Student Organizations

MSRED Council

President - Kelley Peterson
Kelley has over eight years of construction management and development experience in New York City. She previously worked for Turner Construction on three high rise & healthcare projects in Manhattan. Most recently she is Vice President of Construction for a private developer completing hundreds of projects each year that include apartment renovations, lobbies, amenities, single-family brownstones and managing curtain wall coordination for commercial projects. She graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering.
Vice President - James Elliott
James has a background in finance and is working towards gaining a role with a developer. He has a passion for New York City and its real estate. James graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in international relations. His other interests include squash and poker.
Secretary - Nicholas An
CU pride through and through. Nic loves everything about real estate, NY and Columbia University. He studied architecture in undergrad at CU, worked in development and is now rounding out his expertise with a through financial exploration at the MSRED program. He hopes to combine the discourses and achieve a holistic understanding of the build environment. Nic's other interests include the arts, universe, sciences and outdoors.
Social Chair - Maximilian Hartman
Max is a San Francisco native and aspiring architect/developer. Max completed his Master's of Architecture at GSAPP prior to the MSRED program and continues to work in the Columbia Fabrication Lab as a teaching assistant and fabricator. Max's interests include design, construction, and finding a balance between nature and urbanity.

Social Chair - Kamilah Bannister
Kamilah earned a Bachelors in Urban Development from the University of Western Ontario and upon completion spent two years running the day to day in a luxury residential property management firm in London, UK for two years. She is very interested in hospitality investment and development and hopes to pursue a global career. In her spare time she enjoys playing rugby, travel, scuba diving and culinary adventures.

Photo from left to right: Note: Kamilah - Max - Kelley - James - Nic.

Catapult Club

Yan Pan yan.pan@columbia.edu
As technology is embracing the traditional real estate industry, Catapult Club aims to give the industry a swift digital kick. Our goal is to bring the most innovative technology real estate companies and entrepreneurs together for our MSRED program.

Creative Club


The goal of the club is to gather those with a background in the arts, planning, architecture or other design-related disciplines to provide an environment to support their transition to a career in real estate development. Through meeting with real estate industry leaders, previously educated in the field of design, club members are able to learn from past successes and failures, maximizing their impact in real estate development.

Leader: Matthew Chua

Leader: Cameron Hardinge-Rooney

Emerging and Frontier Markets Club

Jose I. Lievano jil2129@columbia.edu
Santiago Robina sr3235@columbia.edu
Haig Nazarian hgn2102@columbia.edu


Emerging and Frontier Markets provide exciting opportunities as well as challenges. We aim to provide a forum for graduate students to gain a greater understanding of these opportunities and challenges first hand, from leaders in the field, who are active participants in real estate investing in these markets.

While traditionally, emerging and frontier markets have been viewed as a destination for capital to be invested in; capital flows now move heavily in both directions, with investors from these markets growing in participation within the United States. We plan to explore this new dynamic as well.

Throughout the year we plan to host forums and invite guest speakers to share their experiences as well as informal gatherings for our peers, where experiences, projects, case studies, and open-ended discussions related to issues and opportunities in the emerging and frontier markets can be shared.

Entrepreneurship Club

Daniel Dokhanian dd2801@columbia.edu

To galvanize and educate aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue the big dream.
Done via the following three strategies:
1. Create a collaborative environment for members to learn from and help one another by discussing ideas and sharing resources.
2. Direct interaction with industry professionals who have taken the leap to start their own enterprise through guest speakers, panel discussions, and Q&As.
3. An emphasis on case studies and story-telling as the primary method of learning.

Hospitality Development and Investment Club

The Hospitality Development and Investment Club is a platform for students to investigate operating businesses in hospitality and understand how operational requirements and challenges impact development and investment decisions. Collectively we aim to study companies of all sizes and different business models through exploration of recent market trends, internal presentations among classmates, conversations with professionals, and tours of existing hotel properties.

Club Leader: Stephen Sanchez

Stephen Sanchez is an experienced financial services professional with 10 years of experience. Stephen began his career as an investment banking analyst at Merrill Lynch and subsequently worked at Citadel Securities. Stephen has worked in groups focused on liability management and debt capital markets, and was most recently a Director in the Corporate Finance Group at Wells Fargo Securities. He received his BA in International Business from Georgetown University.

