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Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Mr. Carlson is primarily responsible for the strategic growth of the firm as well as sourcing, underwriting and contractual negotiations of all investments. Additionally, Mr. Carlson is responsible for oversight of asset management, including budgeting and capital expenditure requirements, as well as all strategic dispositions.
For twenty-six years, he has worked in the real estate industry amassing an extensive deal sheet comprising over $7.0 billion and covering all major product types. For the last fifteen years Mr. Carlson has specialized in the multifamily sector. Prior to forming Redwood, Mr. Carlson worked for Equity Residential handling acquisitions and dispositions. At EQR he transacted almost $4.0 billion in deals covering the Midwest, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Prior to EQR, Mr. Carlson helped found the Chicago based private equity and real estate pension fund advisory group Oryx Capital International/Cornerstone Advisors. At the firm he was responsible for acquisitions and asset management for its client, the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust, as well as high net worth individuals. Prior to Oryx, Mr. Carlson worked in portfolio management at RREEF, a pension fund advisory group owned by Deutsche Bank. While at REEF clients included Eastman Kodak, United Airlines and Ameritech as well as other co-mingled funds. Mr. Carlson began his career at Draper and Kramer, a full service commercial real estate firm, where he worked in commercial loan servicing and asset management.
Mr. Carlson graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Finance. In addition, he graduated with “distinction” from DePaul University with a Master’s in Business Administration, concentrating in finance and economics.
Mr. Carlson sits on the board of directors for the Illinois Chapter of JDRF, a global diabetes foundation with a strategic plan to end type-1 diabetes (T1D). My Carlson is also an active fundraiser and advocate for the Chicago Diabetes Foundation.