Andrew Jacobs is a Managing Director and Partner at Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management, having joined the firm in 2008. Professor Jacobs is responsible for identifying, evaluating and overseeing real estate private equity fund managers and investment opportunities. Investments span the capital stack, property types and global markets, but his focus is managers based in the eastern United States and Brazil. Professor Jacobs also seeks and reviews opportunities to purchase interests in underlying funds on the secondary market. For the ten years prior to Metropolitan, Professor Jacobs was with Angelo, Gordon & Co. where he undertook senior level acquisition and asset management responsibilities for a diversified portfolio, consisting of 50 properties located throughout the U.S. with a total capitalization of $1.7 billion. The funds in which Professor Jacobs worked included the opportunistic and core plus strategies. Prior to working at Angelo Gordon, Professor Jacobs was a project manager for Hines. Based at Hines' Houston corporate headquarters, Professor Jacobs oversaw the development of a 473 room Westin hotel and the disposition of a large portfolio of industrial properties that formed the foundation of Gerald Hines' portfolio. Before Hines, Professor Jacobs worked for Campbell Soup, selling surplus industrial properties and selecting retail locations for Campbell's subsidiary, Godiva Chocolatier. Professor Jacobs's first real estate position was working for Grubb & Ellis in their Philadelphia office. Professor Jacobs is active in several architecture preservation organizations in New York and has been a member of ULI since 1994. Professor Jacobs holds an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania.