Lynn Jerath

Lynn Jerath

Lynn has 25 years of experience in institutional and entrepreneurial real estate investment.  Over her career, Lynn has completed $10 billion in transactions of various forms, including complex joint ventures with operating partners, direct purchases and sales of real estate, public market transactions, mezzanine investments, and other highly structured transactions. Through her widespread work in real estate and twenty years of philanthropic engagement, Lynn has realized the extent to which racial segregation exists not just geographically but also in capital availability.  Her current focus is on impact investments to improve the situations of people living in Chicago’s most profoundly disinvested communities.

Lynn raised a $50M opportunity zone fund in 2019 for an Indianapolis real estate group, previously ran an absolute return, value oriented long/short hedge fund focused on publicly traded real estate and related sectors, and has also owned and operated her own real estate. Prior to founding Citrine, Lynn spent seven years as a Senior Vice President and partner at GEM Realty Capital, a real estate securities and private equity firm.  Prior to GEM, Lynn was a Vice President at The Carlyle Group and worked at Goldman Sachs (The Whitehall Funds).

Lynn previously served on the board of Lotus Bancorp for ten years until its sale in 2015 and on the Advisory Board of Megalytics, a CRE tech start up.  She is the Chair of the Urban Development and Mixed Use Purple Council, member of the ULI Health Leaders Initiative within the Urban Land Institute, member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and on the non-profit boards of the Chicago Furniture Bank and Embarc.

She is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Advisory Board member of Penn’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women, and has endowed an undergraduate scholarship.  She graduated magna cum laude from Wharton in 1995.

Lynn lives in Chicago with her husband, Kunal, two sons Amar and Avi, and dog Riley.

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