DCG Strategies, a Bay Area-based real estate firm with a distinct mission to serve California’s community-benefit organizations, announces the addition of two members to its expanding leadership team: Ross White, Vice President of Brokerage Operations, and Cort Gross, Affordable Housing & Financial Services.
As VP of Brokerage Operations, White will oversee the company’s corporate brokerage services and real estate transactions. With nearly two decades of commercial real estate experience, he previously served as a broker for SRS Real Estate Partners (formerly Staubach Retail) and JLL (Jones Long LaSalle). Most recently, White owned a boutique brokerage firm in the East Bay assisting clients with retail needs, including site selection analysis, asset sales and leasing, as well as strategic brand expansions throughout the Bay Area.
“I am thrilled to build upon and expand my professional experience at DCG, a firm whose mission will allow me to integrate purpose-driven organizations with real estate opportunities,” said White.
A native Californian and University of Utah alumnus, Ross is active with local and national Utah alumni associations as well as their athletic fundraising. Currently, Ross resides in Danville with his family.
Gross, who will be overseeing affordable housing and financial consulting services at DCG, brings more than 30 years of financial consulting experience and a true passion for working with faith-based and social purpose entities to the team. Most recently, he served as Executive Director and Senior Banker at JPMorgan Chase Community Development Bank with a focus on affordable housing finance. In addition to many years consulting on a range of community asset building projects, he also served as Chief Financial Officer of nonprofit housing developer BRIDGE Housing Corporation, Vice President of Affordable Housing with mortgage banker TRI Capital Corporation, and Program Manager for Lending with nonprofit financial intermediary the Low-Income Housing Fund.
“DCG uniquely distinguishes itself in the field because it focuses its work on public benefit, often tax-exempt, organizations looking to make a true social impact in our communities. DCG empowers these groups to leverage their real estate assets to further their mission. I am proud to be part of a team in pursuit of that goal,” said Gross.
Cort received his bachelor’s degree in History at Stanford University and his Master of Divinity degree in Liberation Theology at Yale University. He lives in San Francisco.
“I look forward to working with Ross and Cort as DCG continues to expand its work in the Bay Area and beyond,” said Landis Graden, CEO of DCG Strategies. “Our mission requires people who not only have deep industry knowledge and expertise, but who also value the work of community-benefit organizations. Ross and Cort possess those qualifications.”