Impact Investment Club

Sandra Mercado sm4056@columbia.edu
Jessica Yoon jy2730@columbia.edu

The Impact Investment Club seeks to prepare Columbia MSRED students to become investors and developers with a purpose. By learning from professionals who operate in the market space where private capital can achieve its investment aims while creating positive social impact, we can become leaders that find synergistic opportunities that simultaneously meet goals for investors as well as for the economy, environment and society at large. Together, we seek to measure ourselves on a double bottom line.

International Real Estate Club

Oltmann Ahlers: o.ahlers@columbia.edu
Max Becker: becker.max@columbia.edu
E. Ivan Schulz: eis2120@columbia.edu

Leveraging the knowledge base of a highly international class, the International Real Estate Club is a platform for examining the challenges and opportunities of the global real estate market. The club’s three main objectives are:
- Understanding strategies and objectives of investors, developers, and architects operating in foreign markets.
- Learning the procedures, methods, and limitations of entry and daily operations in respect to cultural barriers, legislation, and corporate policy.
- Providing a forum for the discussion of ideas, concepts, and questions between students and professionals operating globally in the field of real estate.

Luxe Development Club


Luxe Development Club aims to deepen the understanding of the design and development process of modern NYC developments that are shattering development paradigms and reshaping the skyline. At present, Green Design and Luxury in the RE industry are becoming synonymous, while Design-Build firms are reconnecting the disconnected disciplines of the once Master Builder. Through site visits of existing projects LDC shall connect the students learning of the classroom with New York’s trendsetting development industry at large.

Founder: Nicholas An

Co-Founder: Catherine Cheng

Real Estate Capital Markets Club

(From left to right: Andrew Peterson, Adam Zaret, Pieter-Jan Van Hoof)

Adam Zaret: Adam.Zaret@Columbia.edu
Andrew Peterson: Andrew.Peterson@Columbia.edu
Pieter-Jan Van Hoof: pieter-jan.vanhoof@columbia.edu


The mandate of the Real Estate Capital Markets (“RECM”) Club is to create an collaborative environment for students with an interest in the capital markets to develop a deeper understanding of the current state of the RECM markets through professional networking, panels and technical workshops.


Adam Zaret joins the MSRED program from Ernst & Young Corporate Finance in Toronto, Canada where he was a Senior Associate. At Ernst & Young, he advised corporate, government and institutional clients on a variety of real estate matters including financial advisory, capital markets and valuation. Asset classes included office, multi-residential, government and special purpose real estate. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Adam worked for a merchant developer as a development coordinator. He earned an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a BA from Concordia University. Adam is an avid alpine skier and cyclist.

Prior to enrolling at Columbia, Andrew Peterson was Vice President of Zions First National Bank (“Zions”) in the Real Estate Banking Group. During his 8 years of employment at Zions, Andrew completed numerous development and term loans in the four major food groups and hospitality. Early in his career Andrew assisted with the restructure of defaulted notes. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Utah CCIM Middle Market Real Estate Lender of the Year Award. Andrew holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Utah and enjoys “speed,” which includes but is not limited to skiing, snowmobiling, sport bikes, and the modern-day automobile. Lastly, there is a special place in his heart for golf and putt putt mini golf.

Joining forces for the RE Capital Markets Club is Pieter-Jan Van Hoof, or simply PJ. Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, he adds international pedigree towards the club’s mission statement. Prior to enrolling at Columbia, Pieter-Jan worked as a Financial Analyst for a Belgian publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust that specialized in both office and industrial/warehouses throughout Western Europe. Pieter-Jan earned a MS and BS in Business Economics with a double major in Finance and Accounting from KU Leuven University, Belgium. In addition, he’s also an accomplished golfer, having won multiple national titles and played in several European Championships.

Women of Real Estate Development Club

Kamilah Bannister: ksb2165@columbia.edu
Michelle Hsieh mh3562@columbia.edu


The Women of Real Estate Development Club was initiated to provide a platform for women to unite, collaborate, and strengthen their position in the real estate industry. By participating in networking events, speaker panels, and social outings, the club aims to inform and advance the members of the group in their profession of choice. The club additionally stands to enhance the community, promote the presence of Columbia, and support the endeavors of each student.

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