Strada Investment Group

Strada seeks to invest in U.S. markets that are positioned to grow faster than the rest of the country.

Real Estate Specialization
Residential Income
Investment Type
Acquisition/Fee Simple
Multi-property portfolios
Investment Style
Co-Founder and Principal

Jesse Blout

Jesse, co-founder and Principal of Strada is a member of the Investment Committee and helps lead Strada’s deal sourcing efforts throughout the Western United States. Jesse is actively involved in Strada’s most complex redevelopment and entitlement projects and leads Strada’s efforts on the Golden State Warriors arena project and the 490 Brannan project. As part of these efforts, Jesse is heavily involved in all stages of the development process, from initial community outreach through design and permitting. Prior to founding Strada, Jesse was Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Urban Investment Group (UIG), a balance-sheet investment vehicle focused on urban infill development. At Goldman, he was responsible for all of UIG’s activity on the West Coast, where he oversaw new investments and successfully repositioned or restructured legacy investments exceeding $350 million in value. Before joining Goldman, Jesse served as Deputy Chief of Staff to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, acting as the Mayor’s chief advisor on all land use, development and economic policy matters, and overseeing the eight City departments responsible for land use regulation and development activities. He played a major role in establishing Mission Bay as one of the country’s leading biotechnology clusters and served as the City’s lead negotiator on a number of major development projects totaling more than $5 billion in value. Jesse has a M.A. in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Pomona College.

Co-Founder and Principal

Michael Cohen

Michael is a co-founder and Principal of Strada, a member of the Investment Committee, and has direct oversight of Strada’s redevelopment, entitlement and construction projects. Michael is currently overseeing Strada’s development of (i) One Mission Bay, a 350-unit luxury condominium project that is currently under construction near the Giant’s AT&T Ball Park, (ii) a 240-unit luxury apartment building in Oakland’s City Center that will be under construction in Q4 of 2016, with a planned second phase combined hotel/residential project and (iii) a 550-unit apartment project on Market Street in downtown San Francisco. Prior to founding Strada, Michael served as the Director of the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, overseeing economic and real estate development. He was the City of San Francisco’s primary negotiator on many of the largest development projects over the last decade, including Naval Station Treasure Island, the Hunters Point Shipyard and the Transbay Terminal. Previously, Michael was head of the Real Estate and Public Finance Group of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He served as lead transaction counsel on a number of complex public-private development deals in San Francisco, including the new de Young Museum, the development of the Hotel Vitale, and the renovation of Harding Park Golf Course, and has structured over $3 billion in public and private real estate transactions.

Co-Founder and Principal

Scott Stafford

Scott, co-founder and Principal of Strada, is a member of the Investment Committee and helps lead Strada’s deal sourcing efforts throughout the Western United States. Scott is actively involved in the asset management, financing and disposition of all of Strada’s investments, working directly with Strada’s various deal teams. Prior to founding Strada, Scott worked as a Senior Vice President at the CIM Group, a more than $5 billion real estate private equity firm. From 2006 to 2010, he led CIM’s Northern California office, managing more than 20 investment and development personnel. During his tenure at CIM, he executed more than $1 billion in real estate transactions, directly sourcing more than $800 million across all property types in both core and opportunistic investments. Scott also held primary asset management responsibilities for 20 CIM deals and executed more than 600,000 square feet of office and retail leases. Prior to joining CIM, Scott held a number of positions of increasing responsibility across the real estate and financial service industries, including asset managing more than 4,000 residential apartments and managing overseas leveraged-buyouts for the telecommunications industry. Scott has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, a B.S. in accounting from the State University of New York at Albany, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Key Focus Areas
Development Approvals and Entitlements
Geographical Area
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