GAIA’s founders are investment professionals with almost a century of combined real estate experience. They have assembled an accomplished and reputable senior management team that has helped turn GAIA into the success that it is today.

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Danny Fishman
Co-founder and CEO

Danny has more than 25 years of extensive international experience in Real Estate investment & management, private equity and venture capital, investment banking and asset management. Danny co-founded GAIA in 2009. Previously he founded and was CO-CEO of Tamir Fishman, an Investment bank and asset management company with billions in assets under management.  He has held board positions with numerous government housing, development, and real estate companies and is the former co-head of the Israeli government’s privatization unit.

Mr. Fishman earned a B.Sc. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ken Woolley
Co-founder

Ken has over 40 years of experience owning, managing, and developing billions of dollars of real estate investments throughout the United States in both the private and public sectors. He served as CEO and is currently Chairman and Founder of Extra Space Storage Inc., (NYSE: EXR), the second largest REIT in the U.S. for self-storage. He is also the former Chairman of Nevada West Development (and its subsidiary WestCorp Management Group ("WestCorp"), which he founded.

Mr. Woolley earned a B.A. in Physics from Brigham Young University, an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Ph.D. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Between 1978 and 1998, Mr. Woolley served as an Associate Professor of Business at Brigham Young University.

Amir Yerushalmi
Co-Founder

Amir has over 18 years real estate experience and transacted over $3 billion worth of real estate transactions in the U.S. He co-founded GAIA at the end of 2008.  Prior to founding GAIA, Amir founded Vision Real Estate Group, a New York based real estate investment and property managementcompany. Mr. Yerushalmi served as its President and CEO until merging its property management arm with GAIA.  He is also the Co-Founder and a board member of Vision India Real Estate.

Mr. Yerushalmi earned a B.A. with distinction from Pace University and an M.B.A. from both Columbia University and London Business School.

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David Kusy
Partner & Managing Director, Acquisitions

David oversees the firm’s acquisition efforts by sourcing, evaluating, and closing new investment opportunities for the firm. He is also responsible for GAIA’s due diligence and transactional execution on new assets as well as managing the firm’s dispositions.

Mr. Kusy holds a B.A. in Economics and Government from Connecticut College, a M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and is a CFA charterholder.

Mark Okrent
Managing Director Of Asset Management

Mark currently oversees the company’s multifamily asset management platform.  He started his real estate career with JPMorgan Global Real Assets in 2004 as a real estate investment analyst.  Over the years, Mark has overseen more than $10 billion in multifamily investments, which included roughly 210 multifamily properties consisting of approximately 55,000 units throughout the country.  He has worked with some of the most reputable real estate investment firms, LivCor (Blackstone’s multifamily asset management arm), Sentinel Real Estate Corporation, and DRA Advisors.   He has managed Class A, B, C multifamily communities alongside various property management teams, including Greystar, Pinnacle, Lincoln, Cortland Partners, Bell Partners and Camden across a range of different investment strategies.

Mark graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Masters of Science in Real Estate with a Strategic Real Estate Management Concentration from New York University.

 

Yvonne Sun
Senior Vice President of Asset Management

Yvonne is responsible for managing commercial real estate within GAIA portfolio. She brings over 10 years of asset management experience with diverse asset types. Yvonne started her career in Prologis as an asset manager and acquisition associate. Prior to joining GAIA, Yvonne was Head of Asset Management with Cofinance, a European real estate company with a diverse value-added portfolio, and worked for Tritec Real Estate, a regional developer.

Yvonne has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Toronto and M.S. in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Grace Lam, CPA
Controller

With over 10 years experience as a Controller at Citipost and having worked for over 7 years as Senior Finance Manager at Urban American LLC, Grace is well credentialed to be GAIA’s Controller.

Grace is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Bernard M Baruch College.

