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Board Member Focus: Jordan Angel

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Jordan Angel is a commercial real estate finance professional with over 15 years’ experience and specialized expertise in debt and equity placement transactions. As Managing Director at HFF with responsibility for the Western United States, he spends the majority of his time working on deals in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest.  His recent notable deals include financing 1390 Market Street in San Francisco for Swift Real Estate Partners, 520 Almanor in Sunnyvale for Lane Partners and a number of large office repositioning loans in downtown Oakland and downtown San Jose.

A certified mortgage banker, Angel has secured billions of dollars of debt and equity across all product types.  He started his real estate career immediately after graduating from UC San Diego.  He joined Barry Slatt Mortgage and spent nearly a decade developing a strong passion for real estate. “I love what I do for a living and come to work excited every day,” Angel said. “Our team is comprised of super smart, hardworking, wonderful people and I find great pleasure in helping my clients get their projects financing and capitalized.”

An Eagle scout, Angel believes strongly in being engaged in the community so his active involvement in NAIOP SFBA is second nature to him. His current role is as co-chair of the Programs Committee and over the years he has participated in Developing Leaders and has served on the Membership and Legislative Action committees.

The people I meet and work with at NAIOP are among the best in our industry,” said Angel.  “They have chosen to volunteer their time to an important organization that works in many different ways to forward the interests of our industry.

In addition to being part of NAIOP chapter leadership, Angel is also a past president of The Belden Club, a past president of the Bay Area Mortgage Association (BAMA), a member of the commercial real estate conference board for the California Mortgage Bankers Association’s (CMBA), as well as an active member of The National Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA), The Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

In terms of advice for young people getting started in commercial real estate, Angel predictably encourages those coming up to go beyond involvement in professional associations and become part of the organization’s leadership. He also recommends meeting with as many different people as possible and treating everyone with respect. “It is such a small and tight knit community,” he said. “The junior person you are working with now will be a decision maker that you may be asking for a deal or capital in the very near future.”

On the personal front, Angel grew up in Marin and has spent his adult life close to home.  After 15 years in San Francisco, he and his wife, Kelly and their two year old son Tyler moved to Lafayette and added five chickens to their family. Unsurprisingly, Jordan participates in many charitable and philanthropic organizations.  He is a past vice president and board member of The Guardsmen, a San Francisco nonprofit that supports at risk youth and is a big supporter of The SF Fire Fighters Toy Program. “Each year I spend the month of December working at the Guardsmen Christmas Tree lot and gathering toys for the firefighters’ program,” he said. “I find the experience fulfilling and love every minute of it.”

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