Russell Gimelstob
Founder and 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.

Alex Halpern
Co-Founder, Co-President, and Chief Investment Officer

Alex Halpern is responsible for the oversight of the Firm’s investment activities, as well as the day-to-day management of the Firm’s hospitality investments. Alex sits on the boards of Watermark Lodging Trust and Sentral.

Eric Calder
Partner, Co-President, and Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Ascendant Capital Partners, Eric Calder was the Co-Chief Investment Officer of Dune Real Estate Partners, a New York City-based real estate investment firm. At Dune, he was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and led over $6 billion in transactions across the residential, retail, industrial, office and hospitality sectors.

Lara Kiefer
Associate

Lara Kiefer joined Ascendant Capital Partners in 2021. Ms. Kiefer is responsible for underwriting the Firm’s acquisition activities, as well as assisting in the asset management of existing investments.

Prior to joining Ascendant Capital Partners, Ms. Kiefer worked as an Investments Associate at CIM Group, a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm. Ms. Kiefer joined CIM Group in 2019 and worked in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. While at CIM Group, she was involved in the firm’s U.S. acquisitions activity and managing existing assets across the data center, industrial, multifamily, office, and retail asset classes. During her tenure at CIM, she was involved in the closing of over $450 million worth of investments.

Prior to joining CIM, Ms. Kiefer was an analyst at Morgan Stanley in the Real Estate Investing group in San Francisco. In her role at Morgan Stanley, she was primarily focused on the underwriting of new investments across the hospitality, industrial, multifamily, office, and retail asset classes in Western U.S. markets. While at Morgan Stanley she was involved with the closing of over $800 million worth of investments for the firm’s opportunistic and core funds.

Ms. Kiefer graduated with honors from the University of Southern California and received a B.S. in Business Real Estate Finance.