Governance at a Glance
Robert Morse has served as Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc.'s Executive Chairman since its formation and is the Executive Chairman and a Partner of the Operating Company. He has over 30 years of experience in finance, banking, and private equity fund management. Mr. Morse serves on the investment committees for all of Bridge's investment vehicles in addition to his responsibilities as Executive Chairman in helping to develop strategy and growth opportunities for Bridge. Mr. Morse served as Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of PMN Capital, a private equity firm based in Hong Kong, from January 2009 to January 2012 and as Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup's Asia Institutional Clients Group from April 2004 to October 2008, where, among other duties, he provided direct management oversight of Citigroup's $5 billion of proprietary capital. Mr. Morse made investments on behalf of Citigroup clients across multiple asset classes, including equities (public and private), corporate acquisitions, distressed and mezzanine debt and real estate. At the time, Citigroup's Asian institutional businesses included corporate banking, investment banking, markets and transaction services in 17 countries employing over 14,000 employees. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Morse served as the Co-Head and then Head of Global Investment Banking for Citigroup. He previously held a variety of senior positions since joining Salomon Brothers in 1985. Additionally, Mr. Morse was a co-founder of SSB Capital Partners, a $400 million private equity fund formed in 2000. Mr. Morse also serves on a variety of charitable organization boards, including the Yale President's Council on International Activities as Chairman, the Yale School of Management Board of Advisors, the Whitney Museum Directors Council and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation Resource Council. Mr. Morse received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Jonathan Slager has served as Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer and one of its directors since its formation and is the Chief Executive Officer and a Partner of the Operating Company. Mr. Slager currently serves on the investment committees for the general partners of Bridge Multifamily Funds III, IV (for which he also serves as the Chief Investment Officer) and V, Bridge Workforce Funds I and II, Bridge Seniors Housing Funds I, II and III, Bridge Office Funds I and II, Bridge Opportunity Zone Funds I, II, III and IV, and Bridge Agency MBS Fund. He has over 35 years of experience in the real estate, finance, and software industries. Mr. Slager has been involved in underwriting, acquiring, and managing over $15 billion in assets including all assets of the prior Bridge-managed funds, and has been a key driver of asset executions and returns. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Slager worked with The Pacific Group USA, Inc., and from 2006 to 2017 was a principal and managing partner at Bridge Loan Capital Fund LP. He has been responsible for major acquisitions, development, and entitlements and financing of major real estate projects. Mr. Slager worked for several years at The Koll Company and then Wells Fargo Bank where he was responsible for the acquisition, development, asset management, and disposition of commercial real estate assets. Mr. Slager played the leading role on large institutional commercial real estate projects ranging from resort, residential, office, industrial and retail projects. Mr. Slager earned his Bachelor of Arts in English, Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude, from the University of Utah in 1981, and his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from New York University in 1985.
Adam O'Farrell has served as Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc.'s Chief Operating Officer and one of its directors since its formation and is the Chief Operating Officer and a Partner of the Operating Company. Mr. O'Farrell is also a member of the investment committees of the general partners of Bridge Debt Strategies Funds I, II, III and IV, Bridge Opportunity Zone Funds I, II, III and IV, and Bridge Agency MBS Fund. Mr. O'Farrell has more than 20 years of experience as a real estate investment management attorney with significant private equity, real estate and tax experience and a broad transactional legal background. Mr. O'Farrell joined Bridge as General Counsel in January 2012 and has been responsible for all legal affairs of Bridge, its affiliates and managed funds since that time. From January 2008 to January 2012, Mr. O'Farrell worked at Foley & Lardner LLP as senior counsel and as a member of the private equity and venture capital and transactions and securities practice groups. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. O'Farrell worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP as a senior associate and a member of the private equity fund formation group, where he provided advice to private equity fund sponsors in the formation of U.S. and non-U.S. real estate, leverage buyout, venture capital and other private equity and hedge funds. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. O'Farrell acted as regional counsel for KB Home, with primary responsibility for four southern California divisions with combined annual revenue in excess of $300 million. As regional counsel, Mr. O'Farrell was responsible for all division legal matters, with a focus on real estate acquisition, land use and entitlement issues, financing, joint ventures, and litigation management. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. O'Farrell was an associate and member of the tax department of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he provided structuring and tax advice for a wide range of sophisticated transactions. Mr. O'Farrell is a member of the California Bar Association. Mr. O'Farrell received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy with an emphasis in Taxation from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University.
