Jonathan Strain

Jon has been in the real estate business for over 25 years. He started his career in Chicago as a real estate analyst and project manager for a local real estate developer, Fifield Development Corp. Jon worked on the development, construction, leaseup and sale of over 4 million square feet of office, industrial, retail, hotel and apartment development. When the real estate development business evaporated in 1990, Jon worked on asset management, tenant lease renegotiations, and loan workout on company assets in the brokerage andmanagement business which was sold to Frain Camins and Swartchild, which ultimately became part of CBRE. In 1993, Jon joined Morgan Stanley’s fixed income department which merged his real estate knowledge with bond financing technology. He spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley in sales, trading, capital markets and banking, and ultimately ran the CMBS trading desk during its heyday as the top ranked CMBS issuer and trading counterparty. In 2006, Jon left MS for a brief stint at UBS before joining JPMorgan Chase in 2007 as Head of Capital Markets for U.S. Commercial Mortgages. He is currently responsible for the securitization, distribution and financing of real estate loan risk in the Investment Bank. Jon graduated from Brown University. He is a member of the CREFC Board of Governors and is currently Chair of the Issuers Forum.