AFIRE Podcast #10: A Real Estate Reckoning

Around the world, 2020 has been rife with public health anxieties, civil unrest, and economic uncertainty—nothing new for real estate, but what does it mean for the future?

This podcast is based on an article written for Summit Journal (Summer 2020) | Read More

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic inequity and injustice are now in high relief and can no longer be ignored or put aside, especially as those less fortunate endure the worst impacts of this crisis. The Black Lives Matter protests in the US, provoked in part by yet another incident of police brutality, have been a wake-up call characterized by strong language, painful stories, and uncomfortable truths.

What responsibility do institutional investors in real estate have to cities, communities, and stakeholders during a time of global cultural change?

Featuring: Gunnar Branson, CEO, AFIRE

As CEO of AFIRE, Gunnar Branson brings nearly three decades of experience across commercial real estate, professional services, education, and association leadership.

Prior to joining AFIRE in 2018, he served as CEO of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM), and before that, he led strategy and marketing for Fortune 500 and other innovative mid-market companies.

As a recognized thought leader, Gunnar is a regular speaker, panelist, and spokesperson for the global real estate and investing community, focused on institutional investing, urbanism, sustainability, and future trends.


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