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Brian Cleary

With a broad skill set across real estate finance, management, investment, and development, Brian Cleary is an integral part of Northwood Investors, LLC, a privately held, SEC registered real estate investment advisor headquartered in Denver, CO. Brian holds an MBA in real estate finance and urban land economics from the University of Wisconsin, an engineering degree from the University of Colorado, a professional engineering license (PE) —and the skill and experience gained from five years working in private equity real estate and managing a portion of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s endowment, investing in publicly traded real estate securities. “I focus on office, retail, and multifamily, and my engineering background has proven beneficial to our development and redevelopment opportunities. My role requires not only a deep understanding of the finance and economics associated with an investment, but also the psychology of people and how people interact with the built environment,” Brian explains.


Brian joined Northwood in 2019, and in his role supporting the company’s asset management, development, and investment teams, his responsibilities are vast and varied. He oversees ground-up development and redevelopment projects and plays a key role in the execution of Northwood’s annual business plan. He provides senior management with investment models and recommendations, including discounted cash flow calculations, return metrics, financing/disposition analysis, and interacts with the brokerage community, investors, JV partners, lenders, and prospective tenants. He is also a member of Northwood Investor’s ESG team which focuses on sustainability, compliance, and tenant/community engagement.


Founded in 2006, Northwood invests alongside institutional and private clients in a broad range of real estate investments - operating assets across five vertically integrated platforms; hospitality, office, retail, Northwood Ravin (a residential joint venture), and Northwood Urban Logistics (a UK logistics platform). With locations throughout the U.S. and Europe, the company employs a value-driven investment strategy with a longer-term investment outlook.


Brian credits his educational and professional backgrounds with equipping him for his current role—particularly his experience in engineering construction management and as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While completing his MBA, Brian served as co-president of the real estate club and participated in a study abroad programs in Hong Kong and France where he attended MIPIM—the largest international real estate conference in the world.


Brian Cleary


Northwood Investors, LLC

Denver, CO


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