Who We Are

LEADERSHIP

Staff

Emily Nilsen

Operations Director, Sharing Connexion

Emily Nilsen has over twelve years' experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she worked at Housing Colorado, Colorado’s affordable housing association. Emily is dedicated to excellence in the nonprofit sector and is particularly well versed in communications, outreach, and development. Emily has a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado - Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Regent University. 

Founder & Board President

Edwin G. Anderson III

Chief Executive Officer, Connexion Asset Group

President, Edwin G. Anderson III is a highly accomplished and nationally recognized individual for making places a reality through his extensive dealings and holdings in real estate concerns. Mr. Anderson is the founding Principal of Connexion Asset Group, LLC, and has 30+ years’ experience in real estate, including the acquisition, management, finance, joint venture or repositioning of nearly $1 billion of real estate. In this portfolio are several of the nation's prestigious real estate properties inclusive of landmark properties, office, multi-family, industrial, hotel, resort and land development. He is actively involved in the acquisition of distressed and underperforming properties, defaulted debt instruments and partnership interests as well as structuring transactions involving international joint ventures and entity recapitalizations.

He has co-authored two white papers with the University of Denver’s Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management including "Commercial Real Estate Debt Maturities: Shortfall & Implications", published by the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management. He is the past chair of the Salvation Army's real estate committee and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. Mr. Anderson is a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, the American Institute and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, European-American Tax Institute and the University of Denver’s Burns Society for Real Estate and Construction Management. He is now using his real estate passion and expertise to lead this cause and share his connections, envisioning a strong Colorado for nonprofits and residents who are seeking an affordable place to live.

Board of Directors

Diane Austin

Chief Financial Officer, Connexion Asset Group

Ms. Austin is a seasoned financial executive with more than 30 years of corporate finance, operational and strategic management experience, focusing the last 20 years on the real estate industry. She has been a member of the Connexion Asset Group team since 1995 and is an integral component of the company's continued growth through acquisitions of commercial properties. With extensive expertise in acquisitions, property management, joint venture structuring, financing and taxation, Ms. Austin has focused on financial and tax reporting, analysis and the development and management of accounting systems for partnerships, joint ventures, corporations and trusts in order to preserve and align the financial interests of all parties. Ms. Austin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, NAIOP and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.

David Chasnow

Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management, Connexion Asset Group

Mr. Chasnow has widespread experience in real estate investment, focusing on coordinating acquisitions and asset management for Connexion Asset Group ("CAG"). Mr. Chasnow joined CAG in 2008 and has played a key role helping to establish the company as a strong performer in the arena of private equity real estate investment. Prior to CAG, Mr. Chasnow was an analyst at Archstone, one of the largest investors, developers and operators of apartment communities in the U.S. Mr. Chasnow co-authored a white paper titled “Commercial Real Estate Debt Maturities: Shortfall & Implications”, published by the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management in 2009. Mr. Chasnow is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver's Burns School, as well as an undergraduate degree from Tulane University.

John Daskam

Partner, Milgrom & Daskam

John Daskam joined Milgrom & Daskam as a Partner in January 2019. He focuses his law practice on real estate and corporate law. His real estate practice includes acquisitions and dispositions, landlord-tenant matters, leasing, financing, development, and contract preparation and negotiation. John’s corporate law practice encompasses the formation and maintenance of corporations, general and limited partnerships, and limited liability companies, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and private placement of securities, including regulatory filings and preparation of private placement investment memoranda. John believes in balancing the practice of law with significant involvement in local community organizations and an active outdoor personal life. In addition to Sharing Connexion, he also sits on the board of directors and is General Counsel for Burning Through Pages, a local non-profit fostering a community of avid readers and inspired thinkers by providing literature, resources, and time to youth organizations. John enjoys playing golf and soccer and is a Colorado sports enthusiast. He and his wife Amanda are both Colorado natives and live in the Park Hill area of Denver.

Rob Gillis

Vice President, Prologis

Mr. Gillis shares responsibility for disposition efforts across North America. Previously, he managed an open-ended investment fund consisting of over $3.0 billion industrial real estate assets across 30 North American markets. Mr. Gillis joined Prologis in 2010 and has served in Research, Financial Planning/Analysis, and Treasury departments in addition to Fund Management. Prior to joining Prologis, Mr. Gillis worked for a Denver based commercial real estate management and investment firm and two publicly held homebuilders where he was responsible for land acquisitions and market research. Mr. Gillis holds an MBA in real estate and finance from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University, and is an active member of PREA, NAIOP, and the University of Colorado Real Estate Council. Mr. Gillis also serves on the Board of Mile High Youth Corps.

