John Schaefer is a Principal of The Townsend Group and member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Schaefer is responsible for investment research, due diligence and underwriting, globally, with a focus on non-core investment strategies. He has also served as the lead portfolio manager on several of the Townsend multi-manager, commingled funds responsible for portfolio construction, portfolio management, and due diligence of funds, co-investments, direct properties and secondary interests.
Prior to joining The Townsend Group in 2010, Mr. Schaefer was a founding member of the real estate group at UBS Wealth Management where, as a member of the investment committee was responsible for the creation of a $10 billion global portfolio of direct properties, commingled funds and REITs. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Schaefer worked in Deutsche Bank’s real estate private equity group where he was responsible for structuring, underwriting, negotiating, and closing real estate investments. Mr. Schaefer began his career as a research analyst with Lend Lease Rosen.
Mr. Schaefer received an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School and BS with honors from the University of California, Berkeley.