Angelique G. Brunner
Angelique G. Brunner
|Born||January 10, 1972|
|Years active||1997 - present|
Angelique G. Brunner (born January 10, 1972) is an American entrepreneur, commercial real estate financier, and angel investor. She is the CEO and Founder of EB5 Capital, a financial services firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. Brunner is also an active global angel investor and advisor across consumer goods, manufacturing, and software industries.
Brunner has over 25 years of experience in capital markets, real estate, and early-stage funding. She is also a board member at Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK), a global commercial real estate services firm based in Chicago, Illinois.
Brunner is a Brown and Princeton University alumni and is widely recognized across the real estate industry for her contributions to impact investing in urban commercial real estate markets. She has been featured in several media outlets including, Forbes, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Politico, and others.
Early life and education
Brunner was born on 10 January 1972 to Charles Brunner and Glorine Brunner. Her father belonged of German descent, and her mother was from the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin. Brunner grew up along with her brother in San Mateo, California.
Brunner, in 1990, enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree program majoring in Public Policy at Brown University. During her time at Brown, Brunner played Rugby and was a Charter member of AmeriCorps. She was also one of the leaders of the 1992 University Hall Takeover, which was the largest protest in Brown’s history to that point. Brunner was among 253 students who were arrested for taking over the admissions building to demand need-blind admissions.
Brunner started her career in 1994 when she was at Brown University. She served as a charter member of AmeriCorps, where she was responsible for helping immigrant families qualify for home loans for abandoned properties in underdeveloped neighborhoods in South Providence, Rhode Island.
In 1997, after her graduation, Brunner started working at Public Financial Management (PFM), a financial services firm based in Philadelphia, PA. Brunner worked for over two years with this firm as a Consultant.
In 2000, Brunner joined Core Capital Partners as a Vice President. Brunner worked for over three years with this firm, where she was responsible for sourcing opportunities, advising portfolio companies, and structuring investments.
In 2003, Brunner was appointed as the Director of Finance at the National Capital Revitalization Corporation. She worked for a year with the firm, during which she was responsible for financial strategy, investor relations, private placements, capital markets, financial reporting, human resources, tax, and government relations.
Brunner joined the Neighborhood Development Company in 2004 as the Vice President of Finance. She worked for over two years with this firm, managing the CFO duties for the company.
In 2006, Brunner joined Fannie Mae as a Senior Business Manager. She worked for two years with this firm, during which she was responsible for investing equity capital for community investments.
In 2008, Brunner founded EB5 Capital, a commercial real estate investment firm now managing $800 million in investments across a portfolio of over 25 projects covering multiple asset classes. The company is headquartered in Washington, DC. EB5 Capital operates in top-tier real estate markets across the country and has served over 1600 clients belonging to 70+ countries.
EB5 Capital leverages the EB-5 program to deliver financing for commercial real estate projects in urban submarkets as impact investments. A prime example is EB5 Capital’s $187 million invested across six EB-5 projects in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, DC. The firm’s investments in this neighborhood has helped to leverage over $686 million of development, creating more than 6,100 U.S. jobs.
Brunner, during her career, also served on the board of Chesapeake Lodging Trust, a domestic full-service hotel REIT, until its sale to Park Hotels and Resorts in 2019. In 2020, Brunner was appointed as a board member of Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK).
Brunner is also widely recognized for her United States congressional testimony in support of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. In 2017, Brunner provided live testimony to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. In 2011, she submitted written testimony in support of the program.
Brunner’s mother passed away in 1991 when Brunner was in her junior year at Brown University. After this incident, Brunner requested the administration allow her to complete the program on a part-time basis on scholarship in order to take care of her brother and father, which was granted considering her grades. In 1995, after the passing of her father, Brunner raised her brother single-handedly.
In the media
- "Black Woman Venture Capitalist Aims To Revive Underserved Areas In D.C." NewsOne. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- Stengel, Geri. "This Entrepreneur Created 30,000 Jobs and Revitalized Blighted Neighborhoods In Washington DC". Forbes. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- "Opinion | The EB-5 naysayers need to understand its benefit to the economy". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- "Cushman & Wakefield names new board member". REJournals. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- "Angelique Brunner *97 Spurs Development and Revitalization in D.C." Princeton Alumni Weekly. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- Oliver, Brittney (28 September 2018). "This black female entrepreneur is rebuilding D.C. with foreign dollars—and a dream". Fast Company. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- "Cushman & Wakefield Appoints Real Estate Investment Firm Founder to Board". CoStar. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- Investments, EB5 Capital (10 December 2019). "EB5 Capital Announces Fifth Redeployment of EB-5 Funds". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- "Cushman & Wakefield Names EB5 Capital CEO To Board Of Directors". Bisnow. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- Investments, EB5 Capital (6 January 2020). "EB5 Capital's CEO Comments on Recently Enacted Department of Homeland Security EB-5 Regulations". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
- "Angelique Brunner Joins Cushman & Wakefield Board of Directors". www.businesswire.com. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.