Stefanie Fox

Community Lending Officer, Colorado Enterprise Fund

Stefanie has a diverse background in nonprofit, corporate and start up environments. In her current position with Colorado Enterprise Fund, she does regional business development to support the mission’s micro-finance initiative by giving entrepreneurs and small businesses access to capital when traditional sources are unavailable. Stefanie specializes in making impact to minority owned, veteran owned and lower income entrepreneurs. Prior to the nonprofit world, Stefanie cofounded and contributed to the success of 2 profitable start-ups, a consumer product company in the baby and child industry and an event planning company in South Florida. She received her MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship and BA in Communication from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. As a resident of Florida for over 30 years, she happily traded the beach for mountains in 2016.

Jim Mellor

Director of Business Development, Pinkard Construction

Jim has long been involved from both a professional and personal level in Denver’s affordable housing and homeless outreach from a construction perspective. His firm, Pinkard Construction Co. has been a leading provider of construction services of affordable housing since its beginnings in 1962. On the personal side, Jim has served on both the Denver Rescue Mission’s and The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Center board of directors to further address the affordable housing needs of Metro Denver. He has been involved in numerous affordable and homeless development projects – his favorite being the Champa House; a women with children’s transitional housing project. Champa House provides a safe place for women and children for up to three years while providing child care, GED educational advancement, and general life skills training.

Alejandro Monarez

Alejandro Monarez

Staff Attorney, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Alejandro Monarez is an attorney and experienced housing professional. Originally from El Paso, Texas, he studied architecture at Texas Tech University and law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then served as a judicial law clerk for the trial and supreme courts of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and later joined a nonprofit developer to build affordable housing across the nation. With a penchant for Colorado and a desire to be closer to family, he and his wife, Emily, moved to Denver in 2018.

Alejandro is currently a staff attorney for the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA), where he works to support CHFA’s mission to strengthen Colorado by investing in affordable housing and economic development. When he’s not advocating for the availability and attainability of housing for all Coloradan and protecting public investment, he’s cruising down the mountain on a snowboard or reading the latest best-selling novel.

Jessica Rawson

Jessica Rawson

Vice President, Merrick Capital

Jessica joined Merrick Capital in 2019 as Vice President, where she is responsible for the management of existing strategic partnerships and operations and identifying and transacting new business opportunities. Prior to joining Merrick Capital, Jessica served as Vice President & Associate General Counsel at McWhinney, a Denver-based commercial real estate development firm, where she managed the legal and securities aspects of the organization's equity syndications, real estate acquisitions, land and asset sales, hotel, joint venture and lease negotiations. Jessica started her career as In-House Counsel at McCord Development, where she focused on the development of Generation Park in Houston, Texas.

Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Florida and earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University. She spent a year at the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. She is a Member of the State Bars of Texas and California. Jessica is also an Active Investor with Thrive Investments, which facilitates the introduction of female entrepreneurs to angel investors interested in capitalizing female-led, privately held companies in the early stages of development.

Jenny Robinson

Jenny Robinson

Chief Investment Officer, Continuum

Jenny is the Chief Investment Officer, leading all debt and equity transactions and directing asset management activities. Jenny originally joined Continuum’s finance department in 2005 where she has worked on sourcing debt and equity for nearly all Continuum’s development projects to date as well as underwriting new project opportunities. In her current capacity, Jenny has overseen the debt and equity raises for several hundred of million dollars of Continuum’s current pipeline of projects and been involved in several billion dollars of financial structuring and underwriting.

Jenny currently sits on the board of Craig Hospital, a $130 million asset community bank and takes an active role with several real estate industry organizations. She is heavily involved with the University of Colorado Real Estate Center, ULI, the Downtown Denver Partnership program, and CREW, being twice nominated for the Woman of Influence award in 2015 and 2017. Mentoring young women entering the professional workforce is a passion of hers and she currently has two mentees through the Denver Urban Scholars program and the CU real estate center.

Jenny began her career in real estate with Principal Financial Group, as a commercial mortgage underwriter. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in finance and accounting and went on to complete a master’s degree in finance and real estate from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lauren Schevets

Lauren Schevets

Director of Development - Colorado, Gorman & Company

Lauren Schevets is responsible for Gorman and Company’s planning and implementation of Colorado development, including new construction projects as well as land acquisition and existing housing. At Gorman, she currently has two exciting projects underway: the Colburn hotel, a preservation and rehabilitation of homeless housing in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood, and The Stella, a mixed‐income affordable community in the Globeville neighborhood which partners with the Laradon Hall Society for Exceptional Children and Adults. Lauren joined Gorman in 2017 with a diversity of public sector experience in land use planning and real estate from Boulder Housing Partners (“BHP”), the City of Westminster, and Denver Water. Among her achievements at BHP were the development of the award-winning High Mar senior housing project, and the development of the Palo Park family housing project, a unique partnership project between BHP and Flatirons Habitat for Humanity. Lauren participated in the real estate diversity initiative at ULI Colorado. Lauren holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Colorado – Denver and a Bachelor in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Daniel Sheehan, CCIM

