CEO & Founder
Ms. Brunner founded EB5 Capital in 2008. She provides strategic direction and oversight to the firm. Ms. Brunner is considered an industry expert, a seasoned and highly respected Regional Center operator, and a strong advocate for the EB-5 Program as a tool for economic development. She carries over 25 years of experience in capital markets, real estate finance, and early-stage funding. Ms. Brunner is an active global angel investor and advisor across industries, including consumer goods, manufacturing, and software. She served on the board of Chesapeake Lodging Trust until its sale to Park Hotels and Resorts in 2019. In 2020, she was appointed to and currently serves on the board of Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK). In 2021, she was selected to serve as a Board Trustee for the Brown Corporation at Brown University.
Before establishing EB5 Capital, Ms. Brunner worked in finance and investments for both public and private organizations focused on real estate and venture capital. Her past employers include Fannie Mae, Neighborhood Development Company, National Capital Revitalization Corporation, CORE Capital Partners, and Public Financial Management. Ms. Brunner earned her BA in Public Policy from Brown University and an MPA from Princeton University.
CIO & Managing Partner
Daniel Shiff joined the team at EB5 Capital in 2012, and works out of the Washington, D.C. office. As a current principal of the real estate brokerage firm, Phillips Realty Capital, Dan led his company’s joint venture with EB5 Capital and serves as Managing Director of the venture. As Managing Director, Dan is responsible for the sourcing and closing of all of EB5 Capital’s real estate investments, as well as their structuring and oversight. Before joining EB5 Capital, Dan worked in the real estate business for over 25 years, and has originated in excess of $3 billion in real estate transactions of all commercial property types. Dan currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University, as well as a Master’s Degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Tilley joined EB5 Capital in 2012 and is based in Washington, DC. He oversees the firm’s accounting, finance, IT and human resources functions. In addition to his current role at EB5 Capital, Mr. Tilley is the Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Phillips Realty Capital (PRC), a reputable real estate advisory and financing company that has been in business for over 85 years. He carries over 40 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and accounting. Mr. Tilley is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable Tax Policy Committee. He is also a frequent speaker for the Mortgage Bankers Association, as well as a published author in the Journal of Taxation, the Washington Business Journal, the Corridor Real Estate News, and various other professional publications. Prior to his career with PRC, Mr. Tilley spent eight years with a regional public accounting firm. He earned his BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware and obtained his CPA license in 1981.
Mr. Ostar joined EB5 Capital in 2011 and is based in Washington, DC. He is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations across all departments with a focus on fundraising. With over 15 years of real estate and management experience, Mr. Ostar implements strategy initiatives while ensuring that every aspect of the firm’s operations are aligned with the company’s core values and purpose. He has previously served as the Membership Chairman of IIUSA and continues to be active within industry organizations and events, both domestically and abroad. Prior to joining EB5 Capital, Mr. Ostar spent a few years working at a consulting firm in China, where he became proficient in Mandarin. Mr. Ostar is a frequent speaker on real estate and the EB-5 Program. He earned his BA in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. He also completed his MA in Real Estate from Georgetown University and an MA in Education from Brooklyn College.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Ms. Gordon joined EB5 Capital in 2015 and is based in Massachusetts. She is responsible for managing the firm’s legal services and oversees all legal affairs for the company and its affiliates, including project offerings, EB-5 program compliance and reporting, as well as government affairs and outside legal counsel. Ms. Gordon is admitted to practice law in multiple states. She carries over 25 years of experience in law and finance. Prior to joining EB5 Capital, she practiced with several prestigious law firms, including Shea & Gould, McCutchen, Doyle and Wilson Sonsini and held senior positions in private equity and wealth management. Immediately prior to joining EB5 Capital, she served as a Managing Director at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank. Ms. Gordon earned her BA in Government from Dartmouth College, and obtained her law degree from Georgetown University.
Senior Vice President, Investments
Mr. Mullen joined EB5 Capital in 2012 and is based in Washington, DC. He oversees and leads the firm’s Private Equity Fund. He also works with developers and other capital partners to source, structure, and close new EB-5 investments. He manages third-party consultants in connection with due diligence and underwriting for new EB-5 investments and production of all offering materials prior to the start of fundraising. Mr. Mullen carries over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance. Prior to joining EB5 Capital, he worked as a Vice President at Phillips Realty Capital, a reputable real estate advisory and financing company that has been in business for over 85 years. Mr. Mullen earned his BA in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, and his MA in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.
Senior Vice President, Investments
Mr. Rainey joined EB5 Capital in 2014 and is based in Washington, DC. He works with developers and other capital partners to source, structure, and close new EB-5 investments. He manages third-party consultants in connection with due diligence and underwriting for new EB-5 investments and production of all offering materials prior to the start of fundraising. He also oversees the firm’s Asset Surveillance department to monitor and manage all existing EB5 Capital investments. Mr. Rainey holds over 15 years of experience in real estate financing, project management, and asset management. Prior to joining EB5 Capital, he was a Senior Associate for Acquisitions and Development at DRI Development Services, LLC. Mr. Rainey earned his BA in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Operations
Mariana Gomez has worked at EB5 Capital since September 2013, and works in the Washington, D.C. office. As Vice President of Corporate Communications & Operations, Mariana is responsible for leading the company’s updates and communications with investors. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Mariana assists the sales team with Latin American clients. Before moving to the United States, Mariana’s professional experience was in the field of labor law, including a law clerk position at Squire, Saunders & Dempsey in Venezuela. Mariana received her J.D. from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela, and holds a Master of European Union Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, as well as a Master’s in International Law from American University.
Senior Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Ms. Ahern joined the firm in 2014 and is based in Washington, DC. She directs all financing and accounting functions, including financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, tax, and treasury. She also develops and executes EB5 Capital’s human resource strategy. Ms. Ahern holds over a decade of experience in corporate finance and public accounting. Prior to joining EB5 Capital, she was the Assistant Controller for the Washington Football Team. She also worked as a Senior Auditor at Baker Tilly. Ms. Ahern is on the Board of Directors and holds the position of Finance Committee Chairwoman for Lovettsville Cooperative Market. She earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and she obtained her CPA license in 2011.