Trisha Connolly Leaves Ackman-Ziff for Avison Young 


Trisha Connolly, who most recently served as a managing director for Ackman-Ziff, has joined Avison Young as principal and chief operating officer for the firm’s U.S. capital markets group in New York, Commercial Observer has learned. 

In her new role, Connolly will work closely with Avison Young’s U.S. capital markets group executive committee, along with Juan Bueno, president of U.S. operations, and Lisa Jesmer, national director of investor services business development.

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“Trisha’s vibrant leadership style and expansive capital stack experience are a perfect fit for Avison Young’s U.S. capital markets group and we are thrilled to welcome her to the team,” said Bueno in a prepared statement. “Streamlining our best practices for intermarket deals and matching our clients with the best possible regional expertise is a top priority for Trisha and will boost our capital market offerings and capabilities.”

In her 15 years at Avison Young, Connolly worked in every level of the capital stack and within debt and equity. This included acquisition and construction financing, refinancing and recapitalizations.

Connolly has also held or holds a number of industry roles outside her work at Avison Young, including as co-chair of membership engagement for the Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

She most recently served as the managing director for Ackman-Ziff’s New York City-based debt and equity, which she joined last year after a stint at B6 Real Estate Advisors

Connolly also previously held leadership positions within Alpha Capital CRE, Cushman & Wakefield and General Growth Properties (now known as Brookfield Properties).

“I’m eager to bring a national focus to our regional markets and work with Avison Young’s data platform AVANT to determine data strategies that will bolster business generation and enhance client benefits,” said Connolly in a prepared statement. “Avison Young is at the forefront of bringing innovative, technology-focused solutions to the real estate decision-making process, and I’m excited to join the firm during this transformational period.”

She earned a bachelor of arts and Sciences degree from Marquette University, where she majored in political science and Spanish.

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