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Getting real about real estate
2020 changed how, and where, we live, work and play, which has significant implications for the real estate sector. The big question is – how many of these shifts are permanent and how many are temporary? The answer to this question will have significant implications for public & private real estate investing going forward.

To help us look at this question in detail, we’ve invited Michelle Foss, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Invesco and Bob Thomas, Managing Director and Co-Head of Real Estate Securities at DWS to join Russell Investments’ Senior Research Analyst Adrianna Giesey for a discussion about the public and private real estate sectors and the challenges and opportunities they believe lie ahead.

May 6, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Michelle Foss
Managing Director and Portfolio Manager @Invesco
Michelle Foss is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Invesco Real Estate’s US Core strategy. Michelle began her investment career in 1997 and joined Invesco Real Estate in 2014. Prior to joining Invesco, Michelle spent 14 years with Bailard, Inc., where she was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of a Bailard real estate investment trust. Prior to Bailard, she held real estate positions with Prudential in Houston, New Jersey and San Francisco. Michelle earned a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association.
Bob Thomas
Managing Director and Co-Head of Real Estate Securities @DWS
Bob Thomas has served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Real Estate Securities, Americas since joining DWS in January 2017 with 15 years of industry experience. From August 2015 to December 2016, Mr. Thomas served as lead portfolio manager of North America for global listed property funds at Henderson Global Investors. He was co-lead portfolio manager of North America for global listed property funds at AMP Capital from 2012. Prior to this, he served as an analyst at Nuveen Asset Management, at BNP Paribas Asset Management and at Security Capital Research & Management. Mr. Thomas started his career as an investment banking analyst in the Real Estate group at KeyBanc Capital Markets. Mr. Thomas holds a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA in Finance, Management & Strategy from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Adrianna Giesey
Senior Research Analyst @Russell Investments
As a senior research analyst, Adrianna Giesey is responsible for property securities manager research globally. She began researching global property securities managers in 2009 before transitioning to the role full time in 2012. Adrianna joined Russell Investments in 2003 as a member of Russell Investments real estate group. Her responsibilities included providing analysis of private market supply/demand data and related capital market statistics as well as global listed property. In addition, she participated in the private real estate fund research and monitoring process. More recently, as an associate portfolio manager based in London, Adrianna supported the portfolio manager of Russell Investments’ global real estate securities funds. Adrianna holds a B.S. (cum laude) in Finance from Florida State University.