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EVAN LINKNER

FAS '09 , MDes '11


Evan Linkner is a managing director at Ackman-Ziff, which he joined in 2011. Founded in 1927, Ackman Ziff is considered a global leader structuring and raising institutional capital for real estate related assets. Since 2002, Evan has led over $10 billion of real estate related transactions as either a capital advisor or principal investor. At Ackman-Ziff, Evan leads the sourcing, structuring and construction of equity, debt and mezzanine capital stacks on behalf of institutional investors and operating companies. Evan is additionally the co-head of Ackman-Ziff’s Special Situations Group and a leader in its institutional innovative product team.

In 2006, Evan founded First Atlantic Capital Management, a contrarian investment fund, where he successfully forecasted the collapse of the real estate markets and built a platform to profit from the market inefficiency. Prior to First Atlantic, Evan led the acquisitions and development team for a Midwest real estate family. Evan’s professional experience also includes developing new paradigms for the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance at the University of Michigan. 

Evan is the Chair of the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board, sits on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association, sits on the Board of Directors for the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization, and sits on the Investment Committee for the Youth Renewal Fund. 

Evan holds two Master’s Degrees from Harvard University where he studied finance and real estate. Evan additionally has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. Evan has received numerous awards and honors including the Marshal Award for graduating first in his class at Harvard.