Russell Gimelstob
Chief Executive Officer

Prior to founding Ascendant Capital Partners, Russell Gimelstob was Head of Acquisitions, Partner, Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee of Dune Real Estate Partners, a manager of real estate private equity funds. Russell sits on the board of Watermark Lodging Trust.

Alexander Halpern
Founding Managing Partner and Head of Hospitality

Alex Halpern, Founding Managing Partner and Head of Hospitality, is responsible for the oversight of the Firm’s investment activities, as well as the management of the Firm’s hospitality investments. Alex sits on the board of Watermark Lodging Trust and BHI Residential (Daydream Apartments).

Jason Goldberg
Chief Financial Officer

Jason Goldberg is Ascendant’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s financial, accounting, tax operations, treasury, and compliance functions.

Prior to joining Ascendant, Mr. Goldberg was the Principal in the tax finance department at Apollo Global Management, Inc. in 2019 where he was responsible for Real Assets, Infrastructure, and the European Principal Finance Funds. Prior to his time at Apollo Mr. Goldberg was the Director of Tax at Dune Real Estate Partners LP, the predecessor of Dune Capital Management LP from 2007 to 2019 where he was responsible for the tax department and all reporting for the funds and management company.

Before joining Dune, Mr. Goldberg worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 2006 to 2007 in the Investment Management practice where he was responsible for providing tax advisory and compliance services to private equity and hedge fund clients. Mr. Goldberg started his career in the Financial Services practices at Ernst and Young LLP in 2003.

Mr. Goldberg received a M.Acc. in 2002 and a B.Acc. in 2001 from New Mexico State University.