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Biography

Jonathan Morris

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Founder/Managing Director, REIT Academy. LLC

Jonathan Morris is a nationally recognized REIT expert with three decades of executive level roles at two nationally acclaimed, Best-in-Class public REITs plus a $535mm private office REIT with a national footprint.  He also launched LMH Realty Group, LLC a private equity real estate platform sponsored by Lerner Enterprises, Inc., the largest private real estate developer/owner in the Mid-Atlantic and owner of the Washington Nationals, the MLB World Series Champions in 2019.

Morris’s unique and unparalleled skill set is best represented in executing many complex and significant asset acquisitions, vertical developments, asset & portfolio recapitalizations with a unique ability to structure interesting joint-ventures that satisfy all stakeholders. 

He was Director of Acquisitions for Boston Properties (NYSE:BXP) as well as Smith Residential Realty (NYSE: SRW).  He was the CEO & head of Capital Markets for Rosecliff Realty, a private, $535mm pre-IPO national office REIT owned principally by Brown Brothers Harriman.

He is also a Research Defector for Hoya Capital Real Estate, the sub advisor for NYSE: HOMZ, an ETF launched in 2019, which tracks the housing market in the United States. HOMZ AUM recently passed $80mm.  A new ETF, NYSE: RIET is a yield focused ETF with a 6.7% initial dividend return.  Both of these ETF’s pay their distributions monthly. 

He has been a very popular Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, teaching an advanced class on REITs for 11 years at Georgetown University’s Master’s in Real Estate program.  

Recently, Prof Morris started a new advanced education platform, REIT Academy, L.L.C.  to deliver world-class REIT knowledge to REIT executives, board members, RIA’s, broker/Dealers and institutional investors. The first program, The Executive REIT Masterclass starts October 26, 2021. 

Professor Morris has worked as a senior executive for three (3) Best-in-Class REITs responsible for property acquisitions, JV developments, capital markets & financings:

  • Boston Properties Director of Acquisitions – competed the purchase of $2.4 billion in Class A urban office buildings;
  • Secured debt financing for $2.1 billion of these acquisitions
  • Charles E. Smith (Archstone-Smith) Director of Acquisitions – acquired over 2,000 apartment units in and around JT Washington DC metro with a capitalization of more than $70mm
  • Developed 20 M Street SE, a new, Class A office tower valued at $175mm located in the now burgeoning “Navy Yard SE” submarket.  The site, acquired by Morris who re-zoned it for additional density and a full C-10 height, this corner site is perfectly situated across from a key metro rail station, a block from Capitol Street with access to downtown Washington DC, nearby suburban Maryland and northern Virginia. 

Professor Morris regularly appears on national and international media properties to discuss a range of topics from the REIT market in China (CGTN) to the trajectory of GDP for developed nationals worldwide. 

He is a nationally recognized REIT expert & brings real world experience to life in the classroom & has helped several students secure positions at public REITs.