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Rethink is an umbrella platform that oversees and facilitates the development of a suite of impact investment vehicles that focus on financial and social returns that include gender equity, education, health, environmental sustainability, economic empowerment and community development.

Joseph J. Bonner

Advisor and Investment Committee Member, Rethink Community

Joe has over 35 years of experience working with domestic and international firms in the field of development and real estate finance.  Joe is responsible for advising clients in the development of investment and capital strategies for investing in U.S. Real Estate.  He has worked with Sovereign Wealth Funds, Family Offices, Merchant Banks, and Investment Management firms globally.  Joe has played a key role in helping clients evaluate and underwrite investment opportunities as well as navigate through regulations in the U.S. such as FIRPTA and CIFUS.

Prior to founding SBC, Joe was the Chief Investment Officer for Mubadala Pramerica Real Estate Investors. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the firm was a joint venture between Prudential Financial and Mubadala, the strategic investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government.  Joe was Prudential’s highest ranking Executive in the Middle East and was involved with building and managing the local team, assisting in the global fund raising activities of the firm as well as sourcing and structuring transactions.  Joe served on the firms’ Investment Committee and the Regional Allocation Committee.  Joe was living and working in Abu Dhabi when the Arab Spring uprisings swept through the region and he played a key role in helping the firm restructure its business strategy during this challenging period.

Before relocating to the Middle East Joe was a Managing Director with Prudential Real Estate Investors responsible for all real estate transactions in the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Regions of Canada.  For over a decade Joe was one to the top producers in the company and led a team that produced over 150 transactions investing in excess of $10 billion on behalf of the firm’s clients.  Joe developed a reputation both inside and outside of the company as one of the best business development professionals in the industry.

Joe serves as an Independent Director for both Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR) and a cluster of the Capital Group’s American Funds Mutual Fund Series.  He also serves on the boards of non-profits Soul River Inc. and San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

Joe is a graduate of Harvard Business School, MIT and the Cooper Union.  A global citizen, Joe has lived and travelled to over 60 countries.  Joe’s past and present affiliations include NACD where he holds a Governance Fellow designation, ULI, ICSC, and NYU’s Real Estate Institute Advisory Board.