Lizzet Alvarez has extensive experience managing and creating community engagement initiatives and programs for organizations interested in genuinely serving their constituents. She is a recent graduate of the Masters in Social Enterprise program at USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Upon completing the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate, Lizzet and her husband, Alejandro Martinez (RMPIRE class of ’04), who has been developing affordable housing for non-profit organizations for over 16 years, launched an independent real estate development company, Agave Investment and Development. They hope to push the envelope when it comes to developing innovative and beautiful affordable housing projects for Los Angeles and its surrounding communities.
Shocked by the Financial Literacy Crisis in the U.S., Robyn founded Mirai Financial, a non-profit organization teaching financial literacy to underserved high school and college students throughout Los Angeles. He is interested in the intersection between the securities’ markets and real estate, including environmentally responsible real estate development.
Upon completion of the Ross Program, he intends to cultivate professional relationships with industry leaders and expand his role in real estate acquisitions to include development investments. Robyn welcomes opportunities to network and collaborate with other professionals in the industry looking to have a positive impact in their communities via real estate finance, development and/or education. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Before forming the Bueno Group, he actively researched and presented strategic investment opportunities across a $500MM client base on behalf of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Additionally, he spent time working at a privately held Real Estate merchant builder.
Rose’s professional experience is complemented by an academic background in History. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from California State University, Long Beach where she gained extensive training is historical research methodologies. Prior to graduating, Rose was an archives intern for the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum where she focused on writing abstracts and digitizing documents during the Nixon era making them available for online use.
Rose is particularly interested in community involvement and enjoys sharing her time working as a volunteer. Rose worked with children as a math and reading tutor for School on Wheels. This past summer, she organized an annual youth program at Emmanuel Lutheran, La Habra where children participate in different activities.
William has now been in the banking industry for over 6 years, all with HomeStreet Bank. He’s gone from a Loan Officer Assistant in Single Family Lending to now a Residential Construction Underwriter. He used his certificate at the Ross Program to acquire a position in Commercial Real Estate as a Credit Analyst immediately after graduation from the program. His next 5 years in Commercial Credit have allowed him to work with HomeStreet Bank’s over $1 billion Fannie Mae/DUS , Portfolio/ Wholesale Perm, Construction/Bridge programs as well as developing custom underwritten guidance facilities for individual developers in the Residential Construction space.
His most recent position as an Underwriter has given him a more borrower specific role with the developers of HomeStreet Bank’s portfolio of Residential Construction where he utilizes their financial metrics to create borrower specific strategies to increase net profit margins and minimize project insufficiencies for the borrowers he works with on the West Coast of the United States. Another aspect of his position is financial tracking of each of his over $35 million personal portfolio of developers via financial covenants created and customized for each borrower and tracked on a quarterly basis. His knowledge of covenant creation, financial analysis, debt consolidation, balance sheet, operating statement, and rent roll tracking has given him the ability to take a global analysis of any potential borrower of HomeStreet Bank and aid them in developing a perennially profitable business that benefits the borrowing entity as well as HomeStreet Bank.
William also serves on HomeStreet’s Leadership & Development group on the Culture Committee where he was appointed by the CEO to serve as a representative of the Commercial Lending group of the bank to develop pathways for more inclusion of minority and underserved communities to be involved in the banking sector.
Mr. Martinez has been representing owner/users and investors in the area for the past 2 years. He provides expert market research and knowledge to assist in real estate decision that will allow the client to take advantage of possible opportunities provided by the current market conditions.
Andrew entered the real estate industry working for Cushman & Wakefield, for Jones Lang LaSalle, and ultimately at Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates. Andrew is a native to Los Angeles, and grew up in a suburb in the San Gabriel Valley. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Whittier College in 2016.
Ms. Miguel’s focus is on new business development and creating calculated operations and policies that streamline real estate objectives. She specializes in strategic pricing and negotiations and launching new multifamily properties for market, including establishing proforma rent rolls, creative branding, marketing and staging, hiring and training leasing teams, and facilitating apartment set up on accounting software and property websites. Accomplishments also include drafting loan abstracts and business plan summaries for acquisitions and refinancing, and project managing the renovation of older properties, rebranding, repricing, and re-leasing with sizeable profit gains. Ms. Miguel created and developed the operations for a short term furnished housing company, with designer furniture rental packages and quantifiable pricing premiums.
Ms. Miguel has a relentless passion for architecture and interior design, construction and real estate development. Not surprisingly, free time is often spent perusing construction sites and attending open house tours precisely to study the architecture of specific decades and the latest trends in floor plans and design.
With a BA in Communication from the University of Southern California, Ms. Miguel is a devoted Trojan overjoyed to continue her education under the USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate. With this certification, Ms. Miguel plans to focus on real estate development, building new housing with signature custom designer finishes that maximize square footage, and event/retail projects that secure energy and water efficiency.
Kristi has a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University and a Master in Journalism and Communications from the University of Southern California. After college, Kristi pursued a career in event marketing and worked at ESPN, Nordstrom and now USC.
During her time at USC, she spent four years at the Office the Cultural Relations and University Events where she worked directly for many of the units across the university including the Price School of Public Policy and the Marshall School of Business. She then spent two years in the Office of Development at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she handled donor stewardship, fundraising and events. Her passion for real estate lead her to USC Price where she has been working in development and external relations for almost four years.
Kristi works closely with our real estate alumni and most recently helped to launch the Price Real Estate Affiliates, the alumni support group that seeks to build upon the strong real estate tradition at USC Price. Kristi also manages the Price School’s Athenian Society, the premiere philanthropic support group for the Price School. She manages the major giving programs and engagement of the advisory boards for the METRANS Transportation Center and the USC Sacramento Center.
Prior to LISC, she served as Placemaking Manager for River LA, where she assisted with the delivery, sourcing, and funding of River LA’s project pipeline. She is a native Angeleno and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Lewis and Clark College. As a lover of cities, she's interested in innovative community preservation initiatives and public space agendas for changing neighborhoods across America.
Prior to Red Mountain Group he was an Investment Associate at Marcus & Millichap’s Net Lease Advisory Group where he assisted investors with the acquisition and disposition of investment properties. The focus was on adding value to the clients’ nationwide single-tenant retail investments and creating strategies uniquely for them such as sale-leaseback approaches and investment capital exchanges. Chad has been actively involved in the commercial real estate industry for over six years and participates in industry events such as The International Council of Shopping Centers. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Real Estate Studies from Ashford University and is eager to expand his knowledge as a commercial real estate developer and to embody the Ross Minority Program within future endeavors.
She earned two Bachelor Degrees, a double major in Chinese Studies and Sociology with an emphasis in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She is a California Licensed Realtor, Notary Public, and a Certified Transaction Coordinator (CTC), a certification awarded by the California Association of Realtors. This certification is designed to train professionals regarding the current regulations and best practices in successful real estate transactions.
She is an experienced commercial real estate professional for the land development department of her company, Speedway Development. She works in an array of matters, including real estate transactions, company formations, obtaining entitlements, and contacting various consultants. Currently, Winnie is managing a 27-acre project designed for Commercial Retail in Temescal Canyon, Riverside.
She is enthusiastic in the USC Ross Minority Program to further her pursuit in a career in Real estate for Land Development. Overall, she looks forward to helping her community by making an impact in Southern California.