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 previously represented Ascendant 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 Ascendant's investment activities, as well as the day-to-day management of the platform's hospitality, and select residential investments. Alex represented Ascendant on the board of Watermark Lodging Trust, is an active board member of Sentral, and is a board observer of DC Blox.

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.

Ascendant has put together a world-class team of diverse individuals, each with an impressive background and knowledge base. Through close collaboration, we are able to continue to expand our services into new markets and locations across the globe.

Di Mo

Assistant Controller

Zach Gallin

Investor Relations

Dajana Cvijanovic

Executive Assistant

Luke Watts-Russell
Associate

Luke Watts-Russell joined Ascendant Capital Partners in 2024 and serves as an Associate. Mr. Watts-Russell is responsible for underwriting the Firm's acquisition activities, as well as supporting the asset management of existing assets. Prior to joining Ascendant Capital Partners, Mr. Watts-Russell worked at Blackstone's residential portfolio company, LivCor. While at LivCor, he was involved in the firm's U.S. acquisitions, dispositions, and managing of existing assets across the residential sector. During his tenure at LivCor, he was involved in over $1bn of transactions. Mr. Watts-Russell graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder and received a B.S. in Finance & Real Estate