Michael J. Nigro

  • Managing Director

  • Head of Real Estate Value Add and Development for the Americas


Michael J. Nigro serves as a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Value Add & Development and is responsible for overseeing all value-add and development projects for the firm’s Americas real estate business and is a Voting Member of the Americas Investment Committee. During a twelve-year career at DWS, Mr. Nigro has helped integrate development and acquisition efforts resulting in the sourcing, structuring, and Investment Committee approval to date of over $3 billion of new development investments in the multi-family, retail, industrial and office product groups. Mr. Nigro has been the Principal-in-Charge of the ground-up full cycle of development, leasing and disposition/transition of 4,000 multi-family units totaling over $1.2 Billion in value throughout the country and  has LEED certified some of the nation’s first generation industrial, multi-family and office buildings. He created a value maximization program for DeAM’s existing 600+ property portfolio through upzoning, renovation, expansions, incentives, build-to-suits, and outparcel activation.  Mr. Nigro served as Principal-in-Charge of two of the country’s largest mixed-used developments--The Domain in Austin, Texas, where under his tenure, $65 mm NAV resulted in an $270 mm (4x) equity multiple without calling additional capital; and in metro DC he structured a public/private partnership that resulted in the upzoning of an existing retail power center to 7.5 million sf of mixed-use entitlements. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Nigro served as a Senior Manager at Mesirow Financial Real Estate, where he was responsible for large public-private partnership projects. He began his career as a Project Manager. Mr. Nigro holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.B.A. in Finance (with Distinction) from DePaul University and is a licensed professional engineer.

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