 years of defined contribution investment experience, and is responsible for institutional relationships and thought leadership regarding the implementation of Real Estate in defined contribution plans.  Prior to joining PGIM Real Estate, Ms. Shean was head of institutional defined contribution at Cohen & Steers for three years. She also spent 19 years at J.P. Morgan, the majority of that time as an investment strategist for institutional clients of the firm’s defined contribution business. Ms. Shean earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.

Co-Treasurers
   

Jodi Fiser

LaSalle Investment Management

Jodi is responsible for National Accounts, which includes managing client relationships with broker-dealers, clearing/custody firms and sub-advised mandates within LaSalle’s Private Wealth Group (PWG). She works closely with the sales team to drive capital raising from a top-down effort at these firms. Jodi also overseas business development to expand distribution for PWG’s real estate offerings.She has 15 years of industry experience specializing in intermediary distribution. Prior to joining JLLIPT at launch, Jodi worked at Henderson Global Investors as an account manager and sales consultant for their US based mutual funds and separate accounts. Jodi holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Alma College. She is Series 24, 7 and 63 licensed and speaks on industry panels regarding intermediary distribution.

   

Anne-Marie Vandenberg 

DWS

Ms. Anne-Marie Vandenberg has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of RREEF Property Trust, Inc. and a member of its Board since October 03, 2018. She has also served as a Director and Portfolio Manager for DWS’s Alternatives platform since September 2017 leading the RREEF Real Estate defined contribution strategy. From 2005, Ms. Vandenberg was part of Real Estate Capital Markets for DWS where she underwrote and negotiated asset and fund level financings across the Americas private real estate platform. She became a Director of DWS and Head of Real Estate Capital Markets in 2013. Ms. Vandenberg joined DWS in July 2004 as part of the RREEF Real Estate closing team, working on the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate investments. Ms. Vandenberg has also been involved in fund restructuring efforts, sits on RREEF America’s internal Investment Strategy Council and has participated in the strategic capitalization of several real estate products including the Company, RREEF America REIT II, and RREEF Core Plus Industrial Fund. Ms. Vandenberg is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) where she serves as Vice Chair of the Urban Mixed Use and Development Silver Council, as well as on the ULI-Chicago Women’s Leadership Initiative Advisory Board. Ms. Vandenberg is also the co-chair of the Pension Real Estate Association’s Defined Contribution Affinity Group and co-treasurer of the Defined Contribution Real Estate Council. Ms. Vandenberg holds a B.A. from Tulane University, a M.S. in Real Estate from DePaul University and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.

Co-Secretaries
   

Ian Matthew

TIAA

Ian Matthew is a Senior Director and a member of the Variable Income Products Team within TIAA Financial Services. He is responsible for overall product management of the TIAA Real Estate Account. In previous positions, Ian has focused on development, launch and distribution of real estate and alternative investment products. Ian holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he majored in Economics. Ian is a CFA Charterholder.




Lennine Occhino
Mayer Brown

Lennine Occhino is the Global Coordinating Leader of Mayer Brown's Private Investment Fund Industry Group and a member of the ERISA practice. Since joining the firm in 1988, Lennine has concentrated exclusively in the pension investment area, advising on the structuring and offering of alternative investment vehicdles of all types to ERISA and government plans and other institutional investors, including alternative investment funds for defined contribution plans, onshore and offshore hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, group trusts, bank collective trusts and insurance company separate accounts. Lennine was recognized by peers in The Best Lawyers in America (2012-2015) and Chambers USA (2012-2014) for Employee Benefits Law. Chambers USA noted that “she is hailed as ‘phenomenally talented’ by sources, who note that she is ‘timely in her response, knowledgeable about the issues and able to apply the legal analysis to come up with practical solutions and examples of how others in the industry have handled the matter.’”

Lennine also advises plan sponsors, trustees, investment managers, and other fiduciaries with respect to their fiduciary obligations and compliance procedures. She has extensive experience representing clients in connection with Department of Labor prohibited transaction exemption and advisory opinion requests, as well as audits and enforcement actions brought by the Department of Labor.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Lennine was an Assistant Dean and Lecturer at DePaul University College of Law (1985-1988) and a research attorney at the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility (1982-1984).


Executive Director

 
 
Mary Adams
ECG
 
Mary Adams is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with more than 16 years experience in the conference, meeting planning, association management and marketing business. ECG is a focused firm, specializing in the financial services industry. In addition to running ECG, Mary is the Executive Director for the Bergen County Professional Women’s Network. Mary is frequently invited to speak on the topics of meeting planning, entrepreneurship and women in business.

Prior to launching ECG, Mary worked for Merck & Co. as a professional sales representative in the cardiovascular, neuroscience and orthopedic markets. She came to Merck & Co. after helping to establish the Life Sciences division of Worldwide Business Research, a conference company in New York City, where she produced conferences on drug discovery and online retail. Before moving to New York, Mary worked in marketing with the president of an automotive engineering company in Cleveland, Ohio. While there, she produced one-on-one sales meetings, spearheaded the company’s brand identity campaign, and managed all marketing and sales support initiatives.

Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from Fordham University in New York, where she graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma, American Marketing Association and Phi Kappa Phi honors.
 


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