I started this company based on one simple premise: We want to give everyone access to investments that were previously available to the select few.Brew Johnson Co-Founder and CEO
We're applying lessons learned at Google to a space that's been almost untouched by technology. And it just so happens to be one of the world's largest financial markets. The value we can unlock for the entire ecosystem of investors, borrowers and lenders is staggering.Brett Crosby Co-Founder and COO
Real estate finance has yet to find a truly effective way to use technology as an industry-wide equalizer. Here at PeerStreet, we believe we have the right vision to create a platform that will lead to lasting, positive change. We see what the future looks like and have put together a world class team to transform an industry that affects every single person in this country.Alex Perelman Co-Founder and Head of Technology
I’ve always been drawn to the challenge of transforming an industry through innovation, like being part of the team that took Amazon beyond books, into the success it is today. Our product is already changing the way people invest in real estate, and there is still much more to come.Brendan Kao Head of Product Management
I spent most of my career practicing real estate law which allows me to understand these transactions from every angle. PeerStreet's innovative marketplace for real estate loans streamlines the process, improves the industry for all stakeholders and opens this asset class to a much broader range of investors.Sara Priola General Counsel
Having been in real estate for 21 years, I've seen up close how the industry under-utilizes technology. I've also seen smaller investors consistently locked out of the most attractive deals. At PeerStreet, I think we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use technology to level the playing field.Jay Hartman Head of Investments
Meet the people who make PeerStreet what it is.
Scott Gottlieb Chief Compliance Officer
Kellie Sims Assistant General Counsel
Dan Graham Head of Underwriting
Marc Heenan Head of Originations
Jason Harris Director of Business Development
Chi-Pei Tseng Director of Business Development
John Woodruff Director of Capital Markets
Essie Qu Real Estate Analyst
David Chung Real Estate Analyst
Nia Patel Real Estate Analyst
Bob Heinemann Controller
Michael Loop Head of Sales and Marketing Operations
Jessica Murray Head of Corporate Communications
Brian Channell Head of User Experience
Evan Petrie Sr. Software Engineer
Ted Mullen Sr. Software Engineer
Yury Velikanau Sr. Software Engineer
Igor Pstyga Sr. Software Engineer
Kate Dubouskaya Software Engineer
Alexander Rudenka Software Engineer
Vadim Golub Software Engineer
Daniel Cueva QA Engineer
Suzanne Kretschmer Business Development Manager
Andres Pizarro Loan Servicing Specialist
Blake McGilvray Investor Relations
Andy Kim Loan Closer
Tim Sim Real Estate Analyst
Evan Sauer Real Estate Analyst
Parker Calandra Real Estate Analyst
Also, meet our distinguished investors and advisors.
Advisors & Investors
Dr. Michael Burry Founder and CEO Scion Asset Management, LLC
Rob Brennan Senior Managing Director and CREFC Founding Member
Chris Warmuth President of City National Bank
Hardeep Walia CEO and founder of Motif Investing
Adam Nash CEO of Wealthfront
Doug Holte President of Irvine Company Office Properties
Barry Ritholtz Founder and CIO of Ritholtz Wealth Management
Charles Thompson Founder and President of Evergreen Residential
Michael L. Matkins Founding Partner of Allen Matkins
JR Johnson Serial Entrepreneur
Kevin Miller Founding Member of Thorofare Capital
Othman Laraki Founder and President of Color Genomics
George Duncan Managing Director and Real Estate Finance Expert
Our venture partners
Brew Johnson Co-Founder and CEO
Brew is the visionary leader behind PeerStreet. His experience in technology platforms, real estate and law culminated in the unique concept that is PeerStreet. Prior to PeerStreet, he worked as general counsel at VirtualTourist where he oversaw the company’s $85 million sale to Expedia/TripAdvisor. Before that, he was a real estate attorney at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory and a technology attorney at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. At Allen Matkins, Brew advised some of the largest real estate development and investment firms in the country on a wide variety of complex real estate transactions. He continues to advise startups and is an active real estate developer, investor and private lender. Brew graduated from USC with degrees in international relations and history and earned his JD from the UCLA School of Law.
Brett Crosby Co-Founder and COO
Brett crafts the strategy, product and message behind PeerStreet and is responsible for product, marketing, PR, sales and business development. Previously, he was Director of Marketing at Google where his 10 year tenure spanned many of Google’s most prominent products. Most notably, he co-founded Google Analytics, helped start Google's mobile advertising business, ran the founding marketing team that launched Google+ and most recently ran the marketing teams responsible for the dramatic growth of Chrome, Gmail, Docs and Drive. Before Google he co-founded Urchin Software Corporation, a web analytics service acquired by Google in 2005. Brett advises and invests in startups and is an active real estate investor. He graduated USC with degrees in international relations and political science, and furthered his education with programs at Georgetown, Michigan State and Semester at Sea.
Alex Perelman Co-Founder and Head of Technology
Alex runs PeerStreet's engineering team. He has an extensive background in computer science, product development and entrepreneurial business. His experience includes roles at Electronic Arts and Activision, where he developed some of the world’s most successful video game franchises, including Call of Duty and Spiderman. He also graduated from Y Combinator, started two companies, earned his degree in computer science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA.
Brendan Kao Head of Product Management
Brendan leads PeerStreet’s product management team. He is an experienced and entrepreneurial leader with a multidisciplinary background in tech, finance, law and business. Before PeerStreet, he was a product manager at multiple companies including Amazon, ZestFinance, FlashFunders and Pivotal Labs. He also held legal positions at Latham & Watkins and Human Rights Watch. Brendan received a JD from NYU Law and a Masters in Engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from MIT.
Sara Priola General Counsel
Sara leads PeerStreet’s legal team. She has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating complex real estate finance transactions. Prior to joining PeerStreet, she was a real estate finance attorney at Dechert LLP and, before that, at Greenberg Traurig LLP. At Dechert, Sara advised banks and institutional lenders in large-loan originations. At Greenberg Traurig, she advised lenders, borrowers and developers in a wide variety of complex real estate transactions. Sara graduated from St. John’s College with a B.A. in liberal arts and from USC with a J.D. and a Masters in Business Taxation.
Jay Hartman Head of Investments
Jay leads the investment team that evaluates and decides which loans will be available on the PeerStreet platform. Before PeerStreet, Jay was a Managing Director of Paladin Realty Partners, where he worked from 1998 to 2014, and served on the firm’s investment committee. Founded in 1995 by the former U.S. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, Paladin is an institutional real estate investment fund manager that has acquired or developed assets in the United States and Latin America with a total capitalization in excess of $5 billion. Jay's responsibilities at Paladin included a lead role in selling the firm's REIT, in a $210 million transaction. Prior to Paladin, Jay worked for Sanwa Bank, where he managed a portfolio of troubled commercial real estate loans. Jay graduated from UC Davis with a degree in managerial economics and earned an MBA from UCLA.