Former Senior Vice President, Commerce Bank

Over his 36-year real estate finance career, Dan has been responsible for originating, structuring, and closing over $1.2 billion in debt and equity transactions for commercial real estate. Prior to joining Commerce Bank, Dan originated long-term and interim debt financing, and sale-leaseback financing for GE Real Estate – Business Property. He also served as Vice President of Finance for Trammell Crow Residential – Midwest Division and has held senior commercial real estate lending positions with Wells Fargo Bank and its predecessors. Dan earned his B.A. degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA degree from the University of Denver. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), an active member of the Denver NAIOP chapter and the Colorado University Real Estate Council. Dan has served as Chairman of the Board of the St. Anthony Health Foundation and the CHI Colorado Foundation. He was former Chairman of the Board at Brothers Redevelopment, a Colorado-based nonprofit that provides housing solutions for the poor, elderly, and disabled.

ADVISORY BOARD

Lawrence A. Atler, Esq.

Former Co-Chair, Finance Committee Early Childhood Education Project; Former Chair, Metro State College Foundation; Former Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education

Robert Bach, Esq.

Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Former Trustee, Denver Zoo; Former Denver Civic Ventures Board Member, Downtown Denver Partnership

Dr. Sandy Baker

Former Director of ER, US Veterans Hospital; Medical Director, Army Corps – FEMA

Doug Bakke

Executive Vice President, CBRE

Ed Briscoe

Managing Director, Weave Social Finance; Director at Impact Charitable; Former Sharing Connexion Board Member

Susan Birch

Executive Director, Washington State Health Care Authority; Former Executive Director, CO Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing; Fellow, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellows; Board Member, Colorado Health Foundation Philanthropic Committee

Alan Colussy

Principal, Alan Colussy Architecture; Board Member, Urban Land Institute Colorado

David Foster, Esq.

Partner, Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher; Denver Jewish Day School, Former Chair of the Board; Founding Board Member, Civic Center Conservancy

Jeff Hawks

Vice Chair, Apartment Realty Advisors; Former Board Member, Arapahoe House; Board Member, Apartment Association of Metro Denver

Kevin Kelley

Executive Vice President and Regional Director, United Properties; Former Board President, NAIOP Colorado; Former Board Member, Rocky Mountain Human Services

Charlie Knight

Former General Counsel, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority; Board Member, Urban Peak; Former Board Member, Downtown Denver Partnership

Mark Levine

Professor, University of Denver; Endowed Chair, Burns School of Real Estate Management and Construction

William Martin, Esq.

Partner, Kutak Rock

Steve Musick

Founder/CEO, Destiny Capital Corp; Founding Member, Punts with a Purpose; Board Member, LOVE, Inc

Anthea Martin

Senior Vice President, Bellwether Enterprise, Former Sharing Connexion Board Member, Current Board Member at Housing Colorado and the State Housing Board

Robert F. Phelps, Jr.

Managing Director, JP Morgan; Emeritus Member, The Denver Foundation

Jeffrey Schmitz

Former COO, Citywide Banks

John Shaw

President, McWhinney; Senior VP/GM, Opus Northwest; President of Board, University of Colorado Real Estate Foundation

Dr. Aris Sophocles

President, Rose Medical Group; Chair, Denver Med Society Foundation; Co-Founder, Breckenridge Outdoor Ed Center

William Sorensen

Former Managing Partner, Boettcher and Company; Honorary Life Trustee, University of Denver; Trustee Emeritus, Boettcher Foundation

Ray Stranske

Affordable Housing Consultant, RaiseHomes; Former Executive Director, Hope Communities; Board Chair, Project Education South Sudan

Michael Van Gilder

Managing Director, Triumph Capital Group

John Wilson, Esq.

Partner, Holland & Hart

Cleve Wortham

President - Denver Market, FirstBank; Past Boards include: South Metro Housing Options, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Denver Partnership

Mike Zoellner

Managing Partner, ZF Capital; Vice Chair, ULI Colorado; Former President, RedPeak Properties


OUR SUPPORTERS

FirstBank

FirstBank submitted a letter of intent to Sharing Connexion for short-term credit facilities, up to an aggregate amount of $30,000,000, for the purpose of acquiring regional real estate. A loan term sheet was approved by senior management and will provide precedence in the individual project application process. This support demonstrated in FirstBank’s letter of intent provides Sharing Connexion with increased capacity to pursue new real estate projects.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation has been supportive of Sharing Connexion’s establishment of the Real Estate Donation program. Since 2018, Sharing Connexion has been facilitating a real estate donation on their behalf, identifying key property improvements and arranging the resale of lots. A portion of allocation of proceeds goes back to Sharing Connexion’s mission-restricted Capital Fund. More information regarding this project will be available later this year.

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