Freddie Mac Veteran to lead sustainability-focused investments and developments in affordable housing

Posted: October 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. CDT|Update: 3 hours ago

BOCA RATON, Florida, 21 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Kayne Anderson Real Estate (“KA Real Estate”), the real estate private equity arm of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, LP, today announced that it has hired Debby jenkins as Head of Housing and responsible for its new Multifamily Impact strategy, effective December 1, 2021.

Ms. Jenkins brings more than two decades of experience in the multi-family sector to KA Real Estate. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President and Head of Multi-Family at Freddie Mac, where she oversaw the nation’s largest provider of multi-family finance as well as the industry’s largest commercial structured debt issuer. While at Freddie Mac’s, Ms. Jenkins dedicated her time to providing liquidity and stability to the rental housing market with a focus on affordable housing.

KA Real Estate’s Multi-Family Impact Strategy is an extension of the company’s existing environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) initiatives and multi-family strategic investments, which include more than 7,500 units. The Multifamily Impact strategy will focus on opportunities to acquire and develop affordable multi-family housing for middle and low-income tenants. The KA Real Estate team will leverage its operational and development expertise to expand beyond current market ESG standards. The company will make capital-intensive investments focused on clean energy solutions and invest in social services focused on housing stability, economic self-sufficiency and advancement of residents.

In addition to measurable efforts focused on tenant and property levels, the KA Real Estate team will pursue their goal of accelerating diversity in the multi-family ecosystem. This work will include strategic partnerships with various developers, vendors, vendors, minority-owned investment banks and other industry participants, and will be the cornerstone of the Multifamily Impact strategy.

“I am delighted to welcome to KA Real Estate a uniquely talented and widely respected industry veteran of the caliber of Debby,” said Al Rabil, CEO of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and Co-Founder and CEO of Kayne Anderson Real Estate. “By developing and enhancing high quality assets with a focus on social impact and sustainability, we are committed to making positive change with every investment. Debby not only shares our values ​​and vision, but has spent the vast majority of her career supporting and expanding access to affordable multi-family housing. We look forward to joining forces and embarking on this next chapter together. “

“The launch of our Multi-Family Impact Strategy is a direct result of our company’s belief that ESG is not a policy but an imperative,” said David Selznick, Chief Investment Officer, Kayne Anderson Real Estate. “At KA Real Estate, we never just ticked boxes. Our goal is to have a meaningful and measurable impact in the communities where we live, work and own properties, and to establish best practices for working towards carbon neutral real estate Debby certainly shares our point of view with conviction and brings her unparalleled experience in the multi-family sector, and we are delighted to work with her.

“I have a deep respect for the long-term vision of the Kayne Anderson team, their commitment to innovation and providing the highest quality life experience, and the passion that they bring. to everything she does every day, ”Ms. Jenkins said. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to join the team at such a dynamic time, and I look forward to working closely with Al, David and the entire team to lead our Impact strategy and deliver Superior, sustainable and affordable multi-family living options to households and communities across the country.

About Kayne Anderson Realty Advisors

Kayne Anderson Real Estate (“KA Real Estate”) is a leading private equity real estate investor in physician offices, senior housing, off-campus student housing, multi-family housing and self-storage. KA Real Estate manages more $ 13.2 billion real estate assets under management (at 09/30/21) among opportunistic stocks, basic stocks and real estate debt. KA Real Estate is part of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, LP, a $ 30.3 billion Alternative investment management company (AUM as of 09/30/21) with over 37 years of successful experience in the real estate, infrastructure, credit and growth capital sectors. For more information, visit https://kaynecapital.com/real-estate/.


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