Our Team

Redwood Capital Group is vertically integrated with over 200 years of collective industry leadership and experience

We are experienced industry experts committed to providing best-in-class real estate services to our residents, investors, partners and employees.

  • Executive Team

  • Investment Management

  • Asset Management

  • Property Management

  • Construction Management

David Carlson
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Chicago, IL
David Carlson
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
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Mr. Carlson is the Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Redwood Capital Group and Redwood Residential.   He is primarily responsible for the strategic growth of the firm as well as acting as the Chief Investment Officer.

 

For thirty years, he has worked in the real estate industry amassing an extensive deal sheet comprising over $8.0 billion and covering all major product types.  For the last twenty 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). Mr. Carlson was the 2019 & 2020 Co-Chair, along with his wife, for the annual JDRF One Dream Gala in Chicago.  The JDRF One Dream Gala is recognized as one of Chicago’s premier charity events bringing over 2,400 philanthropists, community leaders, and corporate partners together.  The event raised $7.1 million in 2019 and $9.0 million in 2020, setting global records for JDRF.  Mr. Carlson is also an active fundraiser and advocate for the Chicago Diabetes Foundation.

 

Mr. Carlson is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council as well as the Urban Land Institute.   Mr. Carlson is a member of the ULI Gold Council.

Mark Isaacson
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Chicago, IL
Mark Isaacson
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
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Mr. Isaacson is the Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Redwood Capital Group and Redwood Residential. He is primarily responsible for the strategic growth of the firm as well as acting as the Chief Financial Officer.

 

He has worked real estate for thirty-three years, of which the last twenty-two years were exclusively in the multi-family real estate industry, primarily as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Capital Markets. At Redwood, Mr. Isaacson has been responsible for financing over $2.5 billion of multi-family acquisitions, along with sourcing and negotiating joint venture agreements with Private and Institutional Limited Partners. Mr. Isaacson is also responsible for all financial, accounting and reporting aspects of running Redwood on a day-to-day basis.

 

Prior to forming Redwood, Mr. Isaacson was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Holdings, L.L.C. (“Alliance”) from 1999 to 2004, and 2006 to 2007. Alliance was an owner and operator of 65,000 multi-family apartments units. At Alliance Mr. Isaacson oversaw accounting, financial reporting and risk management, as well as having overall responsibility for all capital markets activities. He executed capital markets transactions in excess of $4 billion at Alliance, which included all forms of senior and mezzanine debt, preferred equity, and traditional equity raises. From 2004 to 2006 Mr. Isaacson was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Laramar Group in Chicago. Laramar owned and managed approximately 15,000 multi-family units throughout the U.S.

 

Prior to joining Alliance, Mr. Isaacson worked for 10 years in the National Real Estate Division of the accounting and consulting firm Altschuler, Melvoin and Glasser “AM&G” (currently part of McGladrey LLP). Prior to AM&G Mr. Isaacson was an auditor with Deloitte and Touche, an international accounting and auditing firm where he worked in the real estate division.

 

Mr. Isaacson is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). He graduated “with distinction” in 1985 from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting and Auditing Major) followed by a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honors) (Finance and Accounting Majors) and a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting degree from the University of Cape Town in 1986.

Bob Flannery
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Chicago, IL
Bob Flannery
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
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Mr. Flannery serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Redwood Capital Group and Interim President of Redwood Residential. Mr. Flannery leads all aspects of the firm’s operating activities, including property management, asset management, construction management, accounting, financial reporting and corporate office activities.  He also serves on the Investment Committee and collaborates across the company to foster long-term strategic growth and profitability.

 

Mr. Flannery is a seasoned real estate professional with proven experience leading multi-billion dollar, vertically integrated investment, and development organizations. He brings over 25 years of experience in executive leadership, strategic planning, investment management, joint ventures and capital raising to Redwood Capital Group. He has broad knowledge of multifamily, office and retail asset classes with demonstrated success in asset management, acquisitions, finance, and property management.

 

Most recently, Mr. Flannery was President of CA Residential, the multifamily development platform of CA Ventures (“CA”).  As President, he built a team of professionals with diverse expertise for a $3 billion national platform of Class A assets in major growth markets across the U.S.  Prior to his promotion to President, Mr. Flannery was Chief Operating Officer at CA and focused on strategic growth and best practices across the firm’s $10 billion portfolio.

 

Mr. Flannery previously served as Chief Operating Officer at JRG Capital Partners and as Partner and Chief Financial Officer at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty.  He has worked for many of the industry’s top firms, including Prudential Insurance, JP Morgan Chase and Sam Zell’s Equity Office.  During his career, he has been involved in over $5 billion in transactions and has managed portfolios across the U.S.

 

Mr. Flannery is executive advisor and board member to several privately held real estate investment firms and proptech firms.  He is also an Executive Council member at Cara, a workforce development and poverty alleviation non-profit based in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Flannery holds a BS in Finance from Northern Illinois University, an MBA in International Business from Wayne State University, is an Illinois Licensed Managing Broker and maintains dual citizenship with a European Union passport.

Britain Shutters
Director of Corporate Services
Chicago, IL
Britain Shutters
Director of Corporate Services
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Ms. Shutters joined Redwood Capital Group in 2019 as the Director of Corporate Services. In this role she directly supports the Executive Management Team and is a liaison to Investors, Partners, and key relationships. Britain also manages scheduling and facilities, coordinates travel, organizes team activities, and serves as a liaison for IT needs. She also assists the Asset Management team with coordinating and tracking monthly/quarterly financials and assists the Controller in year-end taxes.

 

Prior to joining Redwood, Britain worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois as their Office Operations Coordinator. In this role, she maintained the office space, worked closely with third party vendors that supported operations for the Chicago office, managed document retention and oversaw the day-to-day administration needs for the office.  She also managed the recruitment and on-boarding of a year-round internship program.

 

Ms. Shutters graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she earned her B.A. in Communication Studies. She also attended CAP21’s school of theater in New York City and supports various local Chicago non-profits through musical theater performance.