Brian Schneider, Head of Investor Relationships and Marketing, leads Prime Finance’s fundraising and investor relationships. Before joining Prime, Mr. Schneider built and ran large real estate and real asset investment portfolios for Morgan Stanley AIP, Medley Partners, the University of Pennsylvania, as well as DuPont and TRW pension plans. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schneider worked at Prudential, MetLife, and First Texas Savings in lending and asset management. Mr. Schneider holds a B. A. in Economics from Connecticut College and an MBA in Real Estate/Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Kent M. Roger, Esq., is a senior partner in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Antitrust Practice specializing in international competition and antitrust matters. He received his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and an AB degree, with distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley. Kent sits on PRC’s Executive, Finance, Governance, and Legal Affairs Committees. He also is a member of the Board of Baker Places, Inc..
Tim Schroeder is President of Performance Realty, Inc, a real estate investment firm that owns, develops and manages multi-family properties and manufactured housing communities. Tim’s career has focused on real estate including development, corporate services, investment management and strategy consulting. Prior to joining Performance Realty, Tim worked at CBRE, Quadrangle, Deloitte Consulting and Balcor-American Express. Tim holds a B.S. in Urban Planning from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Chris Brown is the Senior Vice President for U.S. Business Partnerships & Policy at Citi, leading key ESG strategies within Global Public Affairs. He brings over 15 years of multi-sector experience developing alliances that advance business, public policy and consumer/community goals. After serving as senior staff in Congress, Chris has led public affairs functions within healthcare, nonprofit, and technology industries.
In various roles since 2007, Chris has launched campaigns to enact over 50 policy reforms across local, state and federal governments. As Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor, he drafted federal workforce protection policies; and as Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (IL), he drafted key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Wall Street Reform Act (Dodd-Frank), and worked on global trade issues.
In 2011, Chris led international expansion efforts for a global development firm under the U.S. – Panama Trade Promotion Agreement. He later returned to Washington to become the inaugural Director for Federal Affairs at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute for racial and economic equity where he led efforts to secure over $1.2B in federal funding for economic development programs, and created the organization’s portfolio on tax & financial policy. While there, he also helped establish Citi’s national community advisory board.
Chris was later named Sr. Counsel for Bird, a global electric vehicle technology company where he led government and community partnerships across the U.S. west coast. At the onset of the COVID crisis, Chris became the inaugural Chief of Policy & Communications at PRC, a premier health and human service provider for the City of San Francisco supporting the city and California’s economic and health recovery efforts of 2020 and 2021.
Prior to joining Citi, Chris advised various corporations, foundations, governments, and political campaigns – including the Economic Policy Councils for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Joe Biden in 2020.
Chris holds a BA from the University of Georgia, and a JD from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. He serves on several boards, including: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP); The University of Georgia School of Public & International Affairs (SPIA); Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); SPUR – San Francisco; and the University of California’s Council on Small and Disadvantaged Businesses.
Chris is based in San Francisco, and is featured and published in a variety of policy and media outlets.
Larkin is a global HIV and infectious disease expert specializing in research communications and health diplomacy with over 15 years experience in over 20 low-middle income countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She is the Global Lead, Public Affairs, for PrEP and HIV Prevention at Gilead Sciences.
Larkin previously worked at UCSF and Stanford, expanding HIV, TB, and malaria research and clinical operations around the globe and devising communications and partnerships strategies to enhance capacity building, at multiple NGO and community-based organizations, as a harm reduction counselor for adolescents and young adults, and in a variety of public health positions within government. She has negotiated Ministry-level stakeholder relationships in multiple countries, led PEPFAR trial implementation teams in sub-Saharan Africa, and served as an advisor for global public health start-ups and scholars.
She previously served as a United Nations correspondent and a research reporter focused on women’s health and healthcare in conflict regions. For elected and appointed officials at local, national, and global levels, she has advised on media and communication strategy pertaining to HIV and global health policy.
A 6th generation San Francisco native, Larkin received her master’s, doctorate, and post-doctoral training in public health and health behavior from Columbia, and her BA from University of Southern California. She serves on the Board of Komera, on the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International, and is a member of the Junior League. Larkin co-chaired the AIDS2020 Local Planning Group, serving Bay Area communities represented at the 23rd International AIDS Conference.
Josh Frieman is a Principal at Prime Group where he leads the accounting, investor relations and business technology teams for both Prime Residential and Prime Finance. He also serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for both Prime Finance and Prime Residential. Mr. Frieman joined Prime Group in 2005 and has been involved in all facets of real estate investment, finance and administration including leadership roles in over $5 billion of real estate transactions. Prior to that, he was an advisor to distressed businesses, overseeing numerous restructurings and liquidations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Frieman practiced corporate law with Latham & Watkins and served as the General Counsel for a start-up technology company. Mr. Frieman graduated with honors from University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School.
Ryo Ishida is a Vice President at Lyric (www.lyric.com), which operate apartment-style hotels. Ryo heads up their West Coast division. Prior to joining Lyric, Ryo spent six years at Prudential Real Estate Investors, most recently responsible for the East Coast Development Group. Before Prudential, Ryo worked at Peter Linneman’s private equity group and also as a developer. Ryo serves on the boards of PRC and of Montgomery Advisors. Ryo is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, he enjoys tennis, cycling, soccer and cooking Japanese food.
Jacques Michaels is a San Francisco community leader, entertainer, and member of the Imperial Council, a non-profit that hosts and participates in a variety of entertainment and educational events and activities in support of a variety of diverse community-based charitable organizations that do not discriminate based upon race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnic background. Jacques sits on PRC’s Fund Development and Board Development Committees.
Michael Niczyporuk is a former physicist turned FinTech and payments executive who has built and grown technology-driven businesses across Visa, USAA, Citi and Capital One. Having spent his career making financial services more inclusive and empowering using technology, Michael is passionate about ensuring that everyone benefits — and that no one gets left behind — amidst the dramatic shift to digital across all aspects of our lives. Michael received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in Physics. Originally from Kraków, Poland, Michael immigrated to the United States in 1983 and is proud to call San Francisco his adopted home.