David Rupert is President of Griffin Capital Company, a privately-held, Los Angeles-headquartered alternative investment asset manager with approximately $11 billion in assets under management. Griffin manages, sponsors or co-sponsors a platform of six institutional-quality investment solutions distributed by the firm’s captive broker dealer, Griffin Capital Securities, to retail investors through a community of partners, including independent and insurance broker-dealers, wirehouses, RIA firms and the financial advisors who work for those enterprises. Mr. Rupert is a member of the investment committee and an officer of most of the firm’s products.
David’s 36 years of commercial real estate and finance experience includes over $10 billion of transaction volume on four continents; his career began in the early 1980’s at Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan) in the credit analysis, loan workout and commercial lending areas, and continued at investment banking firm Salomon Brothers (now Citi), where for a decade he was a senior member of the real estate finance department. Between 2008 and 2010 Mr. Rupert co-headed an opportunistic hotel fund in partnership with The Olympia Companies, an 800-employee hotel owner-operator, and served as partner in a private equity firm focused on hotel and multifamily residential development in Eastern Europe.
For the past 22 years Mr. Rupert has served on the Real Estate Advisory Committee to the Cornell University endowment fund; in 2012 Mr. Rupert was appointed Co- Chairman of that group. Mr. Rupert is a founding board member of the master’s program in real estate at Cornell, and for more than two decades has guest lectured in graduate-level courses and served as a student mentor. Mr. Rupert currently serves as the President of the Cornell Real Estate Council and President and Chairman of the Board of the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association. He holds a BA from Cornell and an MBA from Harvard.