John R. Williams

President and
Chief Investment Officer
As President and Chief Investment Officer of Avanath Capital Management, John R. Williams is responsible for portfolio acquisitions, capital formation, investor relations, and fund management. During his tenure, Mr. Williams has played an instrumental role in the firm’s acquisition of over $3 billion in assets, closing over $1 billion of debt, and raising over $2 billion of institutional capital.

Capital for the Avanath Discretionary Funds has been provided by some of the most prestigious endowments, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals from the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to joining Avanath in 2012, Mr. Williams was Managing Partner, Capital Markets of Carmel Partners, Inc. (“Carmel Partners”), a real estate development and investment firm based in San Francisco. At Carmel Partners, Mr. Williams was responsible for capital formation, fund management, investor relations, joint ventures, credit facilities, and financing of all the firm’s investments.

Mr. Williams is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), past Chairman of the ULI Silver Multi-Family Council, past Chairman of the ULI Orange County District Council, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), and on the Advisory Board of the Duquesne University Business School. He is a frequent speaker at national real estate conferences sponsored by ULI, Harvard Business School, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford Business School, UCLA Real Estate Forum, and USC Lusk Graduate School of Real Estate.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Williams received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Duquesne University in 1986 and attended the Executive Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.