Merrie S. Frankel

Merrie S. Frankel, appointed Director of the Company in September 2016, has most recently spent the last 18 years at Moody’s Investors Service in the Commercial Real Estate Finance Group as Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, where she was responsible for rating real estate investment trusts and real estate operating companies. Prior to her time at Moody’s, she was Senior Vice President and Director of Portfolio Management for the Argo Funds and also held numerous positions within the real estate industry at notable companies including Ernst & Young, Cushman & Wakefield, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Salomon Brothers Inc.

Ms. Frankel is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. She holds a J.D. and M.B.A. degree from Hofstra University and graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania with numerous honors. Among her industry affiliations, she is a board member and treasurer of the Women Executives in Real Estate (WX) Charitable Fund, has served as a Trustee and chaired the New York District Council for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and chaired the nominating committee for the Financial Women’s Association of New York (FWA).