Mor Regensburger
Senior Project Manager

Mor is responsible for overseeing and managing the construction within GAIA portfolio. Mor brings construction management knowledge and experience along with project cost estimation expertise of mixed-use residential developments in NYC. Her role with GAIA involves the preparation and management of CAPEX projects, development of comprehensive financial analysis of project’s hard and soft cost, supervision of projects execution, and collaboration with the project team and consultants.

Mor holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Ben-Gurion University and M.Sc. in Business Operations, Management and Entrepreneurship from Brown University

Kate McMurray
Marketing Manager

Kate provides GAIA assets across the country with the skills necessary to implement a community driven living experience through wellness classes, social events and connecting the residents to each other in an authentic way. Kate’s primary responsibilities include the implementation and execution of Finch Living for all GAIA assets.

Elena Chisniceanu
Asset Management

Elena is responsible for asset management and investor/lender reporting for GAIA’s New York & New Jersey condo as well as office portfolio. Her prior experience is with Castle Lanterra Properties where she was an Investment and Asset Management Associate.
Elena has a B.A. degree in Sociology from Hunter College, CUNY and a M.S. in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University.

Joshua Bloom
Acquisitions Analyst

Josh is responsible for assisting in the firm’s acquisitions efforts through evaluating, conducting due diligence, and closing new investments. He began his career as an Investment Analyst at Merit Hill Capital, where he was responsible for underwriting property and portfolio-level investments as well as assisting in asset management and investor reporting. Previously, Josh has held internships at PGIM Real Estate and Kimco Realty.

Josh holds a B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Nils Schage
Asset Management, Analyst

Nils is responsible for assisting with asset management, financial modeling, project management, client reporting and property valuation analysis for GAIA’s East Coast and Sun Belt portfolio. Previously, Nils has held various internships at L+M Development Partners, El Ad Group and Mission Capital Advisors. Nils has a B.B.A from Hult International Business School and a M.S in Real Estate Finance from New York University.

Lynn Qin, CPA
Senior Accountant & Analyst

Lynn joined GAIA in April 2015 as an junior accountant. Prior to GAIA, Lynn worked as an accountant in a property management and investment company in NY.
Ms. Lynn holds a B.A in Accounting from Winthrop University, a M.S in Finance from Purdue University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Aisha Almeyda
Assistant Property Manager

Aisha manages individual condos in Manhattan and is responsible for owner and tenant communication, rent rolls, liaising with vendors, repairs/maintenance, and collections. She has varied experience across several industries and has most recently worked in an accounting and sales administration capacity.

She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Brooklyn College.

Pat Wong
AP Coordinator

As the Accounts Payable Coordinator at GAIA Real Estate, Pat plays a crucial role in the Accounting Department of the company. Her primary responsibilities include completing requisitions for satisfactory payment approval, reviewing invoices, and processing payments to clients in a timely manner. Pat has had over 7 years of experience in Accounts Payable at a property management company, prior to joining GAIA. Moreover, she is adept in systems such as Nexus and Payscan.

Nannette Cabalda
AP Coordinator For ICM

As the Account Payable/Receivable for Individual Condo Unit, Nannette plays a critical role in the accounting department for the ICM portfolio. Nannette’s primary responsibilities include handling rent collection and ensuring accounts payable/receivable is met in a timely manner.  Nannette is fluent is systems such as Nexus, Yardi and Payscan.

Prior to her years at GAIA Real Estate Nannette worked for six years at Douglas Elliman as accounts payable/receivable specialist and two years at Compass Rock Real Estate. Nanette holds a Bachelors in Business Management as well as an associate’s degree.

Alison Maguire
Office Manager

Alison has been employed with GAIA since 2013 as the Office Manager and executive assistant to the CEO. Apart from ensuring the day to day operations of the office are seamlessly, Alison provides executive support to the Managing Partners as well as administrative support to ensure efficient operations of the office. Alison is familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices and procedures due to her extensive experience coming from working in the Real Estate Industry for over a decade, in both the administrative field and property management.