Board of Directors
Alan H. Fishman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ladder Capital. Mr. Fishman has had an extensive career in the financial services industry; most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Washington Mutual Inc. Mr. Fishman also served as the Chairman of Meridian Capital Group and as President of Sovereign Bancorp. From March 2001 until the sale of Independence Community Bank to Sovereign in June 2006, Mr. Fishman had served as Independence Community Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Fishman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at ContiFinancial Corp. Mr. Fishman has been a private equity investor focusing on financial services at Neuberger and Berman, Adler & Shaykin and at his own firm, Columbia Financial Partners LP, and has held a variety of senior executive positions at Chemical Bank and American International Group. Mr. Fishman is a member of the board of directors of Santander Holdings USA, Inc. and is the lead independent director of its subsidiary, Santander Bank, N.A. Mr. Fishman is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chairman of the Brooklyn Community Foundation and on the Boards of several other not-for-profit and civic organizations. Mr. Fishman holds a B.S. from Brown University and a Masters in Economics from Columbia University.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Brian Harris is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Ladder Capital. Prior to forming Ladder Capital, Mr. Harris served as a Senior Partner, Managing Director and Head of Global Commercial Real Estate at Dillon Read Capital Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of UBS, managing over $500 million of equity capital from UBS for Dillon Read’s commercial real estate activities globally. Before joining Dillon Read, Mr. Harris served as Managing Director and Head of Global Commercial Real Estate at UBS, managing UBS’ proprietary commercial real estate activities globally. Mr. Harris also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of UBS Investment Bank. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Harris served as Head of Commercial Mortgage Trading at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for managing all proprietary commercial real estate investment and trading activities. Mr. Harris also previously worked in the real estate groups at Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers, Smith Barney and Daiwa Securities. Mr. Harris earned a B.S. in Biology and an M.B.A. from The State University of New York at Albany.
Founder & President
Pamela McCormack is a Founder and the President of Ladder Capital. During her tenure at Ladder, Ms. McCormack has assumed roles of increasing responsibility, previously serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel. Before forming Ladder in October 2008, Ms. McCormack served as Head/Co-Head of Transaction Management – Global Commercial Real Estate at both Dillon Read Capital Management and UBS Investment Bank, managing teams responsible for the structuring, negotiation and closing of all real estate investments globally. Prior to joining UBS, Ms. McCormack was Vice President and Counsel at Credit Suisse and as an associate as leading global law firms. Ms. McCormack received a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of St. John’s Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law.
Mark Alexander is the Chief Executive Officer of iCreditWorks, a FinTech start-up that leverages mobile and emerging technologies to transform point-of-care lending between healthcare consumers and professionals. Mr. Alexander has spent his career focusing on financial services, technology and operations, most recently serving as an Executive Advisor to McKinsey & Company, Aquiline Capital Partners, and Broadridge Financial Solutions, as well as other advisory services through his company, Latigo Financial Services. Mr. Alexander was an executive for 24 years at Merrill Lynch and its successor Bank of America Merrill Lynch (“BAML”), serving as the Chief Information Officer and Head of Technology and Operations for Global Markets and Global Wealth and Investment Management at BAML and various leadership positions at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Alexander is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), has a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University, and an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Douglas Durst is chairman of, and a member of the third generation to lead, the Durst Organization, one of the oldest family-run commercial and residential real estate companies in New York City. Mr. Durst joined the Durst Organization in 1968 and has acted as its chairman since 1994. Mr. Durst serves as a director of the Real Estate Board of New York, Hudson River Park Trust, The New School, The Trust for Public Land, and Project for Public Spaces, The Roundabout Theater and Primary Stages. Mr. Durst is also a trustee of The Old York Foundation, established by his father, which is committed to helping people through education to understand the history and issues facing New York City. In addition, Mr. Durst has been an environmental activist for many years and created one of the largest organic farms in New York State. Mr. Durst earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California Berkeley and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from each of the City University of New York and Allegheny College.
Michael Mazzei served as President of Ladder Capital from 2012 through June 2017. Prior to joining Ladder Capital, Mr. Mazzei served as a Managing Director and Global Head of the CMBS and Bank Loan Syndication Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mr. Mazzei served as Co-Head of CMBS and Commercial Real Estate Debt Markets at Barclays Capital. Before joining Barclays Capital, Mr. Mazzei spent 20 years at Lehman Brothers where Mr. Mazzei became the head of CMBS and served as the Co-Head of Global Real Estate Investment Banking. Mr. Mazzei earned a B.S. in Finance from Baruch College CUNY and a J.D. from St. John’s University, and is a graduate of the New York University Real Estate Institute.
Jeffrey B. Steiner is a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, an international law firm, and has more than 35 years of experience in real estate, real estate finance and real estate capital markets transactions. Mr. Steiner currently serves as the Global Head of the Real Estate Finance Group of McDermott Will & Emery and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Prior to joining McDermott Will & Emery, Mr. Steiner was a Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), where he was the Global Co-Chairman of the Finance Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Steiner holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.S. from McGill University.
David Weiner, Senior Vice President/Investments at Stifel, has over 30 years of investment industry experience. Prior to Stifel, Mr. Weiner created and managed Chrome Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor. Prior to founding Chrome, Mr. Weiner was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, where he ran the equity swap desk and marketed equity derivatives to RBC’s corporate clients. Mr. Weiner joined RBC from Lazard Freres where, in addition to other responsibilities, he served as the U.S. head of derivatives at CALFP, a joint venture between Credit Agricole Bank and Lazard. Prior to CALFP, Mr. Weiner held various equity and fixed income derivative and capital market positions at UBS, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Weiner began his career in the actuarial field. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.