Dean Allara has served as one of Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc.'s directors since its formation and is the Head of Client Solutions Group and a Partner of the Operating Company. Mr. Allara has been a principal of BFG since 1996. Mr. Allara currently serves on the investment committees for the general partners of Bridge Multifamily Funds III and IV, Bridge Workforce Funds I and II, Bridge Seniors Housing Funds I, II and III, Bridge Office Funds I and II, and Bridge Opportunity Zone Funds I, II, III and IV. He has over 30 years of experience in the real estate investment process including analyzing, capital raising, acquiring, financing, developing, managing, improving and selling properties. Mr. Allara has been directly responsible for capital raising and investment of over $5.0 billion in multifamily, seniors housing, single family residential, commercial office, resort, golf, hotel, and retail properties. Mr. Allara has experience in real property development including permits and zoning, master planning, debt financing, insurance, construction management, homeowners' association management, marketing, and residential sales. Mr. Allara received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Mary's College with a year spent at Loyola University of Rome and his Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University including studies at University of Tokyo.
Debra Martin Chase
Ms. Chase is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning television and motion picture producer, an entertainment industry icon and trailblazer as the first Black female producer to have a deal at any major studio, and the first Black woman to produce a film that grossed over $100 million. To date, her films have grossed over $500 million. With over 30 years' experience in motion picture and television production combined with a corporate legal background, she understands the interplay between the artistic and the business aspects of her industry. In creating highly profitable and critically acclaimed content, she has demonstrated that stories elevating people of color and women and defying stereotypes can inspire all audiences. Ms. Chase currently serves on the board of B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS), where she chairs the Corporate Social Responsibility committee, as well as on the board of the New York City Ballet, where she chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and for the Second Stage Theater in Manhattan where she chairs the board's Artistic Committee. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the African American Film Critics' Association and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. She is also a long-serving co-chair of the Athena Film Festival in New York City, one of the largest film festivals in the United States dedicated to films by and about women. She holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in Political Science, and Harvard Law School. Prior to entering the entertainment industry, Ms. Chase practiced law at Houston's Mayor, Day, and Caldwell law firm from 1981 to 1983. After serving as a lawyer for Tenneco from 1983 to 1985, Chase moved to New York City where she worked for Stroock, Stroock & Lavan law firm, and eventually became in-house counsel for Avon Products. In 1988, Ms. Chase worked for the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign and David Dinkins's successful mayoral campaign. She is a frequent keynote speaker at colleges and universities across the country and is an advocate for community service. Chase is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Hopkins brings executive-level experiences in finance, technology and innovation across multiple industries that allow her to bring a unique view to support management teams in pursuit of growth. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP), Marsh & McLennan (NYSE: MMC), and privately held Deep Instinct. She is Vice-Chair of St. John's Health of Wyoming. In 2008 Ms. Hopkins was appointed as Citigroup's first Chief Innovation Officer, moving to Silicon Valley in 2010 to found Citi Ventures and was its CEO until her retirement from Citigroup in 2016. Previously at Citigroup she was Chief Operations and Technology officer of the company and Senior Advisor to the Corporate and Investment Bank. Prior to joining Citigroup in 2003 as Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A, she was Chief Financial Officer at Lucent Technologies and The Boeing Company and held senior-level positions at General Motors in the United States and Zurich and at Unisys Corporation, after starting her career at Ford. Ms. Hopkins was twice named to Fortune's ten most powerful women in business. Ms. Hopkins holds a B.S. in Accounting from Walsh College and honorary doctorate degrees from Westminster College and Walsh College.
Mr. Leat, a retired Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup, has nearly thirty years of markets and banking experience on Wall Street. He is an acknowledged leader and innovator in corporate credit and M&A finance having led some of the largest acquisition financings completed. Over the years he has built and led numerous successful and profitable businesses at Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and their predecessor companies. From 1998 to 2005 he served as the Global Head of Loans and Leveraged Finance. Mr. Leat began his career on Wall Street at The Chase Manhattan Corporation in their Capital Markets Group in 1985 where he ultimately became the head of their highly successful Syndications, Structured Sales and Loan Trading businesses. Mr. Leat currently serves on the board of directors of Norwegian Cruise Lines (NYSE: NCLH), where he serves as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of MidCap Financial, PLC, a middle market direct commercial lending business affiliated with Apollo Global Management, chairman of the supervisory board of MyMoneyBank, a retail and commercial bank headquartered in Paris, France, and is on the supervisory board of Hamburg Commercial Bank, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Furthermore, Mr. Leat sits on the board of directors of TPG Pace Beneficial Financial Corp. (NYSE: TPGY) and TPG Pace Tech Opportunities Corp. (NYSE: PACE) where he acts as audit committee chair for each. Previously Mr. Leat served on the board of directors of TPG Pace Holdings, Paceline Holdings and TPG Pace Energy Holding Corp., each affiliated with TPG Capital, an alternative asset fund based in San Francisco, California. Previously Mr. Leat was chairman of the board of directors of J.Crew Operating Corp, on the board of directors of Global Indemnity PLC, and on the board of directors of BAWAG P.S.K., Austria's third largest bank. Mr. Leat is dedicated to many civic and philanthropic organizations. He is a member of Economic Club of New York and has served on the board of several charitable organizations. Currently he is a Trustee of the Parrish Museum of Art. Mr. Leat is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received his B.S. degree.