Alejandro Lara is the Director of Real Estate Development at New Economics for Women (NEW). Mr. Lara has over eight years of experience in real estate finance and has managed numerous projects in all stages of development. At NEW, Mr. Lara oversees all real estate development activity including site acquisition, securing financing and leading the development team. Mr. Lara previously worked as a real estate investment banker where he advised on numerous mergers and acquisitions involving notable publicly traded companies. Prior to investment banking, Mr. Lara worked with prominent Los Angeles based real estate development firms, contributing to the development of over 35 affordable residential communities. Mr. Lara’s development experience includes complicated financing transactions involving low-income housing tax credits, tax exempt housing revenue bonds, and funding from government sources including cities, states and federal programs. Mr. Lara also has previous experience working at Fortune 500 companies including GE Capital and Intel Corporation.
Mr. Lara earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate and an MPP from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a focus on Economic Development. Mr. Lara earned his BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley where he graduated with high honors and was on the Dean’s List. Mr. Lara was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow while attending the Kennedy School and a Robert Toigo Fellow while attending the Anderson School.